Promotions galore for Cleeve Hill
DESPITE having only two tennis courts, Cleeve Hill Tennis Club in Downend has seen six out of its 10 teams promoted in the Avon Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) league in 2019.
At the end of the main Avon LTA league tennis season, Cleeve Hill will see the men’s first team promoted to Division 1, and the ladies' first team promoted to Division 2.
Other successful teams winning their divisions this year include the men’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth teams.
Jordan Milbourne, joint tennis captain for 2019, said: “We’re delighted by our results this year. For a two-court club, we punch well above our weight and compete regularly with the super clubs such as Clifton, Bristol and Lansdown, who have over ten courts. The fact that we field 10 teams every Friday night shows how much our members enjoy testing themselves against players from the top local clubs.”
Richard Hill, chairman of Cleeve Hill, said: “We have a lot of talented people of all ages and abilities who choose to play at Cleeve Hill. As well as doing well in the Avon leagues, I think the social aspects and friendly attitude make our club special. During the league season we have a rota of volunteers to provide post-match food and help behind the bar on busy Friday nights. We’re very lucky to have voluntary support from our members all year round.”
Cleeve Hill Tennis Club is one of the oldest tennis clubs in Bristol. Founded in 1929, it currently has 125 adult members and a thriving junior section.
The club is in the process of purchasing land from a neighbour, with the possibility of expanding to four courts in the future.
Currently on league nights, the teams use the courts at Colston's School, Stapleton Road and public courts at Bromley Heath.
Milbourne said: “Having four courts will make a huge difference to all aspects of the club both for social as well as competitive tennis.”
Aside from competitive tennis, there are regular social tennis opportunities in the evenings as well as a number of members playing regularly though the day. There are now more than 40 junior members with courses running year-round. Adult group coaching has also proved popular, with six-week courses designed to encourage those who may not have picked up a racket for years.
Despite its popularity Cleeve Hill are still interested in growing its membership and are actively looking for new ladies wishing to play league tennis for the 2020 season. New junior members are also encouraged.
You can follow Cleeve Hill LTC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Anyone interested in joining or signing up to the group coaching sessions should contact the club via Facebook.