Coronavirus Restrictions Update – 13th July 2020

Dear members,

With the latest guidance from the LTA issued on 13 July there are some important changes we need to make to our arrangements.

Register of those on site

We have been asked to keep a register of people who have been up at the courts or in the clubhouse in order to assist with the NHS Test and Trace service. We are planning to provide a weather-proof log book on which you can record who has played and when. We will keep it as simple as possible but I am sure everyone appreciates that this may be useful if someone is subsequently identified as having the virus.

Club ‘social’ evenings and Sunday afternoons

We are now permitted to resume periods which club members can attend to play against others who turn up. Previously it was necessary to arrange your opponents beforehand and only play with those people. These times are an important part of the club’s life and we are pleased to see them return. However, as with any relaxation, it is up to all individuals to decide whether they feel comfortable participating or not. Social distancing remains in place during these periods and care over hygiene is vital.

The official periods allocated for these activities across all courts are shown below (although people often begin earlier):

  • Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm
  • Thursday evenings from 6 to 8pm (for ladies only)
  • Friday evening from 6 to 8pm
  • Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4pm

These will begin again from Tuesday 21 July. The courts are not available for off-peak members during these times unless there are courts that are not being used by full members.

Competitions

We have also suspended all in-house competitions during the lockdown period but have now been told we can resume some of these. Please check the noticeboards for details as they come back on line. The En-tout-CAS tournament that was midway through when lockdown began will resume and details of new deadlines for matches will be on the noticeboard. Sunday afternoon American tournaments cannot be resumed at present because of the larger number of people gathering.

League competitions and junior events will be considered by the organisers and further information on when they might resume will be provided in due course.

Coaching

Alex and Kevin are bringing back Monday & Wednesday nights Junior coaching while adhering to LTA and Covid-19 guidelines. Sessions will be limited to 8 children per lesson to create a safe coaching bubble. If you are interested please contact either coach to book your place:

  • Alex Doffman: 07515356884 or email: tennis@alexdoffman.com
  • Kevin Turner: 07948396618 or email: kevinmturner@blueyonder.co.uk

This coaching format will continue for August unless the LTA announces any easing of restrictions. 

Also both coaches are continuing with 121 sessions if you have vulnerable members in your household or prefer this option during these times.

Saturday Pay & Play returns on Saturday 19th July. Again it will be a limit of 8 in both the 10am and 11am sessions. Please contact Kevin to book your place. Once restrictions are lifted the situation will be reviewed again so please keep your eyes on our online platforms.

As ever, stay safe and enjoy your tennis.

Chris Maggs,

WTC Chair