Following the government announcements on the loosening of lockdown restrictions, the plan is that tennis will resume at the club on Monday, Mar 29th. Singles and doubles will be allowed, subject only to the continuing general guidance on social distancing.
Junior Easter Camps will also start on the 29th, between the times of 09:00 and 15:00, using the block of four courts. The schedule for the camps is as follows:
Mar 29 (Mon) – Apr 1 (Thurs) (4 days)
Apr 6 (Tue) – Apr 9 (Fri) (4 days)
Apr 12 (Mon) – Apr 16 (Fri) (5 days)
Upon resumption, usual court usage agreements will be in place.This will allow the coaching team to have use of three courts till 6.30pm, when they will then have use of two courts. This is to enable them to begin to recoup some of the revenues lost during the latest lockdowns. Thus, at all times when the camps are not active, general play will have the use of four courts, restricted in term time to two courts for the short periods when two are in use by schools.
The club is offering to those who request it a rebate on membership renewal for the last two periods of lockdown, which is in total a period of roughly 16 weeks. If you email me requesting this rebate, I will aim to apply it in time for membership renewal. Renewal notice emails will be sent by mid-March. To take advantage of the credit on renewal, then follow the instructions in the renewal email.
In making your decision as to whether to apply for the rebate, the tennis committee would like to point out that substantial club funds have been deployed in recent years to improve tennis facilities. The latest examples have been the building of the toilet facilities at the pavilion in 2019 and, last year, the total resurfacing of the block of three courts. Furthermore, as and when we obtain planning permission, which was applied for in recent weeks, we will install floodlights on the block of three courts, thus enabling a full year-round seven-court playing capacity, especially beneficial for those wishing to play on winter midweek evenings.