Wycombe House Sports and Social Club

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Wycombe House
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Full name Wycombe House Sports and Social Club
Type Private Members Club
Coordinates 51°29′18″N 0°20′25″W / 51.4883°N 0.340278°W / 51.4883; -0.340278Coordinates: 51°29′18″N 0°20′25″W / 51.4883°N 0.340278°W / 51.4883; -0.340278
Location Jersey Road, Isleworth - London, England
Founded 1888; 126 years ago (1888)
Chairman Peter Allen (as of 2008)
Renovated 2011
Club colors                    
(maroon, dark blue, light blue and old gold)
Activities Cricket, Darts, Table tennis, Tennis
Tennis Court Surface Match Play II
Tennis Website www.whtennis.co.uk
Cricket Website www.wycombehousecricketclub.co.uk

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Wycombe House Sports and Social Club is a private members club in Isleworth, West London. It was founded in 1888; 126 years ago (1888) and is one of the oldest remaining private members Multi-sport and Social clubs in the World[1]


History[edit]

The club was formed by members of the Hammersmith Branch of the YMCA at the end of 1888. The name ‘Wycombe House’ was derived from the name of the YMCA’s Hammersmith Road H.Q – A large house with extensive grounds which appears to have dated back to at least the mid eighteenth century and may have originally been the farmhouse of Stonehills farm.[2] - Which has long since been demolished.[3]

The Club’s first ground was a pitch on Wormwood Scrubs rented from the London County Council and it later played on a number of rented grounds in the West London area before arriving at its present ground in 1939.

The ground was requisitioned during World War II as a farm for livestock and Sport did not restart until 1948. The club purchased its own freehold in 1978 and inaugurated a new clubhouse in 1981.[4]

Wycombe House Tennis Courts at Night
Wycombe House victory at Lords in a prestigious match against the Cross Arrows.


The Cricket Section[edit]

Wycombe House Cricket Club is a “Clubmark” cricket club. This is a national accreditation awarded by Sport England to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards. These standards include safeguarding and protecting children and young people, and club management.

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The Wycombe House Cricket Clubs under 13's (Colts) were National Champions in 1987, 1992 and 1999. in 1992[5] the Colts had a clean sweep winning the Area and County Leagues at all age groups, becoming the first winners of the County Victor Ludorum Cup, which they again won in 1999 and 2000.

Boys from Wycombe House have gone on to play variously for England, Middlesex, Worcestershire, Somerset, Essex, Kent, Middlesex Colts, Middlesex Schools, England Schools and MMC, Middlesex and England Young Cricketers.[6]


The Table Tennis Section[edit]

Wycombe House also has a strong table tennis section who were the South West Middlesex League Champions in 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 as well as Cup Winners: 1972-73, 1973-74, 1990-91, 1993-94, 2002-03, 2004-05 [7]


The Tennis Section[edit]

Wycombe House Lawn Tennis Club is the Tennis Section of Wycombe House Sports and Social Club. It was formed in 1930 and played on grass courts until 1984, when hard courts were laid.

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Floodlighting in 1992 considerably extended the tennis club. The courts were changed in 2011 to Matchplay II carpet surfaces.[8] The tennis club competes competitively in the Middlesex county league with two men's teams, one ladies team, one mixed team and two veterans teams.


Membership[edit]

Each candidate for admission as a Member of the Club must be proposed by one Member and elected by the majority of the Management Committee. The name and address of person proposed for election shall for not less than two days before the election be displayed on the Club notice board. The decision of the Committee as to the election or otherwise of a member is final.[9]


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