Coronavirus (CoVid-19) - Updated 14 October 2020

ARTC Local Lockdown Status: Tier 1

Following Covid-19 advice updated on 14.10.20 to include local lockdown restrictions, the LTA guidance is that tennis activity that is in line with LTA COVID-19 Secure guidelines, can continue to take place, according to the following grid:

LTA local lockdown grid

From Monday 14 September:

For informal social play, group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law.

Organised tennis activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted by the Government as an exception to the limit of six, and so can continue, provided that venues, coaching providers and event organisers follow LTA COVID-19 secure guidelines.

The LTA has published updated guidelines available on the links below. These measures and procedures are under constant review and will be updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions. The Club follows the LTA guidelines, so please read them carefully before playing:

LTA Guidelines for Tennis Players
LTA Guidelines for Tennis Venues

Here are the existing proposals and procedures for getting tennis up and running at ARTC: [13 May 2020]

Membership
We have decided to extend the membership of anyone who was a registered member of ARTC on 31.3.20, until 30.9.20 free of charge.
From 1.10.20 membership will need to be renewed for 6 months until 31.3.21 at a pro rata rate of 6/12 for the year. The annual yearly payment will then be resume from 1.4.21. This is to recognise that members will have no access to league tennis this season and a gesture of goodwill to our tennis community.
Anyone wishing to join the tennis club as a new member from the now until 30.9.20 will be charged a flat rate of adults £20, juniors £5 and families £50. Membership will then need to be renewed on 1.10.20 as above.

Booking Courts
We are introducing a compulsory on-line booking system as recommended by the LTA. This is to ensure that the club maintains accurate records of who is playing and when. This will help with contact tracing, if required. It will be necessary for any member booking a court and finding they cannot use it to ensure they cancel the booking as a courtesy to other members. Anyone repeatedly failing to do this may be subject to a penalty.
We will be using the LTA ClubSpark platform. This will allow you to book a court via our website, or using the ClubSpark Booker App on your mobile phone. To use ClubSpark you will have to register here and follow the instructions in How to register for ClubSpark.
Booking courts is a simple procedure described in these guides:
How to Book a Court using ClubSpark
How to Use the ClubSpark Booker App
If you have any problems or questions do not hesitate to get in touch.

Access to Clubhouse and Courts
The Clubhouse will remain out of bounds for the foreseeable future and members will need to plan their usage with that in mind. Net winders have been removed to minimise unnecessary contact as have seats, drag mats and brushes. Please make sure anything you bring, you take home.
Locking and unlocking the gates will require members to take responsibility for reducing transmission by using gloves and hand sanitisers on arrival and departure. You must appreciate the need for social distancing while entering and exiting the courts and wait in a socially respectful way.

  • On Court - Arriving
  • - Courts that are side by side can be used.
  • - You should enter the court one at a time.
  • - Nobody, except the players should be allowed on the court. There should be no spectators present.
  • - Parents supervising children should be limited to one.

  • On Court - Playing
  • - Physical distancing should be observed throughout the period of play, particularly on change of ends and entering and exiting the court.
  • - You should change ends at opposite sides of the net. Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives.
  • - Equipment such as towels, food, and drink must not be exchanged between players.
  • - Please bring their own hand sanitiser, drinks and towels.
  • - You should avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.
  • - You should ideally bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you.
  • - You should use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and pass them to their opponent and should avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • - You should remain apart from the other player when taking a break.
  • - If a ball from another court comes across, players should send it back with a kick or with a racquet.
  • - If a player becomes unwell after playing, they should first contact their GP/HSE and then inform the club. The club should contact the HSE and follow the advice provided to them on the next steps.

Finally…
There is a lot to take in here and you may still have queries and questions. If you do direct your enquiries to info@artc.org.uk, where we will do our best to answer them. We will also place reminders on the courts to prompt people to respect these directives.
We all know tennis is a sport for life and that playing tennis provides great mental and physical health benefits for us all. Therefore, as a club, we must ensure that tennis is only played within a safe environment – you can see the current risk assessment displayed in the clubhouse window.
Thank you for your co-operation and support in these difficult times and enjoy the chance of hitting a ball again.