Mashamshire Tennis Club – Spring Clean 2021
At this time of year we always give our club a good clean and tidy up, and this was all the more welcome and important given the easing of lockdown restrictions and our return to the courts. Therefore, on the morning of Sunday 4 April an enthusiastic group of club members duly took up their brushes, dustpans, buckets, mops, cloths and other sundry items and cast away the effects of the winter and of several months of no activity at the club due to the lockdown. Thankfully, the sun also turned up and as a result we were blessed with a lovely early morning warm spell that saw a remarkable change in the appearance of the club.
Gone was the moss, twigs and leaves that had littered the courts, and together with the installation of 3 pristine new nets and centre bands the playing area, that now has the added benefit of a superb new hitting wall, was significantly transformed and made ready for play. The tennis hut also received some attention with the interior, including the floor and windows, given a good clean.
A big thank you to all those who gave their time to assist with the clean-up. There are too many names to list them here, but suffice to say that a couple of new members had kindly offered to make their first experience of the club swinging a brush rather than a tennis racket. Others, had been members for several years, but
the efforts of all was very much appreciated.
After all this effort we couldn’t wait to get back on court and the Club Session that followed was attended by 17 members, who enjoyed over 3 hours of fun play.
This was the start of our 2021 season and membership renewal is now in progress. The club offers members a range of activities, beginning with the club sessions, which are run 3 times per week (weather and coronavirus allowing!) on Sunday mornings from 10am, Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm, and most Thursday afternoons from 2pm. Our coaching sessions begin on Friday 23 April, at 4pm for Juniors (8 – 11 years), 5pm for Intermediates (12 – 18 years) and 6pm for Adults. In May we will begin playing our mixed doubles matches, and then in June the men’s doubles league is due to begin. Several club competitions also run throughout the summer months, and details of these will be published in due course
If this sounds like something you would like to try out please visit our website www.mashamshiretennisclub.co.uk for further information, or contact the Chair, Tom Johnson on 01765 603593 or email@example.com
We would love to welcome you to our club, and don’t forget that you can play casually, without joining, by contacting the Masham Community Office to book a court for your use.
The latest regulations allow us to re-open the courts on Monday 29th March 2021.
Internal and external competitions will be arranged, details to follow.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF THE COURTS DURING COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
We hope you enjoy your tennis, but please make sure that you play in a safe and responsible manner at all times.
ALL PLAYERS USING THESE COURTS MUST READ AND FULLY COMPLY WITH
THE LTA GUIDELINES WHICH CAN BE FOUND DISPLAYED ON THE TENNIS HUT
SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE
Carry out your own self-assessment for covid 19 symptoms. Do not participate in tennis if you have any of the covid 19 symptoms, or you subsequently develop them. Instead, you must follow the Government’s “Test and Trace” guidelines without delay.
Before you leave notify the Club (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org) of the names of your group who are using the courts and the date and time of your visit. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). Use your own equipment where possible. Take your own hand santizer and use this before and after touching the keysafe, court gate and padlock and before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required). 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. 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. Arrive changed and ready to play. Shower at home. Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place
SECTION 2: DURING PLAY COURT LIMITS
Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For informal casual play group sizes must not exceed 6 players. Group sizes can exceed this limit for Club Sessions, but only if all participants strictly follow
these guidelines. All courts are now open for play, but players must avoid chasing a ball onto another court if others are using that court.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (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). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.
EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
Be aware that nearby toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them.
If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Avoid touching your face.
Version 7 – 29th March 2021