We are a friendly and sociable tennis club for all ages for residents of Freshford and surrounding area.
The club has a Professional LTA Coach who can provide lessons as well as professional racket stringing service for all - more details on the coaching page.
The club has two teams in the Chippenham and District league - ladies doubles and mixed doubles. Please see the Teams page for more information.
If you are interested in trying out the courts before taking out membership or you simply want to enjoy an occasional game without commitment, then the courts can be booked on a ‘pay and play’ basis at a cost of £6/hr. To make a court booking on our website, please click here and choose the court slot you would like:
To provide priority for booking slots to our members, pay and play bookings are restricted to 2 days in advance of the booking.
NO MORE THAN ONE ONE-HOUR PAY-AND-PLAY BOOKING PER DAY TO BE MADE BY ONE PERSON, PLEASE.
Call 07771 727317 (Peter Davis) or 07770 585518 (Ian Barnes) if you have difficulty with this.
MEMBERS MAY INVITE GUESTS TO PLAY FOR UP TO 5 TIMES A SEASON FOR A £3 FEE PER ATTENDANCE (PAID BY MEMBER WHEN BOOKING).
COVID RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDELINES FROM THE LTA
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Other than where players are from the same household or part of a support bubble, you should:
- Stay at least two metres away from others you do not live with or are in a support bubble with (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play)
- Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
- Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it
- For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court
- Limit your interactions with anyone outside of the group you are attending the venue with (e.g. players on another court or in a different coaching group)
- For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach
- See the Government’s advice on social distancing for more info HYGIENE
- Hand hygiene is imperative – hand sanitise at intervals if you have to touch communal surfaces and clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
- Avoid touching your face n See the Government’s advice on the basics of good hygiene for more info
EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
- There is no requirement for players to use their own individual tennis balls (this was an initial precautionary measure put in place at the start of the pandemic and is no longer a recommended measure, in line with the latest research). It is recommended that the focus be put on other preventative measures such as maintaining hand hygiene.
- Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them as those players may have made a personal decision to use their own marked tennis balls
- Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible
SUPERVISION & SPECTATING
- Spectators are permitted to view events on both public and private land in Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules. Spectators need to adhere to social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors).
- Spectators are allowed indoors, but the total number of all participants, coaches, officials and spectators must be aligned with the ventilation rates permitted by the particular venue.
BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN
- Download the NHS Covid-19 Test & Trace app so you can scan in at a venue should they have a QR code on display
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)
- Arrive at the venue changed and ready to play, and shower at home. While changing facilities are able to open, it is advised that their use be minimised, and not all venues will have them open.
- If you have special needs, you may wish to speak to the venue or activity organiser in advance to ensure your needs are accommodated and appropriate facilities are open COURT BOOKINGS
- Where the facility allows, ensure you have booked a court in advance and make payment online
- There are different restrictions for play on outdoor and indoor courts – see Section 3 – Permitted Tennis Activity)
- The LTA’s online booking platform, LTA Rally, has courts that can be booked in over 300 parks and clubs nationwide – visit www.lta.org.uk/rally n Please note that to support NHS Test and Trace, venues and coaches may display a QR code or need to take additional details from you when booking so that they have appropriate temporary records in place to assist this service
- Take hand sanitizer with you
- Use your own equipment where possible. Equipment such as rackets can be shared, but where this happens ensure thorough cleaning before and after use. Players should not share items such as towels.
- Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
- Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
- Bring your own, full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
- Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
- Travel to take part in recreational tennis activity is permitted
- You can help control COVID-19 and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can, or driving
- Car sharing is permitted in line with the Government’s safer travel guidance.
- For further information, safer travel guidance is provided on the Government website
- Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
- Use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches, etc, and avoid doing so where possible n Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
- Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players n Avoid congregating on or around the court after playing to allow access for others
GUIDANCE FOR TENNIS PLAYERS IN ENGLAND LTA.ORG.UK/CORONAVIRUS
- Travel to and from Wales and Scotland is permitted (be aware there are different restrictions for playing tennis in Wales and Scotland).
- You can now stay away from home overnight in accommodation including hotels, B&Bs, self-contained accommodation, and other people’s homes, in groups of up to 6 people or two households.
USING VENUE FACILITIES
- Be aware that onsite toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them and clean hands thoroughly after use
- Where toilet and changing facilities are opened, particular care should be taken when using them. These are areas of increased risk and you should minimise time spent inside
- If catering or takeaway facilities are open at the venue, respect social distancing and follow the guidance of the venue – outdoor catering is subject to maximum group size of 30, with indoor catering subject to the rule of 6 or two households.
- When accessing indoor facilities (including as a throughway to access outdoor courts), visitors are encouraged to wear masks in enclosed indoor public areas when not engaging in sport and physical activity and where this is possible and practical
SOCIAL CONTACT LIMITS
- Players should be aware that while there are exemptions in place to permit organised outdoor and indoor group tennis activity in numbers greater than the permitted social contact limits, this exemption only applies to the organised physical activity itself and not any socialising before, after or around the activity n
- Participants should therefore ensure they adhere to the rule of six indoors and 30 outdoors before the activity starts and after it ends, and during any breaks in play.