Parks League 2024 season

The 2024 Parks League season starts on Tuesday 16 April. For the first time, St Ann’s will have two teams in Division 2 after both got promoted last season.

Our third team will compete in Division 3, and we are hoping for a fourth team, which will play in Division 4 (if approved). The first and second teams will play on Wednesday evenings [6pm], and the others on Tuesday evenings.

Important: all St Ann’s players need to be a) St Ann’s Tennis members, and b) registered with the Brighton & Hove Parks League LTA [BHPLTA] before they can play. There will be a team sub for £27 to cover match balls, our BHPLTA registration, and dedicated team events.

About the Parks League: format, structure and rules. Read here

We are delighted to announce that Neeraj Nayar (below) will captain our first and second teams this summer.

Neeraj Nayar: St Ann’s Tennis Finals Day

“Neeraj joined us last year, and barely lost a game. He’s a fantastic tennis player and a good team man. We are lucky to have such an experienced and talented captain,” says Conrad.

“I am truly honoured, humbled and flattered at being asked to Captain our 1st and 2nd Team.,” says Neeraj. “St Ann’s is a fantastic club, a rare gem with a wonderful and eclectic membership. It will be my pleasure and privilege to turn out with our brilliant squad of players and I hope to contribute towards continual enjoyment whilst competing in Division 2 this coming season.”

The team will select players based on form and results. Our policy is simple: the captain’s decision is final. Being a Park League captain is a tricky and time consuming job, which typically features at least one disaster/injury/late withdrawal a week. The captain is fully motivated to win every game, and needs the support of the entire squad to achieve that. Players are asked to make sure the captain is updated every week regarding availability.

Notes for players. Please read:

St Ann’s Tennis is open to new team members. Players interested in playing Parks League next season should contact Conrad and/or Claire Anderson (club secretary) as soon as possible. Contact: admin@stannstennis.co.uk.

Players cannot choose their partners. It is up to the team captain to set pairings.

Selection works top down, so the first and second team captain has priority over all players. The third team has priority over the fourth team.

While the overriding selection criteria is merit, the captain(s) will also select based on availability, reliability, experience and potential. Also, skills in singles are not necessarily the same as skills in doubles.

Each Parks League club can continue to recruit players over the opening months of the season, up until 1st July. No club can add any more players to their roster after that date.

You cannot play a competitive fixture for a private club (eg. County league matches) AND Parks League during the same season. This is the sacred rule of the Parks League: this competition is not for private club players. You can play for a private club in winter, but you cannot compete for a private club even once over the spring or summer AND also play Parks League.