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Summer Leagues

For Summer 2017 we have 16 Leagues containing mainly six teams in each, giving 432 matches for the season. Each team consists of six players.

The leagues at this time are divided into four Ladies divisions, six Gentlemen’s divisions and six divisions in our unique league called ‘THE LEAGUE’

THE LEAGUE format was how the Leigh & Westcliff started in 1950. A team consists of a mixed pair, a mens pairing and two ladies to complete the six person squad. We like to believe that we are still unique with this way of playing team tennis.

Winter Leagues

Winter 2016-2017 see our divisions divided as follows: Seven Gentlemen’s Divisions, Five Ladies with Seven playing the normal mixed leagues. 19 leagues with all teams playing each other home and away. 542 matches played throughout the winter months on an every other week basis.

All played outdoors in the unpredictable weathers of South East Essex. We find it hard to believe that so few matches are ever postponed because of bad weather. A credit to the all weather tennis playing community of this corner of Essex.

Summer Tournaments

Knock out tournaments for members of all affiliated clubs are available and the summer consists of the following competitions:-

Mens Singles, Mens Singles Plate, Ladies Singles, Mens Doubles, Mens Doubles Plate, Ladies Doubles, Ladies Doubles Plate, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Doubles Plate, Veterans Mens Doubles, Veterans Ladies Doubles, Veterans Mixed Doubles, Veterans Mens Singles, Veterans Ladies Singles.

The finals are hosted by a designated club within our numbers, on the third Sunday in September. We employ official Wimbledon umpires to officiate these matches.

Winter Tournaments

Again all club members are eligible to play in our Winter knock out Tournaments, consisting of Gentlemen’s Doubles, Gentlemen’s Doubles Plate, Ladies Doubles, Ladies Doubles Plate, Mixed Doubles and Mixed Doubles Plate.

The finals are once again held at a volunteering member club on the third Sunday in April.

Summer Cups

MENS JUBILEE CUP, LADIES JUBILEE BOWL, MIXED JUBILEE SHIELD
These are played by two pairs in each team, to the best of three tie break sets, on the clubs specified day, in the week designated by the Cup Secretary. In the event of both teams finishing with equal number of sets a play off will take place. The captain will pick one player from each pair who will play one deciding tie breaker set. The clubs with first Division teams do not come into play until the third round, this gives the lower division clubs a few rounds to play each other before coming up against top division players.

These are club knock out tournaments for the seventeen clubs within our Association.

Winter Cups

MENS WINTER CUP, LADIES WINTER CUP, MIXED WINTER CUP
These are played by two pairs in each team, to the best of three tie break sets, on the clubs specified day, in the week designated by the Cup Secretary. In the event of both teams finishing with equal number of sets a play off will take place. The captain will pick one player from each pair who will play one deciding tie breaker set. The clubs with first Division teams do not come into play until the third round, this gives the lower division clubs a few rounds to play each other before coming up against top division players. We also now have a group B tournament to give even more competitive tennis.

Junior Events

The L & W try hard to encourage young members to join in with competitive tennis.

Many clubs use the lower senior divisions to blood their youngsters into team competitive tennis.

Seniors League

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About Us

The Leigh & Westcliff is reported to be the largest tennis association in the U.K.. During the winter months 19 leagues of six teams are run, with four players per squad. In the summer the leagues are 16 strong, also holding six teams per division, but housing six players per team. We have over 1,600 registered players within our 16 affiliated clubs. This number grows year on year.

The rules of the association have been built very comprehensively over the years, they are strictly adhered to by the League Secretary, with the backing from the elected committee of eleven, all members of the clubs involved. Knockout tournaments are arranged, Summer and Winter, for all affiliated 1,600 members as well as Junior Leagues within the Summer Season. Tennis membership is available from all of our affiliated clubs with varied membership costs, to suit all pockets.

History

The year was 1949 and the need to have a tennis association for small clubs was recognised in the South East of Essex.

Originally this was to give one or two court clubs, and all standards of players, competitive tennis. Representatives from eight local clubs decided to form a league ready for the 1950 summer season. St.Peters Church was the meeting venue and the initial clubs involved were:-

St.Peters LTC, Kent Elms TC, Leigh Road Baptist TC, Brookside, Clifftown, Leigh Wesley, Oakleigh, St.Mary's and St. Margaret's

The six clubs shown in Italic lettering are sadly no longer in existence.

In the beginning it was decided that member clubs should compete in a league competition, playing each other once. This original league, and still called 'The League', consisted of a men's, ladies and mixed pairing, now playing home and away. The format continues to be run to this day and we like to feel it is unique in league tennis. We have during the years since 1950 been joined by:

The David Lloyd Centre Southend, Deanes Sports Centre, Hadleigh Park LTC, Hockley LTC, Invicta TC, Rayleigh LTC, Rochford TC, Southend Lawn TC, Thorpe Bay LTC, Westcliff Hardcourt LTC, Westcliff Lawn TC and Wickford LTC

A number of other clubs have been involved through the many years:

Leigh, Access, A.W.R.E (renamed Civil Service), Cavendish, Civil Service, Conifers, Erycinus (renamed C.E.Heath), N.A.L.G.O., Old Southendians, St.Aidans, St.Saviours, Southbourne, Southend Hospital and Westcliff Congregational

This history of the L.&.W. was updated and and put on line in February 2011. We have 16 affiliated clubs within our ranks, and would always welcome new organisations in our area with tennis facilities. Following the summer success of 'THE LEAGUE', Gentlemen's leagues were set up in 1970, followed fifteen years later by the Ladies in 1985. Winter League tennis was introduced for the 1986/87 season; this started with eight divisions. Summer club knockout competitions commenced in May 1964 and were named the Jubilee Cup for the Men, Jubilee Bowl for the Ladies and in 1988 the Jubilee Shield for the Mixed.

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Affiliated Clubs

Crowstone and St Saviours LTC

Three Hard Courts

40 Crosby Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8LG, UK

http://www.crowstoneltc.co.uk/

David Lloyd Health Club Southend

FIve outdoor Astro Turf Courts, Five indoor courts

Snakes Ln, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6UD, UK

Deanes LTC

Three Acrylic Courts

70 Daws Heath Rd, Benfleet SS7 2TA, UK

Hadleigh Park LTC

Three Astroturf Courts

41 Elm Rd, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2AH, UK

http://www.hadleighparkltc.co.uk

Hockley LTC

Three Astroturf Courts

8 Folly Ln, Hockley SS5 4SE, UK

http://www.hockleyltc.co.uk/

Invicta Tennis Club

Three Hard Courts

23-31 Crosby Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0, UK

http://www.invictatc.blogspot.co.uk/

Thorpe Bay LTC

Sixteen Astroturf Courts

67 Thorpe Bay Gardens, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3NP, UK

http://www.tbltc.co.uk/

Kent Elms LTC

Three Astroturf Courts

19 Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6GG, UK

http://www.kentelmstennisclub.com

Leigh Road Baptist Church LTC

Three Hard Courts

40 Crosby Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8LG, UK

Rayleigh LTC

Five Astroturf Courts

Watchfield Ln, Rayleigh SS6, UK

http://www.rayleighlawn.co.uk

Rochford Tennis Club

Three Hard Courts

2 Church Walk, Rochford SS4 1NL, UK

http://www.rochfordtennis.co.uk/

Southend LTC

Five Astroturf Courts

6 Broadclyst Gardens, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3QP, UK

http://www.southendlawntennisclub.com/

St Peters LTC

One Hard Court

12A Eastbourne Grove, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0QF, UK

Westcliff Hard

Four Astroturf and Three Acrylic Courts

18 The Ridgeway, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8NT, UK

http://www.westcliffhard.com

Westcliff Lawn

Five Astroturf, Three Artificial Clay and One Hard Court

630-634 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9HW, UK

http://www.westclifflawntennis.co.uk

Wickford LTC

Three Tiger Turf Courts

24 Swan Ln, Wickford SS11 7DD, UK

http://www.wickfordltc.org/

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