LTA official statement
UPDATE: LTA GUIDANCE
2nd March 2021 COVID 19 Update
'Outdoor tennis courts will be able to open from 29 March. This will mean recreational tennis will be able to resume, including singles and doubles social play, 1:1 coaching and formally organised activity for groups, including group coaching (maximum group size and court ratios subject to confirmation).'
INFORMAL SOCIAL PLAY - Both singles play and doubles play is permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.
A supply of bleach spray will be available but please bring your own gloves/sanitiser for shared surfaces such as gates in case it runs out.
* Book court time via website - free to all members
* Maintain social distancing at all times, during play, when taking breaks and before and after play
* Bring marked tennis balls, to identify yours if both courts are in use, and only handle yours. If you choose to use shared balls take extra care not to touch your face during play and clean hands before and immediately after play.
* The nets have been set and will be checked regularly.
* Please use the bleach spray provided on all shared surfaces, such as gates.
Stay safe and enjoy your tennis!
Following recent relaxation of CV19 restrictions the ECB have provided guidelines for the use of outdoor net facilities.
Nets may only be used by members via the club booking system. No unauthorised use.
All players must confirm they have read and will adhere to guidelines for use before any session is confirmed. Any individual found not to be meeting these will be declined permission for use.
The following guidelines have been adapted from the ECB document on the use of outdoor cricket facilities in lockdown. See here for further details : www.ecb.co.uk/news
- Net sessions are open to individuals for use on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household whilst keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household. Only WFSSC members can use the nets .
- Maximum of 2 people using the net per session unless everyone is from the same household. Only one net lane can be in use per session due to social distancing requirements unless persons using the nets are from the same household.
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and from same household. No mixed households for junior use.
- Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household). Whilst we have no doubt that members will voluntarily comply, it is essential that we all help each other by this and keep our members safe. We are playing cricket nets at our own risk, the virus has not disappeared and social distance seems to be the main defence.
- Use your own kit at all times , no sharing of equipment between players or use of club equipment (bowling machine). Batters should not touch balls thrown down by the bowler, use the bat to return ball to bowler where necessary.
- The club is only open for net use, please do not use the pitch or wicket areas.
- No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
- Wash hands at home before and after use using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
- The net session is on the hour for 50 minutes. The last 10 minutes allows you time to gather up your belongs and leave. Only arrive 5 minutes max before your slot. The ECB insists on a 10 minute buffer between sessions in order for you to vacate the net before the next participant arrives; this is for your safety and that of others. No gatherings around the nets or clubhouse. The Clubhouse will not be in use.
- Prior to leaving please wipe communal surfaces, such as gates etc. using the spray available.
Do not use the nets if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus however mild. Observe government advice.