– Prior to Caerphilly Tennis Club being established at our current site of Virginia Park Caerphilly, there was a group of tennis players who bounced around from courts to courts, including Abertridwr and St Martins School.
– Then in 1988, Keith Phillips and Len Williams broke ground in Virginia Park to give these players a permanent home.
– The Club quickly grew and even produced some Welsh champions through the 90s.
– The early 2000s saw all 6 courts being resurfaced and floodlighting being installed on the back courts.
– The Club hit some hard times around 2010 as the volunteer pool dried up and our Head Coach at the time leaving which led to activities and numbers dwindling.
– A core group of volunteers took it upon themselves to keep the Club from folding due to a poor financial position, while the appointment of a part-time Head Coach also helped stop the decline in playing numbers.
– Current Head Coach Jonathan Morgan was formally announced in 2015, having been assistant coach and acting lead coach for several years.
– The Club celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2014/15.
– In 2016, an ambitious Club Development Project was revealed as the committee looked to transform both the courts and clubhouse to solidify the Club’s future. These works were completed in 2017 and the Club managed to secure a visit from Judy Murray to officially reopen the newly repainted courts and refurbished clubhouse!
– Playing numbers and activities on offer continued to soar in 2018 to heights not seen since the 90s, and this led to CTC being named Tennis Wales Club of the Year 2018 for the first time in it’s 30 year history! Following this, the Club also made the top 3 in the UK-wide Club of the Year category at the LTA Awards 2019!
– The Club continued to go from strength to strength, being named Tennis Wales Club of the Year for the second straight year in 2019, and then going on to be named a national finalist in the Club of the Year award at the LTA Awards 2020!
– Also at the 2019 Tennis Wales Awards: committee member Ceri Simpson was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category, Head Coach Jonathan Morgan was named Coach of the Year and went on to be named a national finalist at the LTA Awards 2020, and Tennis Leader Jonah Jones was named Young Volunteer of the Year before being named the LTA’s Young Person of the Year 2020 at the LTA Awards!
– Despite the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the majority of 2020 and early 2021, CTC’s membership reached new heights of 237 in the 2020-21 Winter period as more people took up tennis due to it’s appeal, benefits and safety.
– A new 2021-26 Vision and Strategic Plan was launched in May 2021 following several months of hard work, consultation and reflection. The Committee look forward to working towards the goals set out in the Plan alongside our users and our partners.
– There have been plenty of ups and downs in the relatively short history of CTC, but we are excited for the coming years and hope you will join us.