Richings Park Tennis

Changes to the playing arrangements during the COVID-19 period as from Monday 13th July

Social Evenings:

The Monday and Thursday evenings will be increased to a maximum of 24 players, with a pod of 6 players assigned to each court. The sessions will consist of 8 games with sudden death on second deuce, men serve to men, ladies serve to ladies, if all ladies or all men then receivers choose who receives. The sessions will start at 6.30 pm sharp for the first nominated 2 pairs, the 3rd pair nominated by Tim in the Whatsapp groupings need to be ready to play at 7.10 pm. These pairings then swap throughout the evening so each player has a minimum of 16 games during the whole session.

Arranged play during the day:

These hourly sessions must still be booked through the website, but courts must be vacated 5 minutes before the next allotted slot, so a bit more playing time within each session.

The courts will be entered from the main clubhouse entrance and tennis club room. Therefore the person on the 1st session each day must open up the Tennis room and leave door open as well as opening up the external doors to the court and leave open. Then open padlock on the gate to the courts and leave open, All surfaces must be sprayed and wiped with the cleaning materials on the main table within the clubhouse. This is essential so that during the day other people do not have to touch any surfaces in getting to the courts to play

The fees for season 2020-2021 are now due and it would be appreciated if existing members completed a membership form for Caroline and paid the fees through bank transfer by the end of July 2020.

The gate codes and tennis door codes will be changed for w/c 10th August and new codes issued to paid up members,

The booking system on the website will be updated with paid up members email as from 10th August , and only signed up members for season 2020-2021 season will be able to book the courts.

Hopefully we see majority of existing members re-joining now that the clubhouse is open between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm during the week, so tennis room available , toilets and bar area.

UPDATE: Following the Prime Minister’s statement today (23 June), there will be no immediate changes to the guidelines for tennis. We will be reviewing the Government’s detailed guidance once published and updating the guidelines for tennis as appropriate ahead of the Government’s new measures being introduced from 4 July. The Prime Minister however confirmed that from 4 July the maximum size of groups that will be allowed to meet outside will remain at no more than six people (except where these are from two household groups only), and that indoor changing facilities and sports courts should remain closed.  

The LTA remains in continued dialogue with Government, and we anticipate larger groups being permitted and indoor tennis courts being able to reopen as restrictions are further eased. Subsequent to the Prime Minister’s statement, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that subject to public health, it is the Government’s aspiration to reopen gyms and leisure facilities in mid-July.  

We will share further updates with regards to the easing of restrictions as decisions are made, and ask that until that time venues and players remain patient and follow the current guidelines that are in place.

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