What We Offer

Summer Leagues

For Summer 2019 we have 16 Leagues with mainly six teams in each, giving 404 matches for the season. Each team consists of six players.

The leagues at this time are divided into

  • Four Ladies divisions
  • Six Men’s divisions
  • Six ‘League’ divisions

The ‘League’ format was how the Leigh & Westcliff started in 1950. A team consists of a mixed pair, a mens pair 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 2019-2020 see our divisions divided as follows:

  • Five Ladies Divisions
  • Seven Mens Divisions
  • Six Mixed Divisions

In each of our leagues, teams play each other home and away.  Each team consists of four players. This gives 520 matches played throughout the winter months on a fortnightly basis.

All played outdoors in the unpredictable weathers of South East Essex. Bad weather usually postpones few of the matches. 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 in the summer.  These consist of the following competitions:

  • Mens Singles (including Plate)
  • Ladies Singles (including Plate)
  • Mens Doubles (including Plate)
  • Veterans Mens Doubles (including Plate)
  • Ladies Doubles
  • Veterans Ladies Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles (including Plate)
  • Veterans Mixed Doubles (including Plate)

A designated member club hosts these finals on the third Sunday in September. Due to the large number of events, this tends to be one of our larger clubs.

Winter Tournaments

Similarly to the the summer, members of all our affiliated clubs can play in winter knock out tournaments.  These consist of the following competitions:

  • Men’s Doubles (including Plate)
  • Ladies Doubles (including Plate)
  • Mixed Doubles (including Plate)

The finals are held at a volunteering member club on the third Sunday in April.  In order to allow some of our smaller clubs to host finals, the winter tournaments have fewer competitions.

Summer Cups

These are club knock out tournaments for the seventeen clubs within our Association. They consist of the following:

  • Ladies Jubilee Bowl
  • Mens Jubilee Cup
  • Mixed Jubilee Shield

These are played by two pairs in each team, to the best of three tie break sets. The matches are played on the clubs specified day, in the week designated by the Cup Secretary. The clubs with first Division teams do not come into play until later rounds. This gives the lower division clubs a few rounds to play each other before coming up against top division players.

Winter Cups

Like the summer, we also offer cups in the winter. These are:

  • Ladies Winter Cup
  • Mens Winter Cup
  • Mixed Winter Cup

These are played by two pairs in each team, to the best of three tie break sets. The matches are played on the clubs specified day, in the week designated by the Cup Secretary. The clubs with first Division teams do not come into play until later rounds. 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 teams.

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

r/o 100 Chalkwell Ave, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8NN, UK

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

David Lloyd Health Club Southend

FIve outdoor Astro Turf Courts, Three indoor acrylic courts, Two indoor carpet courts

2 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/

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

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

Thorpe Bay LTC

Sixteen Astroturf Courts

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

http://www.tbltc.co.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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