We have 3 macadam courts (hired from The Kings School) and a small newly erected Club House. During the winter months we try to organise occasional play at a local indoor centre
The Past The club was originally known as St Mary’s Lawn Tennis Club, established in 1948. In 1981 we changed our name to Ottery St Mary Tennis Club, to reflect the name of the town. Originally the club was based in Winters Lane but in 1982 we had the opportunity to rent tennis courts on a new shale hockey pitch at Kings School. When we moved to this new location we purchased and built our wooden club house, known as the ‘Club Hut’.It may be quaint – but we love it! A few years later the hockey pitch was converted to modern standards and we were then playing on an ‘Astroturf’ type of surface. For a while we had seven teams in local leagues, some achieving a very high standard of play, with a lot of success.See some of the trophies in the ‘Club Hut’. As a club we have always tried to encourage juniors and we became linked with Kings School to jointly promote tennis coaching for their students together with youngsters from local primary schools. This was encouraged and supported by the LTA.
The Present ................................. We have always enjoyed a good relationship with Kings School, and in 2009 the club was invited to rent the school tennis courts, so we moved from the AstroTurf courts on the hockey pitch to our present location. We continue to use the school courts and enjoy social club play. Unfortunately we no longer have teams competing in the local leagues.
The Future ...................... is uncertain but we would aim to achieve our objectives – to provide good facilities for everyone in the community from 4 years old to adults and offer tennis to everyone including those who may be have disabilities. This will be within a safe and secure environment with accessible facilities for all to become more than a tennis club and be a service to the community to offer Mini Tennis throughout the year with facilities and a coaching system to match,offering competitive play to all ages all year round, this will provide the opportunity for as many young players as possible to take their game to the highest level to offer our facilities to non-members to maximise use and encourage tennis and fitness in the community and provide even stronger links with local schools inviting them to use our facilities