Coronavirus – 22nd May

22nd May

We have made some changes to court availability, court sweeping and the visitor policy. Please see below with the amended guidelines marked *:
Courts*
Before you come please book a court online – do not just turn up. As from Saturday 23rd May we are opening up courts 2 and 3 so we now have all four clay courts available.
Please take extra care if stray balls from adjacent courts come across onto your court and use your feet or racket to send them back.
If possible bring water and your own hand sanitiser.

Sweeping*
Please sweep the courts but ensure you use the hand sanitiser provided before you touch the sweepers.

Players
You can play singles with anyone but you can only play doubles with all players from your household.

Arrival
Please use hand sanitizer, preferably your own, on entering the club. The gate code is 1926.

Clubhouse
The clubhouse is not to be used. The first aid kit and defibrillator will be located in the toilet. Also please do not congregate on patio but go straight onto court.

Water
We have an outside tap if you need drinking water but better to bring your own.

Balls
Please bring your own balls marked so you know which are yours and take them home again. If playing singles both players, may want to bring their own balls and use them for serving.

Play
During play please do not shake hands and you may want to avoid changing ends.

Toilet
Please use hand sanitizer BEFORE entering the toilet. Wash hands as normal after.

Nets
The net heights are fixed, there’s no need to adjust.

Lights
For the time being the lights are not to be used.

Rubbish
Please take your rubbish home.

Gates
We are only using the main access gate, the front gate to Court 1 and the side gate to court 5. Please leave the gates open where possible unless you are the last to leave the premises in which case lock the main access gate. The code for these gates is 1926.

Coaching
Adam and his team are able to offer 1 to 1 coaching and hitting sessions of various lengths for members only. If you are interested, please contact Adam on adstennis@hotmail.co.uk

Visitors*
The normal visitor policy is on hold however you may bring a visitor if they are from your household. Please only bring one visitor per member and respect other members access, by not booking in visitors too frequently. We are keen that we are loyal to our members and provide as much access as possible and hope that people are considerate. We will review this again to check that its working as fairly as possible for everyone.
It is essential for insurance reasons that you sign them in and there will be a list outside the clubhouse. Bring your own pen and use sanitiser before and after signing.
For the time being, whilst we have the same household visitor rule in place, we have agreed not to charge visitor fees.
NB Its worth pointing out that, for those with children at home under age of 19 or full time students at home , you can upgrade to a family membership from husband/wide/partner for just £44!
There have been several incidents in the last few days of random people turning up and trying to play. Some have even started playing before being spotted so do look around and if you don’t recognise them, a gentle question to check they are members would be helpful. And please don’t be offended if you are asked. We all need to help protect each other and any non-members wont have seen the guidelines.

If you have symptoms or are self isolating please don’t visit the club.
Please be aware that with the additional 2 courts being open there may be a few more people about so please remember not to linger and take great care social distancing!
Thank you again for your commitment to following the new restricted play rules. Because of everyone being so supportive we have been able make todays decisions, which gives you all more access. And we will continue to review, as the well-being and safety of everyone is at the heart of all our decision making.

12th May

Some good news at last! We have now received the LTA guidance that enables us put in place the advised practices, enabling our members to get on court. I am sure many of you will be relieved and ready to dust off your racket and start to work off some of the excess food and drink!!

These guidelines have been developed on the back of the Government saying tennis is a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions.

So as from Wednesday the 13th May the club will be open, and the following procedures will be in place:

Before you come

Please book a court online – do not just turn up.  Please note, in order to monitor numbers and safe practice, we are initially only using alternate courts, so courts 2, 3 and 6 are blocked out.

If possible bring water and your own hand sanitiser.

You can play singles with anyone but you can only play doubles with all players from your household.

Arrival
Please use hand sanitizer, preferably your own, on entering the club. The gate code is 1926.

Clubhouse
The clubhouse is not to be used. The first aid kit and defibrillator will be located in the toilet. Also please do not congregate on patio but go straight onto court.

Water
We have an outside tap if you need drinking water but better to bring your own.

Balls

Please bring your own balls marked so you know which are yours and take them home again. If playing singles both players, may want to bring their own balls and use them for serving.

Play

During play please do not shake hands and you may want to avoid changing ends.

Toilet
Please use hand sanitizer BEFORE entering the toilet. Wash hands as normal after.

Nets
The net heights are fixed, there’s no need to adjust.

Sweeping
Please DO NOT sweep the courts.

Lights

For the time being the lights are not to be used.

Rubbish

Please take your rubbish home.

Gates

We are only using the main access gate, the front gate to Court 1 and the side gate to court 5. Please leave the gates open where possible unless you are the last to leave the premises in which case lock the main access gate. The code for these gates is 1926.

Coaching

Adam and his team are able to offer 1 to 1 coaching and hitting sessions of various lengths for members only. If you are interested, please contact Adam on adstennis@hotmail.co.uk

If you have symptoms or are self isolating please don’t visit the club.

Please note we are pausing the visitor policy for the time being so we can offer as much access as possible to you, the members.

Can we also ask that you do not book too many courts in a short period of time. With the reduced court capacity, we want to make sure people have equal opportunities to get on court.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. Over the past few weeks many of you have sent such supportive messages to the committee and it means a lot! We will continue to monitor the situation closely and review where we need to.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you soon, even from a safe distance and without lingering!!

Oh, and enjoy the lovely new access to the club! One upside was that resurfacing work could continue during lockdown and we weren’t affected!

Stay safe

24th March

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.  

23rd March

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,

22nd March

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.

21st March

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’.

19th March

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.

Current position:

-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.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Stay safe

Rachel