About the club
Shooters Hill Lawn Tennis Club (SHLTC LTD) is a member’s club providing social and competitive tennis for all levels and abilities. The club has four floodlit macadam courts and two floodlit Tiger Turf courts available throughout the year. The club is a key asset to the local community and offers a friendly and professional service to members and non-members.
The club was formed in 1927 and was initially part of the Shooters Hill Golf Club before becoming independent in 1967 when it signed an agreement to lease the land. The club became a limited company in 2006. A community grant from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) funded the installation of floodlights on two courts, and 2010 saw the other courts having the floodlights updated.
2014 saw exciting new developments within the club. The club received a LTA financial grant and loan and with a new 25 year lease the club built 2 new floodlit courts which opened in the summer in summer 2014. This has enabled the club to expand membership and further develop its coaching programme.
2016 saw the building of a disability entrance giving wheelchair access to 4 courts but not the club house. The club engaged an architect for a totally disability friendly club house to be built. These were submitted and approved by the council in 2018 and we are now applying for financial support. Unfortunately the funding from the LTA has hanged so the plans for the clubhouse are on hold. The Directors however have agreed to re-lay courts 1 and 2 in the new Tiger Turf surface and they should be finished for the new membership year.
The club has developed partnerships with local primary, secondary and special schools along with a 6th form college and university. Other partnerships with local community groups includes DS Active, local Neighbourhood Watch group, Shrewsbury House and Get Active Greenwich
The club aims to provide a tennis and social centre for local people and their families regardless of age, ability, gender, religion and ethnicity. The club also provides opportunities for people to participate in competitive and social tennis, coaching and social events.
The aims are achieved by the club working in partnership with the LTA, now being a focus club and the community to continually improve the club and its facilities.
The club directors work hard to improve and develop the club for the future. The club works closely with the LTA and ensures all it’s policies and coaching requirements are kept updated.
Any member wishing to become a director may be voted on to the board at the club AGM.
All ideas welcomed. The club is a keen supporter of building and maintaining strong links with the local community.
In spring 2007 the club joined forces with the Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (EPNWS) to build bonds in the neighbourhood, but also to help tackle issues of Anti-social behaviour taking place in and around the club.
The club supports the EPNWS by hosting the co-ordinators meetings and AGM as well as inviting them to the yearly Open Day
The club participates in various LTA interclub competitions and each year many men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and junior teams are entered at different levels. A club tournament for all categories (mixed, doubles and singles) for adults and many junior competitions are held in the summer with a finals day in July.
The club has a successful singles ladder league for members to compete in. Head Coach Phil Layfield works with Kent LTA and is introducing levels of competitive play for all levels (red, orange and green). He also works closely with other clubs/coaches in the area.
The club offers many events and activities throughout the year which are advertised inside the club and on this website. Members can register to receive email alerts when the website has been updated.
SHLTC is run on a voluntary basis and all the directors are volunteers. The club welcomes the support of its members in helping to run the club. Working parties are arranged to complete various jobs around the club and would appreciate members sparing a few hours a year to help.
The Club had a very successful 2019 with Luke House winning the National Coach of the Year. He moved to Bromley tennis centre and we wish him well in his future career. New coaches have arrived and we welcome them to the club.
Phil Layfield: Head Coach/Club Captain
Jan Are Mo: Social
Caroline Ratcliffe: Company Secretary/Membership
John Ratcliffe: Chair of Directors/Grants
Paul Rayner: Strategic Development
Ricardo Pinheiro: Community Outreach
Alison Saridogan: Jack Petchey Co-ordinator
Jo Thomas: Fixtures/Safeguarding
Rob Thomas: Premises
Sandra Woodcock: Treasurer
Co-opted: Catriona Rayner Assistant Treasurer