Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club (WCTC) Committee have had the opportunity to review the Government and subsequent LTA guidance of a safe return to restricted tennis play issued earlier this week. Against the backdrop of wanting to protect our members health, whilst providing a safe environment for all, we have decided that the Tennis Club can be open on a restricted basis from WEDNESDAY 13th MAY at 10am. This will be on the basis that members can play at their own risk, and that they take responsibility for adhering to the Government advice and the WCTC rules for play, then courts can start to be accessed by booking online.

At this stage, members who have pre-booked a court online are the only members allowed to play currently. Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has, or has had, symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

A maximum of two people per court is allowed for singles play only. These players can be from different households. The only exception is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles.

For the foreseeable future the Clubhouse will remain closed to all members and coaches. This will mean that the use of floodlights will not be available at this point. There will consequently be no toilets available for use at this time. Please plan and prepare accordingly.

Players should wash their hands with Soap and Water for at least 20 secs before leaving home to go to the Club.

Players should not share equipment/food/drink, bring tennis balls clearly marked with their own initials and their own supply of hand sanitiser

The Club will trial a method of selling tennis balls to local members for personal use.

A one-way system will be in place for court access to minimise individuals coming into contact.

Wednesday 13th May, the Club will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitisation stations to supplement (not replace) the individuals provision. This is not a substitute for individuals needing to provide their own hand sanitising supply. At the entry/exit to the Club. Some players may consider the use of gloves to and from the tennis court to minimise risk.

The online booking system has been amended to stagger court times and introduce a 15 minute changeover time. Please ensure that you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players.

During play, members should remain at least two metres away from other players at all times and either avoid changing ends or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net. Players should avoid chasing down balls onto another court if other players are using it. Only pick up your own, marked tennis balls and use a racquet or foot to return them to your opponent or another court. LTA Players Guidance can be found via—covid-19.pdf

The first member to open the Club should leave the gate open and sanitise their hands subsequently, and the last person should pull the gate behind themselves and sanitise their hands immediately.

New coaching protocols will be put in place by Angela Crossley and her team which will minimise contact and the number of balls and equipment in play. Please contact Angela if you have specific questions or an interest in booking lessons.

Do not congregate after playing. Benches are not available to members at this time.

The First Aid Box will remain in the Clubhouse for genuine emergencies, where an accident will be recorded in the Accident book.

As stated you must be a member to play. Currently all 2019-20 members have had their membership rolled over until the end of June for free. This is a good time for members to encourage family members to try tennis – as new membership will also be free until the end of June – but you must have applied through our website

As a result of our partial opening, we are anticipating some peak activity as members are keen to get back on court, however the Committee are concerned that members stick to our current Car Parking protocols, where members can only park in our designated spaces during office hours. This issue should be mitigated to some extent by more availability than previous around Wetherby Town Centre Car Parks. Please walk or cycle if you can to minimise this issue. The Club will be undertaking some limited activity to modestly increase the number of WCTC car parking spaces in the coming months, which will not fully resolve this issue, however should help a little.

The Committee would like to be clear that we are following the guidance of the LTA, both as our governing body and our insurer. Should this advice be amended, we will react quickly to respond to changing circumstances, whether to tighten, or indeed ease the current restrictions.

We are relying on the discipline and good sense of all our members in allowing us all to maintain a safe playing environment under testing conditions.

Thanks for your patience, and your compliance in adopting the above practices. Please enjoy your tennis safely.


Steve Jones

on behalf of WCTC Committee

Wetherby Castlegarth LTC

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