So it is with great sadness that we now have to close the club until further notice in response to the Lockdown announcement this evening.
Thank you for all your patience and support over the last week – it has been a challenging week but it has been very encouraging to see how everyone adapted so well.
We will continually monitor the situation and will work hard to ensure we can be up and running again as soon as we can.
Please bear with us as we consider any wider implications depending on the duration of the lockdown.
In the meantime I’m sure there must be plenty of YouTube clips and online tutorials where we can perfect our strokes!
Take care, stay safe and see you all on the other side.
As from immediate effect we are cancelling all drills sessions and any group coaching sessions. Whilst we were closely adhering to all the LTA advice, and many of you were very keen to attend, it will become increasingly difficult to police the safe distance rule in large groups.
We are continuing to keep the courts open for people to get outdoors and safely play tennis, in order to benefit their physical and mental health during this very challenging time. Individual, and up to 2 people max lessons can still take place under the previously communicated guidelines. Also, the coaches are offering half hour hitting sessions for £10.
So for now the courts will remain open for you to arrange your own games of singles and doubles.
Thank you for your support in sticking to the guidance and enabling us to keep the courts open.
As we all know the Government guidance may well change in the near future so keep a watch out for updates.
22nd March Part Two
Further to my morning update the Government briefing this afternoon has reiterated that being outdoors exercising, is an effective way of managing our physical and mental health PROVIDED we strictly adhere to the social distance rule.
PLEASE STICK TO THE 2 METRE RULE AND DO NOT CONGREGATE TO CHAT BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER YOUR GAME.
Please behave responsibly and watch out for further updates,
Firstly thank you to everyone in our brilliant club for adapting to the rapidly changing guidelines since last Monday. It has been heartwarming to see so many families and members making use of the courts safely, following the distance and handwashing rules.
My phone has been buzzing with emails, texts and whats app messages and the majority of you are really positive and grateful to be able to still play safely. For many of you its one of the few things left to do (along with golf, walking and gardening!).
Some of you are confused as you are hearing and reading contradictory things from different sports clubs and social media. You are far from alone! Every sector of society including the Government, the health sector, education, leisure, retail etc is trying to navigate their way through this unprecedented fast moving situation and adapting as best they can to the advice and guidelines.
I want to reassure you that the health and well being of our members (and their families) remains at the centre of our thinking and our response planning.
It is highly likely that the daily updates from Boris and team will lead to more changes and of course there is a reasonable chance that as a country we go into ‘lockdown’ in the coming weeks, which will mean we will have to close down until further notice.
So my suggestion is, that whilst the sun is shining and we can follow these safe guidelines, and most importantly you feel comfortable, then get out and play!
Please note in addition to guidance to date:-
-Don’t drag the courts and we will try to keep nets at right height. If they need adjusting use a glove.
-Reminder that the clubhouse is only being kept open to wash hands and control lights. Only 1 person at a time in the clubhouse.
As ever do contact me with any questions.
It has been so encouraging to see people up at the club enjoying their tennis and benefiting from being outdoors, playing a sport.
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.
Following the Government’s announcement last night (Friday 20 March) that social spaces such as pubs, gyms and leisure centres must close, we just need to remind you that our clubhouse is only to be used to wash hands or control the lights. Please do not gather in the clubhouse even in wet weather. Bring your own water and do not use the cups etc from the clubhouse.
In addition to all the previous guidance can we also remind people to ensure they maintain the social distance on arrival, departure and whilst changing ends.
Finally just a reminder not to visit the club if you fall into the vulnerable category or if you are ‘self isolating’.
We are closely following Government and LTA advice and we are reviewing our position continually and we will update this page accordingly. Our absolute priority is to try and keep well and be calm whilst enabling our members to have as much access to the club as possible.
The Government has clearly indicated that ‘physical exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in a safe exercise environment is something that can continue at this time’
Practical suggestions in line with Government and LTA advice:-
Please don’t shake hands or have physical contact
Keep a distance of at least 2m apart from other people
Make sure you wash hands on arrival and departure.
If you are self-isolating please do not visit the club.
-Gloucestershire Summer League tennis cancelled. In addition any outstanding Winter league matches are cancelled. This is to avoid unnecessary travel (often car sharing) and social gathering (teas afterwards) as per Government advice.
-All ADS Coaching courses are due to end this week . The Summer Term will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
-The outstanding adult team Practice sessions have been cancelled.
-Drills sessions are still running however they will be adapted so that less balls are used and the coaches will collect the balls. The coaches will manage the distancing between players. Payments by BACs will be accepted.
-Saturday Juniors Pay and Play are cancelled.
-Easter camps are cancelled and refunds will be given. This is due to the risk of wet weather and needing to avoid gathering in the clubhouse.
-Private lessons are still available. Max of 4 people and coaches will manage the distance between players. Please contact the Coaches directly.
-We are suspending the formal club sessions on Wed nights and Sunday mornings and encouraging members to arrange their own 4’s. Please book your courts- availability is good as the coaching programme is temporarily on hold. Please arrange to provide your own balls (new if possible) and we will provide lighting during this period (free tokens will be left by machine or the lights will be already on). The Monday afternoon and Thursday morning roll up sessions have already been suspended although some players are making their own arrangements.
-We are ensuring the main touchpoints and surfaces in the clubhouse and toilet are disinfected daily. There will be extra reminder signs to wash hands, going up today. Please use the paper towels provided to dry your hands.
Thank you for being so patient and supportive as we all navigate our way through this very challenging time. I am confident we are a strong community and we can get strength from supporting each other, with patience and compassion, and most importantly staying calm and well.
I understand some of you will have more questions so please do contact me directly if that is the case.
Further information with regard to Covid-19 is provided on the NHS.UK website.