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TENNIS IS BACK, but it's a whole new ball game

Club Re-Opening but UNDER STRICT GUIDELINES

We are pleased to announce that GXLTC will reopen on Thursday 14th May.

The LTA has developed a set of guidelines for venues, players and coaches to follow so that tennis can be played in England during lockdown.

Venues across the country will be adapting these guidelines in order to provide a safe environment for members and they may apply differently to individual venues.

Every Member must follow the guidance below.  To be clear we are opening for adult member play, older junior play (U18s/U14s) and play for juniors U10 when accompanied by an adult on court if their membership allows (e.g. Family members, Full members, Off Peak members, Social+ members).

Please be clear that this is a work in progress, the Committee will continue to review all aspects of our re-opening on an ongoing basis and will adjust guidance as we see fit.

OVERVIEW

  • All activities at the Club are undertaken at your own risk
  • All the well-publicised Government social distancing and hygiene requirements must be fully observed in and around the Club’s grounds at all times.  Please review these guidelines here [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe]
  • Tennis activity is limited to singles play with no more than two people per court, other than where players are from the same household
  • We are open for Members only with no visitors for this initial time
  • We will be implementing a TEMPORARY online booking system – DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT A BOOKING
  • You will shortly receive an email invitation from Clubspark to access the booking system please follow this link.  Further details will be circulated in a separate document
  • Booked slots will be for 1 hour duration however, please leave 10 minutes before the end of your session in order to allow for appropriate social distancing for change over
  • One on One coaching will resume and will be subject to a separate email from Court18
  • Tennis equipment including balls must not be shared away from family groups
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place
  • The club house will remain closed, including the bar and there will be no access to it with the exception of First Aid
  • No spectators will be allowed with the exception of one parent/guardian for children when attending a coaching session if required or a carer for a disabled player.
  • The car park will be closed to members with the exception of staff in order to ensure social distancing.  Please park with consideration for our neighbours and enter and exit the club through the Orchehill Avenue gate.
  • There will be no need to sweep courts, Club staff will do this each day
  • Floodlights will not be available

GUIDANCE FOR PLAY
We have summarised below the guidelines issued by the LTA please familiarise yourself with these in detail here https://www.lta.org.uk/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players  Please also see this video issued by the USTA it gives a good overview of what is expect CLICK HERE https://youtu.be/HHcM3sDScWE

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

STAY UP TO DATE
Government information around social distancing should be read in full. Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced - ensure you have checked the latest version of the LTA’s guidelines for tennis players on the LTA website

BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)

COURT BOOKINGS
Ensure you have booked a court in advance

EQUIPMENT TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT

  • Avoid using public transport
  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
  • Arrive changed and ready to play
  • Do not congregate after playing
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
  • Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES

  • Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
  • Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers
  • Be aware that onsite toilet facilities will not be open

HYGIENE

  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
  • Avoid touching your face