Following a meeting today between committee members & the coaching team, the tennis club will open early next week under very restrictive conditions.  Can I request that you all bear with us whilst protocols & booking procedures are put into place. Please respect these protocols and follow them closely for the safety of all. Please be aware though that there are 2 important factors that we must be focussed on as the club begins to reopen, these being:

  • We MUST provide a safe environment for all to play in. This means that those that want to play but feel reluctant to do so also have confidence that ALL PROTOCOLS are being adhered to & supervised properly.  


  • That we adhere to the requirements of the Leisure Complex Manager with regards to site access & the use of facilities.

The Richings Park Website will be updated with these protocols in the next couple of days. We expect you to be well versed in these prior to playing at the club. We also plan to have a booking engine by early next so that you can book time slots. I will keep you updated regularly on our progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please direct them to me in the 1st instance. 


All subs are currently suspended and will be reviewed by the committee next month. 


Finally, I would just like to say what good news it is that we can look forward to playing tennis again (although in a very limited manner). I hope we can provide an environment that will make our members want to attend.


Paul Flatman




UPDATE: 7th July 2020

  • DO NOT come to the club unless you have booked a court or unless you have pre-advised your attendance at a Fixed Four session. Anybody turning up unannounced will be turned away to ensure the club do not have anybody waiting off court.

  • DO NOT play or enter the courts if you are in an ‘at risk’ group. Consult LTA guidance at for more info. 

  • DO NOT come to the club if you feel unwell & show any potential COVID signs (refer to for guidance). 

  • Avoid social gatherings before or after a game & maintain 1+ METRES from others AT ALL TIMES

  • Access to the courts will be en the main gate (or side gate) is open & should only be for those that have pre-booked a time slot or attending a pre-arranged Fixed Four session.

  • Access to the tennis courts will be via the tennis area.  The person on the 1st  session will open all external doors and court gate and leave open. The door handles and padlock should be sprayed and cleaned with the cleaning materials on main table by this person. 

  • DO NOT touch any gates when entering the Richings Park Leisure Complex & the courts. If you touch anything by accident, apply anti-bacterial hand sanitizer immediately.

  • Players will be advised by the PERSON OVERSEEING the courts on social nights when to enter & leave.

  • Please bring your own water bottle & ensure it is filled up at home.

  • Wash your hands before you travel to play and once you return home. 

  • Players are to have their own supply of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with them at the courts to use immediately after play or after touching any shared surfaces

  • Personal items (racket bags, water, clothes etc.) must NOT be left around the net area.  All such items must be kept at the back of the court. Please ensure you remove all items when exiting the court.

  • Players much change ends CLOCKWISE & maintain the 1+ metre rule strictly.

  • DO NOT touch the net, its handle or adjust the height of the net. The nets have been set to the correct height.

  • Avoid touching your face AT ALL TIMES and all physical contact during play with the net or fencing


  • Floodlights will not be in operation.

  • SINGLES & DOUBLES are now permitted. HOWEVER, you must adhere to the 1+m rule unless it is someone from your own household.

  • In Doubles, the four players CAN mix & match between each other during a session. On social nights the groups are to be increased to six players.

  • SOCIAL CLUB sessions where players all mix in are still NOT PERMITTED.

  • BALLS can now be shared which means serving can now be conducted by all players. IMPORTANT:  if using shared balls, extra care must be taken to not touch your face and you MUST clean your hands with anti-bacterial hand sanitizer after finishing your game. Shared balls should then be quarantined for 72 hours.

  • Balls from other courts MUST be kicked back. DO NOT handle balls from other courts.

  • Do not shake hands when greeting players or on completing play.

  • Please use your own toilet facilities in your home before & after a game. There is very limited access to toilets onsite & these should only be used in an emergency.

  • Please adhere to any court markings for both arriving & departing.

  • Juniors under the age of 14 accessing the courts must have a guardian from the same household on site.

  • Do not book more than 1 session a day unless any extra sessions are with the same players.

Thank you for your co-operation and support during this time.

Paul Flatman 

(The Chairman)

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