I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Following advice from Public Health England and the LTA we have now taken the decision that all group coaching sessions will now be cancelled with immediate effect. Along with this we have now enforced a full closure of the club house, including the changing rooms and toilets.
Ben and Zaheed are still offering individual coaching sessions to both senior and junior members. If you would like to contact them to arrange this their contact details are as follows:
Ben – 07723 331777
Zaheed – 07421 237390
I would stress that the courts are still open and are available to use. Getting out to play tennis in our current situation can been very beneficial both physically and mentally but we have to ensure this is done in the safest possible way.
At the bottom of this email there is a link to the full LTA statement, but please find a summary below which I would kindly ask all members to adhere to:
Please bring your own hand sanitisers and use both before and after play
Use online booking for courts. Do not arrive to play tennis without booking a court
A buffer period is to be implemented between court booking slots to allow time for players to leave before next players arrive. I would ask members to arrive 5-10 minutes after your booking time to ensure there is time for the players beforehand to leave the club
Activity should only take place where travel to and from the courts can be done in a way compliant with social distancing advice, with players not travelling together unless they are part of a group residing in the same place
Activity should be in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures at all times(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
If you are not confident that you can adhere to the social distancing guidance when undertaking tennis, please do not play
Players are advised not to change ends during play
Ensure no physical contact during warm-ups, during play or at any time. This includes handshakes, high fives, touching elbows etc. A 2 metre distance must be maintained.
Full LTA statement: https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/
Apologies if these measures seem harsh, but these are made with the best interests of all members in mind.
Personally I would urge all members to please listen to the advice provided by the government and Public Health England. These are difficult times but if everyone can make sensible decisions to help each other then we can hopefully get through this sooner rather than later. Please do stay safe and look after yourselves and each other.
I just wanted to send a quick email to update everyone following the updated advice from the government and Public Health England.
With the situation being so serious it is important that we do everything we can to support each other and to protect the health of our members. With this in mind I would ask everyone to note the following:
1) The main club house room will not be open for members or parents to use, only the toilets and changing room areas will be open.
2) All members are requested to wash their hands both before and after playing tennis.
3) Players are asked to avoid handshakes, hugs, high 5’s etc and are to maintain a sensible personal distance at all times (2-3 metres is recommended)
4) Unless we receive advice from the LTA to the contrary all tennis courts will remain open.
5) Hygiene and cleaning will be stepped up to ensure all surfaces are cleaned regularly, in particular all hard surfaces, door handles etc.
6) Coaching will continue as normal for the time being but will be reviewed if/when schools are closed or if we receive advice from the LTA in regards to this.
In addition to the above, please note that the following events have, unfortunately, had to be postponed:
· Wimbledon Ballot (on 4th April). New date to be arranged if needed.
· Opening Season Tournament
· Junior Quorn Cup
· Helper Session – 21st March
It is essential that anybody with suspected signs of or direct contact with Covid 19 should not attend the club and should self-isolate.
Best wishes to everyone and please stay safe.
A great night for OGTC at the Tennis Leicestershire Awards last night.
Ben won Club Development Coach of the Year and Jack won Junior Player – Male, congratulations to both ! Club member Neil Phillips won the Lifetime Achievement award for his work in tennis, especially as a Director of Tennis Leicestershire. Other OGTC nominations were Chloe (Junior Player – Female), George M (Volunteer of the year), Matt H (Junior Player – Male) and the club’s Inclusive Wimbledon event for Competition of the Year.
The club picked up the Sadd Cup (Ladies’ 1sts), Tennis Leicestershire Cup (Men’s Vets Division One Winners for 6 out of the last 7 years), 4 other league wins and the Fallows Cup Plate.
Awards were presented by Peter Fleming who also spoke about his tennis career, with amusing stories of encounters with tennis greats like Illie Nastase, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe his long term doubles partner.
The annual spring tournament will, as you know, take place from the 28th March -4th April.
usual, there will be ladies singles and doubles, men’s singles and
doubles and mixed doubles events. For doubles events you are at liberty
to pick your partner so long as the total value of points of the pairing
is not less than 5. Your individual points is based upon the team that
you played for last season. If you did not play for a team you will
automatically be a 5 (unless advised otherwise by Ben or Zaheed) meaning
you and 4th team players can partner anyone.
This year the
tournament is open to all club members, yes including day members and
invited juniors. It would be great to have as many people enter as
possible as it is a great chance to meet with players you may not
normally play with, test your skills and blow away the winter cobwebs.
Submit this APPLICATION FORM by the 20th March. Further rules and information can be found on the form, but should you have any questions please email them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope the weather will be somewhat warmer and drier for the tournament than it has been of late!
TENNIS AND CLUB DIARY for 2020
Additional events will be added during the year.
Saturday 1st February pm – JUNIOR AUSSIE TOURNAMENT
Sunday 2nd February- SENIORS AUSSIE TOURNAMENT from 12 noon
Wednesday 5th February – USA TOURNAMENT 7pm start
Monday 17th February – Friday 21st – JUNIORS RATINGS TOURNAMENT
Monday 2nd March – TENNIS LEICESTERSHIRE AWARDS NIGHT
Wednesday 4th March – USA TOURNAMENT
Saturday 7th March – QUIZ
Saturday 14th March pm – AFTERNOON TEA in aid of LOROS
Saturday 28th March – Saturday 4th APRIL – OPENING SEASON TOURNAMENT (All finals on 4/4)
Saturday 5th September- Sunday 20th – ANNUAL CLUB TOURNAMENT
Wednesday 28th October – AGM
Sunday 20th December – TINSEL TENNIS
Monday 28th October 2019 at 7.00 p.m.
1. Chairman’s Welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Acceptance of the Minutes of the 2018 AGM
4. Matters arising from the Minutes
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Committee Reports
7. Acceptance of Accounts for 2019
8. Election of committee for 2019/20
9. Handover to new committee
10. Election of team captains for 2020
11. Any other business
An informal forum will follow the main AGM after a short interval.