The idea for establishing the Junior
North East Cheshire Lawn Tennis League took hold at
Prestbury Village LTC whose juniors, under the guidance
of Sadie Youatt, had played some friendly matches during
the 1970 season. A couple of preliminary meetings were
called and at a third the League was formed in 1971.
At the start there were 24 member clubs and nine of
those entered second teams too, although by the end of
the following season only 16 clubs continued as members.
Originally the teams played Mixed Doubles at U-18 level
only - a rule change in 1979 meant that matches did
begin to include Boys and Girls doubles, and by 2000
Mixed Divisions of U-15’s and U-13’s plus separate Boys
Doubles divisions at all 3 age groups were also included.
At the time of formation responsibility for organising
the Annual Tournament was taken over from the Senior
League and has continued uninterrupted at several
different venues – since 2003 this has been with the
kind co-operation of Alderley Edge CC.
Tournament play has been seen as having the potential to
encourage individual development and a programme of one-day
tournaments which began thirty years ago with one event
at Gatley Tennis Club has now grown to include eight
dates at seven different member clubs.
These events are also an excellent forum for advertising
our Annual Tournament and both the Annual and One-day
events do variously include singles and doubles sections
for the three age groups plus Under-10’s
Two other events remain to be mentioned - both of which
enjoy the kind support of the NECLTL.
Firstly, the Youatt Cup – named after its donor, Mrs
Sadie Youatt - the League’s equivalent of the senior
Acton Cup which has been contested since 1977. This team
knock-out competition began as an Under-18 event, was
changed to Under-15 in 1994, but since returning to
Prestbury in 1999 is now played at Under-13 level over
one September weekend.
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