Wiveliscombe Tennis Club – Information for members on changes to Corona Virus restrictions 27.7.2020

This information sets out the current arrangements for access to the courts. Please do not consider using the courts until you have read, digested and committed to following all the advice set out below.

COVID self assessment

The LTA guidance ask that members are made aware  that, as with any other social activity, they take a risk  by playing on court  and that they are responsible for their own risk self assessment.

Anyone attending a venue (including players, coaches, staff and any other visitors), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home.   No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19, currently recognised as any of the following: – A high temperature – A new, continuous cough – A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste . Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation

Track and Trace

We are now required to keep a record of people using the courts. We have therefore registered a new email address wiveytennisplay@gmail.com to be used only for the purpose of recording who has played. We ask that every time you play you send an email with the names of players, date and approximate time.(If four people play only one needs to send the email but must include all names). This information will only be used if there is a positive case identified that needs following up through the track and trace system and at the end of the pandemic it will be deleted.

Access is for members. Members may bring a guest as a visitor on the condition that they are responsible for ensuring that the visitor is familiar with and complies with our Corona Virus rules. As previously a fee of £5 per guest is payable and any guest who plays more than three times in a year is expected to takeout full membership.

At all times members must comply fully with social distancing regulations of a minimum of two metres between people who are not part of the same household.

Before coming to the courts players should ensure that they have thoroughly washed their hands. Hand sanitizer should be used before touching any door handles, keypads or gate handles.

There will be no club sessions until further notice. Some coached group sessions will run from the beginning of August. Details of these and any other activities requiring all courts and therefore making them unavailable for play will be posted on the website calendar – please check before coming down to play.

During play social distancing at 2m must be observed. There can be no shaking of hands or high fives. Take particular care to maintain distance when changing ends. When playing doubles be aware of the LTA advice to “consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if the ball travels to the centre of the court”.

Players must maintain distance from players on other courts and therefore be mindful when running towards the edge of the court or when retrieving balls. Care must be taken to maintain distance when entering and leaving the courts.

Players are advised only to use their own equipment (rackets etc.). Unless they are from the same household  players in a game  should consider having their own balls and for each game only the server’s balls are used.

Players should only enter the clubhouse if it is essential to do so, for example to collect the court key or turn on the floodlights. There should never be more than one person in the clubhouse. Only use the toilets if you really have to. The first aid kit is available in case of emergency. Please do not use any of the kitchen facilities.

Do not pick up a ball to return it to a player from a different court.

Please will you pay particular attention to the need to maintain social distancing when arriving especially if there is a need to wait for a court to become available. Everyone will need to exercise common sense here and in the unlikely event of people having to wait it may be better to go away and come back later. Equally players on court will need to be mindful if others are waiting and not play too long.

Coaches will be following the LTA guidance. For more information on coaching contact Andrew, Ivor or Alex.

Please do not sit on any of the benches.

Spectators should only be present if they are parents /carers and then only singly.

Our club is not staffed. Members of the committee will visit to clean and disinfect but we ask all players to use disinfectant to spray down all surfaces and handles that they touch (both in the clubhouse and on the courts).

Disinfectant and hand sanitiser is provided but as it can be difficult to find supplies, players are asked to bring their own.

The nets have been set to the correct height and the winders removed.

As some members may not have their own tennis balls a carton containing tubes of new balls will be in the clubhouse. Members may take a tube on condition that they pay  £5 into the club bank account (Sort code 30-98-90 account no 17378060 ref – your initials +balls). If this system works we will replace the carton when empty.

Members are only those people who have completed the membership form and paid their subscriptions for the current year (April 2020 – March 2021). The membership form can be found on our website. Because of the period of court closure subs for this year will be reduced by £10 per month (£1 for juniors) for every month without play.There may well be players who are self isolating or just not comfortable with the idea of returning to tennis quite yet. Those people are welcome to re-join when they are ready and the offer of £10 off for each complete month without play will still stand. Those people who have already paid for the full year will receive the appropriate rebate off next year’s subscription.

In making these arrangements the committee have done our best adapt the LTA guidance to the realities of our club and to achieve something that is sensible and workable. I know that there will be differences of opinion and that some of you will think we have got some things wrong but I do sincerely believe that working together in a spirit of cooperation and consideration we can make this work.

Finally, do bear in mind that this is a changing situation. We will be sending updates as appropriate and I recommend that you also keep a close eye on the LTA website.

Stay well, keep fit.

Eddie East (Chair of Wiveliscombe Tennis Club)