Following on from the government announcement regarding the national lockdown arising from the coronavirus epidemic , the tennis club will be closed until further notice
We will update when this situation changes .
Keep safe and see you soon.
I am sure we all had the same sinking feeling when the Prime Minister announced the third lockdown period for London yesterday, albeit in the guise of the "Tier 4 " label. One difference however from the previous two lock downs is that tennis is able to continue in a limited way.
Below is set out the LTA guidance that as a club we must apply effective immediately.
- Only singles is permitted , except for doubles between members of the same household/ bubble
- Competition/ league matches are not permitted for adults , hence all our Middlesex League and Kenton Winter League matches are stopped.
- However , local singles and doubles competition matches are permitted for U18, hence planned junior matches may continue.
- Individual coaching may continue plus lessons for one household / bubble. Group coaching allowed for U18 but not adults
- Spectators are not allowed except for one parent/ guardian supervision for juniors.
- All indoor facilities - including the bar , shed, the changing rooms and the toilets are closed. However toilet closure is " subject to confirmation by the government "
So , in summary, the club will remain open under the above restrictions. The booking system remains in place and a big thankyou to Naina for administering that. A reminder you need to provide the name of all people playing in your booking request.
As there will only be tennis users accessing the site in the next few weeks you will need your car park gate key to enter. Please remain vigilant in ensuring that the gates are left locked during your match and on your departure.
Logistical barriers prevented us holding the Tennis AGM that was due at the end of 2020 and the agenda included the re- election of officers. If anyone has any objections to the current committee continuing on an interim basis please let us know.
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We are delighted that we will be able to re-open the club and resume play on December 2nd. The rules for play, compliant with Government and LTA guidance, are largely as per they were before lock down 2. The headlines are:
- Doubles and singles are allowed
- Middlesex team competitions and Kenton Floodlit League can resume and matches should be played as scheduled (matches not played during lock down will be rescheduled)
- Coaching can resume, subject to certain group size limitations
- Social distancing should be maintained at all times.
- No socialising before or after tennis activity
- Parent/guardian supervision permitted (one per player)
- Spectating to be minimised (rule of 6 applies)
- Court booking is required (check the calendar for court space first and then e-mail [email protected] with your request, bookings cannot be made more than 1 week in advance, bookings must specify all players participating)
- If you have the NHS app please scan yourself in with the QR code on the tennis hut, if you don't please enter your details the log book attached to the tennis hut
Stay safe and enjoy your games!
This year the Tennis Section AGM will take place on Monday 7th December at 8.00PM. and be conducted on Zoom. We hope lots of members will attend - please see the e-mail from Sarper for login details.
As you will propbably be aware , we have had some coaching challenges in recent months with James resigning during lockdown and his replacement Kingsley being unable to start work due to a back injury. Kingsley has subsequently resigned as this injury means he will be unable to coach for a period of 6 - 9 months. We are very grateful to Justin for stepping up and delivering all the coaching at the club over the few months .
As a committee we have been looking at different options and have reached a conclusion after discussions with James. James resigned to pursue an alternative career in IT programming which is going well but, in addition, is maintaining some coaching activity on a part time basis. We have agreed with James that he will take back full management responsibilities for the coaching programme and also conduct limited number of mainly group lessons himself ( ie with a time commitment that is compatible with his new career), working with Justin who will continue to play a big part in delivering the coaching. Going forward you should contact James for all coaching enquiries on 07852180905/[email protected] Details of the coaching can be found through this link . https://ignitetennis.co.uk/junior-courses/ . Welcome back James .
We are delighted to have completed our Club Tournaments, resumed competitive inter-club league tennis and welcomed lots of new members since lock-down, but are also very mindful of the need to remain vigilant and operate within government and LTA Covid-19 guidelines. All members and guests are required to follow track and trace procedures when visiting the club. We have our own QR code that is on the shed. If you have the NHS tracking app please scan this every time you come to the club – it’s very quick and simple to do. If you don’t have the app a book will attached to the shed: please write your name and the date/time in that.
On Saturday September 26th we held our delayed 2020 Finals Day. Overall we had 23 finals and 62 trophies and medals to give out. The matches started at 10am and finished at 8pm with sunshine, wind and a little rain, adding an extra dimension to proceedings but the quality of the tennis still shone through. Thanks to everyone who has helped organise the tournaments and all the players who have hopefully enjoyed the 175+ matches that have been played. We were pleased that this year BLJ Law (see https://bljlaw.co.uk/) made a very generous donation towards the costs of the trophies we awared.
As we couldn’t hold the traditional evening presentation and not everyone could be there to watch we thought our members would appreciate this record of events. Read the link to see who got all the silverware….. Finals Day results