Coronavirus

UPDATE 23/03/2020

As a result of tonight’s announcements the club is closed until further notice. Thank you to all our members for the support to date – we will be in touch but for now stay safe and healthy – Best wishes.

 

Coronavirus update as at 22/03/2020

Government guidance is clear – to help save lives stay home.

Given this we face a difficult decision as to how long we keep the club open and how we should allow play to take place.

To help us the LTA are currently providing guidance which states;

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised us that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits.

You will appreciate we cannot offer an open member facility where anybody can turn up and play at any time and utilise all of the facilities normally associated with membership. 

Therefore we will now work to a Restricted Play Strategy.

Restricted Play Strategy

  • This will limit the number of people in the club at any one time.
  • It will allow us to ensure we follow the LTA guidance for venues.
  • It will ensure our coaches remain safer while working in the club.
  • We want it to stop any “at risk” member from coming to the club.
  • We feel it allows a safer environment for members to enjoy a game of tennis during these challenging periods.

Allow you to book and secure a court in a safer environment for a small fee.  This will help support the club and allow us to understand who is playing on the courts at any time to help keep everyone as safe as we can.

We understand that it may not suit everyone however it is the safest option we have other than full closure. Should we move to full closure in the coming days and weeks we will of course update you.

Please click this link for further details.

Restricted Play Strategy

Once again – thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe and help save lives.

 

 

Coronavirus update as at 21/03/2020

Many of you will have received an email this morning telling you that the Clubhouse is now closed (including toilets and changing rooms) in line with the latest advice and guidance which was updated last night.

With immediate effect the club is adapting a “Restricted Play Strategy” .

Full details of this strategy will be available on the website from Monday but will be based on the member email sent today.

Basically we will continue to offer the ability to play tennis over the coming weeks while we are able BUT we are absolutely committed to encouraging all members to adhere to the Governments and NHS guidance to try and help reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before coming to the club please read the following link;

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Should you decide to come and play tennis under the “Restricted Play Strategy” you will need to fully comply with the clubs requests. 

Some of the current LTA recommendations we are following within this strategy are as follows;

  • Closure of all social spaces at a venue, including changing and toilet facilities
  • Use online booking for courts and sessions where at all possible
  • A buffer period be implemented between court booking slots to allow time for players to leave before next players arrive
  • Activity should only take place where travel to and from the courts can be done in a way compliant with social distancing advice, with players not travelling together unless they are part of a group residing in the same place
  • Activity should be in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures at all times(defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes and not within a 2-metre distance talking to someone), including when arriving to and departing from a court
  • If you are not confident that you can adhere to the social distancing guidance when undertaking tennis and coaching activity in doubles format, you should only facilitate activity with two players per court
  • Players are advised not to change ends during play
  • Coaches to avoid close proximity when giving feedback, or when players are resting
  • Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

Tomorrow we need a pause as this week has taken a massive effort to stay on top of the guidance –  for that reason the club will be closed all day Sunday 22nd March.

Online Booking is available for next week on OUTDOOR COURTS only.

Latest LTA guidance link below;

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/

Latest government advice on Social Distancing link below,

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults 

 

Please be aware that any of the above may change without notification being given.

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus update as at 20/03/2020

The Club has been emailing members with regular updates on how we are dealing with the current Coronavirus guidance and will continue to do so.

We will also update the website as we progress over the coming days and weeks.

  • As of today our position is that the club remains open to its members and visitors for the purposes of playing tennis (however we do ask you to consider all of the latest advice from the government prior to playing and if you are in an “at risk” category or have symptoms within your family please do not visit the club).
  • Our staff are currently still working – we politely ask you to also consider their health and wellbeing while in the club by keeping at distance from them and by following all of the available guidance at this time.
  • We encourage all players on a court to keep a safe distance from each other and that you have no physical contact with each other such as handshaking.
  • We also ask you to consider the benefits of using new balls given more than one person will likely touch them during your game.
  • The Clubhouse has been kept open for the purpose of hand washing facilities and toilet use – we recommend that you do not use it for any socialising purposes at this time.
  • Please wash your hands prior to playing tennis and after playing tennis and then leave the Clubhouse
  • Junior Pay and Play sessions will not go ahead tomorrow 21/03/2020 – we will update you as to when the next Junior Pay and Play session will be held as soon as we can.
  • All club coaching squad sessions scheduled for next week are at this time going ahead – Coaches have been updated by the LTA to ensure they exercise precautions for these sessions – please contact your coach prior to your session for details of what to expect –
    it is the final week of the current term. We will inform you of the dates for further squad sessions as soon as we can.
  • All coaches are still able to run 1;1 coaching sessions at this time. Again, they have been updated by the LTA to ensure they exercise precautions for these sessions – please contact your coach for details and availability.
  • Online booking is still available at this time – however we do encourage outdoor play. Please be aware that should advice change the indoor facility may be deemed out of bounds and temporarily deflated.
  • Should the club have to close to its members any length of closure will be considered and paid up members will not be penalised for this loss of time. Membership enquiries continue to be dealt with by Steve Maslen – please email or telephone if you have any enquiries.

We thank everyone of you for your continuing support within the club as this allows us to have a high chance of getting through this unprecedented event.  We will do our very best to continue to provide high quality playing facilities while we can.

Please be aware that any of the above may change without notification being given.

Would you please also pay consideration to the dedication and hard work of our NHS workers as well as other professionals and that they all need our help to reduce the effects of this virus.

For the latest NHS Guidance please follow this link

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For the latest LTA guidance please follow this link

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

For the latest government guidance please follow this link

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public