Covid 19 – Update

We now have a legal obligation to keep records of those who play tennis inside the Dome.

To facilitate this we would ask that all members download the NHS Track and Trace app on their phone and use it to scan the posters showing our unique code which can be found on the outside and interior of the revolving doors leading to the Dome.

If you do not have the app then we have provided a Register inside the Dome and you must complete the necessary details as soon as you enter the Dome.

Greg will be maintaining a record of all Junior coaching.

Please note that scanning the poster for the Dome is additional to that required when entering the Clubhouse.

All previous notices regarding the numbers allowed in the Dome, social distancing, sanitising and hand washing remain in force.

Please help us all to stay safe by complying with this legal requirement.

Regards

LTC Committee

Dome Ready for Use

Introduction

We are pleased to announce that the Dome will now become officially open from Friday 25 September and members can now book ahead 28 days in advance.

  • All block bookings have been entered into LTA ClubSpark (Lytham LTC)
  • New Bookings can be made via the ClubSpark Website or the Clubspark “Booker” App

Senior and Daytime members should have received a link to register with Clubspark, and once registered you can make bookings.

Please be aware that you pay at the time of booking, using:

  • Credit / Debit card
  • ApplePay

Once payment has been made a unique 4 digit PIN will be sent to you and this can be used to gain access to the courts (using the digilock on the left of the Smartgate) and is valid for that booking just prior to the time.

Please treat the dome with respect and report any problems using the details at the Smartgate, or failing that to any Committee member.  The fabric can be damaged and small repairs will ensure its integrity and longevity.

The dome was erected by the contractors on Wednesday and on damp ground which has produced some condensation and you may experience droplets falling to the ground.  We are assured this will lessen over the next few weeks.

Additionally you will see and hear the fan(s) adjacent to court 3 which provide the positive pressure which supports the structure.  Please do not interfere in any way with them and do not obstruct the outlets or place bags and other items either on top or in front.  One fan is in continuous use and the other kicks in at specific times to ensure stability.

Coronavirus protocols for using the Dome 

Tennis is only permitted in the Dome provided that you comply with the latest Government guidelines regarding indoor sport.

maximum of 12 people are allowed in the Dome at any one time (6 per court). You may have to wait outside for a minute to allow others to leave.

You MUST NOT mix with the group on the other court.

Access to court 3 must only be via the rear of court 4. Do not cross the Court by the centre net.

Please wait until you are invited to move onto or leave court 3 

Do not mingle with the other group when entering or leaving the dome and surroundings.

Maintain social distancing at all times.

Remember to sanitise regularly and wash your hands as soon as possible after play.

For security reasons Please ensure the Smartgate is closed both on entering and leaving

Enjoy the new facility at Lytham Tennis Club

Making a Court Booking

Seniors and Day-Members have been invited ( via email ) to register on LTA ClubSpark (Lytham LTC)

Once registered, “active members” can view the Booking Calendar, and make new Bookings.

For more details, go to LTA ClubSpark (Lytham LTC)

 

Internal Dome Photo

Covid 19 Update

Following the latest Government guidelines it is now an opportune time to update everyone as to how tennis can be played in a safe environment and the protocols in place at the Club.

The latest regulation regarding not meeting in groups of more than 6 does have a slight effect on Tennis although we are still permitted to play indoors or outdoors on adjacent courts and take part in organised competitions.

What is not allowed however is informal tennis when more than 6 members may turn up and mix-in on an ad hoc basis.

For this reason tennis should only be played in pre-arranged matches and we will continue to operate the protocol that play should start on the hour and last for only one hour – the exception being indoor tennis when the slots are booked and will last for 90 minutes in the evenings.

It is easy to be complacent or indeed forget about the dangers of the virus when engaged in playing tennis with friends but we do ask that everyone remains vigilant, maintains social distancing, wash their hands and sanitise on a regular basis.

Sadly the sanitiser put out for members’ use by the token boxes and pavilion entrance has been stolen. Next week we will be installing CCTV around the courts and we will put out more sanitiser in the knowledge that if thieves strike again then their pathetic acts will be on record.

LTC Committee

 

Booking the Dome

Update ( 18th September 2020 )

  • ClubSpark ( chosen booking system ) is ready for use by Senior and Daytime Members.
  • Invite-Emails have been sent, please Contact Us if you did not get an invite.

Proposal

The Committee have agreed that for a trial period senior and daytime members will be allowed to block book the Dome in accordance with the daily slots available for a 12 week period commencing Monday 28th September and finishing on Sunday 19th December. A review as to whether to continue the arrangement will be made in November.

Only one block booking per person will be allowed and the whole booking fee must be paid up front. £60 if booking 12 x 1/2 hour slots, £120 if booking 12 x 1 hour slots or £180 if booking 12 x 1.5 hour slots.

Please note that block bookings are available during the day from 10.00  in 30 minute slots with a maximum of 3 slots allowed but from 17.30 the courts can only be booked for 3 fixed slots from 17.30 to 19.00 – 19.00 to 20.30 and 20.30 to 22.00.

To start with we need to know which, if any, sessions you would like to book so that in the event that there is a clash we can decide who gets the slot – initially by mutual consent but then by draw. For this reason you might wish to indicate an acceptable alternative day or time.

The closing date for indicating your block booking preference will be Sunday 29th August and hopefully the process will be completed by the following weekend.

This is something new for everyone which is why we are having a trial to start with but if successful it is the intention to continue in the New Year with those who have block booked having preference to rebook the same times. However in order to accommodate new members the whole process will then be repeated each Autumn.

If you wish to block book a court then please advise your name and the day and time slots which you wish to book and an alternative, if you have one, to lythamtennisclub@gmail.com by 29th August. Only email applications will be considered.

Regards – the Committee

 

Covid-19 Update

The LTA have updated the guidelines for tennis venues in line with Government advice and as always the full guidelines can be viewed on the LTA website which we would encourage all members to visit and read.

Some of the major changes are listed below.

 

PRE-ATTENDANCE SYMPTOM CHECK

Anyone attending a venue (including players, coaches, staff and any other visitors), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home.

No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19, currently recognised as any of the following: – A high temperature – A new, continuous cough – A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste 

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.

NHS TEST & TRACE

If someone who has played at the Club and develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should follow the Government’s Test and Trace guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website

To support NHS Test and Trace, the club are now being asked to keep a temporary record of all those on site for 21 days, in a way that is manageable, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.

This is something which we are looking at but it is going to be a very difficult thing to implement.

Therefore at this stage we ask that all members keep a record of their own of the dates and times that they visit the Club to play tennis.

 

This is really important

SOCIAL TENNIS AND CLUB NIGHTS/AFTERNOONS

The LTA have indicated that it is now possible to organise these provided that all the guidelines regarding social distancing etc are followed. The Committee will be looking at this aspect of Club play over the next few weeks but at present we do not consider it possible without stringent controls.

INDOOR FACILITIES

From 25 July it should be possible to re-open the tennis pavilion and ladies toilets subject to limitations as to the numbers allowed inside at any one time and also a satisfactory cleaning regime. This will be looked at over the next few weeks.

COMMUNICATION

We are obliged to mention to all our members that whilst playing tennis is permitted within the guidelines laid down, interaction with others does have the potential to increase the risk of catching coronavirus and all should be aware of their own personal responsibility to ensure that they and fellow members of the Club remain safe.

Covid-19 LTA Guidance

The LTA have now updated their advice to players to take into account the additional guidelines effective from 4th July. This can be viewed on the LTA website and we would encourage all our members to read the full document. Below are extracts of the major points which should be followed at all times. 

LTA – extracts from Guidelines for Players

 issued 1st July and effective from 4th July 2020.

Based on continued discussions with Government and following the further easing of restrictions, the LTA has developed this updated set of practical guidelines to follow so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows. We have indicated the key additions and updates to these guidelines for Version 3 of this document with [NEW]

WHO CAN PLAY [NEW] If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and you should not have visitors to your household

If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others.

If you are in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70) you can play tennis but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

If you are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, from 6 July you can consider playing tennis and meeting up with one person outside your household, always maintaining social distancing and with robust hand and respiratory hygiene.

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 (use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)  Arrive at the venue changed and ready to play.

EQUIPMENT  Take hand sanitizer with you and use your own equipment where possible.  Players should not share items such as towels. Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play  Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use. Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others  Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court.

TENNIS ACTIVITY  Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.

[NEW] Any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with (e.g. players on another court).

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING   Stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play)  Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)  Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.

For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court  For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach.

[NEW] Where you cannot maintain a two metre distance then further precautions should be put in place as part of ‘one metre plus mitigations’ guidance (see the Government’s advice on ‘Staying safe outside your home’ for more details).

HYGIENE  Hand hygiene is imperative – hand sanitise at intervals if you have to touch communal surfaces  If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve  Avoid touching your face.

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES  Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls.  If you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them as those players may have decided to continue to use their own marked tennis balls.

Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible.

Covid-19 Update

The Committee has a responsibility to ensure that tennis is being played safely at the Club in accordance with Government and LTA guidelines.

Further it has an obligation to ensure that members abide by the guidelines and to take the necessary steps if they believe that the guidelines are being breached.

This is an obligation not a choice and the necessary steps might result in taking action against individual members who breach the guidelines in accordance with the Club’s rules.

We would like to remind everyone that social distancing requires members to maintain a 2 metre gap between themselves and other members at all times.

Players should arrive at the Club shortly before the hour to go on court and should leave as soon as they have finished play. They should not use the Club as a social centre and stay to socialise with their friends as this impacts on other members who are there.

And finally we would remind everyone that they are responsible for their own hand sanitisation and should avoid, whenever possible, touching the gates, net winders etc.  Benches should not be used and of course hands should be washed as soon after play as possible.

It is impossible for members of the Committee to be present at all times and therefore we do rely on our members to act responsibly but we will not hesitate to take action to ensure the safety of all our members.

 

LTC Committee

LTA guidance/advice

After much dithering the LTA have finally issued the updated guidelines regarding how we can play tennis at the Club with effect from tomorrow and it is now permitted for doubles to be played with people from outside your household.

 

New advice has been issued by the LTA which can be found on their website but the pertinent points are:

 

It is critical that members maintain the 2 metre distancing rules at all times – before during and after play. Be aware of players on adjacent courts.

 

Coached sessions will now be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach.

 

Do not make physical contact with other players.

 

Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it .

 

For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court. 

 

Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required).

 

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them.

 

Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible 

 

Please note that the toilets remain closed

 

Visitors are not allowed to visit the Club and players only are permitted within the court surrounds..

 

 

 

For the time being the protocol regarding starting play on the hour and playing for only one hour if others are waiting remains in force  but will be subject to review on a regular basis.

 

The Tennis Committee have a responsibility to ensure that tennis is being played in a safe environment and so we repeat the advice regarding social distancing and avoiding contact with any surfaces including balls which might be contaminated.

 

The Committee also have a duty to close the courts if the Government guidelines are not being followed but we feel certain that this will not be necessary.

 

Please note that with effect from next Friday the ‘match courts’ will be open for general play and thereafter the intention is to rotate the grass courts with 4 open at any one time.

 

It seems like we are getting a little closer to normality but there is still a long way to go.

 

Enjoy your tennis but most importantly ensure that you and all your fellow members stay safe.

 

The Committee

 

 

Tennis Update

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.

Resumption of Tennis

Resumption of tennis

 

After a number of about turns the Government and LTA have confirmed that as from tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May) we can re-open the courts. Doubles can only be played by members who live in the same household whilst others must play singles subject to certain restrictions.

Below you will find various guidelines and protocols designed to make playing tennis safe. Please read them all and abide by them. The Committee will be constantly monitoring the way that members are using the facilities and have an obligation to close down some and even all the courts if they believe that it is not safe to play.

This puts an onus on all members to behave in a responsible way.

 

LTA guidelines

The LTA have issued guidelines about safe play and the main points are summarised below. Full details can be found on the LTA website.

We would ask you to note all the points raised and specifically those relating to social distancing, access to the courts, using your own clearly marked balls, not changing ends and using your own hand sanitiser.

 

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)

EQUIPMENT

Take hand sanitizer with you  Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)  Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play  Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use. Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others  Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)  Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court

 

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

DURING PLAY COURT LIMITS

Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households  The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles  Coached sessions should be limited to one to one coaching activity only

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 where possible 

HYGIENE

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

 

Lytham Tennis Club guidelines

We have decided that at least one player playing doubles must be a Senior member and Juniors must not play unless they are supervised. After 6pm Seniors will have preference over any group involving Juniors. Day time members will of course have the same restrictions as normal.

 

We must emphasise that only members of the same household (not family) are allowed to play doubles and at this stage visitors are not allowed at the Club to play either singles or doubles

 

The Committee have a responsibility to ensure that members are safe at the Club and are concerned that this loosening of the restrictions may result in the social distancing rules being inadvertently broken. But as they are unable to be there for most of the time they must rely on individual members to accept responsibility for their own, and fellow members, welfare and health and safety.

 

In the short term we are only able to open Courts 1, 2, 5 and 6 and the two grass courts closest to the tennis pavilion. Court 5 should only be used if the other courts are in use (see below). The mini court will also be open.  Please access and exit courts 1 & 2 using their specific gates and follow the sign for accessing and leaving Grass court 2

 

The groundwork contractors are now back on site and until they have completed work around the court entrances it will not be possible to open Courts 3 & 4. However it will not be too long before these become available.

 

The tennis pavilion, changing rooms and Clubhouse will remain closed.

 

Coaching

It is now possible for Greg to resume individual coaching and he will have priority on Court 6 between 11 am and 3pm each day. This will be reviewed at the beginning of next week.

 

Protocols for using the courts

It is impossible for us to legislate for every eventuality but in order to try and make things run as safely and smoothly as possible we would advise as follows:

 

Members will be responsible for using their own sanitiser for the keypads on the gates and winding mechanisms etc.

 

For the time being those playing singles will have equal status and rights to play as those household groups playing doubles – so those playing singles do not have to vacate the courts for those wishing to play doubles.

 

However this potentially means that this week only 10 members will be able to play singles at any one time as opposed to 48 if all the courts are in use for doubles.

 

For this reason until further notice tennis should be restricted to one hour and the start and finish of each session will be on the hour. This means that if there are people waiting you must vacate the court on the hour and if you are hoping to play then you can arrive at 5 to the hour safe in the knowledge that the courts will be vacated within 5 minutes. As more courts become available we will hope to relax this time restriction.

 

On Court 5 individuals will have the same status as those playing singles and doubles if they want to use the hitting wall or practice their serves Like others they can use the court for 1 hour but must vacate on the hour.

 

Please note that the floodlights will not be available as we have no mechanism for selling tokens and the token box and coins will be sources of contamination – we do not see this as an issue over the next few months

 

We suspect that the courts will be very busy and it may be that at certain times there will be more people wanting to play than there are courts available. We would suggest therefore that if possible you try to play early morning, lunchtime or late evening.

 

Please respect the grass courts and do not play if they are wet or if there is a heavy dew.  On occasions they may be closed for a short period of time to allow the groundsman to cut and mark.

 

As already said we cannot legislate for all eventualities and we hope that members will act in the spirit of the Club and the bounds of common decency. If there are breaches of the protocol then we will have to deal with these in accordance with Club rules.

 

Over the coming weeks we will regularly review the situation.

 

Please remember that the most important thing is to stay safe by complying with the social distancing rules when playing as well as when accessing and leaving the Club.

 

Enjoy your tennis!

Bernard and LTC Committee