Theydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club has been in existence for 90 years on land owned by the Buxton Trust, a local charitable trust. The site is shared with cricket and football pitches.
Over the years the Club has grown from two grass courts, few members and an Elsan toilet in a shed to one boasting six artificial grass courts, 200 members and a clubhouse with a bar, showers and changing facilities. Three of the courts were resurfaced in early 2015, with the remainder due to be renewed in 2019.
The playing members are aged from 5 to 85 year olds. There’s a large junior section and TBLTC runs weekly junior coaching sessions on Friday evenings and Saturday morning, with additional coaching camps during the school holidays. The Club also enters the Aegon Essex junior league. Each week one of the Club’s coaches goes into the local primary school to provide coaching lessons at no cost to the school.
New for this year, the tiny tot group on Sunday mornings allows for 3-5 year olds to get into the sport using mini rackets and soft sponge balls.
It’s a friendly club where anyone is welcome to join in whatever their abilities or age, and on Sunday mornings there are Adult Beginners classes to help total beginners learn the basics. Membership is competitively priced for the area, with half-price membership for new adult joiners.
There are a number of internal singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions each year for juniors, adults and veterans.
The next step is for members to compete at local league level and the TBLTC has a history of success in these. Seventeen senior teams from the club regularly compete in the local South West Essex League and the Essex Senior and Veterans Leagues.
Despite all the competitions going on, TBLTC is equally about offering relaxed tennis in a friendly environment. Club Captain Ian Carter says the club is run as a local community club where anyone and everyone is welcome to join in.
There are social tennis sessions every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, where guests and members can meet up with and play, while TBLTC’s busy calendar of social events also helps to give the club a fun vibe. Most of the events help to raise money for local charities.
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By Ben Sneath