Welcome to Hove Park Tennis Club

Hi and welcome to Hove Park Tennis Club. Please 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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Courts will reopen for booked sessions on Wednesday but LTA guidelines must be followed please.

Guidance published for playing tennis safely in England from Wednesday

Read full guidelines for venues, coaches and players at https://bit.ly/2WmklEa

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Courts are now closed, sorry. 24/03/2020

Due to the Prime Minister’s Instruction yesterday evening and the subsequent clarification from the Government i.e.

CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC PLACES
Including:-
Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities
Communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms

to comply with these instructions, the Hove Park Tennis Alliance has cancelled all current and future bookings of the Hove Park Tennis Courts and the Clubspark Booking System has been suspended immediately.

In the meantime, keep safe and active, hopefully we will all be playing tennis in the not too distant future.

Hove Park Tennis Alliance

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Courts at Hove Park open, but no organised club activities. Update 22/3/20 14:00

In light of recent government and LTA guidelines Hove Park Tennis Club will suspend all organised activities until instructed otherwise.
Unfortunately this means that any club or individual group sessions including club nights will not take place for the foreseeable future.

This is such a hard decision but something we have been monitoring since the outbreak started. The emphasis has shifted and we all have a duty to be socially responsible first.
Alistair has cancelled all Sunday groups and Tom will likely do the same after honouring this weekend sessions.

The courts however remain open for now and individuals are still welcome to book courts and have one to one coaching.

For all other information on how to stay safe I have included the latest LTA guidelines for COVID-19 tennis venues, please read :

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/

Many thanks
Neil
Hove Park Tennis Alliance

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2020 season, our 63rd. AGM was on Tue 18th Feb!

HPTC members – This year’s AGM (our 63rd) was held on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at the  Poets Corner Pub, Montgomery Street, Hove at 7.00 pm. Welcome back and a special welcome to those who joined last year.

Club Summer season opening day and evenings from Monday 23 March until Friday 23 October. All sessions will now begin at 5pm. League matches begin on 14 April.

Prospective new members can attend free for 2 sessions before their membership request is assessed.

The agenda was emailed out to members via the Hove Park Alliance email.  A registration form will be sent very soon with details of how to make your membership payment (eg via Clubspark or direct) of £90 (£45 juniors).

It was great to see over 30 members at the AGM. (No extra agenda items raised)

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Looking back on a great 2019 season

LOOKING BACK ON A GREAT SEASON. The successful and enjoyable club finals day was another step in what has been a great 2019 summer season for Hove Park Tennis Club.
The league season has now come to an end with ALL six Hove Park teams very pleased with what they achieved.
Our first team (Hove) just missed out on being Brighton Parks champions with 110 pts to Dyke’s 115 pts. Dyke beat us in the last match of the season! 😱 Finishing 2nd was an improvement to the 2018 season when we finished 4th.
The second team (Hove A) achieved what they set out to do by staying in the first division finishing 7th with 54 pts. That has not always been possible before.😅
It was a great year for our third team (Hove B). They are division two champions gaining 107 pts beating Dyke A who came second with 104 pts. 🤠
In the third division (Hove C) our 4th team won promotion finishing as runners-up with 108 pts behind Dyke C with 113 pts. 😎
The fourth division belongs to Hove! Our 5th team (Hove D) easily won the division and are champions with 110 pts from 16 matches. The 6th team (Hove E) had their best season ever and also won promotion finishing as runners-up with 96 pts from 16 matches. 🥰🤩
Our six teams played a combined total of 104 matches and we won 66 of them. 21 were drawn and we were only beaten 17 times. A great record! We had 77 members play for Hove Park in the teams (40 men and 37 ladies) so congratulations to you all whether you just played a few games or were playing throughout the season. You all played your part in making 2019 a season to remember with pride.. Mick.
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2019 Club Tournament – SUNDAY 8th September

The Club Tournament FINALS took place on Sunday 8th September 2019 from 10:00am – Order of play was as below. A glorious day with a great turnout from supporters and helpers (Umpires/Line Judges/Cooks/Food providers) – and an excellent BBQ from Jason/Matt.

Details of the results are below, so thank you all for getting your matches organised!

  • Ladies Singles – (Last update 08/9/19) Won by Jo Davis
  • Mens Singles – (Last update 08/9/19) Won by David Redinha
  • Ladies Doubles – (Last update 08/9/19) Won by Jess Pither/Dinah Rae
  • Mens Doubles – (Last update 08/9/19) Won by Andre Glucina/Antonio Sierra-Olmo
  • Mixed Doubles – (Last update 08/9/19) Won by Simon Sumner/Rita O’Regan
2019 Club Tournament FInalists

A players’ contact sheet will be issued to all competitors by Iain Stewart or Dan Curtis, 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 Dan 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) Every Competitor is responsible for arranging matches they are in (please do not wait for others to make contact with you)
  • 2) Matches are best of 3 sets, with a tie break at 6-6 in any set.
  • 3) Matches are to be played by dates shown on the Draw sheets.
  • 4) If a match is not going to be completed by the stated date please inform Iain/Dan asap. (Note: Missed deadlines could result in ALL players in that game being scratched)
  • 5) Matches cannot be played on courts used during Club Evenings unless they become free later in the evening.
  • 6) Results are to be given to Iain Stewart or Dan Curtis immediately after matches have been played (can also copy in hoveparktennis @ btinternet.com ).
  • 7) If you are unable to compete further, or even for a temporary period, please inform Iain/Dan. Please also try and let your partner/opponents know.
  • 8) 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 4)
  • 9) If you are not free on Finals Day you must withdraw from the Tournament asap.
  • 10) If necessary the Tournament Secretary will arbitrate in the event of a dispute (and has the final say).
  • Most important – Have fun and enjoy!! – Iain and Dan
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2019 season is well under way

2019 season is now well under way  – we are now a third of the way through the 18 week league season and it has been a very successful start to the season so far and many new members playing in the teams.  The Hove Park teams have played a total of 33 matches. We have won 21 matches, drawn 6 and lost just 6. The 5th team (Hove D) have won all 5 matches. The 4th team (Hove C) are unbeaten winning 5 matches and drawing the other one. The 1st team (Hove) are also unbeaten winning 4 of the matches played and drawing one. On with the next part of the season!!).

We have also just had the first of the club tournaments, see the Club Tournament page.

Welcome to our new members for this season and enjoy 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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