As you will be aware, the club has not only been hit by imminent closure due to national restrictions but following the recent weather has been seriously flooded.
I am pleased to announce that following the efforts of the club team today, the club will re-open tomorrow. In the event the access road is unpassable we will email at 7am (Tuesday 3rd November) to notify members that we will remain closed until such time the water subsides.
The team have cleared the main car park and access paths to the club. Unfortunately the indoor courts have been severely flooded, and with the looming shut down the team has concentrated on giving access to the main club house. Due to flood damage to Outside Courts 6, 7, 8 and 9 these will also remain shut. Anyone wishing to brave the elements will be able to use Omni Courts 10 and 11. Please note that no coaching will take place over the next two days.
In the first instance, we would ask for your patience in the coming days. The Club Management and Board are meeting to discuss the membership options over the next day, and will be issuing options in the coming days. At this time we would ask you do not email the club and await further communication. As you will appreciate this is a hugely difficult time for the club and it will take a little time to put together the potential membership options. Only last week were we carefully planning for Tier 3, and now we must plan for full lockdown, with some guidance not yet issued.
We are awaiting further guidance on outside tennis during the lockdown period and can confirm the the LTA is lobbying for some parts of tennis to be allowed during this time.
We need your help!
Although the majority of the club, if not all, will be closed from Wednesday night, we must prepare the facilities for reopening. We would therefore ask again for your help to clear and prepare the club following severe flooding.
As we have seen before there is a huge amount of debris across the site, and many hands make light work! Being conscious of the current Covid restrictions we will need to ensure all volunteers follow the national guidance, do not help if you are vulnerable or feel unwell, and continue to distance and sanitise. Also, for your own safety, and risk of reprimand by the head groundsman, please do not walk on the grass courts regardless of the debris that needs to be removed.
Initially we will be concentrating on clearing the outside areas, including; debris from fences, hard courts and rear parking areas. If you can lend some time, bring a shovel (plastic only!), then we would welcome your help. The club team will begin clearing further areas from 9am Tuesday 3rd November (should the access road be passable).
If you can help please meet at the main reception.
For those that are wanting to get that final class, workout or tennis match prior to lockdown we look forward to welcoming you at the club in the coming days. Please be careful around the site as there is still some areas with standing water and debris, with only the Main Car Park accessible.