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Cranbrook Castle Lawn Tennis & Social Club –  Re Opening of courts

REMEMBER the clubhouse is CLOSED.


Please read the following  ( We know the info. is long but PLEASE READ IT ALL)

Cranbrook Castle Lawn Tennis & Social Club –  Re Opening of courts UPDATE: 13st July 2020



 [NEW] Before leaving home to play tennis, all participants should undergo a

self-assessment symptom check for any COVID-19 symptoms using the

information on the NHS website

 If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a

possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and not

go out to play tennis, following NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation

 If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a

contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home

or garden and do not exercise with others

 If you are in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70) you can play tennis

but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand


 If you are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, from 6 July you can

consider playing tennis and meeting up with one person outside your

household, always maintaining social distancing and with robust hand and

respiratory hygiene. Further guidance is available here


 Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving

home to go to the court (use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)

 [UPDATED] Arrive at the venue changed and ready to play, and shower at

home – even when the changing facilities are opened use of these should be

avoided where possible

 [NEW] If you have special needs, you may wish to speak to the venue in

advance to ensure your needs are accommodated and appropriate facilities

are open


 [UPDATED] Play should only take place on outdoor courts

 [NEW] Please note that to support NHS Test and Trace, venues and coaches

may need to take additional details from you when booking so that they have

appropriate temporary records in place to assist this service


 Take hand sanitizer with you

 Use your own equipment where possible. Equipment such as rackets can be

shared, but where this happens ensure thorough cleaning before and after

use. Players should not share items such as towels.

 Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play

 Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles

before and after use

 Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others

 Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do

not leave anything on court


 [UPDATED] Avoid using public transport if possible - safer travel guidance is

provided on the Government website

 Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there

 Use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches, etc, and

avoid doing so where possible

 Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do

so away from the courts and clear of the gates

 Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is

empty for the next players

 Avoid congregating on or around the court after playing to allow access for



 Be aware that onsite toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open,

players are advised to take particular care when using them and clean hands

thoroughly after use

 [UPDATED] Avoid using changing rooms where possible

 If takeaway catering facilities are open at the venue, respect social distancing

whilst queuing for food and drink.

 For indoor bars and restaurants, be aware that the Government guidelines for

meeting people indoors differs from that for outdoors, and is limited meeting

people from no more than one other household (while maintaining social

distancing at all times)



 Both singles play and doubles play is now 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

 [UPDATED] Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6

adults (including coach) or 15 children (plus coach(es).

 [UPDATED] Players are advised to limit their interactions with anyone outside

of the group they are attending the venue with (e.g. players on another court

or in a different coaching group)

 Players should continue to maintain social distancing from those that they do

not live with or are in a support bubble with


Other than where players are from the same household or part of a support

bubble, follow Government advice on staying alert and safe, and:

 Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play as far

as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play)

 Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or

high five)

 Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

 For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a

ball travels to the centre of the court

 For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach

 Where you cannot maintain a two metre distance then further precautions

should be put in place as part of ‘one metre plus mitigations’ guidance (see

the Government’s advice on ‘Staying safe outside your home’ for more



 Hand hygiene is imperative - hand sanitise at intervals if you have to touch

communal surfaces

 If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve

 Avoid touching your face


 If players wish to, they can choose to use their own marked tennis balls

 If you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure

you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands

before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)

 Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other

courts where possible - use your racquet/foot to return them as those players

may have decided to use their own marked tennis balls

 Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court

sweepers where possible


 Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a

carer for a disabled player, it is permitted and is not counted as part of the

maximum group size, but should be off court and limited to one per player

where possible

 [NEW] Supporters, parents, and other spectators should remain socially

distanced whilst attending events. Spectator groups must be restricted to

discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider

government guidance

The Committee

14th July



The Committee

1st June 2020

 We are able to open Courts 1-4 from 9am Wednesday 20th May 2020.

In line with updated Information from HM Government Dated the 11th May 2020 & LTA Guidance for tennis venues/Players/Coaches regarding Covid - 19 return to restricted Play – 12 May 2020.

The Committee are pleased to announce that following a thorough review and risk Assessment:

The club house will remain closed for the present, but we will review this on a regular basis.

All players will have to comply with all Government conditions on social distancing and Hygiene. (GOV.UK) and Must read the LTA Guidance for Tennis Players/Coaches Covid  19 Return to restricted Play 1st July 2020, (LTA Website)

  • If you are Unwell or self Isolating DO NOT attend the club.
  • You Must comply with the notices that are displayed.
  • You MUST renew/pay your membership before playing. (See Trevor’s letter sent out on 12th May 2020)  No GUEST Players are currently permitted, due to limited Court Space.

Please enter through the Pavilion road side gate, first in /last to leave, please open/close the combination padlock, if you do not know it ask one of the Committee!

Please clean the padlock if you touch it.

Please Read the Notices attached to the Gate & Displayed on the Clubhouse windows.

  • Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households. The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles.
  • Coached sessions should be limited to one to one coaching activity only.
  • There MUST NOT be any spectators unless you are a Parent/guardian watching your Child/Children.
  • As we do not have a current booking system we will have to be ‘self policed’ on this issue.

In the event that all 4 courts are being used, if further players arrive they will have to obtain the time of the next available court and MUST leave the premises, until the court is available. In this event courts can only be used for 1 HOUR.

  • Coaching will be held on COURT 4 – You MUST comply with the coach’s instructions/risk assessment.
  • As the Clubhouse will initially be closed please be aware there are no toilet facilities. There is an outside tap that can be used for cold water. So please bring your own drinks/containers.

Bring your own Hand sanitiser (we have ordered a unit for the club).As there is no current access to the clubhouse, the first aid kit is not usually available, so please consider bringing your own. Limited access to the Clubhouse may be possible for this reason.

In the event of serious injury call 999, or 111 for advice. Guidance on delivering first aid during the coronavirus pandemic is available on the St John Ambulance website.

  • Do not touch the net winders, if you do please clean them.
  • Bring your own equipment & balls, clearly marked, the Club cannot supply them. (Comply with LTA guidance – Take only minimum amount of equipment)
  • If you are receiving coaching, comply with his instructions.
  • Do not change ends, but if you do, change at opposite sides of the court. If a ball comes on your court kick it back. Do Not go after a ball that goes on another court
  • All chairs have been removed from the viewing area; do not sit on the benches (Tape has been placed across them)


Enjoy your tennis, keep safe and well, the committee will keep the situation under review, if there are any concerns please contact a committee member or phone:

 0757 2661554.

The Committee

17th May 2020


                                            MEMBER SUBSCRIPTION UPDATE
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Committee have decided that the new membership year 2020/2021 that was due to start on the 1st April will be deferred until we are able to re-open the tennis courts. The membership year will then run for 12 months from the date of re-opening and FULL members will have 30 days to take advantage of the discount allowed. We thank members who have already renewed their memberships which will start when the courts re-open. We understand that some members have already renewed their memberships to help the Club during these difficult times. However, if any member that has already renewed would like their fees refunded until the courts re-open, please email the Membership Secretary at [email protected]
We will re-open the courts when we are advised that it is safe to do so by The Lawn Tennis Association and you will be advised accordingly. In the meantime, keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all at the Club in the not too distant future.
The General Committe




Well done John keeping the monthly quiz going online.

2021 - CRANBROOK CASTLE will be 100 YEARS OLD.


For further dates see 'Our Events'



Contact - Chris -for adult and junior coaching  [email protected]

Tues. - 4.30 - junior coaching -  -

Tues. -  7pm - social tennis - adults

Thurs. 10am - social tennis - adults

Sat. 9am - junior and adult coaching.  Just come along or contact  - Chris - [email protected]

Sun. - 11am - intermediate/advanced social tennis

If you want individual (junior or adult) coaching  contact - Chris - JuniorS[email protected]


  • We are a  friendly tennis club with 5 artificial grass courts, 4 with floodlights, in Ilford, Essex.
  • Mini, Junior and Adult tennis coaching is available from fully qualified, licensed LTA coaches. (Sat. mornings and Tues. evenings).
  • If your child is a member, parents can join for £45 to play with their children.
  • All standards are welcome.
  • Social play - Tues. 7pm, Thurs. 10am and Sun. 11am.
  • Club members who need swipe cards to access the club see Sue, Trevor or Chris. They cost £2.
  • We have men's teams in the Essex Leagues.
  • There is an informal quiz once a month .
  • A darts team (The Abbots) is based at the club.

If you are interested in joining the Club please contact:-

ADULTS : Membership Secretary Linda Gallant
eMail: [email protected]

JUNIOR AND ADULT COACHING : Junior Secretary Chris Weekes
eMail: [email protected]

How to Find Us

The Club is on the corner of St.Georges Road and Pavillion Road and is easily accessible from the A12 (Eastern Ave), Cranbrook Road and Gants Hill Station (Central Line on the London Underground).


How to find us

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