Tennis Update

23 May 2020

Finances

Thank you to all those members who have paid their subscriptions or have agreed to do so over the coming months. Without your support we could have found ourselves in financial difficulties but we now have sufficient funds to pay for the dome and have a small balance going forward.

 

New members

Despite the situation we are pleased to report that a number of new members have joined the Club. Once the restrictions are eased we will be arranging a proper Lytham welcome but in the meantime if any new members are looking for people to play with, then please contact our Captains. Pam 07736 325270 or Simon 07880 738499

 

Resumption of tennis

We were pleased to be able to re-open some of the courts on the 13th May thanks to the small band of volunteers whose work made that possible. We will continually assess the situation to ensure that members abide by the guidelines which will enable us to keep the courts open.

 

Courts 3 & 4

The groundwork contractors have almost completed the work on these two courts which means that they should be available for play by the end of the month in accordance with the guidelines and protocols already in operation on the other courts.

However please do not use the courts until final confirmation has been given.

 

The other grass courts

We will assess the demand for singles play before making any decision about opening the other grass courts. It may be that we do re-open them but then use them on a rota basis in order to protect them against excessive usage. We need to minimise the wear on the grass courts as it is unlikely that LC&SC will have sufficient funds to carry out the normal end of season ground renovations.

 

The Dome

The suppliers of the actual dome and the smart access gate  anticipate resuming to work in the very near future. We have been assured that there will be no difficulties in completing the project on time.

 

League tennis

The Fylde League have confirmed that there will be no league tennis this year. We have not yet heard anything from the Ribble League but it is inevitable that they will follow suit.

 

Competitive club tennis

Until we can play unrestricted doubles we will be unable to organise social tennis, American tournaments or the Club tournaments although we are considering whether it will be possible to organise some singles leagues later in the summer.

 

Social events

We are hopeful that the Annual Dinner Dance in September and the Sportsman’s lunch in November will be able to go ahead and we are making tentative plans for a grand re-opening lunch and tournament once we get the all clear to resume.

 

And finally

Please continue to follow the guidelines regarding playing tennis

 

1* Singles only unless playing with members of the same household

 

2*  Start on the hour and be prepared to stop after one hour’s play if others are waiting to play.

 

3*  Do not change ends

 

4*  Use only your own clearly marked balls

 

5*  Use your own hand sanitiser and wash you hands as soon as possible after playing.