Basford LTC is situated at the head of a quiet cul-de-sac near to the Polite Vicar public house and the New Vic Theatre, a few minutes' drive from Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. With four floodlit artificial grass tennis courts that are available until 11 p.m. (courts 3 and 4 only until 10:30 p.m.) every day of the week, there are plenty of opportunities for play. If you want to play in the evening, the floodlights are operated by tokens, which are available from the club and cost £1.50 for half an hour. Within the club house is a pleasant lounge with TV, piano and very reasonably priced bar, a kitchen and changing rooms with showers. Outside, amongst the landscaping, there is plenty of seating for those wishing to take a break from the rigours of running round the courts, or for those simply wanting to soak up the sunshine whilst watching others at play.
Although it is not a big club, Basford has several players who are nationally ranked (i.e. inside the top 100 in their age group) with one reaching the top 10 in his age group, one reaching the finals of the Road To Wimbledon tournament in both 2007 and 2008, and several more players bubbling just outside the top 100. There is a good mix of competitive players who are keen to progress and social players who want to enjoy a good game in a pleasant environment with a friendly group of players.
In 2007, Basford entered two men's teams and a ladies' team in the City & Suburban Tennis League, with all three teams winning their respective divisions. 2008's results were not quite as good; the promotion of both men's teams to higher divisions and the addition of a third men's team was a step too far to repeat the previous year's success. However, the ladies' team continued their winning streak and Basford also won the mixed doubles. The City & Suburban Tennis League takes place during the spring and summer; in the autumn and winter a hotly contested ladder is played on Wednesday evenings. The ladder is mixed sex and consists of divisions of 4 players playing three one-set doubles matches, partnering each of the other three players in turn. The player winning the most games is promoted and the player winning the least games is demoted.
The club is lucky to have two LTA licensed resident coaches, brothers Mike and Paul Armstrong, who provide group coaching for juniors, adults and the teams, as well as offering individual coaching at very reasonable rates. Players of all ages and standards, both members and non-members, are welcome to take advantage of Mike and Paul's coaching skills. They can offer the use of a ball machine and video analysis as well as traditional coaching.
Founded in 1883, the club was originally sited behind the Queen's Hotel and moved to the present location in 1926. The club has hosted matches with well-known players such as the pictured exhibition match between Fred Perry and 'Bunny' Austin on May 11th, 1936, shortly before Fred won the gentlemen's singles at Wimbledon for the third consecutive time. You may like to read the Sentinel report about the match or some of the other newspaper articles about the club or read a potted history of the club.
2008, the club's 125'th anniversary year, has seen the club fit double glazing to the club house lounge, redecorate the lounge, replace the surface of two courts, achieve Tennis Clubmark accreditation, launch a new website and be awarded Key Club status by the Staffordshire LTA.
Basford Lawn Tennis Club Limited
Registered in England: IP10315R
Registered Office: West Avenue, Basford, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0NB. Click here for directions.