Updated LTA Covid-19 Guidelines

Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles
 For padel, doubles play is also permitted but extra care is advised and it should only be done so where players are confident they can maintain 2 metres apart
 Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es)

Download the full LTA guidelines below

More Sad News

We have to announce the sad news of the death of Simon Entwistle.
Simon passed away on the 24th January 2020 aged 48 years in America where he currently lived.

Simon played tennis for Parrfold Tennis Club for many years until he decided to emigrate to America. Simon was a very talented player who also played in the Bolton and Leigh Leagues.

I am sure all of you who remembered Simon will be shocked at this news. Simon will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Sad News

I have to announce the sad passing of Marjorie Deakin.

Sadly Marjorie died, just 3 days short of her 99th birthday.
She was only ill for a couple of weeks, and until then she was still walking around the garden at Abbeyfield, doing crosswords, and voicing her opinions on a variety of subjects. Certainly, a life well-lived.
Luckily she did not go into hospital but died in her own home with her grandaughter Louisa with her. It was said to be heart failure.
Marjorie was an excellent tennis player and represented the Walkden league in inter-league matches, and was still playing well into her eighties.
Marjorie will be very sadly missed by all her tennis friends.

New advice from LTA: All tennis facilities to be closed.

The absolute priority of everyone in Britain needs to be protecting the health of the nation, with a requirement to dramatically adjust our behaviour to help slow the spread of the disease, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed, and ultimately save lives. The way everyone can do this is complying with the Government’s guidance and staying at home.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March) all tennis facilities and courts should be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect.

The National Tennis Centre is closed, and all activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses. We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 31 May 2020.

During these challenging times for our society, our focus over the coming weeks will be to ensure tennis coaches, venues, volunteers, officials and players are supported in any way they can be, so that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy position as possible, and the sport is able to resume its role in keeping the nation active.

We are continuing to work with Government to help us achieve this, and establishing what further support can be provided to help all those impacted by this unprecedented situation.

Advice for CoachesLTA further information
Advice for VenuesLTA further information

Coronavirus: Important Coronavirus Update – Walkden And District Tennis League Suspended

As you are all aware, the Coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact both globally and here in the UK, in what is an extremely fluid and fast-changing situation.

On Monday 16th March 2020 the UK Government updated its advice, and we are now being advised to avoid gatherings, work from home and limit all travel to only essential trips. It is expected that further measures will be introduced in the coming days.

The LTA has also issued a statement suspending all LTA activity until 20th April 2020. Again, we expect further restrictions to be announced shortly.

As a result, the Walkden and District Tennis League have discussed these developments and regrettably, we now have to announce that all Walkden and District League activities are suspended indefinitely and with immediate effect.

This means the 2020 season will not now start as planned on Wednesday 29th April 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and heed the advice of Government and the LTA and will provide updates as necessary on the Walkden and District League website and via communication to club secretaries.

We hope that it may be possible to play a shortened season at some point this summer and will advise if and when this becomes a possibility.

In the meantime, please look after yourselves and your families.

Ian Hodgkinson


Walkden and District League

2020 AGM Information and Agenda

Please note that the AGM for the Walkden & District Tennis League will take place on Monday 9th March 2020 at Claremont Tennis Club, Salford at 7.30 pm.


Any proposals or items for discussion must be emailed to me 14 days prior to the A.G.M. (24th February 2020)
The Agenda for the meeting can be found on the League website after the 24th of February 2020.
Please complete the attached form (see link at the bottom of the page) with the appropriate details of your club together with the name of two contacts for existing and new teams you may wish to enter into the League. As this information will appear on the League website please ensure that the named Contacts are happy with this.
If you are intending to remove a team from the league or wish to add a further team to play this coming season please let me know by Friday 28th February as this will impact the League formation.
Would all clubs note that we still need a League Secretary. Also, the Treasurer and Minutes Secretary wish to finish in their posts at the AGM. Please consider if you could possibly fill one of these positions before the meeting takes place and let me know.
Any problems please feel free to email me or give me a call.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 9th of March.

Many Thanks
Pauline Ashton – League Match Secretary

The form for entering a team into the league can be downloaded from: Tennis Application.

The AGM Agenda can be downloaded from: Tennis Agenda.

Presentation Evening 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the presentation evening at Monton.
I hope you all had a really great evening.
Congratulations to everyone who picked up a trophy.
A big thank you to Amanda for all her hard work in organising the event.

Cup and Plate finals.

Please be aware that Cup & Plate finals can be played at any time from now until the 14th August, which is the date set for the finals.