Coronavirus update - 23rd April 2021
Following Welsh Government confirmation today, the changes below will apply from the dates shown. Tennis Wales has released their updated ‘Return to Play’ guidance which can be found here. These amended guidelines cover the following changes.
- The return of all LTA approved competition within the requirements of Welsh Government Covid-19 legislation.
- The ability to travel freely throughout the UK Common Travel Area for tennis, you must always adhere to the local Covid-19 restrictions and guidance in place when outside Wales.
From Saturday 24th April:
- Adult can now play doubles, with 6 people able to meet from any households.
From Monday 26th April:
- Adult (people aged 18+) group coaching for up to 30 people outdoors (the 30 limit includes coaches and instructors).
- Adult (people aged 18+) group competitions for up to 30 people outdoors (the 30 limit includes officials and coaches).
- Outdoor hospitality for table service and takeaway only. Please ensure you follow all Welsh Government guidelines on hospitality at all times, more detail is contained in our guidance.
As restrictions ease, please ensure you continue to wear a face mask as appropriate, maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times and practice good hand hygiene to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Following the announcement today it is also confirmed that indoor centres will reopen and restart of group activities brought forward to the 3rd of May. The following future relaxations are scheduled:
From Monday 3rd May
- Indoor tennis venues can reopen for all tennis activity.
- Group activity will operate within the following limits – children (under 18) no group size limit (but there must be sufficient space for all participants to 2m social distance at all times) and adults (18+) max group size 15 people including coaches, instructors and officials.
- All participants must maintain 2m social distancing during activity regardless of age.
Tennis Wales' Return to Play guidance will be updated ahead of these changes coming into effect in May.
Should the Covid-19 situation remain positive, Wales could move to Alert Level 2 on the 17 May - allowing indoor hospitality and this step may also increase the limits on gatherings outdoors to 50 adults, and indoors to 30 adults for organised activity – please note this is unconfirmed at the point and won’t be until after the Senedd elections at the next Covid-19 review on the 14th May.
Coronavirus update - 9th April 2021
Following the Welsh Government's update to Alert Level 3, the changes below will apply from the dates shown below:
- From Monday 26th April – Organised adult group activity returns outdoors for up to 30 people, this will enable a return to adult group coaching, leagues and competitions within the 30 person limit. This will also enable the return of social doubles at venues, enabling four people from different households to meet and play tennis.
- From Monday 3rd May – Indoor tennis centres and other sports facilities can open for individual activity.
- As originally planned from the 17th May adult group activity will return indoors for groups of up to 15 people, enabling the return of adult group coaching, and competitions within the 15 person limit. This will also enable the return of social doubles at indoor venues, enabling four people from different households to meet and play tennis.
Coronavirus update - 12th March 2021
Following the Welsh Government announcement, tennis is back but under a specific set of restrictions:
- You can play singles and doubles tennis with one other household (maximum four adults present), doubles pairs should be from the same household.
- One to one coaching can resume – with only people from the coaches household and one other household present.
- All tennis activity must follow the Welsh Government requirement to stay local.
- Please maintain social distancing at all times and follow good practice around hygiene and hand sanitisation.
- Clubhouses must stay closed other than for essential reasons – using the toilet or accessing First Aid or medical supplies.
To see the full guidance from the LTA & Tennis Wales, please click here.
Coronavirus update - 19th December 2020
Following the Welsh Government announcement of the immediate move of the whole of Wales to Alert Level 4 from midnight tonight, it is with regret Tennis Wales must inform all tennis venues and courts (Indoors and Outdoors) to close at Midnight tonight (Saturday 19th December).
Alert Level 4 ‘Very High Risk’ brings into effect a ‘stay at home’ lockdown/firebreak requirement across Wales and unfortunately sees the cessation of all tennis activities. It is our understanding there will be 3 weekly reviews of alert level across Wales by Welsh Government.
Coronavirus update - 16th December 2020
Following the First Minister announcement on Wednesday 16th December, and also the publication of the Welsh Government Covid-19 Alert Level Plan on Monday, Tennis Wales has liaised with Welsh Government, Welsh Sports Association and the LTA to provide updated guidance to the tennis community in Wales.
They have developed a new table of detailed guidance for what is allowed at the various alert levels in Wales, access is provided via the link here. We hope this gives clarity to the tennis community on what tennis activity will look like across the various alert levels as they are brought into effect in 2021.
Tennis Wales's CEO Simon Johnson has also published a statement on the recent changes that can be read here.
Coronavirus update - 6th November 2020
Following the end of the Firebreak Lockdown in Wales tennis activities will resume in Cowbridge on Monday, 9th November 2020. The health of our players, visitors, coaches and their families and friends continues to be paramount.
Tennis Wales and the LTA have outlined adaptations so that tennis activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Welsh Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These will continue to operate in Cowbridge in addition to the changes explained below. They include measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others. The guidelines are accessible via the link below to the LTA’s dedicated coronavirus advice page, as well as via the Tennis Wales website. We encourage you to read (and follow) these guidelines carefully. Guidance for Tennis Venues, Coaches & Players in Wales
The following is a summary of key changes to guidance following the Firebreak Lockdown, as affects Cowbridge Tennis:
- There are no restrictions on travel to play tennis in Wales.
- Group coaching and competitions can recommence outdoors for groups of up to 30 people.
- Children under 11 can participate in organised competition only in a maximum group size of 32 both indoors and outdoors.
- Coaches, volunteers, competition organisers and officials are no longer included in these group size limits.
- Multiple groups for coaching activity are allowed but they must be discreet groups that do not mix and have separate coaches/support staff.
- Limited groups to up to 4 people (not including any children aged under 11) unless they are from a single household in clubhouse and social settings.
- Players and coaches must not travel to England to participate in tennis activity during the English Lockdown.
- People who live in England must not travel to Wales to participate in any tennis activity.
Coronavirus update - 19th October 2020
Following the First Minister's announcement that Wales will go into a 'firebreak' lockdown, activities at Cowbridge Tennis will unfortunately cease from 6pm on Friday, 23rd October until 9th November 2020.
July 13th - The Welsh Government have made adjustments to lockdown restrictions and based on their guidance, Tennis Wales & the LTA have developed a set of practical guidlines to follow so that tennis can be played in Wales subject to certain restrictions. Updated September 15th. Updated November 6th.
- All registered Places to Play in Wales need to nominate a Covid Responsible Person and inform Tennis Wales who this person is. Our Covid Responsible Person is David Foster/[email protected] Full details of David's role can be seen in the Return to Play guidance.
- It is now a legal requirement for face coverings to be worn indoors by staff, volunteers, officials, spectators, coaches & players (for players before and after tennis activity), unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.
- Our Risk Assessment should include clear protocols on how to manage any person who becomes symptomatic whilst at our venue.
At the current time, the following regulations will apply at Cowbridge Tennis. These regulations may change at short notice.
* Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household as long as you remain 2 metres apart - meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.
* Group sessions (e.g. club nights), group coaching and competitions can take place for groups up 24 players. (Tennis Wales recommendation), as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
* Update - All courts will be available now, and these will not have to be booked through the ClubSpark system but if the ClubSpark group booking feature is not used, a register of people who attend a session will have to be completed.
* Maintain social distancing (2m rule) at all times.
* Clubhouse will continue to be open in a limited way only. Face coverings to be worn indoors by coaches, members, players and visitors. Clubhouse door must always be kept open during organised events to improve ventilation.
* No shaking hands or physical contact with other players.
* Follow public health guidelines for hygiene.
* Do not play if you or anyone in your household is self isolating.
* Please bring anti-bacterial gel for personal use. Cleaning products are available for handles & equipment.
* Please take rubbish home with you as there will be no rubbish bins on site.
* Update - Use new tennis balls each time you play & only handle your own racket. A supply of new tennis balls will be available for £5 per tube. Players will be expected to pay using an honesty box.
* Avoid picking up tennis balls from other courts.
* Any individual displaying symptoms of Coronavirus should proceed to follow the test, trace, protect programme. Further information is available here.
* When booking a court, please pay for guest fees if the person you're playing with is not a member. This video shows you how to do this.
STAY SAFE AND ENJOY!