Peterborough Town Sports Club - Update on Coronavirus - 17th March 2020, 16.00 hours

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Peterborough Town Sports Club - Update on Coronavirus - 17th March 2020, 16.00 hours

Peterborough Town Sports Club

Update on Coronavirus - 17th March 2020, 16.00 hours

Management Council met last night to discuss actions as result of the most recent Government advice on the current Coronavirus outbreak in order to protect our members as far as possible

The Club is therefore taking the following actions:

Sporting activity

  • Monitoring the advice from the governing body of each of the 5 sections (Bowls, Cricket, Hockey, Squash, Tennis) and ensuring that the Chairs of each section communicate to its members as necessary. Advice is also being centrally collated to ensure consistency across sections where needed
  • As an immediate result, all formal hockey coaching (including mini hockey), training and league playing activity has ceased with immediate effect. Cricket and Bowls are not expected to start their seasons until later in the summer. Squash coaching and tournaments have been suspended. Tennis is waiting for updates from the LTA but coaching and club sessions are likely to be suspended.
  • The Club will, for the moment, remain open for members who wish to come and use the courts (squash or tennis) for private bookings or use the hockey pitch or the cricket pitch/nets without any formal coaching.


  • Large events previously arranged for April have been postponed (Brummitt, Ironman) and will be rearranged at an appropriate date later in the year. Events in May and June will be reviewed later
  • Sections who have events booked are also postponing them and advising members accordingly

Bar & Kitchen

  • From Monday 23rd the Bar will not be open in the afternoon, and there will be no food service from Chef James at lunchtime on site
  • From Monday 23rd, the Bar will be open in the evenings from 7.00 – 9.30pm and the club will therefore close just after 9.30pm. The opening hours will be reviewed according to need
  • Dining events booked already will be honoured for March/April if Chef James and the event host wish to continue but no new bookings will be accepted until further notice. There will be no penalty for cancellation of any booking. Bookings already made for May and later will be reviewed closer to the date, if not cancelled by the organiser
  • Weekend opening will be reviewed on a weekly basis according to any need and agreed with the bar staff

Management Council have set up a WhatsApp group to allow them to communicate with each other quickly and easily in an ever-changing environment, and will ensure that Section Chairs have the right information to keep members updated.

Council will also be meeting on a weekly basis, on Monday evenings at 7.30pm, via video conference/teleconference during the course of this outbreak to ensure that decisions continue to be reviewed. Please remember that your Section Chair cannot necessarily respond to dozens of individual questions so if you have something which is likely to be of general interest, please use an appropriate social media platform if possible. Members of Management Council are also happy to answer whatever questions they can.

Jane Wilson




Keeping calm and carrying on with i2c tennis with your health and safety our priority

In the midst of what is a very difficult time, we are following government advice closely and balancing any health risks with continuing to use our sport to keep healthy and active

Coaching sessions will continue as scheduled with the exception of CARDIO TENNIS which is suspended until further notice.  We are taking heed of all government advice and LTA guidelines and therefore ask for your help in supporting the following precautions:

  1. We request that all players wash their hands before arriving at and after their coaching sessions using soap and water
  2. We do not want players or parents accessing the clubhouse unless in an emergency.  The sessions will run outdoors in their entirety
  3. We would encourage parents watching their child to either remain in their car or maintain distance between one another if sitting outside
  4. Coaches will encourage social distancing during sessions – 2 racket length distance between players to be maintained as much as possible.  No physical contact between players and/or coaches.
  5. Players bring minimal equipment – racket and drinks bottle.  Any bottles left at the club will be disposed of immediately so please take them home!
  6. Use of cones, markers and throw-down lines will be minimised and handled by the coach only
  7. Any person showing any signs of being unwell (either coach, player or parent) will be asked to stay away or will be sent home by the coach.


As mentioned, we are monitoring the government announcements and LTA guidance throughout each day and will provide updates to you as we have them.   We desperately want tennis activities to continue both for the players and the coaches and believe that applying the common sense approach above will give us the best chance of this.


Many thanks for your support during this time – we are all keeping our spirits up and our fingers crossed!