Match Tennis

The 2021/22 winter season will start on October 4th for the Dorset League

Please see other pages for details of the team captains and match dates.

Our captains do a fantastic job!

Men’s A – Patrick Brown
Men’s B – Owain Gosling
Men’s Vets 45+ – Richard Henshaw/ Nigel Carter
Men’s Hants & IOW – Dave Sanger
Ladies A – Cleo Reid
Ladies B – Sarah Winter
Ladies C – Lena Chavez
Ladies Vets 40+ – Celia Barron
Ladies Hants & IOW – Cleo Reid
Mixed A – Kirsty Holmes
Mixed B – Lloyd Harkom
Mixed C – Dan Light

Visit the LTA site for team information

Tues 5thLadies 2 v 3
Tues 12thLadies 1 v Bmth Gdns H
Thurs 14thMens 1 v St Leon's 2 A
Sat 16thMixed 1 v Vic Ave A (pp)
Sat 16thMixed 2 v Lymington A (pp)
Sun 17thMens 45s+ v Sandleheath H
Tues 19thLadies 2 v E Dorset 2 H
Sun 24thMens 2 v Sway H
Tues 26thLadies 3 v Milford 3 H
Sat 30thMixed 1 v Swanage A
Tues 2ndLadies 1 v St Leon's 1 H
Tues 2ndLadies 3 v Hale Gdns A
Sun 7thMens 1 v W Hants H
Sun 7thMixed 3 v Sherborne H
Tues 9thMixed 1 v St Leon's 2 H
Sun 14thMens 2 v St Leon's 3 H
Tues 16thLadies 1 v Milford 1 H
Thurs 18thMens 1 v Milford 1 A
Sun 21stMixed 1 v DLP A
Thurs 25thLadies 1 v Milford 2 A
Sat 27thMens 2 v Vic Ave A
Sat 27thLadies 2 v Sway A
Sun 28thMens 45s+ v St Leons H
Sun 28thMixed 3 v Swanage 3 A
Tues 30thLadies 40s+ v Milford H
Sun 5thMixed 2 v Swanage 2 H
Tues 7thLadies 3 v Dorchester H
Thurs 9thMens 45s+ v E Dorset 1 A
Thurs 9thLadies 2 v Milford 3 A
Sat 11thLadies 1 v Vic Ave A
Tues 14thMixed 3 v E Dorset 4 H

Visit the LTA site for team information

Southbourne Tennis Club – Team Ethos and Selection

  • Southbourne Tennis Club aims to be a very friendly club open to players of all abilities.
  • The club will aim to run enough teams for the number of members wishing to play in teams.
  • The club will run a squad system for each of the teams.
  • The squad will elect a captain at the start of each season.
  • The club will always try and pick the best players for each squad.
  • The squad will be chosen using the squad and match selection criteria.
  • Where a squad is made up of very committed members with good availability a minimum of 6 players would be suitable. Where a squad comprises members with not such good availability a larger number of members may be required.
  • Members wishing to be a member of any squad will be required to attend at least one pre-season selection evening.
  • The selection of each squad will be made by head coach and the coaching team.
  • All team members should be good ambassadors for Southbourne Tennis Club
  • Team captains will choose the teams having regard to the good practice for teams captains criteria.
  • Team players will have regard to the good practice for team players criteria.

Finally whilst putting our best teams out is important at Southbourne Tennis Club, having fun and enjoying tennis is paramount.

Good practice for Team Players

The club recognises that team players play an important part in club life.

  • Always support you captain, especially with the sometimes difficult decisions they have to make.
  • Let you captain know your availability and update monthly.
  • Attend pre-season selection evenings
  • Try and attend the Monday evening team training session when possible
  • Pay match fees promptly to the team captain
  • Try and take an active part in the running of the club
  • Be a good ambassador for the club.


Squads are needed so that we can cope with injuries, illnesses and squad members being away. Squads will therefore need to be made up of a minimum of 6 members.

Dorset League and H & IOW (Summer only)

We have 9 teams playing in the Dorset winter and summer leagues (2 pair); 2 Men’s, 3 Ladies, 1 Ladies and 1 Men’s vets, and 3 Mixed, all of whom are in high divisions so the standard is good. I Men’s and 1 Ladies play in the H & IOW League (3 pair)

Selection for the squads will be based on:

  • Doubles success/experience at Senior Club level or other representative level
  • Doubles results
  • Flexibility to play with different partners and in a team environment
  • Fitness to play at least 2 doubles matches (4 sets)
  • General Availability
  • Behaviour and attitude on and off court to maintain the good standing of Southbourne Tennis Club

A small committee will put together the Club’s squads taking advice from the Head coach and the existing captains.

During September there will be an opportunity for all club members who would like to be considered for a team to attend a team selection session. There will also be 2 evenings when Team captains will invite their squads to a match practice evening. Subsequently there will be discussions between team captains the match secretary and club coach to discuss squads.

It is the responsibility of the Captain of each squad to select players for each match.