Monday Update on Reopening

Thank you for your patience whilst we prepare to safely open up the club for restricted play which we hope will be this coming Thursday.

The risk assessments have been carried out and currently actions are being taken and notices printed to enable opening in line with all the requirements.

Members will be required to provide their own disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser.

A fuller explanatory email will come out confirming the opening day and at that time the booking system will become operative again with slightly different rules.

In the meantime the venue member requirements for safe use of the courts are:

Social Distancing
Keep 2 metres apart from anyone else at all times and in particular give way to those exiting at our entrance/exit and on the narrow pathways as the signs indicate.
Members can only play after booking a court via the Court Booking System. Members are not allowed to turn up at the club “on spec.”
Do not arrive early for your booked court time or congregate. 
Go on court 5 minutes after your booked time and leave five minutes before the end of your allotted time in order to prevent encounters with other members coming and going to and from the courts.
Leave immediately without congregating anywhere on our facility.
Hygiene Measures
Provide your own hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and disposable gloves and take your used waste material back home for disposal.
Practice public health advice for hygiene and in particular use hand sanitiser/anti-bacterial wipes before and after play.
Use a gloved hand and clean the keypad with anti-bacterial wipes before and after use when operating the main gate
Clean your point of contact with court gate with disinfectant wipe before and after use and use gloved hand when opening / closing.
Use your own equipment and it is recommended that you sanitise racquets and water bottles before and after use.
Take only the minimum equipment required on court and make sure you take everything you brought with you away when leaving. This includes any waste material.
No items should not be placed on the net posts, keep all your possessions in  your bag separate from others.
Each member should only handle their own tennis balls which should be clearly marked (e.g. with your initials) unless the players are from the same household.
Avoid picking up or serving with tennis balls that are not yours, use your racquet/foot to pick up and return them to the other end or other court.
Dispose of any tennis balls at home.
All the bins around the club have been removed for the safety of the groundsman. 
A maximum of two players per court (singles only) and players may be from different households.
The only exception to this is when four players are from the same household and they may play doubles.  If anyone is found to have breached this then we will have to consider how it is dealt with.
Maintain a two-metre distance at all times during play and taking breaks.
No handshakes or other physical contact.
Avoid changing ends or agree to do so using opposite sides of the net.
Avoid going on to an adjacent court during play or to retrieve a ball if players are present on it.
Coaching on a 1:1 basis is available in accordance with Ben Obong’s guidance which is in line with the LTA. Contact Ben to arrange.
Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.


Helena Culshaw