RULES FOR SAFE PLAY AT OADBY GRANVILLE TENNIS CLUB FROM WEDS 2/12/2020

Following confirmation today that Leicester and Leicestershire have both been placed in tier 3 restrictions, please find a link below to an update provided by the LTA along with a summary grid which outlines what play is allowed at the club.

Link:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Latest advice | LTA

Here is a brief summary of what is allowed along with our rules for safe play at the club:

RULES FOR SAFE PLAY AT OADBY GRANVILLE TENNIS CLUB

  • Social play for both singles and doubles is permitted with effect from Wednesday 2nd December 2020 and must follow the Rule of 6.
  • Coaching is permitted with effect from Wednesday 2nd December 2020 for individual, adult and junior sessions. Adult coaching must not exceed 12 adults per court and junior coaching must be restricted to a maximum group size of 15.
  • All play is subject to travel restrictions into or out of the area. No players from a tier 2 area will be allowed to travel to play at the club.
  • Please follow this link for full government guidance in regards to travel: Local restriction tiers: what you need to know – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • Playing at the club can only be done by booking a court through Clubspark.
  • On arrival please only enter by the patio or grass area where social distancing of 2 metres can be maintained.
  • When leaving please leave by the passageway between the building and the courts. Please do not stand at any time in the passageway, this will ensure we can have a safe flow around the club.
  • We would ask members to use the NHS covid-19 test and trace app by checking in on the QR code displayed on the clubhouse window.
  • Court bookings will now open at 7.30am rather than 12.01am. The booking system will be reactivated at 7.30am on Friday 27th November 2020 for court bookings.
  • Every member will have an allocation of 3 one hour bookings per week.
  • Please finish playing 5 minutes before your actual finish time to ensure there is no cross over between bookings. If playing on clay, please also consider that time will be needed for you to sweep the courts. 
  • Social distancing –  nothing has changed in this respect. Continue to observe a minimum distance of 2 meters and please leave the club promptly after you have finished playing.
  • Please make sure you have washed/sanitised your hands before you arrive at the club and after play. Please also consider wearing a glove when sweeping the clay courts or at least sanitising your hands immediately after sweeping.
  •  If you or any member of your household have shown any symptoms of Covid-19 or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has then please do not come to the club.
  • Please notify the committee through info@oadbytennis.co.uk and/or contact a committee member immediately if you have a positive coronavirus test following play at the club.
  • Follow government guidelines/ rules on the government website when you show any symptoms of covid-19 or if you test positive for covid-19.  Link: NHS Test and Trace: how it works – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The club house will remain closed apart from access to the toilets, which has to be used strictly with one person only entering the changing rooms at any time. There will be a cone placed in the reception area, so if you do enter the changing rooms can you please block off the entrance using the cone as an indicator that the changing rooms are in use. Once you have finished, please place the cone back out of the way of the door. Showers must not be used for the time being. 
  • We will continue for the time being to restrict play to members only.

It has been a very difficult time for everyone and being able to get back playing tennis will be a relief for a lot of people. It is absolutely essential that we all play our part and follow the above rules. As always our priority is the health of our members and we all have a responsibility to help each other to keep each other safe. If anyone is unsure about any of the above or would like to raise any points in regards to this then please do contact me. 

We are currently working on a schedule as to when junior coaching will return. George will of course update everyone on this once a decision has been made.

It will be lovely to see you back at the club soon. Until then, please stay safe and well.

Best wishes

Martin

Chairman


Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club

Oadby Granville Tennis Club – NOW CLOSED

Further to my email earlier in the week, unfortunately I am writing to confirm that, following the new national restrictions that are due to come in to force , we will be closing the club to all members from Thursday 5th November until further notice. All court bookings after today have now been cancelled.

For absolute clarity this means there should be no play of any kind, not between households, singles play or any coaching. The club should not be visited for any purposes during the period for which it is closed. The only people permitted on the grounds are those on the committee or service providers to continue essential maintenance for the courts and club house.

A statement from the LTA regarding on the required closure of tennis clubs can be found via this link, together with a statement from the LTA’s Chief Executive, Scott Lloyd.
https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Whilst this is of course very disappointing for all of us, we must abide by the law and continue to take all preventive measures to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Our health is without doubt the most important thing during these difficult times and so please be careful and stay safe. Please do stay positive and let’s hope to be back on the courts soon.

I will continue to provide further updates when available.

Take care.

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Club Tournament 31 Aug -27 Sept 2020

If you would like enter this year’s club tournament, please submit this ENTRY FORM by 23 Aug.

As advised previously the tournament will run over a longer period with all matches up until the final having a ‘complete by’ date, which will be sent to you once the draw has been completed and for each round thereafter. As usual we will have a main draw and reverse draw.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 23rd August 2020. Matches will then commence the week commencing 31st August 2020. Finals will be played the weekend of the 26/27th September 2020.

Players will be responsible for arranging their own matches, booking courts and providing their own balls. Each match will be played as first to 8 games with a tie break coming in to effect at 7-7. Should this happen this will be a standard 7 point tie break.

I would ask everyone to carefully consider which events they would like to enter as we would like to get all of the matches played rather than having walk overs.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Club & Covid update.

Further to yesterday’s announcement to release Oadby & Wigston from lockdown I am pleased to say that the club can now welcome back all members to play who live outside of the Borough with effect from Saturday 1st August.

As always, to ensure safe play for all of our members I would ask that everyone follows the Rules for Safe Play, which are listed at the bottom of this email. Whilst it is great for us all to be back on court it is imperative that we all do this in a safe manner and if you have any concerns over anything at the club then please do let me know.

From the beginning of the lockdown we have always followed LTA guidelines and we intend to do this moving forward as well. We are now in a position where we can begin to look at opening up the club house and possibly to re introduce mix ins but before this can happen as a club we must complete strict risk assessments to ensure that this can be done safely. We will endeavour to complete these over the next 1-2 weeks and I will update you as to our progress with this. Many thanks for your patience, it has been a very frustrating time for everyone but I am sure you will all appreciate the health and safety of our members is the number one priority.

RULES FOR SAFE PLAY AT OADBY GRANVILLE TENNIS CLUB

· Both singles and doubles play will now be allowed with players from different households.
· Booking slots – for the time being these will continue to be available for 1 hour slots with each member having an allocation of 3 bookings per week. These will continue to run for 55 minutes with your session finishing on time, ensuring there is no cross over between bookings. If playing on clay please also consider time will be needed for you to sweep the courts. We will monitor the length of booking slots and will possibly increase this back to 2 hours over the coming weeks if possible.
· Social distancing – nothing has changed in this respect. Continue to observe a minimum distance of 2 meters and please leave the club promptly after you have finished playing. This is certainly more important now as there will be a lot more people arriving/leaving the club.
· Hygiene – Please make sure you have washed/sanitised your hands before you arrive at the club and after play. Please also consider wearing a glove when sweeping the clay courts or at least sanitising your hands immediately after sweeping.
· Symptoms – all of the original guidelines still stand. If you or any member of your household have shown any symptoms of Covid-19 or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has then please do not come to the club.
· Club House – the club house will remain closed apart from access to the toilets, which has to be used strictly with one person only entering the changing rooms at any time. There will be a cone placed in the reception area, if you do enter the changing rooms can you please block off the entrance using the cone as an indicator that the changing rooms are in use. Once you have finished, please place the cone back out of the way of the door.
· Members Only – we will continue for the time being to restrict play to members only.

Lastly, just to mention that if you use your LTA log in to access Clubspark, this will not be available from 6am on Sunday until 11am on Monday. So if you are booking courts and want to use that log in, please do so before/after those time slots. The LTA website might also not be available during this time.

Best wishes and stay safe

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Guidelines for play at the club from Mon 1st June 2020:

Some of you may be aware that today there has been a further announcement from the LTA in regards to further reducing playing restrictions. For full details please follow the link below:

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

In regards to play at Oadby, below are detailed guidelines that are effective for play at the club from Mon 1st June 2020:

· Both singles and doubles play will now be allowed with players from different households.
· Courts – from Tuesday 2nd June all courts will be back open and will be available for booking.
· Booking slots – for the time being these will continue to be available for 1 hour slots with each member having an allocation of 3 bookings per week. These will continue to run for 55 minutes with your session finishing on time, ensuring there is no cross over between bookings. If playing on clay please also consider time will be needed for you to sweep the courts. We will monitor the length of booking slots and will possibly increase this back to 2 hours over the coming weeks if possible.
· Social distancing – nothing has changed in this respect. Continue to observe a minimum distance of 2 meters and please leave the club promptly after you have finished playing. This is certainly more important now as there will be a lot more people arriving/leaving the club.
· Hygiene – Please make sure you have washed/sanitised your hands before you arrive at the club and after play. Please also consider wearing a glove when sweeping the clay courts or at least sanitising your hands immediately after sweeping.
· Symptoms – all of the original guidelines still stand. If you or any member of your household have shown any symptoms of Covid-19 or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has then please do not come to the club.
· Club House – the club house will remain closed apart from access to the toilets, which has to be used strictly with one person only entering the changing rooms at any time. There will be a cone placed in the reception area, if you do enter the changing rooms can you please block off the entrance using the cone as an indicator that the changing rooms are in use. Once you have finished, please place the cone back out of the way of the door.
· Members Only – we will continue for the time being to restrict play to members only.
· Coaching – although coaching in small groups (up to 6 including the coach) has now been authorised by the LTA, we are not going to be offering any group sessions initially and this will be reviewed over the next week or so. We need a bit longer to find a completely safe way to offer this and will not do so until we have suitable procedures in place.


If anyone is unsure or has any questions regarding the above then please let me know. Again I would stress that all members must adhere to the above and apply common sense when playing at the club to ensure we can all enjoy tennis in the safest environment possible.

Best wishes and I hope to see you soon.

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Update to COVID restrictions – limited play from 13 May

Following the government’s relaxing of certain lockdown rules, from Wednesday 13th May I am pleased to confirm that we will be able to open up the courts for limited play.

Before I go in to more detail I would like to say that all decisions have been made with the health and wellbeing of all members in mind and we will of course continue to follow advice from Public Health England and the LTA when making any future changes to what is detailed below.

It is great news that we are now in a position to get back on court but we all have a responsibility to show common sense and behave in a manner which allows tennis to be played in the safest possible way.

From Wednesday 13th May, court bookings will be available but must only be made following the rules below:

· Courts 1,3,4 & 6 will be available for bookings. The nets on courts 2 & 5 will be taken down to ensure these courts are not used at any time, this will help to ensure social distancing. The mini courts are also not to be used at the present time.
· Courts will be available to be booked for singles play. This can be with a member of your household or one other non-household member.
· Bookings for doubles play is only available where all four players reside at the same household.
· All court bookings must be made via ClubSpark. If you are not registered with ClubSpark, please visit our website (www.oadbytennis.co.uk) where you can register.
· Please do not visit the club or arrive to play without booking a court, even if there is availability showing. This is mainly for safety reasons but this will also help us to assess court usage which, in turn, will help us implement further changes if necessary.
· Booking slots will be available for a maximum of 1 hour only with these starting promptly on the hour. You must leave the court 5 minutes before the end of your session please to ensure there is no crossover with people entering the court after you. This means that each session will last for 55 minutes and allows a generous time for changeovers adhering to social distancing.
· Each member will be initially restricted to a maximum of 2 booking slots per week to help spread availability for all members. This does not mean you are only allowed to play twice per week, but you are only allowed to personally book 2 slots per week.
· Until further notice, all players must be members of the club.
· The club house will remain closed with no access possible to either the main room or changing/toilet facilities.
· Court bookings will be available from 9am until 8pm. Please be aware that if you do book an 8pm slot no floodlight use will be available.
· No courts to be booked for juniors after 6pm.
· No individual coaching sessions will be available initially. This will be reviewed over the next week and we will advise further on this in due course.
· Please bring along your own wipes/sanitiser to use for entering and leaving the courts. Please use common sense in regards to whether you need to adjust the net height. If you do decide to adjust this then please ensure that you clean/sanitise your hands straight away. Please also clean/sanitise hands after sweeping the clay courts.
· During play, socially distancing measures must be adhered to at all times without any exception. Please avoid shaking hands, high fives and changing ends.
· Once you have finished play, please leave the court and club premises as soon as possible.

I think it is really important to give everyone a clear indication of what is expected and I would politely ask for all members to follow the above rules without exception. These rules are for the safety of everyone.

I fully appreciate that this might not be ideal for every single person, especially our many junior members who we are not currently able to offer their usual coaching and daytime members who play doubles at club mix ins etc. We will assess the how the initial opening goes and upon advice from PHE and the LTA. If we are able to extend the sessions then we will, but not until it is completely safe to do so.

Many thanks for all of your patience and for continuing to support the club. If you need any further advice or questions regarding the above then please do feel free to contact me.

Please stay safe and best wishes.

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club

Urgent – no members should use the courts or any facilities at any time until further notice.

I hope you are well.

Apologies for contacting you again but following on from the announcement made by the government earlier this evening we have taken the decision to close the club for all tennis activities with immediate effect. This means that no members should use the courts or any facilities at any time until further notice.

In these most challenging of times there really is no benefit in putting yourselves or others at risk.

Please do stay safe and look after each other. I hope to be able to send you a more positive message in a few weeks times.

Best wishes

Martin
Chairman
OGTC

Oadby (Granville) Tennis & Social Club