Geddington Tennis Club

Geddington Tennis Club

Geddington Tennis Club is offering coaching lessons this month, continuing into October. The leaflet drop around the village recently gives all the sessions, groups and costs, plus lots of other details. If you haven’t received one, then go to the bottom of this page.

However, the history of the Club may be of interest to those residents who have moved here in the last 10 – 30 years as its origins go back to the late 1940s. Jack Miller, a founder of this village sports club, wrote the following (shortened for this posting) history for The Newsletter in 1994.

At that time, Geddington had only 4 tennis courts – two in the vicarage grounds and two owned privately. Regrettably, the vicarage courts left a lot to be desired owing to the very uneven surfaces. It was, therefore, considered by a few keen village tennis enthusiasts, that it was time to form our own tennis club.

At that time the space at the rear of the Village Hall was just very rough ground, with weeds almost jungle height. A small committee was formed, who obtained the authority from the Geddington Village Hall committee to proceed with exploring the possibility of providing two hard courts on this site. (The Bowls Club came later in the 50s and early 60s.)

Donations from village residents enabled the Club to be formed and they soon deemed the site suitable; permission was obtained to proceed; now all that was required was money and effort. The funds were raised quicker than anticipated and at the same time work was started by club members to clear the site, although the amount of soil that had to be moved needed the mechanical power of tractors and other machinery. At this time Stewarts & Lloyds (later British Steel) were re-lining a furnace and tons of suitable hard core became available for the foundations: the company also made a £75 donation.

The courts 21st century
The courts 21st century

Sufficient funds were available to engage professionals to level and lay the courts and when that was completed, Club members erected the steel posts and netting surrounds. All the brickwork was constructed from furnace bricks and are still there to this day. We now required a Clubhouse, so six members travelled to Wellingborough to buy a house. No, not quite mad, Wellingborough Council were selling pre-fabricated houses and, with suitable modifications, it was agreed it would suit our purpose and, at £30, our pocket. A further charge of £50 saw it dismantled, transported and re-erected. Members then laid the base, re-felted the roof and laid on the supply of water and electricity. The ladies took on the furnishing and interior decoration.

Floodlighting 21st century
Floodlighting 21st century

In the early 60s, flood lighting on both courts was installed and we believed at the time, that we were the only Club in the area with flood lighting which allowed play throughout the year. So, in a little over two years, Geddington had two first-class tennis courts, which all began with £5 donations, a few tennis enthusiasts, the inspiration of James Harker, our first and only Chairman until his demise, and Gordon Hopkins, our long-standing secretary, together with the goodwill of numerous village supporters.”

The Club secretary, Graham Love, told, that since then the courts were resurfaced about 7-8 years ago and the flood lights modernised about ten years ago.  Now , with new coaching arrangements, the Club is definitely gathering momentum for the next 76 years.

Coaching by Tennis Coach Wayne Tideswell
Dates: September 12th, 26th and October 3rd, 10th, 17th
Each date is divided into 5 x 55 minutes and a guide for each group is as follows:
3.45 – 4.40pm Beginners/under 6s
4.45 – 5.40pm Older beginners/under 8s
5.45 – 6.40pm Intermediates/under 11s
6.45 – 7.40pm Intermediates & advanced/under 18s
7.45 – 8.40pm Adults
There will be a maximum of 8 participants in each group. However, one-to-one coaching or smaller group coaching can also be arranged.
Sessions cancelled due to weather will be re-arranged at a later date.
Fees: £25 for 5 weeks
To book: Email or call 07732 946249.