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History of the league
Basingstoke League started around 1964 and this was first held in the War Memorial Park on just 1 court.

There were 5 teams to begin with and the founders of the League were Elke Jackson, Beryl Evans and a lady called Yvonne who´s surname can´t be recalled, so if anyone knows this please let the committee know.

Richard Aldworth school was later used we are not sure how long for before the league moved to Russell Howard Park. Originally there were only 4 courts at Russell Howard which were shared with Totally Tennis so the courts had post holes along the sidelines for the tennis nets which was a bit of a hazard.

Umpiring was started in the League by Jean Gosling and Beryl Evens.

We now have in excess of 54 teams in the winter league and more than 600 players involved during a season. The league has over 60 qualified umpires associated to it including 2 A Awards who cover the National Premier League and South Regional Leagues and 2 B Awards who cover the South Regional League and NTL matches, so we have come along way with the help of many volunteers along the way.

If anyone has any other information about the History of the league that they would be willing to write down and pass on we would be really grateful for this as we want to include this in the new BNL website.