Tennis Restart – Guidance

11 March 2021

At this time of the year it is customary for us to send out a Newsletter advising about
what will be going on during the summer but given the present situation and the fact
that the dates outlined in the ‘roadmap to recovery’ remain the best scenario and not
written in stone, we thought it better to send out some information now but update it
as and when the picture becomes clearer.
Tennis Restart 29th March
We are all anxious to get back to playing tennis and we know that it will be possible to
open the courts at the end of the month. We also know that it is important to ensure
that everyone complies with all the restrictions still in force and ensure that tennis is
played safely.
Therefore the Committee has set out a formula as to how tennis will be organised for
the first 4 weeks up to 26th April at which time we hope that the grass courts will almost
be ready for play and we can reassess our plans.
The formula is based of being able to play safely and giving everyone an equal
opportunity to play. For that reason, and the fact that League tennis will not start until
24th May, there will be no team practices, no continuation of the winter ladder and no
organised social tennis.
As a Club we do not like issuing rules and regulations about what members can and
cannot do preferring to rely on their common sense and respect for fellow members
but circumstances dictate that in the short term we need to issue strong guidelines
about how the courts can be used.
We have decided not to implement the booking system as we believe that it should be
possible to operate without it.
However the ‘one hour on the hour’ rule will be in force and it might be worthwhile reiterating that this means that play must start on the hour and if there are people waiting
to play an hour later then the court must be vacated. If you start at say 11.30 then you
will be contravening the rules and more importantly from your point of view you may
have to vacate the court after only 30 minutes.
Greg will have priority on Court 6 during the week but not on Saturdays when he will
have priority on Courts 3 & 4. Members may use Court 6 when Greg is not coaching.Singles will be permitted on any court but will only have equal standing with doubles
on Court 5. Singles will always have to give way on the hour to doubles on courts 1-
4 (and 6 if Greg is not using the court).
Even in this 4-week period we need to be flexible so if circumstances change then we
are prepared to change the rules but we will always be guided by the necessity to
ensure that tennis is played in a safe environment.
At this stage we cannot say whether the toilets will be open – this will depend on being
able to organise a regular cleaning regime.
Please continue to take utmost caution, keep your distance and sanitise regularly.
The Bar
It is hoped that the bar will re-open for outside use based on table service only from
12th April.
League Tennis
The Leagues have indicated that they hope to start on 24th May and that tennis will be
on a friendly/competitive basis with the divisions arranged based on the number of
teams entered. There will be no promotion or relegation. We will decide how many
teams we are going to enter during April with a view to holding some practices starting
in early May.
The Grass Courts
We are aiming to have the grass courts available for play sometime during the last
week of April, but this of course will depend on the weather. Regrettably we will be
unable to hold the customary opening day lunch and tournament owing to the
The Tournaments
We are intending to start the handicap tournament in early May and entries will be
accepted by email. Separate information will be sent out nearer the time.
Floodlighting Tokens
Once the bar is open tokens will be available as normal. Please try to purchase 5 at
a time (£10). In the short term they can still be purchased from Pam French and Frank
Murphy by prior arrangement. Contact details are on the attached list of Committee
Visitors can be introduced by Senior members only. Please ensure that the money is
handed in behind the bar using the available envelopes. The visitors name and
contact details MUST be written on the envelopes.
Alternatively the fee of £5 can be transferred to the Club’s bank account with a
covering text or email being sent to Bernard Crosby giving the required information.
Contact details can be found on the attached list of Committee members.
Some dates for your diary (all to be confirmed)
Friday 25th June – Golf competition at Green Drive Golf Club in aid of the Motor
Neurone Disease Association in memory of Keith Cartmell. Teams of 4 comprising
past and present members of any of the Sections of Lytham Cricket & Sports Club.
Information from Bernard Crosby.
Sunday 11th July – Open Finals Day
Saturday and Sunday 4th & 5th September – Junior Tournament and Finals
Saturday 18th September – End of season Dinner Dance
Friday 26th November – Sportsman’s LunchTennis Committee Members 2021
Interim Chairman Bernard Crosby 07831 894788
Secretary Frank Murphy 01253 794734
07846 202429
Treasurer Bernard Crosby 07831 894788
Ladies’ Captain Pam French 01253 733775 07736
Ladies’ Vice Captain Gill Totty 07799 713340
Men’s -Captain Roy Lunio 07854 377393
Men’s Vice Captain Ed Sawer 07775 808538
Subscription Secretary Linda Clayton 01253 737710
07930 628096
Ground Representative Brian Cackett 01253 640714
07585 069789
Social Secretary and Child
Welfare Officer
Helen Rowe 01253 795780
07950 006923
Club Coach
Parent of Juniors
Greg Porter
Julie Knowles
07738 495914
01253 732335
07743 270363
Co-opted Member Judith Cooper 01253 736948
07811 68254