Petworth and Bognor tennis clubs fling open their doors (and courts)

Petworth Lawn Tennis Club members aren’t letting the weather get them down and are ready for their open day this Sunday (April 21).

Preparations for the grass season are well in hand, while members continue to play on the excellent hard courts.

The open day begins at 2pm and everyone is welcome, whether a player or spectator, to enjoy the club and have a go on the courts. Tea will be served.

If you can’t make open day, get in touch with club chairman Michael Crawley, who will give you a preview of this year’s programme.

Click on to, phone 01798 344462 or email

Meanwhile, Bognor Lawn Tennis Club will open its doors to the wider public on Saturday, April 27.

A highlight of the club’s annual calendar, the open day, running from 1.30 to 4.30pm, will be well attended by current members and the club’s coaching company, Generation Tennis.

It gives anyone with even a casual interest in tennis the chance to see what happens at the club. Participants are encouraged to pick up a racket, irrespective of their tennis level or potential.

It’s been a good year for BLTC, with all four of their match-playing teams maintaining their positions within the Sussex leagues. This bodes well for the summer season, when a full compliment of three men’s and two ladies’ teams will compete.

A recently-instated men’s singles ladder has also proved a very successful venture and has produced a different winner each time.

The most recent winner, Chris Gosden, proves hard graft and commitment pays off. He was, a few years ago, part of a group of adult members, new to the club, who partook in the Rusty Rackets course – designed for players with a range of abilities.

Many of those who have since completed the course had not touched a tennis racket for many years, and now several are knocking on the doors of the league-playing teams.

The Rusty Rackets course is a big passion for the club and provides the perfect route back – or even for the first, fledgling steps – into tennis. The course is run by professional coaches and forms part of a coaching schedule that facilitates tennis players of all ages, and all abilities – either in a group or individual environment.

Alongside the tennis is a bustling social scene, with fundraising ventures providing a welcoming platform for current

and new members.

For more visit or call 01243 849351.