Corona Virus

Message Date:  Sunday 5th April 2020

Membership (Subs) Update

We hope that you and yours are keeping as safe and sane as possible in these strange times.

Many thanks to those of you who have paid your subscriptions already.

The following has been agreed by committee –

The subscription renewal deadline of 30 April will be deferred to one calendar month after the club is advised by the LTA that the courts can be opened for play.*
Subscriptions due from each member shall be determined at the time the club is advised by the LTA that the courts can be opened for play. The value shall be prorated down on a month by month basis, from May through to August. ..ie..:
  • Subs payable in May would be 11/12 of value
  • Subs payable in June would be 10/12 of value
  • Subs payable in July would be 9/12 of value
  • Subs payable in Aug would be 8/12 of value
  • Subs payable after 1st September shall remain as 50%.

* If the club opens after the 20th of the month, the calculation shall defer to the following month.

The above arrangement is for playing members, not social members.

Subscription renewal letters will not be re-issued. An email to all members (or copy of the email posted to the few not on email) shall communicate what the revised subscription values will be.

For those members who have already paid their subscription for the 2020 – 2021 Season, a refund will be offered to align their subscription to the prorated value.

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Message Date:  Wednesday 25th March 2020

UPDATE 25th March 2020

Unfortunately the LTA have made a complete U-turn within the space of 1 day, going from advice that “Courts can remain open…” yesterday morning to the following advice issued late last night:
“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March) all tennis facilities and courts should be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect.”
To repeat the position of the committee, we feel it is imperative to support the Government’s battle against Coronavirus.
It is therefore with regret that we must now ask all members not to use the club in any shape or form, not even as your daily means of exercise.
In terms of annual subscriptions, the deadline is not until the end of April. We shall keep things under constant review in the weeks ahead and post an update to the members by the middle of April.
We feel it is a great shame that tennis cannot be used as a form of exercise, but the need to battle this disease outweighs everything at this time.
Regards
The Committee
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Message Date:  Tuesday 24th March 2020

The Prime Minister’s announcement of severe social restrictions on Monday 23rd March has impacted our tennis club further.

Specific aspects of the announcement that affect the club include:
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship will also close
  • Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) will be banned
  • Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day
We also have the latest guidance from the LTA (abbreviated here):
“Tennis in Britain
We are working closely with both the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England to help to fully assess the implications this latest advice has for tennis in Britain over the coming weeks.
 

Following the Government’s announcement (Friday 20 March) that social spaces such as pubs, gyms and leisure centres must close, all tennis clubhouses and similar social facilities should be closed as soon as possible.

Courts however can remain open for use to help ensure people remain active, subject to strict social distancing and hygiene practices being employed.”

It remains the responsibility of us all to react sensibly to these latest restrictions.
As a club, we feel it is imperative to support the Government’s battle against Coronavirus.
To this end, we again change the parameters by which the club can be used.
  1. Courts will remain open for people from the same household ONLY. Strict social distancing and hygiene guidance must be adhered to, particularly if other people are present at the club.
  2. This must be your one form of exercise for the day – please behave responsibly in this regard.
  3. The clubhouse shall now be totally off limits.
  4. Balls will no longer be provided.
  5. All coaching is hereby suspended.
Please respect the restrictions set out here.
Many thanks.
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Message Date: Saturday 21st March 2020.

The LTA have today updated their advice, following Friday’s direction from Government to close a number of establishments.

According to the LTA ; “The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised us that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits

To this end, we are making further changes to how the club operates, however we reiterate that we are remaining open for social tennis.

Partial Clubhouse Closure : Only the toilets are to be utilised inside the clubhouse, including for hand washing. Members are not to loiter inside, even if it’s cold outside. All chairs are put away, table tennis is not permitted, and all other rooms are off limits except the toilets. You should only be inside the clubhouse the the bare minimum amount of time.

Kitchen : Strictly off limits. Kettles are removed and fridge turned off. Please bring your own refreshments.

Veranda : Most furniture has been put away, but some plastic chairs have been left out. Please follow hygiene advice when using the chairs, both before and after use. Remember – it’s hard surfaces that the virus last on longest.

Monday & Tuesday nights : in lieu of the league starting (more when we know about that), we’d like Monday and Tuesday evenings to continue in the theme of match practice. This is so that we all have the opportunity to get fresh air and exercise as we would do normally. Floodlight will be provided Free of Charge to avoid the need of token usage.

Balls : We’ve decided to continue providing balls. Again hygiene guidelines should be followed strictly before and after playing. The ball cupboard door is propped open to prevent handle contact – please leave it this way.

Coaching : Again, LTA recognise the importance of being able to continue playing sport – tennis in particular. Coaching will continue, with self-distancing and hygiene being enforced by the coach. It is possible that additional mini-camps will be set up to help keep children entertained and healthy whilst off school. This will be advertised accordingly.

ADVICE FROM PREVIOUS NOTIFICATION

The fundamental responsibilities remain with each individual, and so the club must again reiterate the advice regarding symptoms and isolation:

  • If an individual starts with a fever or a new continuous cough, they must isolate for 7 days if they live alone
  • If a family member starts with these symptoms, the family isolation period is 14 days
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51711227 provides the latest advice regarding hygiene advice and how to try to stop the spread of the virus

Reporting a close or Direct link of a Covid-19 Case to the club ; The first thing we must ask all members is to advise the club if you or a family member start with Covid-19 symptoms, and if you have been on the premises in the 7 days previous. In particular the club wish to be informed of the advice you have secured through the NHS.

NOTE: If there is a very strong link between the club and a confirmed case of Covid-19, the club shall take advice from Public health England, and what course of action should entail thereafter.

Cleansing ; we have engaged the services of our cleaner on a more frequent basis, in order to keep frequently touched hard surfaces clean within the clubhouse. Equally we would encourage members to help with cleaning where they are prepared to help out. Products will be kept out and available to use.

Social Tennis & Interaction Outside ; we wish for members to continue playing tennis as a key aspect of maintaining health (and in the times ahead – sanity). In order to achieve this, the simple steps of increased hygiene and physical non-contact / distancing should be maintained.

We have done everything practically possible to keep the facility at least partly open, rather than shut completely such as other clubs have done, as we recognise many people will have comfort needs whilst at the club.

Please adhere to these restrictions so that we can continue to allow access to the clubhouse.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

The Committee

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Message Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Following an emergency committee meeting, we can confirm the latest club position concerning Coronavirus.
We are all faced with unprecedented times ahead – that we can all agree on.
As a sporting club, we have to strike a fine balance between reacting to a virus with negative health implications, versus our club offering a sporting outlet that will uphold or improve health, which assists in how our bodies fight the virus.
Whilst the club can play an active role in helping our nation through these difficult times, we cannot be ignorant of the seriousness of the virus and just carry on unchanged. We have a responsibility to our members (and indirectly to their families), and so must behave responsibly in how we continue to operate for the weeks and months ahead whilst the nation recovers from Coronavirus.

Further, the demographic of our club puts a number of members immediately within those groups that are to be immediately shielded from the virus, which is of particular concern to the committee.

In practical terms, it is not intend to close the club – placing it under lock and key. Our members will vote with their feet with regard protecting themselves, and we anticipate a great many will wish to carry on exercising and socialising (as much as that term is nor frowned upon) for as long as possible.

However this will put a fundamental responsibility on each individual, and so the club must reiterate the advice regarding symptoms and isolation:
· If an individual starts with a fever or a new continuous cough, they must isolate for 7 days if they live alone
· If a family member starts with these symptoms, the family isolation period is 14 days
·https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51711227  provides the latest advice regarding hygiene advice and how to try to stop the spread of the virus
· Our ability to continue operating a [relatively] safe environment for our members depends on individuals being responsible about this.

We are today putting a plan into action that will slightly re-shape how the club will operate until further notice.
Reporting a close or Direct link of a Covid-19 Case to the club ; The first thing we must ask all members is to advise the club if you or a family member start with Covid-19 symptoms, and if you have been on the premises in the 7 days previous. In particular the club wish to be informed of the advice you have secured through the NHS.

NOTE: If there is a very strong link between the club and a confirmed case of Covid-19, the club shall take advice from Public health England, and what course of action should entail thereafter.

Cleansing ; we shall engage the services of our cleaner on a more frequent basis, in order to keep frequently touched hard surfaces clean within the clubhouse. Equally we would encourage members to help with cleaning where they are prepared to help out. Products will be kept out and available to use.
Social Tennis & Interaction Outside ; we wish for members to continue playing tennis as a key aspect of maintaining health (and in the times ahead – sanity). In order to achieve this, the simple steps of increased hygiene and physical non-contact / distancing should be maintained.
Social interaction within the clubhouse ; Similar to social tennis; hygiene, social distancing and isolation upon presentation of symptoms are imperative.
Coaching ; the balance of low viral risk to/via children versus offering what will be a valuable outlet for children to exercise (and a break for parents) has led us to decide to continue offering coaching per usual. This includes individual & group coaching and Easter Camps.
Socials ; this aspect is clear, in terms of advice from the Government. We will cancel all social functions from this point on, starting with the Good Friday Walk. Private bookings will also be cancelled, as we do not wish to introduce people unfamiliar to the club and the risk (albeit low at this time) of them introducing the virus to our club members, or vice versa.
S&D League ; indications are that the League Committee are meeting soon to decide the fate of this year’s league. It may be either delayed or cancelled outright. We will advise as soon as we know more.

Remember, many of us will be afraid during these times, and there will be a great deal of anxiety and possibly frustration. Lets all keep up the support of each other, and we’ll get through this as unscathed as possible.