Tennis for all at Sherborne Tennis Club

Courts re-opening for singles, individual coaching and household tennis from 12 Noon Wednesday 13th May

UPDATE - 12/05/2020

Dear Member

Following the Government’s slight easing of Covid-19 restrictions this week, we are pleased to be able to say that we can take some tentative steps towards resuming some tennis activity at the club. However, there are important restrictions that we rely on all users of the tennis club to adhere to. We are fortunate to be able to get back on court – even with a lot of rules remaining in place. The re-opening of the Club is dependent on all users following these sensible rules. Realistically, the club cannot police or supervise players at the club, and we are reliant on everyone behaving responsibly. There is no supervision for children at the club (unless they are there for an individual coaching lesson), and parents remain responsible for supervising their children at all times. If activity at the club becomes a concern, we shall have no option but to restrict activity again. If this all sounds rather heavy handed, it is only because we care about reopening the courts and giving people the chance to enjoy tennis again. But we want everyone to stay safe in doing so.

If there is anything that you see happening at the club that you are concerned about – please do let us know.

There is a great deal of guidance and advice that has been issued, and there is not space here to repeat it all. So, please do seek out the further guidance and advice that is referred to below. The simplified rules that Sherborne Tennis Club asks you to adhere to are:

Follow the Government’s general rules and the LTA’s advice: Be aware of and follow the Government’s rules on social distancing and hygiene and the LTA’s guidance for tennis players.

You can view the LTA Guidelines here.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before you leave to play and after you return home having played. Take hand sanitizer with you, and use this before and after you touch surfaces that others have touched. Best of all, avoid touching such surfaces at all if you can, such as gates, chairs, net posts etc. Do not drag the courts, as this involves everyone handling the same equipment.

Booking To avoid over-crowding, in the current circumstances from tomorrow at 12 Noon you can only play at Sherborne Tennis Club if you have booked a court, or if you are attending for a booked individual coaching lesson. Do not just go up to the club to see if there is a court free. Book on line instead. Members can book a court via the club’s website. For the time being club members may only book to play for two hours a week (either one booking for two hours, or two bookings for an hour each). This limit will be reviewed once we see what demand there is for playing. If you cannot book successfully, then let us know (by replying to this email)

Coaching: To book an individual coaching session, contact Matt, Stu or Ollie (details on the website)

Singles only: only two players are allowed per booking to play on a court. You can’t attend with four players and just take it in turns to play singles. Two means two! The only exception to the singles rule is where all of the players are from the same household, in which case doubles is allowed. Players must not share any equipment – including tennis balls. Each player should arrive with their own tennis balls – all clearly marked with their own name/initials/mark. Players should not handle the other players’ tennis balls. If you need to pass your opponent’s ball to them, just use your racket not your hand. Do not share any other equipment (e.g. rackets, towels, water etc)

The Clubhouse remains closed: The Club cannot adequately keep general users of the clubhouse safe from the virus, and as a result the clubhouse is closed. This includes the toilet, which is out of use for safety reasons. The only exception to this is the coaches, who may use the clubhouse toilet under strict protocol. The coaches are also the only ones able to enter the clubhouse to switch on floodlights - so for the time being the floodlights are not in use for members generally. The first aid kit is now located in one of the two large ball boxes outside the clubhouse. There is an outside tap (round the left hand side of the clubhouse) which can be used for hand washing.

Keep your distance: Arrive as close as possible to the time when your booking starts, and don’t gather in groups before or after you play – just leave promptly and head home. 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. Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play). Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net. Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.

If you are the last to leave:  Please make sure that the gates are all closed and locked.

Visitors: Members are allowed to bring one visitor with them to play at the club, but a visitor fee of £3.50 is due on each occasion. This should be placed in a sealed envelope with the correct cash and a note giving the name of the visitor and the member concerned, and posted into the cash box before you play (now relocated bolted to the used ball box outside the clubhouse).

Subscriptions: The Club needs to cover its immediate costs this year, and we shall be writing out to members about subscriptions for 2020/21 shortly.

Well done for getting to the end of this email! I hope that you enjoy being able to get back on court, and keep in touch with us about your experience.

With best wishes

Nick Chapman
Chair, Sherborne Tennis Club
On behalf of Sherborne Tennis Club and its Management Committee

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