Welcome to Lunesdale Tennis

Keith Leonard Soothill, social researcher, born 25 March 1941; died 12 February 2014

We will all have our own memories of Keith but for the Web Admin there are two I want to mention. When our family joined LLTC a few years after moving to Brookhouse, we were struck by Keith’s ability to get everyone meticulously organised for tennis every Saturday morning, little did we know that this was to be the start of something bigger, as we can read in Keith’s Obituary in the Guardian

Some years later once we were actively involved in the club and knew Keith a little better, we approached him to provide a reference for a family member. He responded in a very generous and detailed manner, which helped considerably in producing the desired result.

From Keith’s colleague Brian Francis at Lancaster University :

“Keith joined our department after a distinguished academic career in sociology, health research and criminology. He was a leading member of a generation of criminologists and social researchers committed to social justice, and exploring such issues through data.

Keith provided much of the social glue to the Lunesdale tennis club, and was passionate about members playing regularly and improving by occasionally playing out of their comfort zone.
He was the instigator of the summer and winter social tennis leagues, which recently have attracted over 60 members braving the cold, wind and often drizzle to play tennis in the depths of January. In the summer, he also ran the World Dingles Championship (speed doubles tennis on a singles court) and he maintained that it was the only such tournament in the world He was encouraging of all players at all levels, and knew the playing ability (and the faults!) of nearly all players in the club.”

In addition, we would like to mention the Rosie Grant Trophy for the Most Improved Player. Keith was instrumental in instigating this yearly award and oversaw nominations and the rigorous voting process.

Keith will be greatly missed at our club.

Club League Teams for 2014 Details and Fixtures

LLTC have entered six teams in Lancaster and Kendal Tennis Leagues. They are as follows (Captains in brackets) :

Kendal Mens A (Dan McIllmurray)

Kendal Mens B (John Urry)

Kendal Mixed (Heather Willes – non-playing)

Lancaster Mixed A (Alex Tough)

Lancaster Mixed B (Jill Sloan)

Lancaster Ladies (Kate Young)

Find details of Fixtures here

How to find us

We are situated in the village of Caton, Lancashire on a picturesque site overlooking the river Lune and are eager to recruit new members of all ages and abilities.

What we offer

  • Three grass courts and two recently installed all-weather courts with floodlights
  • Friendly, well-organised social tennis and coaching
  • The challenge of league tennis and knock-out competitions

We welcome players of all abilities and we have an extensive social tennis programme so you can quickly become involved at a level to suit your ability. You are welcome to join us at any time. Contact one of our members or call and see us on Wednesday evenings at the club.

Great Offer! 50% off for all new members this season

Just fill in our membership application form, deduct 50% from the amount shown and send off to us ASAP to get the advantage of a full season – includes all categories of membership.

General Information for the Summer Season

Monday Junior Training 7-8pm
Tuesday Mixed A Training 7-9pm
Wednesday Organized Social Mixed Tennis
Friday Junior Coaching & Adult Coaching
  • Social tennis usually starts at 6.30 p.m.

If you wish to send anything relating to the club for posting on the website, please forward it to Alex Tough at altough@btinternet.com.

Photo Gallery

Here are some photos of Lunesdale Tennis Club