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Covid-19 Updates

From 19th July 2021, we are pleased to be able to lift the remaining restrictions on numbers for social tennis play. As a naturally socially-distanced sport, tennis is the ideal way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors in both summer and winter. Please read and familiarise yourself with our Covid Policy. The key points are summarised below.

Permitted Play

  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • All coaching
  • Social mix-ins
  • Competitive leagues
     

House Rules
Please continue to take precautions and be considerate to your fellow members who may be taking a slower approach to the lifting of restrictions. Thank you in advance - your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

  • Please continue the basics: sanitising before and after play, wearing a mask if necessary, and adhering to social distancing. If you feel unwell with any of the Covid symptoms, please follow the latest government guidelines for self-isolation and do not come to the club.
  • Courts must be booked in advance for singles and doubles; please use the online booking system (app also available). 
  • If you no longer need a court booking, you MUST cancel it. This will increase court availability at a time of high demand. If you waste a court by not cancelling/ playing, your booking rights may be removed for a week (i.e. you can still play, but someone else will have to book). This may seem draconian, but we need to ensure that we make full use of our courts. Please be considerate to your fellow members.
  • Updated 19th July: You can play 2 slots per day outside of organised activities and no longer have to leave the club for at least 1 hour between slots. This applies to both peak (after 5pm weekdays and before 5pm weekends) and off peak (before 5pm weekdays and after 5pm weekends) times. The rule of 6 no longer applies.
  • Updated 19th July: The clubhouse is open for general access after 4.30pm on weekdays and from 8am on weekends. Please be mindful of your fellow members and wear a facemask if appropriate
  • Updated 19th July: Socialising outdoors and spectating is permitted, with the outdoor rule of 30 having been lifted.
  • Car-sharing is permitted for transport to away league matches
  • The bar is open Tues-Fri from 7pm (subject to volunteer availability) and variable times over the weekends (check social media for updates)
  • Visitors are allowed Monday-Friday until 4pm to allow full playing opportunities for our members. A visitor fee of £5 (adult) or £3 (junior) is payable in advance.


Organised Mix Ins

  • These are facilitated social tennis sessions to enable members to play in a mixed group within the current guidelines. A club volunteer will organise the sessions on behalf of the players (and will also be able to join in).
  • Advanced booking is essential for all sessions (the organiser will have a list of confirmed players).
  • The Sunday mix ins will merge into one session from 12noon-3pm, starting Sunday 1 August 2021.  Timings may vary occasionally due to matches, so please check your booking confirmation.
  • The weekday evening mix ins are scheduled as follows:
    • Tuesday (Men): 19.00-21.30
    • Wednesday (Ladies): 19.00-21.00
  • Format:
    •  No cap on participant numbers.
    • Please bring your sanitiser and your tube of balls.
    • The facilitator will organise short (e.g. 20 minute) doubles matches to give players the opportunity to swap opponents and partners. If you aren't playing in one, you won't have to wait long for your turn.
    • These sessions are for improver/intermediate and above (if you are unsure if you are of the right standard, please ask Tom Barton).


Access to the Clubhouse/ Parking

  • The clubhouse will be open for general access at the following times: 16.30-21.10 (weekdays) and 08.00-21.10 (weekends)
  • A volunteer will be locking the clubhouse daily no earlier than 21.15.
  • The floodlight boxes are in the corner of the main clubhouse by the window and there are instructions there on how to use them. The cost is £4 per hour (pound coins will be needed).
  • The main (top) car park can get congested at peak times. There is an overflow car park behind Courts 11 and 12 which is also open to members. There is a chain across the entrance with a combination lock (the access code is the same as the side gates). You are welcome to use this lower car park, but if you are last to leave, please ensure that you replace the chain and lock across the entrance. We have had problems with fly-tipping recently and the chain is there as a deterrent.