I hope you join in me in excitedly preparing for the staged return to sports! I can assure you that Club preparations are in place for an enjoyable and safe return to racket sports.
In line with the activities permitted by the Government as well as LTA guidelines, below is some information to prepare you for return to the Club.
From 29th March: Outdoor Play Only
– Singles and doubles are both allowed. The rule of 6 applies.
– The courts will be open from 7am until 10pm weekdays and 8am-8pm on the weekends.
– Active members will be able to book courts no earlier than March 15th (14 days prior to first open day).
– The coaches will be limited to book a maximum of two courts per hour. Please speak to them directly for individual lessons. If you need their details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Court bookings only, no walk-ons:
Court booking is £2.50 per hour.
After 6pm, the court price is £5 per hour which includes the floodlights. (As the daylight extends, this will be reviewed weekly).
A maximum of 90 minute booking per member per day.
We understand that everyone is excited to get back to playing and we ask you to bear that in mind when booking. For this reason: Please limit your tennis activity to a maximum of 3 times per week.
Please note that if your account has been on freeze, your account will automatically defrost on the 29th March and you will be able to book courts moving forward. If you will be unable to use the Club’s facilities, you can ask to remain on freeze by contacting Nicola at email@example.com
A friendly reminder of our cancellation policies:
o Member Cancellations: If a member wishes to cancel their booking they have up to 60 minutes prior to their booking to do so without charge. For no-shows or cancellations within the hour, no refunds will be issued.
o Rain Cancellations: In the event of rain, it is a member’s decision to cancel or go-ahead. This needs to be done within the time constraints mentioned above otherwise it is non-refundable.
o Flood or Icing Cancellations: It will remain the club’s responsibility to cancel courts and issue refunds for cancellations due to ice or flooding.
Squash & Racketball:
– UK government guidance for the return to indoor sport will be made available w/c 22nd March at the earliest. Pursuant to that, England Squash will make its recommendations and we will implement them accordingly. Long story, short unfortunately no squash and racketball until further notice ;-(
– The Club’s toilets will be open for use and access will be through the external fire doors.
– In-line with government restrictions, the Café Bar and Club will be closed, however, we will be service light refreshments and hot drinks for takeaway service.
– The hard courts will be squeegeed by grounds staff at 7am on weekdays. There is a time checklist next to the gate on court 6 that will show when they were last done. The squeegees will be left on court for member use. Please use these responsibly and be aware that water flows from court 8 to court 6.
– The Groundskeeper Team have performed some maintenance on the turf courts, including moss-mediation and brushing to aid in drainage.
– The hard courts have had some temporary repairs for short-term use, as the weather wasn’t suitable for a full resurfacing. However, we are contracted for a resurfacing on the 17th May when it is planned the indoor and grass courts will be open. These works should wrap up in two weeks (weather-permitting).
Future Timeline: You will surely hear from us again in the beginning of April, but we wanted to give you some initial communication regarding tentative next steps.
From 12th April:
– Indoor courts – Booking will be limited to coaching 1-1 (both adult and junior) and household singles/doubles.
– Both the junior development and performance program will commence indoors and outside.
– The adult coaching program will start running on the outdoor courts.
From 17th May:
– All adult indoor play will (hopefully) be able to resume.
– Rule of 6 applies indoors.
– Adult coaching program to resume.
From 21st June
– Removal of the rule of 6.
– You can hug or shake hands with your playing partner/opponent (subject to gov. approval).
I hope the above information was easy to digest. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org