Thank you to everyone who helped make our Finals Day in early September a success, especially with all the extra work that was required to comply with the COVID regulations.
Spectators were treated to two high quality games of tennis in warm and sunny conditions. In the Ladies Doubles, Liz & Steph beat Louise & Naomi 6-2 6-3, and in the Mixed Doubles, Sam & Sarah beat Dave & Liz 7-5 6-0.
We were unfortunately unable to play the Mens Doubles Final due to COVID Quarantine restrictions. James and Ryan will now play Warren and Nev later in the Autumn.
The LTA, in consultation with the government, have confirmed that from Monday informal social play is limited to groups of no more than 6 individuals, but organised activities such as coaching, competitions and club sessions are exempt from this rule provided they are compliant with the appropriate LTA COVID-19 guidelines.
The club has already taken the necessary steps to implement the LTA Guidelines so we expect all competitions, coaching courses and club sessions to continue as planned.
In light of the rising infection rate it is imperative that all players implement good practices when playing, including not attending if feeling unwell, washing hands frequently, maintaining 2m distance from others (especially before and after playing) and avoiding skin-to-skin contact.
Players attending organised club sessions are reminded to follow the existing COVID-19 protocol. The club has also enrolled in the new NHS QR Code Contact Tracing scheme and logging your participation in a club social session will be mandatory once the app launches on 24th September. There is currently one poster displaying the QR code in the clubhouse kitchen window (on your right before you reach the door), and we will add further weatherproof posters to the court gates in due course.
This coming Saturday, 5th September, is the conclusion of the Club Championships. Normally the highlight of the Club's social calendar, we are unable to put on the usual barbecue and sumptuous buffet, but please do come along to support your fellow members and enjoy some fine tennis.
Play will begin at 1pm with the Ladies' Doubles Final, followed by the Men's Doubles and concluding with the Mixed Doubles. Volunteers for line judges are very welcome, this is a particular treat for the players being able to concentrate on playing and not call their own lines!
Please bring your own picnic food and drinks. Tea and coffee will be available but it will be served by a Committee member, there will be no access to the kitchen. Please also bring an umbrella in case of rain showers, there is limited space in the clubhouse for sheltering and priority will be given to players.
We ask that all attendees use the sign in/out sheets at the gate so we have a record for Test & Trace, and masks are recommended for spectators.
Update: This work has been completed and the courts will be available to play again on Friday 18th from 8am.
The feedback from members about the re-colouring of courts 4 & 5 earlier in the year has been very positive. It has also shown up the wear on courts 1, 2 and 3! We are informed that September is the last month in which it is normally possible to re-colour courts so we have scheduled this to take place from Tuesday 15th September. If the weather is fine then it will take about 1 week before they they are playable again, although we found in July the start date had to be postponed several times due to wind and rain.
In preparation for the work, courts 1–3 will be power washed on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September.
The courts have been marked as Closed for Maintenance in the booking sheet, and we are sorry that ClubSpark displays this information so poorly that it does not say this clearly. ClubSpark are apparently aware of the defect and working to fix it. As the actual dates of the work becomes clearer based on the weather forecast, we will post regular updates on our Facebook Page.
The COVID-19 restrictions came into force just as our Winter Tournaments were due to play their final matches. It was high summer before doubles matches were permitted again, so it did feel quite odd to be playing a Winter Tournament Final on a beautiful warm summer evening!
Congratulations to the champions, and well played to everyone who took part in damp, blustery and/or cold conditions that are the hallmark of winter tennis matches.
The LTA, in consultation with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, have confirmed that turn up and play sessions (often known as club or social sessions) may resume provided that clubs are following the appropriate protocol. We are therefore very pleased to be able to let you know that our "Social Tennis" sessions will resume from this Sunday 19th July (not Saturday, due to existing court bookings taking priority).
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.
The peg board that is normally used to arrange sets in an equitable manner cannot be used—games will be arranged verbally instead. Please try to ensure everyone has a fair chance to play.
If you play with someone new, or that you don't know, make sure you exchange names, in case this is needed for NHS Test and Trace. The club will provide contact details to NHS Test and Trace for anyone who might have come into contact with an infection at a social session.
Remember to remain two metres apart from other players whilst organising sets and waiting to play.
The club has installed hand sanitiser dispensers at the entrance to the courts. Please use this before entering and after leaving the courts. Even better, bring your own sanitiser and use it between sets.
As per our normal practice, most of the time there will be new balls supplied by the club. Where balls are not completely used following a Saturday session, they will be put aside and not used until at least Wednesday.
I have never been to Social Tennis. Can I come along?
Absolutely! Social tennis is open to all Senior and Student Members, plus Junior members who have been invited to participate by the Committee. It's great fun, we provide all the balls (plus floodlights when required) and you get to meet new people while playing some relaxed and convivial sets of tennis.
When is Social Tennis?
Saturday and Sunday from about 1:30pm until everyone has had enough fun.
Wednesday evenings from 7pm (free floodlighting provided).
Tuesday and Thursday mornings from about 10am until 12noon (2pm next week, 21st and 23rd July due to Junior Summer Camps).
Although many pubs and restaurants have re-opened, the government guidelines still advise against gatherings of more than 6 people from different households. We have therefore decided to cancel weekend and Wednesday evening social sessions until at least 15th 18th July.
Tuesday & Thursdays – The "mid-week section"
A number of Tuesday & Thursday morning regulars have been arranging 4s at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to avoid missing their regular tennis-based exercise. To facilitate our mid-week regulars being able to stay fit and healthy, we have decided to trial reinstating the Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions with the proviso that attendees must follow the government guidelines and not mix with more than 5 other people per-session. For 8 players this means dividing into 2 fours at the beginning and not mixing, for 10 players you will need to split into two groups of 5 with no crossover, and so on. Please enjoy these sessions safely and responsibly!
Late yesterday the LTA issued updated guidance regarding the playing of tennis in England. The key change for players is that people from different households may now play doubles. However group activities such coaching are restricted to 6 persons and therefore "turn up and play" sessions (aka club/social tennis) may not resume at this time.