touchtennis event a great success...

Andover Tennis Club held their first Touchtennis event at their indoor Centre last Saturday. Touchtennis is a fast-growing adaption of the game of tennis, played with sponge balls over a small court. Players are allowed only one serve, there are no lets and a sudden death deuce is played. This makes the games move swiftly onwards. The sponge balls make the game exciting for all ages and abilities and mean that adults can compete with young players on an equal footing. The event was organised by Josh Gook and Ed Percival, new coaches at the club, who are both excellent competitors in this game and great supporters of it. 24 club members, ranging in age from 7 years to over 70 years took part in a great morning of fun and enjoyment. The competitors played doubles and were divided into 3 sections for a round robin challenge, followed by semi-finals and a final.

Please click to view full report and pictures.

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Wimbledon Ballot 2018

The registration process is now open for club members (plus juniors aged 9 years old and above) to opt-in for the Wimbledon Ballot 2018. 

Each year, ALTC are allocated Wimbledon tickets which are balloted at a Club meeting, which normally takes place in April.

To be eligible to ballot for tickets during the ballot meeting, you must:

  • be a current ALTC member (all adults and juniors aged 9 years and above);
  • hold a British Tennis Membership; and
  • OPTED-IN via the British Tennis/LTA website.

Note - if you are not already a British Tennis member, please view British Tennis to register for FREE (all current ALTC members are eligible). Please ensure you select Andover Lawn Tennis Club as your Club, plus new juniors needs to request a LTA rating.

It takes minutes to Opt-in. The closing date to Opt-in is 23rd February.

It gives you a chance of being successful in the Club Ballot to watch the World's top tennis players at Wimbledon.




Private Coaching offer

5 x 60 minute Private Lessons for £100

(usual price £150)


Why not take advantage of this amazing private coaching offer from one of your new tennis professionals, Ed Percival. Ed is a 2.1 LTA rated player, is currently part of the Mens Hampshire County Team and has 16 years coaching experience with all levels.


This special offer is limited and will only be available in January and February (lessons can be arranged throughout 2018)


To take advantage please contact your new Head Coach Josh direct to book your offer and arrange your first lesson.

07902 124323


ALTC '100' Club - January's lucky winners

1st- john martin - £63.75

2nd - paula gibbs -£38.25

3rd - liz mckay - £25.50

Congratulations to the winners!  

A massive thank you to some of the winners who kindly donated their 'winnings' to the Club's funds.




Floodlights now available on the outdoor courts...

The floodlights are now in place for use on the outdoor courts.

  • The fee for the outdoor floodlight hire will be £4 per hour per court and can be booked in the normal way via the Clubspark on-line court booking system. 
  • When using floodlights for the outdoor courts, the booking must be a minimum of one hour. Please ensure you select this in the timing ‘pull-down’ option when booking your court on Clubspark.
  • As with any booking, the access gate is programmed to open 15 minutes prior to your booking. When using the outdoor floodlights, they will also automatically turn on at this time.
  • The lights will automatically turn off when the booking ends.
  • A 'safety light' (the floodlight by the court 3 access gate) will be lit throughout the booking and will turn off 5 minutes after the booking ends to ensure players can leave the courts safely.

The Committee would like to thank all the members for their co-operation during the installation and hope you enjoy the added facility to the outdoor courts.


Introducing Josh, our new Head Coach

Andover Tennis Club is delighted to welcome Josh Gook as our new head Coach for ALTC from January 2018.

His company, JGTennis, will be the coaching provider and Josh and Ed will be working with Martyn, George and Bash to provide all the coaching at ALTC for our adults, juniors, minis and schools.

Josh is a Level 3 Coach and is taking his Level 4 award in 2018. He is an excellent player and is a young man with great enthusiasm, drive, ideas and experience. 

Please click to view

- Josh's full intro

- how to book your place on a coaching programme


Smashing Charity Tennis Day with Davis Cup Pros...

Bright Ideas for Tennis in association with The Tennis Circus recently bought Davis Cup tennis to our club.

Club members of all ages joined Davis Cup pros for a selection of masterclasses from minis to adults drills.

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The Club was very grateful for this opportunity and enjoyed a wonderfully instructive and entertaining day. Refreshments were served by the Club's social team. 


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A profit of nearly £300 was made, which (at the Davis Cup Pro's request) will be used to take tennis into Andover Schools next summer.

Please read the full report of the day.

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Winter Indoor Court 'Booking Night' - Wednesday 27th September

If you are interested in playing indoor tennis during the Winter evenings (6:00 – 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday) from 2nd October until March 2017, please come along to the ‘Booking Night’ meeting on Wednesday 27th September at 7:00p.m. in the Clubhouse.

  • Adult and “A” junior members will be given priority to book a session in advance.
  • As of w/c 2nd October, Friday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. will continue to be a Club Evening, open to all adult members (minimal lighting charge will apply).
  • Please note that the following times are not available as there are adult coaching courses;- Tuesdays 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • If more than one group ask for the same time, there will be a coin toss to decide the allocation.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Linda Penn to discuss your request. (


H&IOW Ladies Team promoted to Division 2...

The ladies have had an excellent season in Division 3b winning all their 5 matches (results below). The match on Saturday 5th August against Kingsgate ensured promotion to Division 2 next season.

The team won 9-0 but it was not all plain sailing and, in particular, Fi Strachan and Vicki Blewitt showed grit and determination by winning their matches over a mammoth 5 hours non stop! Ros Hursell and Kate Sloan played first pair and won all 3 of their rubbers in a calm and collected way, losing only 10 games in all. Lizzie Austin and Claire Reid playing in wind and rain, occasionally being interrupted by torrential downpours, secured their 3 rubbers ensuring a full sweep.

Thanks to all the ladies that have taken the time to play for Andover during the summer to ensure promotion for the team. Jennie Pope, Anne Brook and Nicky Hepworth have also made a huge contribution as well as the 6 ladies mentioned above. Ladies tennis at Andover goes from strength to strength and we look forward to the challenges that next season will bring.

vs Totton and Eling      Won 8-1

vs Wellow                      Won 6-3

vs Salisbury                    Won 5-4

Vs Victoria Park             Won 9-0

vs Kingsgate                   Won 9-0

Road to Wimbledon U14 Finals - Mark reaches the County 'Final'

Mark Mackie, Club Junior player, reached the final of the County Road to Wimbledon Finals held at Southsea.

Every year, winners from their local Club's Road To Wimbledon tournament travel to play on the grass courts at Southsea. The winner of the tournament is then invited to play at Wimbledon.


After a close match, Mark just lost the final in a tie-break.


Well done Mark for reaching the final - an excellent achievement...

Adult Single League/Improve your game ... starts mid-July

Welcome to the start of the Adult "SINGLES LEAGUES"

Now the club is truly grounded at the new site it’s time to start focusing on playing and improving our games.


  • We will now be running singles leagues for all club members who wish to take part.
  • Each of the leagues will be set-up with 4 - 8 persons 
  • Everybody has the opportunity to play everyone in their league within the time period (2-3 months / depending on numbers)
  • At the end of 2-3 months period the top 1-2 players will progress to the higher league and the bottom 1-2 will be relegated to the lower league

Please can any member who is interested in joining the league express your interest to Adrian Shapter (Committee member) who will be running the leagues

email: Adrian Shapter

Please express your interest by 14/07/17 so we can get playing

Further details available once interest has been expressed.

This is a great opportunity to everybody to really fast track your game whether it’s just for fun, fitness or whether you are looking to add a competitive edge; due to the nature of the singles league this really caters for all, points will be allocated fairly and if you can't make all the games it doesn't matter... there is no penalty if you don't play but, of course you increase your chances of promotion if you play all the games.

We look forward to receiving your interest ASAP