“Fancy a game of tennis?” It’s a frequently-heard invitation to take part in one of the top five most popular sports in the world. However, it was a slightly different version that led to tennis starting at Fishbourne Playing Fields in West Sussex.
“Fancy a tennis court?” was the offer from computer company IBM which was dismantling two tennis courts at its site in nearby Havant. Fishbourne Tennis Club, then based at the Chichester High School for Girls, accepted and thanks to the enthusiastic support of a team of volunteers, one court was created out of the best bits of the two and tennis began at Fishbourne Playing Fields.That was over 30 years ago and today the club has four all-weather courts, two of which are floodlit, and a membership list of around 150 adults and 50 juniors.
The club logo is designed to reflect the glorious game of tennis and the delights of the place where we play. The green represents the glorious countryside around Fishbourne, including the South Downs, while the blue captures the sea on our doorstep and the sky above us.
There’s so much more to Fishbourne Tennis Club than the fun we have on court. To add interest and encourage integration among members and their families we hold a series of social events every year.
Enjoy the photographs below from over 30 years of the club; there are more in our photo archive. Fishbourne Tennis Club photo archive, please click here