Online Court Booking

Bookings are managed through the LTA’s ClubSpark System. Please note that online court bookings are available for members only at Wythall Tennis Club. Courts for organised club play, matches, tournaments and group coaching are booked for you. For other times, it is advisable to book a court for your own use.

To enable the booking system to work in a way that is fair to all members, we have set some guidelines.

Please note the following:

  • Maximum length of a booking is 2 hours
  • Maximum of 7 bookings per a 14 day period
  • You may book up to 2 months in advance
  • If no longer required, please cancel booking
  • Please book yourself a court and not via a committee member

These rules can be revised as we learn court usage.

Please note if seen taking advantage of the online booking system or repeated failure to not cancel unwanted booked courts can result in exclusion from the system. Additionally, please note the system is set up for self-service so you don’t need to ask a committee member or Kevin Turner to do so. We hope the online booking system will make it easier and quicker for you to book a court.

Any problems while booking courts please see our a step-by-step guide. If still having difficulties or would like to suggest any amendments regarding guidelines please email: wythalltennisclub@gmail.com and a committee member will respond shorty.

WTC Committee

Membership Renewal – March 2021

The past year has been a strange and difficult one in many ways and we are very conscious of the loss that many people have experienced as the Covid virus claimed lives and affected people’s health and wellbeing. There were periods when the restrictions allowed us to play some tennis, which brought welcome opportunity for outdoor activity, but there were several months when the courts had to be closed altogether, including the first three months of 2021. At the time of writing this we anticipate being able to play again from 29 March and are hopeful that the courts will be able to stay open thereafter.

We usually send out membership renewal requests in early February, asking for subscriptions from 1 March. We delayed doing so this year because of Covid restrictions and we anticipate issuing it in late March with the request for subscriptions to be paid by 1 May. Recognising the problems of the last 12 months, we are asking those who were members last year to pay only 75% of the membership fee. Most of the club’s costs are payable regardless of how much playing time there is, so we have to get the right balance between being fair to members and keeping our finances in good shape. We appreciate some members have said they are happy to pay the full membership fee regardless and you are free to do that if you wish but there is no obligation.

We expect to resume the normal timetable of membership renewal each 1 March next year, so effectively this year’s payment covers the period 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022.  Any new members during this year will pay the full annual membership fee as normal, with discounts applying if they only join half way through the year.

We are introducing an online booking system this year and details of how to use it are on the website under ‘Court Bookings’.  Thank you to Grace Turner for her work in setting this up. There are bound to be teething problems as we all get used to this new arrangement but we believe it will allow easier booking going forward and would encourage you to try it out.

The WTC Committee

Membership Defer 2021

Dear members,

We remain in full lockdown as far as tennis is concerned. The current expectation is that on 22 February the Government will set out its plan for how the lockdown will be eased but the timetable is likely to be uncertain. While we remain in this situation it does not seem right to ask you to renew your membership from 1 March as we normally do. Instead we will defer the membership renewal until we know when we can start playing again.

Most of our Club’s costs remain payable during lockdown and we really appreciate the continued financial support of our members. But we do want to find the right balance when it comes to this year’s renewal so once we know when play can resume we’ll look at the annual renewal costs and let you know the position.

One other thing to mention is that when we do start back we plan to trial an online booking system. More details to come but we hope this will be a helpful development once we get used to it.

We look forward to getting back to tennis soon but in the meantime stay safe and take care.

The WTC Committee

Covid-19 Update: 5th Jan 2021

Dear members,

Unfortunately, with the latest national lockdown we are unable to open the courts for any form of tennis for the next few weeks. We will keep in touch with the LTA who are liaising with the Government on when it may be safe to allow relaxations and will keep you informed.

In the meantime, stay safe and take care.

WTC

Covid-19 Update 30th DEC 2020

Dear Members,

The 30th December Government announcement on tier changes affects play at our club in the following ways. The new tiers come in from 31st December 2020.

  • The courts themselves are moving from tier 2 to tier 3 area (Bromsgrove District Council).
  • However, several surrounding areas (e.g. Birmingham and Solihull) are moving into tier 4 and of course some of our members live in these areas.
  • There is a clear directive, confirmed by the LTA, that people should not move into or out of tier 4 areas to play tennis. Unfortunately, this makes the club inaccessible to those in tier 4. [Even if the club was in a tier 4 area as well, play would be restricted to singles unless all players were in the same household].
  • If you live in a tier 3 area, it is still possible to play tennis at the club – singles or doubles – subject to keeping to the current rules around social distancing, hygiene measures and no more than six people on a court. The Clubhouse remains for court access and toilets only and there should be no socialising. The normal club evenings and Sunday afternoons will therefore continue for now for members in tier 3.

Keeping vigilant:

  • Please make sure you keep writing your name on the log sheet to assist with the NHS Test and Trace service.
  • Please make sure you use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • Please make sure you spray all social club tennis balls with the disinfectant provided.
  • Please make sure you keep to the social distancing guidelines.

As ever, we hope these restrictions will not be in place for too long and that we will all be able to enjoy tennis again soon.

Stay safe and take care,
W​TC Committee.

Covid-19 Update – 29th November 2020

Dear members,

With the end of national lockdown and the return to a tiers system from 2nd December, we are advised by the LTA that we can reopen the courts for both singles and doubles, subject to the maintenance of social distancing and sensible hygiene precautions. The Park is in a tier 2 area but would also be open for play as an outdoor ‘safe’ sport even if we move to tier 3. Members who are in tier 3 (Birmingham or Solihull) must judge for themselves whether they should travel.

The Clubhouse can be used for access to the courts, or use the court gates if possible. The Test and Trace forms will be in the Clubhouse so please record when you are there. We have had one person who tested positive early in November and we were able to contact people he had played with using the list.

As before, we urge you to use hand sanitiser and make use of the head thermometer by the Test and Trace forms to check your temperature. If it is high, please do not stay at the courts. The toilets are available for use at the Clubhouse and are cleaned regularly but we cannot guarantee they will be infection free so do wash your hands thoroughly. The kitchen area should not be used and no drinks are to be made on the premises. The Clubhouse should not be used for socialising at all at the current time.

We do hope you appreciate the reason for these restrictions which allow us to enjoy our tennis safely.

Club evenings/afternoons will resume from 2nd December in the normal slots but care should be taken to remain socially distanced when waiting to play. Coaching programmes are also resuming and Kevin or Alex will let you know about arrangements. Numbers remain restricted. 

​Kind Regards,

WTC Committee​.​ 

WCA – Survey

Dear Members, 


As you know Wythall Community Association has a new chairperson, Sue Baxter. Her mission is to make Wythall Park and its facilities the heart of the community.


Sue’s message: 

The Management Committee of Wythall Community Association, recognises that it needs to develop a sustainable business model and as the committee develops the details of the plans to create the changes, we want to continue to consult with the local community to seek their view. At this time we would like to seek your views about the kind of facilities you would like and have split our survey into two parts, one focusing on a Community Café in Park Hall and one on Wythall House.


The survey results will be analysed and presented to the Association General Committee in January and an action plan agreed.


Please follow the link below – it should take no more than 5 minutes.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WCApark


You can also email Sue directly, if you can help in any way with the park. Sue Baxter: sue@wythall-park.org.uk

Thankyou.

Coronavirus Update – 4th Nov 2020

Dear members,

Unfortunately, the national lockdown rules require us to close the tennis facilities for the next few weeks. No play is permitted even if you are from the same household. This applies to all use of the courts, including doubles, singles and coaching.

The LTA is continuing to lobby the Government to allow a return to play as soon as possible and we will provide updated information when it is available but this is unlikely before December.

In the meantime we encourage you to stay safe and to follow the guidance on hygiene and distancing so that we can all benefit from a reduction in infection rates sooner rather than later.

Kind Regards,  

The WTC Committee

Coronavirus Restrictions Update – 13th Sep 2020

Dear members,

With the latest guidance from the LTA issued on 10 September there has been an update for all tennis clubs.

Rule of six

The Government has confirmed that organised group tennis activity is currently permitted in line with LTA COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

This means coaching sessions, club nights and competitions are permitted by the Government as an exception to the limit of six, and so can continue, provided that we follow the LTA COVID-19 secure guidelines. For informal social play, group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law.

For clarity, from Monday 14th September club nights and coaching sessions will stay the same. Competitions are continuing, please see all updates on the noticeboard within the clubhouse. Informal social play is limited to six members.

Keeping vigilant

  • Please make sure you keep writing your name on the log sheet to assist with the NHS Test and Trace service.
  • Please make sure you use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • Please make sure you spray all social club tennis balls with the disinfectant provided.
  • Please make sure you keep to the social distancing guidelines.

Stay safe and enjoy your tennis.

Chris Maggs,

WTC Chair

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