Coronavirus news

Latest news on the coronavirus at HTC

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on the 10th May 2020 that outdoor tennis courts can open for play, the Committee have conducted a risk assessment following  the LTA guidelines.

The LTA have now issued updated guidelines (updated 31 May). Click the link below. The guidlines now permit doubles with people outside your household and the rules re the handling of tennis balls has been slightly revised. 

HTC Courts have to be booked and players agree to complying with the guidelines below.

Coaching Guidelines - coaching will be resuming shortly

See below the latest coaching guidelines ( updated 31 May).

Heworth Tennis Club guidelines 

Bookings must be made beforehand via the new booking system on our Clubspark website or Clubspark App.  Bookings are for one and a half hours (8am until 8pm); we ask you to play for no more than 1 hour 20 mins , coming off 10 minutes early so the court is free before the next players arrive. You’ll be able to book 3 days in advance and book a maximum of 5 times a week to give everyone a chance to play.

  • Singles play is allowed for those from different households.  Only singles should be played on the clubhouse courts. Courts 1 & 2.
  • Doubles play is now also allowed with other people, outside your household. 
  • We ask doubles and families to use the park courts. Courts 3 & 4 in the first instance
  • Keep 2m apart – you can pass others on the driveway but if others are on the path by the clubhouse, please use the mini-court area to allow them to pass.
  • The club will not be providing tennis balls, so you’ll have to bring your own (see below).
  • Juniors aged 16 and above may play by themselves.  Under 16s should be supervised by an adult. 

We have compiled the guidelines to try to keep you all as safe as possible and trust everyone will follow them for your own and others’ safety.  The clubhouse and outside toilet will remain closed to reduce any high contact risk.

There is a First Aid kit outside the Clubhouse in the corner under cover should it be required. 

The floodlights will not be available.

We also recommend:

  • Follow latest government and LTA guidelines, especially social distancing of 2m
  • Book before you come to play – this will help social distancing and provide Test and Trace information in light of any cases in our area or if we, as a club, are identified as a hotspot.
  • Do not arrive early to wait for your court.  
  • Bring your own alcohol hand gel and use after touching locks and gate handles
  • Bring sanitiser/cleaner and a cloth to clean the locks and gate handles or wear gloves
  • Bring all your own equipment – don’t forget water bottles, hats and towels – and wipe down after use
  • Bring your own tennis balls marked with your initials.  We advise each singles player should bring their own balls and not touch/pick up their opponent’s or those from the neighbouring court.  Serve only with your own balls.  Return balls to your opponent or the next court by flicking with your racket/foot/a kick
  • Do not touch the net adjustors – the nets will be left at the correct height
  • Change ends using opposite sides of the court and not if a player from the next court is too close during their game.  Do not chase balls onto the neighbouring court
  • No guests for the moment – they cannot be signed in and will therefore not be covered by the club’s insurance. Substantially reduced fees are offered for new members - Adults, Juniors and Families – to help with this. 
  • No spectators - unless you are the adult supervising juniors.
  • No spitting.
  • No congregating/socializing before or after play
  • Close and lock gates as usual if no one on the court(s) when you leave.
  • Take away all your tennis balls, equipment, bottles and rubbish.

Note for our neighbours re stray balls 

It is inevitable that balls will occasionally come into gardens surrrounding the club courts.  Balls are not considered high risk virus vectors; nonetheless remember to wash your hands after throwing a ball back, wear gloves, or leave them for 24 hours before throwing them back. 




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