Painswick Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1962, playing on two courts on land owned by the Parish Council at the Recreation Ground in Painswick. By 1982 there were sufficient players to justify additional facilities and at about this time Painswick Rugby Football Club, which also played at The Rec, bought Broadham Fields, a site on the edge of the village. Broadham Fields was to become the focal point for sport in the Painswick area, encompassing Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, Hockey and any other suitable sporting activities.
With the two courts at The Rec insufficient to meet the demands for court time, the decision was taken to build two courts at Broadham. The cost was met from grants and the Club’s own funds, and the courts were built in 1984 on land leased from the Rugby Club.
By 1988, membership of Painswick LTC stood at over 250, a significant number of whom were juniors. With two courts at The Rec and two courts at Broadham it was becoming difficult to co-ordinate matches and tournaments; club nights in particular, which were increasingly popular, required more than two courts on one site. The renewal of the lease, with the Rugby Club in 1995, for 50 years, ensured stability and in 1996 two further courts were added at the Broadham site. As with previous developments, funding was obtained partly from grants and partly from the Club’s own members via fund-raising events and subscriptions.
In order to make best use of the courts at Broadham, floodlights were needed, permission and funding were sought and obtained, and in 1999 floodlights were erected on the four courts at Broadham. Once the four courts were established at Broadham a positive effort was made to attract younger players to the Club, which resulted in a thriving junior section.
In 2002 the Painswick LTC was awarded ‘Performance Club of the Year’ by Gloucestershire LTA in recognition of progress achieved. This award was received for a second time in 2006. The Club became Mini Tennis Accredited and a Satellite Performance Club.
In 2006 club funding, with some small but welcome grant assistance, financed the construction of a new clubhouse and with a membership that continued to be active, pressure remained on court time, and the decision was taken to re-furbish the courts at The Rec. They were re-surfaced and new fencing was erected. Similarly one pair of courts at Broadham was resurfaced and the other pair cleaned and repainted.
In 2007 the committee decided to establish the Painswick Tennis Academy, which came into being in January 2008. The Academy, under the leadership of a Lawn Tennis Association licensed head coach, delivers coaching to juniors and adults assisted by a team of qualified coaches. The Club was awarded ‘Junior Club of the Year’ in the Gloucestershire Sports Awards 2008, which involved all sports within the County. Painswick LTC also became ‘Tennis Clubmark Accredited’ during 2008.
With a membership of approximately 400, 50% being juniors, and increasing demands on court time it was decided to construct an additional two floodlit courts at Broadham. Planning consent was granted and funding secured through the LTA allowing the development to proceed. These were completed by January 2010 and provide a further boost to the Club and allow greater access to tennis for the community as well as ensuring the expansion of junior performance coaching and the provision of more competitive opportunities.
Painswick LTC has evolved over the years to meet the demands of the local community. A pattern can be seen in its development such that after each period of consolidation the club has taken another step forward in the scope of its facilities. It now provides a high standard of court facilities, which are used every day throughout the year.