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

Wythall Community Association

Wythall Community Association (WCA) is a Registered Charity (No: 24332). It originated in the 1940’s with the purpose of providing leisure facilities for the residents of Wythall and the surrounding areas.

Did you know… there are 2 membership schemes available for you, either Associate or Club Membership. The £10 Association fee which we ask for allows you to enter the private park and use our club but not Wythall House. So it only allows you to be an associate member but not a full member.

You can join the association and become a full member for just £45 for 3 years with an individual membership. Wythall Community Club, is located within Wythall House. They offer a family/friendly atmosphere, a range of facilities, award winning ales and great social events. The Club’s objectives are to provide opportunities for recreation and social interaction; to encourage good fellowship and activities beneficial to members of the Wythall community. Click this here to find out about membership…

If you have any questions or query’s, WCA are open to talk on 01564 823281 or you can fill out their contact form here, or even just pop in for a chat and a drink.

Coronavirus Restrictions Update – 31st May 2020

Dear all,

As the Government makes gradual relaxations to the restrictions, the LTA continues to provide guidance. The latest LTA announcement was provided on 31 May and allows doubles for people from different households. As before, it is up to you to decide whether you wish to play and whether you choose to play doubles. As we continue to balance more activity with protecting the community from the risk of infection, please adhere to the following if you decide to play tennis.

🎾 Doubles and singles can now be played by people from different households. However, social distancing should be maintained as far as possible between you and your partner.

🎾 We want to restrict people going through the clubhouse as much as possible. If you have a key to the court gate then it is better to access the courts that way to avoid touching other surfaces. If you enter the clubhouse that should be for access to the courts only. You should not assume the clubhouse is contamination free.

🎾 If possible, bring your own balls and keep them with you for your next game.

🎾 Wash your hands thoroughly before playing and afterwards. If you have a hand sanitiser gel with you that is ideal. You may also like to wear gloves. Avoid touching your face with your hands.

🎾 Keep to the social distancing restrictions before and after the game. If there are other people playing then avoid using courts next to each other.

🎾 There will be no organised club evenings or tournaments as gatherings are still restricted to six people, so it is up to you to contact other people if you want to play against them.

🎾 Alex is now resuming 1:1 coaching sessions. Please contact him if you are interested on 07515356884 or email tennis@alexdoffman.com

We may have to review the situation at short notice if the Government’s position changes but will try to keep you informed.

Stay safe and keep alert.

Chris Maggs ​

WTC ​Chairman

Coronavirus Restrictions Update – 12th May 2020

You will be aware that part of the relaxation of restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday 10th May was about exercise and sporting facilities. We have now received guidance from the LTA based on the more detailed Government information released on Monday 11th May. This does allow some tennis to be played but it is up to you to decide whether you wish to do so.

Clearly, we are still in a difficult stage of balancing more activity with protecting the community from the risk of infection so please adhere to the following if you decide to play tennis.


🎾 Doubles can only be played by members of the same household. Otherwise all play must be singles. This is an LTA requirement.

🎾 We want to restrict people going through the clubhouse as much as possible. If you have a key to the court gate then it is better to access the courts that way to avoid touching other surfaces. If you enter the clubhouse that should be for access to the courts only. You should not assume the clubhouse is contamination free.

🎾 If possible, bring your own balls and keep them with you for your next game.

🎾 Wash your hands thoroughly before playing and afterwards. If you have hand sanitiser with you that is ideal. You may also like to wear gloves. Avoid touching your face with your hands.

🎾 Keep to the social distancing restrictions before and after the game. If there are other people playing then avoid using courts next to each other.

🎾 There will be no organised club evenings or tournaments so it is up to you to contact someone if you want to play against them.

🎾 Coaching sessions continue to be suspended and Alex is not doing 1:1 coaching at this stage.


We may have to review the situation at short notice if the Government’s position changes but will try to keep you informed.


Stay safe and keep alert.

Chris Maggs,

Chairman

Logo Competition Winner

As you might be aware during April 2020, we asked our members to re-design WTC’s logo. The winner gets their design as our logo for 1 month (MAY). We asked either to email or post your epic designs on our social media platforms.

We have had lots of amazing artworks and creative designs. Thank you to all who have taken part in our competition. Our Chairman, Chris Maggs had the pleasure of choosing the winner. He mentioned how it was really hard to pick just one, so it was decided to have two winners under the categories: Artistic Creativity and Style. Each winner would have their logo design for 1 month (MAY & JUNE).

The Official Line Up:

1st Place for Artwork: Holly Willis – A lot of detailed artwork here and inspired by the Wimbledon logo is a nice touch. Are those Aston Villa colours?

1st Place for Style: George & Ian Hughes – Clean an simple design but effective. Very professional.


Margaret Humney – I love the way the balls change size like they are bouncing. Well thought through.

Daniel Green – Very creative in using the WTC initials to create the court.

Juliette Colmey – Nice idea emphasising the ‘ALL’ for an inclusive club. And I like the grass growing out of the letters but we’d have to keep mowing it!


Congrats to Holly Willis your Artwork will be our logo for the whole of May 2020. Plus, Congrats to George & Ian Hughes your design will be our logo for the whole of June 2020.

Thank you for all the entries. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms for more competitions to come.

LTA Seniors Grant

In 2019, we applied for a grant from the LTA within their Seniors Participation Scheme. We all know that tennis is a sport for all ages to enjoy and with help from the LTA we thought we could get the maturer generation to play tennis (even if its once a week) and even activate their competitive spirit.

We were awarded a grant of £120 from the LTA for the Seniors 35+ 2019 scheme. WTC would like to say a huge thank you to Jo Marks from the H&W LTA, who supported our application.

We thought long and hard about how we could maximise this grant. We decided to create a ‘Over 50’s Tournament’ where yes, you have guess it, you have to be over 50 years old to participate. We chose this age because we have a large number of members who are in this age group. Furthermore, we love feedback from our members. The main suggestion to our committee was: “it very hard to compete against our younger members is there something which you can do?” So we have listened and put plans in action.

We used the money to buy trophies for our new ‘Over 50’s Tournament’ which will now be an annual competition for our club. What’s more, we created advertisements purposely via posters around our local community to attract new maturer members for Adult Coaching Sessions and some drop-in taster sessions too.

If anyone is interested in joining in our Adult Coaching Sessions they are with our Head Coach, Alex Doffman. They run on Monday/Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm for just £5 per session (you can be younger than 50yrs old to join in too!).

At our Presentation Afternoon for 2019, we officially presented the Winners and Runner-ups with their medal’s and Trophy’s. Click here to view what happened.