Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: May 31, 2020 (21:30PM)

Club Update: Guidance on Tennis – Return to Restricted Play

Tennis is certainly coming back to near normality at a lightning pace. For now, we can point you in the direction of the latest LTA update – LTA (@the_LTA) tweeted at 1:22 pm on Sun, May 31, 2020:

Singles & doubles with different households ✅

Group coaching for up to 6 people ✅

Updated guidance for playing tennis from the 1st June in England 👉 http://ow.ly/6xBm50zURsa

As a club we are planning to phase in the changes as follows:

All courts must still be booked in advance. You can arrive up to 10 minutes before your allotted hour and leave the court no more than 10 minutes after your allotted hour.

Doubles play, multiple households on court from Monday 1st June

All 6 courts will be available to book 7.30am – 9.00pm Monday to Sunday from Monday 1st June

Booking slots will increase to 1.5hours from Sunday 7th June

Organised coaching and cardio tennis activities will be available from Saturday 13th June (please refer to your coaches for guidance on this)

The club will continue to update it’s members with guidance around club play though for now, if a representative of each current group can get in contact with me I can extend court booking privileges to extend to multiple court bookings and advise that sessions are carefully co-ordinated with no empty courts and no turn up and play scenarios.

Food and refreshments may be purchased and consumed ‘outside the building’ as per LTA guidelines. For us that means the designated outdoor seating areas. Advance notification will be required to facilitate the sales and purchase of refreshments, so please contact Andrew on 07823 321 993.

For all other enquires then please do get back to us. We will update again in the week alongside our ‘Weekly Club Activity & News Briefing’.

In the meantime, help to maintain our outdoor recreational safe place, stay alert, follow the guidance and enjoy your tennis!

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: May 13, 2020 (06:30PM)

Club Update: Guidance on Tennis – Return to Restricted Play

Please read through the guidance for accessing the club and using the courts. At present the club will only be open for members to book but they may bring along non-members to play with as per the guidelines. Guest fees will apply and the link is provided in the documents.
 
At no point should you turn up without a booking!
 
Looking forward to seeing you at the club sometime in the coming weeks!
 
Link to Explanatory Video
 
Link to guidance for accessing the club and using the courts

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: May 11, 2020 (06:30AM)

Resumption of Tennis Activity

Further to the government’s Sunday night announcement, we would like to inform our community and members that tennis is set to resume at the club from this Thursday onwards. (We will be using Wednesday to trial our booking system).

As of this Monday morning, we have yet to receive the detailed LTA guidance for the resumption of tennis, though we can advise that play can take place between members of the same household.

Working within the framework of creating a safe space, with appropriate social distancing considerations set in place, we propose to open court 1,3,5 and 6. Initially courts will be available for those to play from the same household. We will be updating members with clear guidelines for booking courts by no later than Tuesday evening. Initially, we envisage that bookings will be restricted to one hour time slots with 30-minute gaps between each booking, so that there is no waiting around and resulting issues with maintaining safe and appropriate distancing, allowing all our members to find an opportunity to play.

Now, it is vitally important that all members adhere to this process, otherwise you will be selfishly jeopardising the ability for others to enjoy and participate in tennis. If you are unable to book a court on the day and time you ideally desire, we implore you not simply turn up at the club in hope that you can get a to play a game. Please refrain and book a future time slot and follow the guidelines. Remember our community is watching and we need to demonstrate our maturity in being able to follow the guidelines.

During the next 48 hours it is important for you to make sure that you are registered and setup ready to use the Clubspark booking system. The club will not be able to manage court bookings on your behalf. Please follow the link and use the email you registered with the tennis club. If you are having difficulty, please contact the office asap.

https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/BathTennisClub/booking

Going forward, we will continue to monitor the situation, update and advise our members, if and where we may have any changes and further relaxations in the guidelines. Ultimately we would like to see a more formal coaching and play program return to the club sometime in June.
In the meantime if you have any questions concerns or ideas please do get in contact with the club and speak directly with Andrew.

Look forward to welcoming you all back and seeing you on court in the coming weeks.

Stay alert, follow the rules and we can control the virus.

 

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: March 23, 2020 (21:30PM)

IMPORTANT UPDATE

The absolute priority of everyone in Britain needs to be protecting the health of the nation, with a requirement to adjust our behaviour to help slow the spread of the disease, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed, and ultimately save lives. The way everyone can do this is by following the Government’s advice and staying at home.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March), people will only be allowed to take part in one form of exercise per day like a walk, run or cycle alone.

UK Prime Minister

PM @BorisJohnson gives an important update on #coronavirus #StayHomeSaveLives

Full Government Guidance: New rules on staying at home and away from others

For now the club will be closed for the initial 3 week period as required and we will continue to provide you our valued members and community with regular updates. Stay safe. Thank you

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: March 22, 2020 (21:00PM)

As the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice and can be encouraged we will continue as long as the guidance permits. We have in the past 72 hours, with the change in weather seen an uptick in court usage!

Under normal circumstances this is very pleasing, but we would like you to consider the necessity, impact and effect your travel to and from the venue and interaction at the venue is having. As the government continues to promote exercise, safe space and social distancing, please do take the time to consider the effect it may have on you and others around you.

To support club members and user decision making, the club has discontinued all official social club on and off court activities and is temporarily no longer promoting the weekly court activity schedule. All junior group activity is suspended until further notice as children are strongly advised not exercise in groups.  As adult members, courts are available to book online, but this option is no longer available to non-members.  In addition, individual coaches will contact members directly to discuss what services they may be offering and in what capacity given the guidelines set out by the government and the LTA.

To assist our coaches to continue coaching and permit member tennis activity, we have provided some practical suggestions to help you and the coaches operate in line with the Government’s advice:

Adapting sessions & play to accommodate the advice on social distancing –

  • Closure of all social spaces at a venue, including changing and toilet facilities
  • Use online booking for courts and sessions where at all possible (Now available to members only)
  • Activity should always be in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures, (defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes within a 2-metre distance of someone), including when arriving to and departing from a court
  • Players are advised not to change ends during play
  • For tennis balls, consider using new balls where possible, and consider using a small number of balls for a lesson so fresh balls can be used for each session; achieve this in a financially feasible way, coaches can consider using a small number of balls (1-2 cans) for a lesson so fresh balls can be used for each session
  • Adaptations to drills have been agreed and coaches will use of live ball drills over basket drills; furthermore, we recommended that only coaches touch the balls and players avoid touching the balls.
  • Alternatively, each player could have their own tennis ball(s) clearly marked with their own initials and ensure that they are the only person to touch that tennis ball with their hands. For other tennis balls, other methods could be used such as lifting with a foot and racket or scooping up from the ground with the racket
  • Coaches to avoid close proximity when giving feedback, or when players are resting
  • Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

 As many club members hold keys to the club’s facilities, please be respectful and mindful of the above message. Keep well, safe and continue to be supportive of the community we live in.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: March 20, 2020 (23:00PM)

The Club’s Message – At this very disruptive and unsettling time it is vital for you to look after your wellbeing. This is especially true if you find you cannot easily and readily access a safe recreational space for you and your family to exercise.  Bath Tennis Club has been in existence at Park Lane since 1880 and has clearly stood the test of time. 140 years on and the club faces a unique and complex situation, that of social distancing.

At its core tennis is a social recreational sport which can be accessible to all and be played both socially and competitively, regardless of background or ability. It is cross generational and fun! You can participate whilst maintaining the safe space guidelines, actively enjoying the benefits of an outdoor exercise, boosting both your mental and physical well-being during this unprecedented time. Importantly, this can be achieved whist paying reference to the social distancing guidelines –https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

In response to the situation we are actively working on establishing opportunities for members, guests and the general public alike to participate in recreational activity without the splendour of the social get together that may occur at the end of a duelling game of tennis!

As a club we are operating a daily cleansing routine ensuring that all contactable surfaces (other than the tennis courts!) are cleaned. We encourage you to purchase your own balls and use them each time you attend.

The coaching programmes are now designed in such a way that the participants do not touch any equipment, balls other than their own racket, towel and drinks bottle. The coaches will promote the positive hygiene advice and limit the number of participants to enable a safe 2-meter distance whilst training, playing or being coached.

Bath Tennis Club as an Outdoor Venue – Crucially at this point all group junior coaching is suspended, though the coaches are running sessions on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of coach to pupil at a cost of £25/£30. Additionally, juniors are welcome to hit with their parents as non-tennis playing parents, who can subsequently join the club at a cost of £46 for the year, if they would like to do this. Adult sessions will run on the safe distance measures per court and at a cost of between £10 and £12 per hour, if you feel you need to exercise. Individual HIIT tennis sessions will also be available at a cost of £12.50 per 30 minutes 1:1, £15 1:2, with a block of 10 sessions available for £100/£125. Adult individual coaching will also be available with preventative measure in place.

Whatever your needs please speak to the team on 07823 321 993 or email info@bathtc.co.uk, we are here to help!

Please be aware there are now full restrictions on the use of the clubhouse for any purpose! (Please use the toilet before you leave home!)

Bath Tennis Club Membership Renewal –Whilst we very much depend on our member community to support us at this time, we appreciate this may not be possible for all our existing members, especially as we reach the critical time of membership renewal. We cherish your commitment to keeping your club thriving. To that extent we’d like you to consider the value of tennis to you and where applicable your family, over the course of the next 12 months, (starting May 1st) and commit to supporting us so we can thrive into the future! Remember you are the vital ingredients that make the club what it is!

In return and in response to the Coronavirus situation, we will commit to offering all full members who join by the 5th April, a dozen (3 tubes) of Babolat tennis balls; 2 tubes to all off peak and 1 tube to all juniors. We hope this goes some way to actively limiting the use of old and mass used balls that may be in circulation.

Membership forms are available by clicking on the link provided:
http://www.bathtc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BTC-Membership-Application-Form-2020-21.pdf

You can either pay by card, leave your completed payment and form at the club for collection, or alternatively you can pay by Bank transfer to – Bath Tennis Club (Sort Code 56 00 34) (Account 6066 3405). Please confirm by text once payment has been made, thank you.

Now, as well as the tennis ball give away, all members who renew their subs by 5th April will be entered in a draw to win several prizes including 2*£50 PDH sports gift vouchers a free racket restring, 5 free cardio tennis sessions and two free coaching sessions. And if that wasn’t enough, one lucky winner will win a voucher covering the entire cost of their 2021-22 membership fees.

Bath Tennis Club Follow Us

Finally, for all the latest updates relating to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the club do click on the following links:

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/

http://www.bathtc.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

For up to date time-table information click on the following link:

http://www.bathtc.co.uk/blog/

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updated: March 19, 2020 (21:00PM)

Tennis in Britain

The latest Government & LTA guidance and information regarding the coronavirus can be found via the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Suspension of LTA activity

The Government’s statement on Monday (16 March) in relation to Covid-19 said now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.  The statement included guidance that:

  • Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
  • People should start working from home where they possibly can
  • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  • Only use the NHS when we really need to

In light of this statement, the LTA implemented an immediate suspension of activity it delivers, with this suspension now in place for the foreseeable future. This includes all LTA organised training sessions, training courses and competitions.  As a result all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 20 April 2020 have been cancelled, with a decision on cancelling future competitions beyond that date being made on a rolling two week basis.

Given the nature of activities the LTA delivers, including the requirement for significant travel and close contact, we feel this is the most socially responsible and appropriate action for us to take at this stage, and ask for the understanding and support of all those impacted by this decision.

As it stands, the LTA’s major grass court events beyond 8 June have not been cancelled. The Surbiton Trophy has however now been cancelled – please click here for further information.

Tennis in Britain

We are working closely with both the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England to help to fully assess the implications this latest advice has for tennis in Britain over the coming weeks.

All those involved in tennis in Britain, including tennis venues and coaches, are advised to follow Government advice, referring to the latest information and the guidance issued. For the latest coronavirus advice for coaches click here, for the latest coronavirus advice for venues click here.

While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government have currently indicated that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised us that tennis is in fact one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits. Tennis is also specifically identified as currently being a sport that is ok to play in this BBC news article.

Guidance with regard to advised social distancing measures (defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes and not within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) is provided on the Government website:

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

As with any other illness, all those involved in tennis in Britain are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid catching it by following Public Health England and NHS guidance.

Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS.UK website, with additional information available on the Public Health England blog.

Anyone who has been advised to self-isolate as a result of developing symptoms and/or recent international travel to destinations specified by the Government, should clearly not therefore take part in tennis activities for the duration of the self-isolation period. For further information see the Gov.uk website and the NHS.UK website.

As a club providing community leisure activities, the Government has advised that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged. We have upscaled the cleaning of our clubhouse facilities which now takes place daily.

We as a club, in turn also advise:

 Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • consider wearing sports gloves whilst playing and then wash immediately afterwards
  • refrain from physical contact during greetings, active celebrations and play
  • follow the guidance on social distancing* (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people)

 Don’t

  • attend the club if you, your children or members of your home are displaying any symptoms and self-isolate as per the government recommendations
  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • put tissues or handkerchiefs in your pocket along with the tennis balls
  • drink from the mugs and glasses in the kitchen, but rather the paper cups provided – dispose immediately after use
  • don’t bring or eat food at the club

Additionally, we recommend that you consider and follow the guidance outlined below:

 * What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This can be achieved whilst also exercising at your tennis facility.

The measures are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

The Vulnerable

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible. This also extends to when considering playing tennis and the time which you wish to do so. This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

What should you do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The same guidance applies to the general population and those at increased risk of severe illness form coronavirus (COVID-19). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or new and continuous cough), self-isolate at home for 7 days.