With the Wimbledon tennis Championships set to begin at 11:30 on Monday 3 July running until Sunday 16 July we really will know that British summertime has arrived. No doubt you will be inspired to dust off your own tennis racquets and maybe get involved with some friendly competitive tennis on St Albans & Harpenden's public courts in the St Albans Tennis League.
Everyone is welcome to this friendly mixed singles tennis league for adults of all standards. The league was set up to offer more opportunity to compete and improve, players arrange their own matches in each 8 week round, 4 times a year.
The Local Tennis Leagues organisation was founded and is run by Sally Kinnes and Nigel Billen.
"The idea for a tennis league in a local park began as a way of improving our own game," says Sally. "We set up the first, fledgling league on Highbury Fields in May 2005. It took off. Since then, many hundreds of people have taken part, made friends and improved their game."
They believe that although there are plenty of leagues and ladders in clubs, if you seek them out, there is not always a regular league for players who play on local public courts. They believe local leagues also foster a sense of community, putting local players in touch with each other as well as giving people a way of improving.
The league concept is approved by and affiliated to the LTA, the governing body, and recognised by the Tennis Foundation, a charity set up by the LTA to promote grass-roots tennis. If you want to find out more get on to the St Albans League or look up more about them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/localtennisleagues