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.

Tennis At Home

The Stay at Home Challenge…

WTC has a challenge for you! Its important to keep active and motivated during these times, so we will be helping you to keep that competitive spirit going until you return to our courts.

First just a bit of fun… Can you beat our Head Coach, Alex??

🎾Target: 28🎾

Challenge: Bounce the Toilet roll on the edge of your racket and see how many you get? Post your videos on our social media platforms or email us, with your number.


The LTA also has lots of information and fun activities for families to keep active together during these times. The LTA can help you support your child’s development both mentally and physically, on and off the court. You can improve your tennis skills any time, any place, with their Home Activities hub. It’s full of videos and games for the whole family, even “that” uncle who gets way too competitive. Click here to watch them…

Safe To Play Campaign

Here at Wythall Tennis Club (WTC) we work alongside the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to make sure our club welcomes adults and children of all ages and abilities to play tennis in a safe and fun way.

Sport England have selected the LTA to pilot the ‘Safe to Play’ campaign in a sports setting, with it being aimed at ensuring all parents, players and coaches are aware of the signs of abuse, how to report a concern and how to keep themselves, children and at-risk adults safe. Further information about this campaign can be seen on their dedicated website: www.safetoplaytennis.co.uk.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of those involved in our sport. We have made significant progress over the last few years with tennis now at the forefront of safeguarding in sport.  However, abuse can happen anywhere and at any time, and working with Sport England to lead and test an innovative campaign like ‘Safe to Play’ demonstrates our commitment to helping prevent abuse from happening.”

David Humphrey, Head Of Safeguarding at the LTA

WTC is Safe To Play:

WTC is a LTA registered venue, we were provided with pocket-sized cards to distribute to our members, including parents. These ‘Augmented Reality’ cards will act as pocket reminder guide, which when scanned using the camera of a smartphone will deliver a range of engaging digital resources. This includes:

  • A dramatised video, telling one family’s story of abuse in sport.
  • Video guides on how to identify the signs of abuse.
  • Top tips on how to stay safe in sport.
  • Questions to ask when selecting a coach.
  • A quiz to help drive awareness.

You can find our ‘Augmented Reality’ cards underneath our welcome noticeboard for all to view.


If you would like to talk to our Welfare Officer in confidence, then please contact Mr. Andrew Moreton:

Call: 07860560503

Email: drewmore@blueyonder.co.uk

Our Safeguarding & Diversity page outlines the LTA policy’s we follow.