A quick reminder that there will be no Senior Club Sessions on Saturday 12th June due to the Junior Championships. All five courts have been booked for Social on Sunday 13th June in anticipation of greater than usual attendance.
Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic and prohibition on gatherings of more than 30 people, we ask that spectators for the Junior Championships be limited to family members of participants only.
Now that we are in Step 3 Restrictions we feel that it is now safe to hold larger outdoor group activities such as American tournaments. The first one will be the upcoming Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May, from 2pm, finishing by 5pm. Due to the ongoing pandemic, advanced registration is required–sorry we cannot accommodate anyone who turns up on the day.
An American tournament is a fun way to play doubles with a variety of different partners and opponents over the course of an afternoon. Each player keeps their track of the number of individual games he or she has won in each set and the winner is the person who has won the most games at the end of the day. It is a great introduction to social tennis for newcomers to the club, or those improvers who want to try out their new skills at a club session. For regular club social players it is a fun alternative to the usual tennis format.
For details of how to enter, please see the Club's most recent email newsletter (20th May).
Based on the information published by the Government today, we expect the Club to re-open for all activities on the morning of Wednesday 2nd December, at about 8:15am.
No doubt everyone will be keen to get back on court to make up for the last month. Once we re-open please remember that no play is permitted before 8am, and the floodlights turn off automatically at 9:30pm.
Regulations permitting, on the evening of Wednesday 2nd we plan to have a special 5-court Club Night, from 7pm to 9:30pm. All Senior Members, and any Junior Members comfortable playing on court with adults, are welcome for this "turn up and play" session. The Club will provide balls and floodlights.
Our first three Pop-up Café events proved to be hugely popular. Donations and proceeds from the sale of refreshments, homemade cakes, candles, jams and other donated items exceeded £390 for Macmillan Cancer Support! Many thanks to everyone who has donated or attended, with particular gratitude to the bakers who supplied amazing home-baked goodies.
Unfortunately due to London moving into High Risk COVID-19 restrictions from Saturday morning, the remaining Pop-up Charity Café dates will have to be cancelled. Tennis activities such as club and coaching sessions will continue as planned. Members can read the latest LTA advice at https://lta.org.uk/coronavirus.
To raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, we will be hosting a Pop-up Charity Café and Homemade Goodies Shop at a number of Club Social sessions throughout October (full list of dates below). There will be tea, cafetière coffee and sweet treats available, as well as home-made items to buy (including candles, jam and face masks) with all the proceeds going to Macmillan. Donations can be made via cash or directly to Macmillan on your smartphone.
- Saturday 10th – there will also be coach-led social!
- Tuesday 13th
- Thursday 15th
Sunday 18th Tuesday 20th Saturday 24th Thursday 29th
Please note that the pop-up café will be qualify as a hospitality venue for the purposes of COVID regulations. Please bring a mask, and signing in, via NHS App or paper guest book, will be mandatory.
Due to the very wet weather forecast for Saturday we have decided to postpone coach-led social until the following week (10th October). We hope you will be able to join Head Coach, José, at 1:30pm for an hour of fun games and drills, followed by some convivial sets of social doubles. This regular (pre-covid) feature of the club calendar is very popular with players of all experience levels, from club social regulars to "rusty racquets".
Don't worry if you can't make it this month, it will be back on Saturdays 7th November and 5th December.
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).
- Please ensure you are familiar with and follow the LTA Guidance for Players at all times.
- 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!
Run off all that turkey and trimmings at our annual Christmas-themed American social tournament on Sunday 29th December at 1pm. An American tournament is a format where you play short sets with rotating partners. It offers a fun and enjoyable experience for all skill levels and is a great way to get to know your fellow members.
Sign up in the clubhouse to secure your place. Please arrive before 1pm so we can start promptly and make the most of the day light.
Looking to join a tennis club in 2020? Potential new members are very welcome, and look out for our Christmas membership offer.
Throughout the year, Head Coach José has been running these brilliant monthly sessions of fun games we are calling "Coach-led Social". After a summer-break we are pleased to announce that Coach-led Social returns for the first Saturday of every month between now and Christmas, starting at 1:30pm.
- Saturday 5th October
- Saturday 2nd November
- Saturday 7th December
José has a wealth of different ideas for the coach-led social sessions so each one will be a little bit different but expect tennis themed fun with your fellow members, followed by some enjoyable sets of doubles.
These are great sessions for all levels of tennis experience, and especially for those players looking to make the transition from tennis coaching to club social tennis. We hope to see you there.