King Alfred Lawn Tennis Club celebrates 60 years
KALTC is a small and friendly Club playing on 4 of the Kingsway seafront courts. Officially the season operates March to October with regular sessions on Monday evening and Saturday afternoons. KALTC is a member of the Brighton and Hove Parks League which formed in 1930, whose origins were “to provide competitive tennis for parks members who lack the means (or desire), to join a private club”.
The league has 638 registered members from 12 clubs around the city playing in 4 leagues throughout the summer months. KALTC plays 3 teams in the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions. As a small club with 35 registered members getting a regular team of 24 players who want to participate in competitive matches who are fit and not work tied can be challenging. For more information http://www.brighton-parks-tennis.co.uk/ site being updated
KALTC is always keen for new members who may just want social tennis opportunities or would like to participate in our league teams. Being in 3 different divisions means there are opportunities for players of all abilities, but members must be able to competently play a game. Why not come down for a few sessions on a Saturday or Monday.
THE FUTURE of KALTC and Council courts are in jeopardy .
Following reductions in government funding the City Council plans to reduce investment in tennis facilities, and to withdraw it entirely from April 2019. BHCC intends to cease to collect money, provide maintenance or any capital investment. The Council wanted regular court users to develop a Citywide proposal to take over the management of the courts. It has proved impossible for agreement to the two bids submitted; some of the bigger clubs are proposing to submit independent bids to manage their own courts. KALTC is too small a club with limited volunteers willing or able to manage such a massive undertaking.
The council have accepted smaller clubs are not in a position to run their courts so the Environment Sustainability and Transport Committee are looking into possible alternatives including not for profit companies running them. The future is still uncertain but if you value this local facility keep reading the minutes of above committee and ask questions of your local councillor. We know what happened to the City’s bowling greens. We cannot allow the same to happen to the tennis courts.
Come on budding Tennis players in the Hove Community, join us and help retain this much valued facility.