About the club

A brief history

Established in 1883 , the Club takes its name from its original site in Endcliffe Park, off Rustlings Road; it moved to its current site on Collegiate Crescent in 1888. It is Sheffield’s oldest lawn tennis club and was one of the founder members of the Sheffield & District Lawn Tennis Association.

Rustlings Lawn Tennis Club

Rustlings Lawn Tennis Club – 1883

Our Facilities

The Club has retained its name of Rustlings Lawn Tennis Club despite the fact that the three lawn tennis courts have now been converted to all-weather courts, making a total of five tarmacadam courts. The benefits resulting from this decision allow all-year-round play with much lees maintenance costs. Although match play does not continue throughout the winter months, the social group stoically continue to play in all weather conditions.

All five courts have been recently renovated to provide a new playing surface that will last for several years. Part of the long term plan for the club will be to implement floodlights that will allow for extended play during the summer and winter months.

Celebrating 125 years

Celebrating 125 years – 2008

Mission Statement

We are a friendly, welcoming club, proud of our history as the oldest established tennis club in Sheffield and dedicated to providing facilities to promote and encourage the playing of tennis by our members and the local community.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide a friendly environment where players of all skill levels are welcome, can meet and make new friends and find players of a similar level to play with at the club.
  • Provide a range of activities centred around the game of tennis including opportunities to develop and improve their skills through a coaching programme, to socialise through participating in our social tennis evenings and intraclub tournaments, and experience competitive tennis by playing for the club’s teams in the local tennis leagues.
  • Manage and run the club on a non-profit basis, so that membership fees remain reasonable, while also embracing opportunities to develop the facilities for the benefit of the membership.
  • Provide additional opportunities for members to socialise and come together off court.
  • Promote the growth and development of the club and the game of tennis to achieve the maximum potential of both the facility and the local tennis community.