UNDER THE CURRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ALL COURT ACTIVITY MUST BE BOOKED ONLINE.
- For informal social play, group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law
- Organised tennis activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted by the Government as an exception to the limit of six, and so can continue, provided that venues, coaching providers and event organisers follow LTA COVID-19 secure guidelines
From Monday 29th March 2021 our Bicclescombe Park courts reopened for safe and appropriate tennis. By its very nature, tennis is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided, with the Government saying tennis is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have introduced measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others. This is managed through our COVID-19 Risk Assessment
GROUP Coaching Opportunities
Coached sessions for children can take place indoors or outdoors, but should be limited to group sizes of no more than 15, plus coach(es) in accordance with the Department for Education’s guidance for providers of out-of-school settings. For Junior Group Coaching full details of days & times will be found on the JUNIOR coaching page & for individual age group coaching initiatives visit the COACHING NEWS section or contact Gary Tovey
Coached sessions for adults may take place outdoors (& indoors later) for venues and coaches that are COVID-19 secure, in line with Government guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events and for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities. For ADULT Group Coaching contact Ros Cooke or visit the ADULT coaching page.
ONE to ONE Coaching Opportunities
You can now book One to One Coaching with LTA Accredited Club Coaches as follows:
30 minutes - £10; 45 minutes - £15; 60 minutes - £20
BOOKINGS & PAYMENT
MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING
Coaches will position themselves to maintain social distancing from the players at all times ; Drills and feedback/instruction will be adapted to ensure social distancing guidelines can be safely adhered to.
Coaches do not need to use new or fresh tennis balls for each lesson, and are no longer advised to be the only person to touch the tennis balls Where new or fresh balls aren’t used or where players handle tennis balls as well as the coach, then extra care must be taken to ensure the coach and players do not touch your faces during play, and you should all clean your hands before the session and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required) Players should bring their own equipment where possible and sharing of equipment should be limited – however, use of communal rackets can be done subject to thorough cleaning processes between uses Any coaching equipment used (e.g. cones) should be wiped down and cleaned rigorously afterwards Ensure all equipment is removed from the court at the end of the session.
HEALTH, SAFETY & HYGIENE
There will be usual access to first aid and emergency equipment, although everyone is advised to carry a personal first aid provision e.g. plasters.
COACHING YOUNG CHILDREN
Adequate space and care will be provided around these smaller courts to maintain social distancing ; Guardian (non-participant) attendance should be limited to one per child where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the session.
SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY GROUPS are always welcome to use the courts & facilities free of charge & further details can be found on the relevant pages. Similarly commuity TODDLERS & their parents/guardians are always welcome, again free of charge!