COVID-19 Updates

Message from Committee  Wednesday 4th November 2020

This is just to confirm that the tennis courts will be closed from Thursday 5 November, until further notice. As you may know, the LTA was very unhappy with this government decision, but was unable to persuade the relevant authorities to have a change of heart. The latest from the LTA is copied below.

Thie  court closures mean that all coaching is also be suspended from Thursday 5th November until further notice.

The Tennis Committee will be discussing the implications of the current situation over the coming weeks.

Malton Lawn Tennis Club

LTA UPDATE as of 4th November 2020: Lockdown restictions
The Government has announced new national restrictions for England between Thursday 5 November - Wednesday 2 December.

Despite the LTA and tennis community making a strong case to Government, we can confirm that the new restrictions mean that tennis activity in England is not permitted for the duration of the national lockdown, as a result of the closure of all outdoor and indoor facilities. The only exceptions to this are for elite tennis players, and for tennis activity in schools, colleges and other educational establishments as part of education.

Whilst we are disappointed with the outcome, we must urge all involved with tennis in England to adhere to the decision that the Government has taken.

We know these restrictions will have a significant impact on the whole tennis community, and our focus now will switch to campaigning to ensure that as much grassroots tennis activity as possible can resume as soon as possible, including both indoor and outdoor tennis.

Message from Committee  Monday 20th July 2020

Dear MLTC members

It’s been great to see so many members playing and booking courts over the last week or so. Do be careful, though, when returning to play as injuries after a long layoff are common! 

The Committee is also most grateful for members' support in adjusting to the various restrictions and rules to keep everyone safe at the Club. Please note that there is now a logbook next to each of the two noticeboards at the courts. Please enter the names and details of all players on arrival, so that we will be able to locate any members in case the virus appears at the Club. 

The LTA has recently updated its advice to clubs. Please be assured that the committee is working on how best to implement these changes. 

  • Groups of up to 15 children (i.e. those up to the age of 18) are now possible for junior coaching, in line with updated guidance from Government on out of school settings. Adult group coaching (i.e. anyone aged 18+) remains limited to groups of six.
  • Clubs and venues can now host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity events such a club nights and competitions, as long as they follow guidance to ensure they run safely

Please follow the link below to see which social sessions are taking place. Do please join us!

We are hoping to have Junior Coaching up and running for the return to school in September. If you are interested in individual or small group coaching now, please contact our Head Coach, Mark Franklin, at:

[email protected]


Message from Committee Monday 1st June 2020

Dear MLTC members

This is to confirm that doubles play is now allowed between players from different households, as noted in the advice from the LTA in the link below.

Do please remember to renew your membership, if necessary, before playing. 

We would be also grateful if members could continue to follow the advice below:

Guidelines for play

We would be most grateful if members could follow the following guidelines closely:

  • Please use a glove to handle the gate.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided. 
  • Please do not change ends. 
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2m at all times. 
  • Please use your own tennis balls, marking them as needed. 
  • The net will be set at the correct height, so there should be no need to handle it. 
  • The Clubhouse and the Tennis Hut remain closed. 
  • The ball machine is not to be used. 

Booking a court

Please book courts via the MLTC website,

Do also remember to include your name on the booking. 


Message from Committee Tuesday 12th May 2020

We hope you are all keeping well in the current circumstances, perhaps perfecting the 100-volley challenge?!

After the latest announcements from the government on the easing of certain restrictions, the MLTC Committee would like to inform you of the outcome of its recent discussions. 

1. MLTC Membership, 2020-21

The Club is most grateful to those members who have already renewed their membership, to assist the club at this difficult time.

As some play at the courts is now allowed, we would like to invite those members who wish to renew their membership now to do so at a rate discounted by 20%. It should be possible to renew at the amended rates online within the next couple of days. 

Please note that if you wish to play at the club from tomorrow (Wednesday), you must pay your membership first. Once membership has been paid, the padlock code will be sent by email. Please do not pass on the padlock code. 

2.  Guidelines for play

We would be most grateful if members could follow the following guidelines closely:

  • Doubles play - is only possible if you are all from the same household. 
  • Singles play - is possible with one other person who is not from your household. 
  • Please use a glove to handle the gate.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided. 
  • Please do not change ends. 
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2m at all times. 
  • Please use your own tennis balls, marking them as needed. 
  • The net will be set at the correct height, so there should be no need to handle it. 
  • The Clubhouse and the Tennis Hut remain closed. 
  • The ball machine is not to be used. 

3. Booking a court

We are hoping to enable members to book courts via the MLTC website,, within the next few days. Do please access the court booking page on the website to give it a try! 

In the meantime please email committee member Kate Megginson, [email protected], to book a court. 

At the moment we would ask members to book a court for a maximum of one hour, at least two days in advance. 

4. Coaching

Mark Franklin, our Club Coach, will now be able to offer one-to-one coaching at the courts. 

Please contact Mark at [email protected] for further details. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding in these strange times. I’m sure we’re all keen to get back to playing tennis in the usual way as soon as possible!

Message from Committee Monday 23rd March 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Dear MLTC Members

After the the latest government advice on social distancing, given by the Prime Minister yesterday, and in order to exercise our duty of care to all members, the decision has been taken to close the courts and cease all activity at the club for the foreseeable future. 

The MLTC committee feels that this is the most socially responsible and appropriate action to take at this stage, and ask for the understanding and support of all those impacted by this decision. 

Please note also that annual membership renewals are frozen for the foreseeable future. However, the club does have some unavoidable running costs, so it would welcome any contributions from members in the form of a donation, with absolutely no obligation of course. If you feel able to make a contribution, please reply to this email and it can be arranged. Thank you. 

Best wishes to all your families in these difficult and challenging times.

Message from Committee  Wednesday 18th March 2020

To all MLTC Members

Here is an update from the MLTC Committee on the club’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 

All Junior tennis related activity has been suspended for the foreseeable future. We are most grateful to Mark Franklin, our Lead Coach, for his understanding and support. 

Adult tennis related activity may continue, but with certain restrictions. Adult Coaching will take place with a maximum of four per group, and all players wishing to engage in social tennis are asked to follow the guidelines below, reproduced with the kind permission of Bath Tennis Club. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding in these difficult times.






"While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government has currently indicated that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period. After discussion with the LTA the advice is for us as a club to continue to make the club accessible, expressing it is up to the individual coaches, players and members whether they want to use and engage with the venue facilities and in what format.

To that end we are currently suggesting the following:

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

As with any other illness, all those involved in tennis in Britain are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid catching it by following Public Health England and NHS guidance.

Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS.UK website, with additional information available on the Public Health England blog.

Anyone who has been advised to self-isolate as a result of developing symptoms and/or recent international travel to destinations specified by the Government, should clearly not therefore take part in tennis activities for the duration of the self-isolation period. For further information see the website and the NHS.UK website.

As a club providing community leisure activities, the Government has advised that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged. We have upscaled the cleaning of our clubhouse facilities which now takes place daily.

We as a club, in turn also advise:


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • consider wearing sports gloves whilst playing and then wash immediately afterwards
  • refrain from physical contact during greetings, active celebrations and play
  • follow the guidance on social distancing* (


  • attend the club if you, your children or members of your home are displaying any symptoms and self-isolate as per the government recommendations
  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • put tissues or handkerchiefs in your pocket along with the tennis balls
  • drink from the mugs and glasses in the kitchen, but rather the paper cups provided – dispose immediately after use
  • don’t bring or eat food at the club

Additionally, we recommend that you consider and follow the guidance outlined below:

 * What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This can be achieved whilst also exercising at your tennis facility.

The measures are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

The Vulnerable

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible. This also extends to when considering playing tennis and the time which you wish to do so. This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days."