Welcome to Hove Park Tennis Club

Hi and welcome to the official website of the Hove Park Tennis Club. Please take some time to have a read and a browse around the site.

See below for what’s happening at the club or click this Latest News link.

If you have some feedback or if there is something you would like to know about, or see added to the site, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Enjoy your tennis!

Mick Cox

Club Captain


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2019 season is now under way

2019 season is now under way – with the first set of League matches played last night (which some excellent results as well!).

Welcome to our new members for this season and lets hope for a sucessful and enjoyable summer of great tennis.

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2019 season – not long now – AGM is on Wed 27th Feb!

HPTC members – This year’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at the  Poets Corner Pub, Montgomery Street, Hove, starting at 8.00 pm. Welcome back and a special welcome to those who joined last year.

Club Summer season opening day and evenings proposed as Monday 25th March until Friday 25th October at 6.00pm (March, April, September and October starting at 5.00 pm). Club Sunday sessions: Summer April-October 2.00-5.00 pm. Winter November-March 10.00-1.00 pm

The agenda has been emailed out to HPTC members via the Hove Park Alliance email.  A registration form will be sent to you in due course but in the mean time we look forward to seeing all members at the AGM.

Please let Mick know if you have any extra agenda items to raise.

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Happy New 2019 – Alliance Coaching sessions

Happy new year to our Tennis players. Start counting down the days to the summer match season, but can be plenty of winter tennis before then.

With the new year comes new coaching sessions run by Tom Honeywood, Head Coach for the Hove Park Tennis Alliance. Apart from the Saturday sessions, they are open to all. For further details contact Tom on 07894280055 or tom@honeywoodtennis.com

  • Monday  
    • 09.30 – 10.30 Cardio Tennis £8 
    • 10.30 – 11.30    Beginner            £8
    • 11.30 – 13.00    Intermediate    £10
  • Wednesday
    • 09.00 – 10.00   New Tricks (over 55s) £6
    • 10.00 – 11.30   Ladies Morning          £10
  • Friday
    • 09.30 – 10.30 Cardio Tennis                £8
    • 09.00 – 10.00  Singles Tactics (FEB)   £6
  • Saturday (Hove Park Club members only)
    • 13.00 – 14.30 Hove Park Club Doubles   £10

Thank you to everyone that’s registered for the HPTL Spring Season. I’m told the leagues are starting to fill up! Please make sure you Share it with your friends/hitting partners as registration closes on the 25th Jan! Don’t forget that we have Cardio Tennis this Friday at 9.30am – 10.30am and Doubles Training on Saturday at 1.30pm – 3.00pm. Just for this week, could I ask you to msg me if you are intending on coming to the Doubles Training. Tom 07894280055

Hove Park Tennis Leagues As part of HPTA’s continued development of tennis in Hove Park, we’re starting a league. The Leagues are open to all players of all abilities with multiple leagues to suit all play styles; Mixed Singles, Ladies Doubles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Hove Park club will be running winter Club Sessions from 10am to 1pm on Sundays until March 31st on courts 3,4,& 5….

The HPTA Junior Programme is here!

Following on from the success of the new adult groups that started in January (check them out above!) our coaching team are now putting on Mini Tennis and Age 10+ yellow ball coaching groups. The Sunday sessions start on the 24th February and are drop in only – Mini Tennis 10am-11am (ages 4-7 and 8-10) and Age 10+ 11am-12pm. The Wednesday groups start 13th March and are either drop in or you can sign up for the term – Mini Tennis 4pm-5pm (ages 4-7 and 8-10) and Age 10+ 5pm-6pm. Pay and Play £8 per hour group.

We want to see as many kids as possible playing tennis at Hove Park. It really is a sport that creates opportunities through their school years and many years after that. It’s fantastic to see parents on court throwing balls to their children and with coaching your child could soon be able to challenge you! Its a great feeling, just ask a few of our members! If you have any questions please contact our Head Coach, Tom Honeywood.

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Court Maintenance completed, and plans for 2018 and beyond.

The courts have all been refurbished now and are looking fantastic. There are also Locking gates, and the entry code will be notified with all court bookings (and please ensure gates are shut after use).

We are in the process of signing a 25 year lease on the courts and this refurbishment is an excellent start for us to achieve our aim of keeping improving and maintaining the courts at Hove for all to enjoy.

A huge thanks to all of you, whether you have booked courts individually or taken up the fantastic value membership scheme, you are all contributing to making our courts the best in the City. The booking system is brilliant, gone are the days of getting down courtside just hoping that a court may be free.

We are not resting on our laurels however, there is still much to do. We have carried out some temporary repairs to the exterior fencing but some parts are in need of replacing, we shall be looking into a rolling programme of renewing the chain link and as revenue is built up, some monies will certainly be spent on this.

We are excited about the possibilities of working with our coach ( Brett Macdonald) so we will keep you regularly informed of new coaching programmes coming to your courts soon. Whether you are just starting out again or would like to keep fit whilst having a hit, we will be looking into everything from Rusty Rackets to Cardio Tennis. Have you also noticed ‘Playball’ ? An introduction to sport for young children, David and his staff are so good and make the sessions great fun, check out their website for details.

We are keen to start reaching out into the community and would like to help minority groups get involved in tennis and are also looking at involvement with local businesses and schools to get our courts thriving, especially during the quiet times, introducing more and more people to our great sport. If anyone has any links with such groups please do not hesitate to get in touch.

An exciting project for the future will be definitely looking into the prospect of having floodlights. Watch this space for further updates.

Thanks again for your support

Neil Dickson ( on behalf of the Hove Park Tennis Alliance).

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2018 Season – Final league positions

With all our league matches for the season played, the league positions have been settled:-

In the 1st Division, Hove are in 4th place with Queens as champions, but Dyke just pipped Saltdean to 2nd by one point.

However the most important news is that Hove A managed a fantastic late run to just overtake Queens B in the 2nd Division and win PROMOTION along with Queens A! Over 20 club members came along to watch their last game and cheer on a fantastic 3-1 win against Blakers. Hove B stayed clear of relegation in 7th place.

In the 3rd Division Hove C achieved a good 5th (and a point above Dyke D) with Saltdean B taking the title, but although Hove D overtook Blakers B to avoid bottom place, unfortunately will still be relegated.

Finally in the 4th Division Hove E had a tough season, but are a reasonable 8th out of 10 and only one point behind the next team up. Blaggs A secured the title.

Well done to ALL team captains, sub-captains and match players for all the hard work they have put in to achieve these results and to all who came along to cheer us on!

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2018 Club Tournament – SUNDAY 2nd September

The Club Tournament FINALS took place on a gloriously sunny Sunday 2nd September 2018 from 10:00am.
Great to see such a large number come down and support during the day, and thanks for all the food contributions! Special thanks to all Umpires and Line Judges. See Gallery for some photos from the day.

The RESULTS are as follows.

Ladies Singles – (Last update 2/9/18) Joannah beat Susy

Mens Singles  – (Last update 2/9/18) David beat Fariss

Ladies Doubles  – (Last update 2/9/18)Jess/Rachel beat Ann/Rita

Mens Doubles  – (Last update 2/9/18) Iain/James beat Tony/Colin

Mixed Doubles  – (Last update 2/9/18) Tony/Hayley beat Iain/Ann

The rules and a players contact sheet were issued to all competitors by Iain Stewart or Dave Tulley, the Tournament organisers, BUT the draw sheets will be only on the WEB. You can print copies yourselves as required. The results will be updated as they are received. Any updates send to Iain or Dave and also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com .

**At the AGM is was emphasised the need to arrange matches and get them played promptly so the tournament can run fairly to all.**

To ensure the tournament runs smoothly for the benefit of everyone, the Rules to be followed are below (with additional notes):-

1) Each Competitor is responsible for arranging matches they are in (please do not wait for others to make contact with you)
2) Matches are to be played by dates shown on the Draw sheets.
3) Matches cannot be played on courts used during Club Evenings unless they become free later in the evening.
4) Results are to be given to Iain Stewart or Dave Tulley immediately after matches have been played (can also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com ).
5) If a match is not going to be completed by the stated date please inform Iain/Dave asap. (Note: Missed deadlines could result in all players in that game being scratched)
6) If you are unable to compete further, or even for a temporary period, please inform Iain/Dave. (Please also try and let your partner/opponents know)
7) A reminder will be sent if results have not been received by the stated date (but please do not wait for this – see note for 5)
8) If you are not free on Finals Day you must withdraw from the Tournament asap.
9) If necessary the Tournament Secretary will arbitrate in the event of a dispute (and has the final say).
10) Matches are best of 3 sets, with a tie break at 6-6 in any set.

Thank you!
Iain Stewart/Dave Tulley, Tournament Secretaries

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2018 – A new era for Hove Park Tennis! Season starts NOW!

Welcome to the 2018 season in Hove Park. This is an exiting new era for the club and also heralds in new arrangements for Hove Park courts management.

First club night is on Monday 26th March – running Mondays and Fridays from 5pm until 30 April, then from 6pm through the summer till a return to 5pm start in September. Various members will be helping open up the courts for club nights this season, but anyone else willing to volunteer to be a regular “early starter” or “late finisher” and help with this should contact Mick or any of the committee.

Matches start from Tuesday 10th April, with some new Team Captains – so please ensure your registration forms and payment have been returned to Mick Cox by Friday 6th April at the latest! At least this season there will no more Match Fees to be paid as now included in the £70 membership fee.

Details of the other club competition dates were in the welcome letter sent.


This season will see major changes in the way the courts are run, as the council have now handed over the running (and financing) of the courts to “Hove Park Tennis Alliance” – a new organisation comprising members of Hove Park Tennis, Top Cat and Welbeck Tennis clubs. There is an online & App court booking system (club members are automatically made members of the HPTA) which is also available to members of the public, to allow you to book available courts! Once your membership form has been received by Mick, you will be invited to register online for access.

PS Thanks to Nick Rivett Sports who gave us a good competitive price for this season’s Dunlop Fort all court tennis balls so I hope you will visit his shop in Church Road, Hove whenever you need any tennis or other sports equipment!

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2018 season – not long now – AGM is on Wed 28th Feb!

The 2018 Season is nearly here, days are getting longer, and the annual AGM has been set for 8.00 pm on Wednesday 28th Feb 2018 at The Poets Ale and Smoke House (previously Poets’ Corner pub) on Montgomery Street, Hove. We hope to see as many members as possible there.

There is a lot to discuss and look forward to!! Remember we need team captains for 5th and 6th teams and we can also update you on the latest court situation from the council.

Letters with details of the AGM agenda and also your registration forms will be sent out very soon. Remember to get these back to Mick asap please along with your annual subs or else bring them along to the meeting in person.

First club night will be on Monday 26th March at 5pm. League matches start from the 10th April.

PS If a British Tennis member – please remember to OPT-IN to the Wimbledon ballot before 23 Feb as that increases the no of tickets we will be allocated (or join for free at lta.org.uk and link to HoveParkLawnTennis Club).

Mick Cox and John King.

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2017 season almost over!

Sadly the 2017 season will soon be coming to an end and the various Club Tournaments have been played.

Before then 18 members (in three teams of six) will be playing this Saturday (23rd) in the Brighton Parks ‘Davis Cup’ competition in Hove Park.

Club sessions will also continue on the astro courts until the end of September. Paul will then open up on the hard courts until the clocks go back at the end of October, from about 4.45 pm on a Monday and Friday evening for anybody that wants to come and play.

We hope to see you all at the AGM in February, if not before! Keep up with any other winter news via our Facebook group.

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Hove Park 60th Anniversary year!


We held a celebration for our 60th Anniversary year on Saturday 1st July 2017 at Hove Rugby Club, attended by over 60 current and past members and their guests.

It was a very enjoyable evening with some interesting information from John King and Mick Cox about the early years (helped from the floor by 2 of our very earliest members – Don Lambert and Jack Galway), a delicious buffet (well done Matt!), great raffle, and some amazing photos displayed, covering MANY years of the club, showing just how much fashions have changed, whether for clothing, hairstyles or racquets. Finally the dance floor was lit up and Dan the DJ was let loose, and a chance for all to dance the night away!

I have added some pictures to the Gallery.

Take care John.


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