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December 2020


Chair's Welcome (By Kath Temple)

Welcome to ARTC’s December newsletter. Although we have had 4 weeks of lockdown, it’s surprising how much there is to report. So, we hope this month finds you all safe and well and looking forward to the reopening of the courts on 2 December in the run up to Christmas. Luckily, we can now also run the Christmas Cracker Competition on 6 December. So, for those of you that have entered dig out your Christmas jumpers and head down to the courts by 10.45am for an 11am start. At the moment, the forecast looks promising. See you there.

Reopening Arrangements from Wednesday 2 December

As you will know the courts are now available for booking on ClubSpark. As we are in Tier 2 we are able to play singles and doubles providing we follow pre-lockdown Covid Secure Guidance. The clubhouse remains out of bounds, except at organised social events, such as Junior events, Ladies Saturday Social Tennis and the upcoming Christmas Cracker Competition.

Tennis News

Each year, in November, we are required to register the club with the LTA, this is to ensure we have fulfilled all the criteria in a series of Standards. This year the focus has been on:
* Safeguarding
* Diversity and Inclusion
* Risk Assessment
This is a useful exercise as it ensures that policies are regularly evaluated and updated. If you are interested in the details of this visit www.lta.org.uk.

As members of ARTC everyone is eligible for free LTA membership which gives you access to the Wimbledon Ballot, allows players to compete with a LTA rating and provides the latest news in British tennis. This is called ‘Lite Membership.’ Joining also gives access to online training through webinars. These provide information about current LTA programmes. A webinar last week was called #weatherthecourt and was encouraging clubs to promote playing tennis all year round rather than just the summer months. They are encouraging players to win prizes by sending photos of playing in more extreme weather conditions. So, if you find yourselves competing against the elements, why not take a snap and send it in!

Junior Coaching (By Chris Howat)

Following on from the success of the Mini Red coaching sessions this autumn term, here are 3 of our rising stars enjoying a club session at half term.
coaching
Junior club sessions don’t normally resume on a regular basis until after the Easter holidays, as they tend to be held on a weekday after school. However, if there are any junior members out there who would like to have a club session one weekend in January, please contact me by email chrishowat1986@gmail.com or tel 01904 744396. Please also let me know the age of the juniors involved, so we can work out a date and time to suit the majority. This could vary across the 3 groups of Mini red, orange and green, and Teen tennis. After the 2 lockdowns so far this year, I know some of you are itching to get back on court, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested. As you know, our area is currently in Tier 2, but LTA guidelines do allow these group sessions to go ahead, whilst also conforming to social distancing.

Men's Winter League (By Dave Luscombe)

Following the lockdown and with all being well, the league will resume on 14 January with a match against Fulford.

Ball Recycling (By Steve Temple)

We have a recycling arrangement with Recycaball, a company who donate decent used balls to charities including: NSPCC, Save the Children, Barnadoes and Guide Dogs for the Blind. They also repressurise balls and resell them as second hand. Proceeds from the sales go to charities like Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Parkinsons Disease Society and Alzheimers Society to name but a few. Minimal/small written ID on the balls helps to extend their life.

In a normal season, we would recycle 6 bags of 250 balls at a time which equates to around 1,500 balls a year. By the time they are sifted through by quality control we receive between £100-£150 a year. Since lockdown this has inevitably been much reduced but if you would still like to recycle your used balls to a good cause we would love you to store them until such a time that we can collect them. They really do have a worthwhile, extended life beyond ARTC.

Court Maintenance (By Kath Temple)

The courts remain in good order and have been dragged prior to re-opening. However, if you’re a fan of The Repair Shop and enjoy a bit of fettling in your garage/shed, we have 6 benches that would benefit from some varnishing and a lick of paint. All materials can be supplied and benches can be transported to your door. Contact info@artc.org if you might be interested in helping renovate them for the summer.

Health And Safety (By Gary Carpenter)

You will likely already have seen in Kath’s email the Grid by Tier the LTA have produced, summarising tennis activity from 2nd December which affects playing outdoors. The LTA will also be reviewing and updating guidelines for players, venues and coaches, which we will continue to monitor and implement, as necessary.

For us, in the meantime, the QR posters are in place and ‘live’ and the hand sanitising station is installed. This is sensor operated; there is no need to touch it – just place your hands under the station and it will deliver a measured dose of gel into your hands.

The Covid Process Document we have been developing is almost complete and it is hoped to be able to publish the flow-chart for members on the website in time for the next newsletter.

Membership

Good progress has been made by Pauline Belt and Sara Heron on evaluating new members’ ‘customer journey’ i.e. evaluating the possible playing opportunities after joining ARTC. It is based on providing new members with contacts and supporting them to make them feel welcome and integrated into the club. Watch this space for more details in the coming months.

AGM Summary

Thank you to all members who joined the AGM Zoom Meeting on 18 November. Reports were given by the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and also a Maintenance Report from Richard Barwick. Normally, there would be reports from team captains but there was obviously nothing to report this year. The minutes will be available on the website shortly.

This was Richard’s last report to the committee, and he was presented with a bottle of his favourite red wine as a thank you for all his involvement in the club. Gifts were also given to Anna Dawkes and Amber Steele who stepped down from their roles on the committee and as Fixtures Secretary. The 2020-21 Officers and Committee were voted in and we are delighted to welcome Keith Hunter onto the committee. He has shown a keen interest in inclusion and ensuring the running of the club is accountable and transparent to the entire membership.

Part of purpose of the AGM is to set membership rates for the coming season. This requires a vote. We voted that the new committee would be given the discretion to determine the subscription rates in the New Year given the impact of Covid last year and the unpredictability of the coming year. However, the intention is that the fees shall be no more than at the start of the 2020-21 season. This flexibility allows us to create the best possible deal for members whilst at the same time maintaining the sustainability of court maintenance.

The 2020-21 committee comprises of:
Chair: Kath Temple
Secretary: Geoff Bullock
Treasurer: Steve Temple
Members: Chris Howat, Pauline Belt, Gary Carpenter, Suzanne Webb, Pat Watson, Sara Heron, Keith Hunter

In the meantime, there are still 2 unfilled places on the committee and we have the opportunity to co-opt members throughout the year. So, if you might like to join later it is still possible.

Covid-19 Update 27.11.20 (By Suzanne Webb)

The point below is the latest recommendation from the LTA since the November newsletter. It shows that the guidance wording is still being discussed. If there are significant changes that affect you directly we will email you as soon as possible.

Current Guidance Advice from LTA
We are still awaiting the publication of the Government's full, detailed guidance and legislation so that we can update our full guidance documents for tennis venues, coaches, players and officials, detailing all protocols, procedures and information needed to for tennis activity to take place safely and in line with Government guidelines. Therefore, while we had hoped to be in a position to publish these documents today (27 November), it is now unfortunately not likely to be possible until w/c 30 November - these will however be made available as soon as it is possible to do so.

Ladies Saturday Social Tennis (By Julia Campbell)

I am pleased to report that the Ladies Social Tennis will restart on Saturday, 5 December and will run for three weeks up to Christmas, weather and Covid permitting. I'm really looking forward to welcoming everyone back on court - having fun and enjoying their tennis. Any ladies not on the WhatsApp group, but who would like to be included please contact me on O7774 138O56.

November 2020


Chair's Welcome (By Kath Temple)

Welcome to ARTC’s November newsletter, keeping you up to date with what’s been going on in your local tennis club over the past month.
On 14 October the committee had a productive meeting via Zoom. It was an opportunity to assess where the club is now and discuss some possibilities for planning for the future. (Of course, any decisions will now come under the remit of the Officers and Committee elected at the upcoming AGM.) So, if you might be considering joining us in running the club, we would be delighted to welcome you at the AGM. Now that our meetings are being held remotely, you can do it from the comfort of your warm house - no more huddling round the heater in the clubhouse for the foreseeable future!

Lockdown Update (1/11/20)

This newsletter was compiled before the lockdown was announced on Saturday 31.10.20 and as such there may be items that are no longer relevant or are unlikely to take place.
We won't know the final details of LTA guidance until Wednesday but at the moment it appears that doubles play is likely to be discontinued but the LTA are planning to recommend that singles play is allowed. The CEO of the LTA, Scott Lloyd, is encouraging members to email their MPs to show support for this action. This link is also a good resource for keeping up to date with an ever changing situation. In addition, you can sign an online petition at change.org.
In terms of what happens next, we will update you by email as soon as we know how tennis at ARTC will be impacted. In the meantime, we hope you manage to get some tennis in before further restrictions are put in place. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tennis News

At the committee meeting in September one member asked if committee meeting minutes were available for all members to access. At that point they were on the website but password protected and limited to committee members to prevent public access. However, at October’s meeting we discussed this further and agreed that, as we are keen to encourage inclusion at all levels, we should open this up to all members by providing you with the password. You will find the minutes in the Committee section of the website. See any committee member for login details. The electronic versions date back to 2010. Happy reading.

Ho!Ho!Ho! As some of you may be aware for several years we have run a Christmas Cracker Tennis Competition. This is designed as a fun, festive way to celebrate tennis in the winter season and has seen a selection of Christmas jumpers, baubles and tinsel decorating both players and racquets! Ironically, the 2019 competition was the last one to be played at ARTC before lockdown. Based on the success of the Ladies Social Tennis on Saturdays we are planning to resume the event this year, if there is enough interest. We will ensure that risk assessments are Covid secure and that social distancing is maintained throughout. We have chosen Sunday 6 December (reserve date 13 December) as the date, from 11.00-1.30pm. The main difference from previous years is that if you want mulled wine and mince pies you will need to bring your own! If you are interested in taking part in this event a Doodle (online sign-up link) will be sent out on Sunday 15 November at 6pm and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If we can get between 12-18 players it should be an entertaining morning.

At the last meeting we also decided to install 2 QR points at the club in line with LTA Track and Trace guidelines for venues; one on the main gate and one in the clubhouse. We feel that this gives members an option of using this facility if they choose to and backs up LTA advice. It’s probably something we’re all noticing in our daily lives and unfortunately maybe something we will have to learn to live with for some time. Our aim is to ensure that every member feels that ARTC is taking responsibility to ensure tennis is played in an environment that minimises risk wherever possible.

Adult Coaching (By Pauline Belt)

Monday 19 October marked the last day of the Development Group coaching and Monday 28 September was the last League Players coaching session, both ended due to the usual fading light. We wish to extend a huge thanks to Rob Jones for making the sessions both fun and informative and all the participants for their fantastic support. We will be looking to restart the sessions from the beginning of April next year, usually the first Monday after the clocks go forward. An email will go out in March to all members with the details. Until next year, keep practicing!

Junior Coaching (By Chris Howat)

The group of 4-7 year olds have all enjoyed their first lot of Mini Red coaching sessions. One mum said,

"Eddie has been fantastic with all the children. He has managed to engage them really well, considering their age, and kept the sessions really interesting and varied.”

and one child said,

"I really enjoyed it! Everyone was very nice and we played lots of fun games."

One little girl cried when she realised it was the last session for a while!

Everyone is really looking forward to more coaching sessions in the Spring. Their response to the coaching has been so enthusiastic that we are planning a club session at half term, weather permitting, for them all - Mums included!

Please remember to look out for information in the New Year on the Juniors’ Open Day and coaching sessions across all age groups. If anyone has any queries about junior tennis, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ladies Saturday Social Tennis (By Julia Campbell)

I am so pleased to report that the take up of the Ladies Social Tennis on a Saturday afternoon has been amazing. Every session has been extremely well supported and I feel certain has been thoroughly enjoyed - if the sound of the laughter has been anything to go by! Oh, and we have been playing tennis too! The only thing that stops us is the weather and injury (come back soon Chris).

If you would like to join in the fun with us, just contact me, Julia, on O7774 138O56. The sessions are run through a WhatsApp group and you would be most welcome to join us. Please note, that we will start playing at 1 p.m. from Saturday 31 October onwards.

Men's Winter League (By Dave Luscombe)

The first men's winter league match was played on Tuesday 13th October against David Lloyd. A hard-fought match with Appleton fielding Geoff Bullock and Dave Luscombe as first pair and Mark Baxter and Steve Temple as second pair. It was a match of contrasts with both pairs winning comfortably against one pair and losing against the other. After a tense bit of mental arithmetic at the end, Appleton won on game difference by one game, 31 games to 30 and 4 sets all. If you would like to find out more about how to join us contact me via info@artc.org.uk

Court Maintenance (By Richard Barwick)

In order to maintain courts in tip top condition we have ordered another Aussie Cleansweep - the really useful green plastic drag-mat that collects the leaves and debris from the courts. It is currently on a boat from Australia so should be with us in a few weeks’ time! Not only will it make cleaning the courts easier and quicker but regular use throughout the year will improve the overall playing surface and prolong the life of the courts, ensuring we can extend times between rejuvenation. Autumn is a particularly problematic time with leaves being ground into the sand and affecting drainage throughout the winter months, so please use the mats regularly - it really does make a difference.

Health And Safety (By Gary Carpenter)

Endorsing Kath’s comment in the last newsletter, ARTC’s policy is one of safety first to protect the well-being of its members and all who use the club’s facilities. During the last 7 months, and because in part of the restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19, the club has implemented measures to ensure the safety & well-being of its members in line with Government, NHS & Public Health England guidelines and also LTA requirements.

These include: -
* Carrying out an annual risk assessment on an ongoing basis.
* Undertaking a fire risk assessment.
* Purchasing fire extinguishers and a fire blanket for the clubhouse (to be installed shortly).
* Carrying out and updating Covid-19 risk assessments when guidelines change.
* Carrying out a monthly H&S maintenance check of the courts, clubhouse and surrounding area.
* Installing at least one hand sanitiser station and gel within the courts for members’ use (in the process of purchasing).
* Developing a process document to enable the club to identify what to do in the event of reports of Covid-19 within the club.
* Installing a QR venue code for member/player log-in on arrival at the courts, to assist with NHS ‘track and trace'.

If anybody has any questions or comments regarding health and safety matters, please let me or any committee member know. You can contact me via info@artc.org

Membership (By Sara Heron)

Although the recent months have been difficult for many, we are proud to have been able to keep the courts open, working within government guidelines, and especially delighted to have welcomed so many new members. As a committee, we are always looking for ways to improve and increase playing opportunities at all levels and with this in mind we are currently undertaking a complete review of both current playing opportunities, working within restrictions, as well as those available going forward into 2021.

In addition, we are focusing on offering a more personal response to each member's requirements as well as exploring ways to increase the integration between new and existing members. Initially, the welcome email will receive a make-over and going forward we are hoping to introduce the option for all members to have access to an optional feedback form.

Inevitably, the winter season and Covid restrictions will prohibit some initiatives, however we are working together now to introduce immediate effective change where appropriate, as well as preparing for new initiatives in the Spring.

Finance (By Steve Temple)

Financially, the Club is in a good place, but we always need to look to the future and build in the cost of court rejuvenation/replacement. To that end, the current committee have looked at a number of scenarios regarding future membership numbers and the court rejuvenation/replacement plans.

Overall, we recommended to maintain competitive rates to encourage new members to join. This will be proposed in greater detail at the AGM for members to ratify. The new committee should be well placed to make those plans come to fruition and ensure we have a thriving Club for years to come.

Thank you (By Kath Temple)

At the AGM two of the existing committee will be standing down; Richard Barwick and Anna Dawkes. Anna has been a committee member for the last five years and been active in several initiatives in that time. Richard has played an important role in the Club being Chairman between 2011-2017 and in the past few years being part of the Club Maintenance team, particularly regular court rejuvenation.

We all have a great deal to thank them for. Fortunately, Richard is still willing to continue to help maintain the courts, for which we are all very grateful. We wish Anna and Richard all the very best for the future and thank them for the years they have given to the Club.

NOTICE OF AGM (By Geoff Bullock)

To be held virtually on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 7.30pm
Zoom conferencing (free to use).

What Happens At The AGM? (By Kath Temple)

The format for the AGM has a regular pattern outlined in the constitution. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and nominate the committee for the coming year. Each Officer will give a report on 2019/20 season and the Treasurer will present the audited accounts. It is also a point at which subscriptions are voted on. Any proposals from members have to be submitted to the Secretary seven days prior to the AGM for inclusion on the agenda.

Currently our committee comprises of:
Chair: Kath Temple
Secretary: Geoff Bullock
Treasurer: Steve Temple
Members: Chris Howat, Gary Carpenter, Pauline Belt, Pat Watson, Sara Heron, Suzanne Webb
Standing down: Richard Barwick, Anna Dawkes

The committee can be between five and nine members which means that there will be three positions available for new committee members at the AGM, if the current committee members are reinstated. Current Officers are prepared to continue, however, anyone interested in standing for the positions of Chair, Secretary or Treasurer may do so by completing the nomination form previously circulated. We would be delighted to welcome you onto the committee in whatever capacity suits you.

Covid-19 Update (By Suzanne Webb)

Guidance for Tennis Venues in England COVID-19: RETURN TO PLAY Version 5.2 – Published 23 September 2020 (updated 2 October 2020)
The points below are the latest recommendations from the LTA since the October newsletter.

*Venue Management
- [NEW] As a COVID-19 secure venue, all venues should have in place a process for how they would handle a case of someone testing positive.

Tennis Activity
- Singles and doubles can be played with people from different households, as long as players remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can play doubles.

- Play is permitted on both outdoor and indoor courts

- [UPDATED] Restrictions on group numbers vary depending on if the activity is informal social play or organised group activity, and if it is outdoors or indoors.

- [NEW] Organised group activity (as detailed below) is defined as being activity organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, where in all cases organiser must conduct a risk assessment and take all reasonable steps to limit transmission of the coronavirus by reference to that risk assessment and all relevant COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Further details are provided on the Government website.

Organised Group Activity - Outdoors
- [NEW] When participating in any tennis activity indoors or outdoors, participants must not mingle in groups of more than six before and after the activity, while maintaining social distancing with those from another household at all times. If an organiser is not able to ensure this (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such events should not take place. Attendees must avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group they are with, even if they see other people they know, at all times during their visit.

Health, Safety & Hygiene
- [UPDATED] Clean all common touchpoint surfaces (gates, door handles, handrails etc) regularly, wearing any personal protective equipment that would usually be used – it is not necessary to wear any PPE or clothing over and above what would usually be used.

Other Meetings

- [NEW] Meetings, including AGMs, of more than six people that involve people beyond venue committee members, should not currently take place physically. Venues should read the detailed guidance for AGMs produced by the LTA … and can be downloaded from the COVID-19 section of the LTA’s Venue Resource Library, which outlines steps venues need to take before holding a virtual AGM or hybrid AGM.

Venue committee meetings can be considered as work, and so can take place physically if required. However, venues should continue to host these meetings online wherever possible.

Schedule of Committee Meetings (By Geoff Bullock)

The last committee meeting was on Wednesday 14 October and the next will be in January 2021 with the new committee appointed at the AGM.

October 2020


Chair's Welcome (By Kath Temple)

At our last committee meeting in September we decided to focus on inclusion within our club at all levels. Consequently, this month’s newsletter comprises of news from members of the committee to give you a full flavour of what we can offer, what’s been going on and what’s coming up. Hopefully, it might encourage you to think about joining us at the AGM on Wednesday 18 November. A lot of work goes into maintaining the high standards we have come to expect at ARTC and this newsletter is designed to reflect all that goes on behind scenes to make this happen.

As we move towards the winter months, we are keen to ensure the courts are well used whenever possible. Not only is this a good form of exercise for us all but greater play also improves the court surface by shifting the sand around and therefore improving drainage. By discounting winter subscriptions, we also aim to promote health and well-being in what threatens to be a challenging time for us all. The safety of all our members is a priority and that is why we have included a detailed Covid 19 update at the end of this newsletter. As a club, we understand the importance of being flexible and responsive and know, that by all of us understanding and following the guidance, we can minimise risk.

Our top priority, however, is to encourage enjoyment and participation in tennis at all levels. So, even though the winter months are on the horizon, I hope we can all get a chance to use the courts and blow away some indoor cobwebs. Enjoy!

Tennis News

As a committee we are keen to promote new initiatives that encourage greater participation at all levels. With this in mind, we are currently developing a Welcome Package for new members.

We are also exploring the possibilities of creating a Buddy System, where existing members can support and mentor new members and introduce them to a wider network within the club. Some new members may want to play social tennis, others may opt for coaching and game play whilst others may prefer a partner to hit with. We hope we can match new members with existing players. This exciting initiative will be on the agenda at the next committee meeting on 14.10.20.

On our website we have a section under ‘History’ that’s well worth a read. It details the effort and enthusiasm that went into founding ARTC over 40 years ago, charting the vision of founder members and the evolution of the club. It highlights that the emphasis on providing a local community asset has always been at the heart of the club and demonstrates how important it is to be able to respond to changing community needs; something with particular resonance at the moment.

Adult Coaching (By Pauline Belt)

Appleton Roebuck fell in luck when top coach Rob Jones moved to the village a few years ago and soon became a member of our club. Making the most of this opportunity we invited Rob to provide group coaching for adults on Monday evenings. These sessions soon became hugely popular through Rob's extraordinary talent of being able to relate to members of all ages and from beginners to experienced league players. Not only does Rob teach new skills, they are fun and a great place to meet other members.

There are currently two sessions available from the beginning of April to the end of September;
1) Development Group 5-6pm - ideal for beginners, rusty rackets or social tennis
2) League level coaching 6-7pm - ideal for those playing in league competitions

Sessions include practice drills and learning new tactics for doubles play. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, the coaching was very limited this year. However, we sincerely hope to be back to normal next year and the sessions will begin in April 2021. An email will be sent to all members in March asking those to register their interest.

Rob is also available for private coaching. If you would like any further information, please contact me on O7981 41976O.

Junior Coaching (By Chris Howat)

Junior coaching is organised by Matt Ward, founder and head coach of “I Can Play Tennis.” He has a team of LTA accredited coaches, providing coaching at a number of clubs in the York area.

We had planned to start the 2020 season with a Juniors’ Open Day in the Spring, followed by a programme of coaching across all the junior age groups. Sadly, the Coronavirus lockdown and subsequent restrictions put a stop to all of this.

However, following up on some enquiries from parents, there is currently a six week block of Mini Red coaching taking place for 4-7 year olds on Monday afternoons at 4-5pm. Eight children are very much enjoying their first taste of tennis with Eddie Fothergill, one of Matt’s team of coaches. We had hoped to run another session for 8-11 yr olds after this, but due to insufficient interest/clashes with other activities, this is not possible at the moment.

Following a discussion with Matt, we are now planning to hold the Juniors’ Open Day in Spring 2021, as a forerunner to offering coaching across all age groups, from Mini Red to Teen Tennis (age 11+) after the Easter holidays. There will be more information on this at a later date.

If anyone has any queries about junior tennis or would like information about how to access the current coaching programme where there are up to 4 places available, please don’t hesitate to contact me at quentin.howat@gmail.com or on 01904 744396.

Ladies Saturday Social Tennis (By Julia Campbell)

Ladies Social Tennis has started up again, subject to government & LTA guidelines.  It’s open to any lady in the Club, any ability and runs from 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoons.  There has been great enthusiasm for the first two weeks and hopefully this will continue.

We would love to welcome any new lady members - come and meet us all.  The order of play mixes the players around every 4 - 6 games, so you are guaranteed to play with lot of different members. Contact me to join the WhatsApp group or for further information. We’d love you to come & join us!

Men's Winter League (By Dave Luscombe)

The Men's Winter League is due to start at the end of October. York Tennis Club are currently getting the list of teams together and will hopefully be updating us soon with the fixtures. Matches are played fortnightly at York Tennis Club, Clifton Park, normally on Tuesday evening under floodlights. If you would like to find out more contact me via info@artc.org.uk

Court Maintenance (By Richard Barwick)

This year following the success of the rejuvenation process we had done on Court 3 in September 2019, we decided to have a similar process to Courts 1 & 2. This was accomplished over 3 days in June. Using specialist machinery most of the sand infill is extracted using high pressure blowers, the courts are then cleaned and any repairs done and finally new clean sand is spread onto the courts. It takes about a month of playing before the sand is bedded in and the courts are playing at their best. Although the cost is expensive, at just under £10k for all 3 courts, it is considerably cheaper than having the courts replaced and provides an ‘as new’ performance. Feedback from members has been positive.

It is 9 years since these courts were installed and at that time we expected to have to renew after 10 to 12 years. As we can have the rejuvenation process repeated in years to come, we should be able to delay the very expensive renewal process for many years. Good news for club finances!

Now it is Autumn we are of course finding lots of leaves being deposited on the courts. Can I ask all members to clear these off by using the green plastic drag mat which hangs near the entrance from Court 2 onto Court 3? It takes about 10 minutes to clear a court, so arriving a few minutes earlier before your game should enable you to do it. The downside of leaving the leaves on the court is that they will break down into the sand and block the drainage. The courts will become slippy and not play as well as they do now. Hand sanitiser is to be provided on the courts to allow you to do this safely.

Health And Safety (By Kath Temple)

At ARTC we take the health and safety of all members extremely seriously. In the next weeks you will notice that hand sanitisers will be installed at the court gates and between courts 2 and 3. As part of our regularly updated risk assessments, that are displayed in the clubhouse window, we refer to the latest Covid guidelines issued by the LTA.

Currently, we are working on establishing a procedure for dealing with any members who test positive for Covid 19. This is ongoing and will be reviewed at the next committee meeting on Wednesday 14 October.

Membership (By Steve Temple)

It has been an exciting time for attracting new members and we are delighted to welcome 21 Adult members, 11 Families and 5 Juniors since March 2020. New members talk about looking forward to having an easily accessible tennis venue on their doorstep, a chance to access different levels of play as well as an opportunity to pick up tennis again after not playing for a while. Our focus on developing a comprehensive New Members Welcome Package is an additional support to help new members find an enjoyable level of tennis within ARTC.

Schedule of Committee Meetings (By Kath Temple)

The last committee meeting was on Wednesday 18 September and the next committee meeting will be on Wednesday 14 October. If you have any items for the agenda you can raise them via a committee member or email info@artc.org.uk by 7 October to guarantee inclusion.

Member Feedback (By Kath Temple)

We are always keen to hear from members in order to evaluate and explain what is happening in the club. It can help clarify situations and prompt discussion at committee meetings. For example, since my September letter we have enquiries about coaching and inclusion which have informed our last committee meeting. All comments received get an individual response. So, if there is something you would like to suggest or raise email info@artc.org.uk

NOTICE OF AGM (By Geoff Bullock)

To be held virtually on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 7.30pm
Zoom conferencing (free to use) details will be emailed to members one month before the meeting.

What Happens At The AGM? (By Kath Temple)

The purpose of the meeting is to elect the Officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and committee for the following year.
The Club constitution states:
"the management of the club should be carried out by a committee of not less than 5 and not more than 9 members and, in addition, a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
The quorum for a committee meeting shall be 6 (including officials) and the quorum for the Annual General Meeting … shall be 10 members."

Currently, we have 8 members on the committee and 3 Officers. We meet about 5 times a year and since lockdown we have been doing this remotely. Committee responsibilities are varied and important to the future of the club and each committee member is encouraged to take responsibility for a specific area.
If you are interested in playing an active part in your club’s development, a simple nomination at the AGM is your first step. It’s an exciting opportunity to invest in in a great local asset. (Nomination forms will be sent out with the Zoom details)

Covid-19 Update (By Suzanne Webb)

This is a summary of the changes found in the ‘Guidance for Tennis Venues in England COVID-19: RETURN TO PLAY Version 5.2’ which was published on 23.9.20.
- As a COVID-19 secure venue, all venues should have in place a process for how they would handle a case of someone testing positive. Venues should refer to the Test & Trace section below, and can find information on how to approach cleaning for such instances on the Government website.
- Restrictions on group numbers vary depending on if the activity is informal social play or an  organised group activity.
- Organised group activity (as detailed below) is defined as being an activity organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, where in all cases organiser must conduct a risk assessment and take all reasonable steps to limit transmission of the coronavirus by reference to that risk assessment and all relevant COVID-19 Secure guidance.

Informal Social Play
- For informal social play, group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law. This means you can play tennis providing people only meet up with no more than 5 other people from different households and observe social distancing guidelines.

- People should not go to a tennis venue socially in groups of more than six.

Organised Group Activity - Outdoors
- The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted as an exception to the limit of six, provided the activity is in accordance with the COVID-19 Secure guidelines published by the LTA for venues, coaches, players and competitions. The Government has made it clear that organised larger group tennis activity is only permitted where this is the case.

- Any organised larger group tennis activity is only permitted subject to a thorough risk assessment and event delivery plan, taking into consideration the relevant LTA and Government guidance, and where clear and appropriate risk mitigation measures are in place.

- When participating in any tennis activity indoors or outdoors, participants must not mingle in groups of more than six before and after the activity, while maintaining social distancing with those from another household at all times. If an organiser is not able to ensure this (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such events should not take place.

- Attendees must avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group they are with, even if they see other people they know, at all times during their visit.

- Larger group sessions may need to utilise multiple full-size courts in order to maintain social distancing, depending on the local environment and risk assessment. Where space and number of courts available is limited, then based on your risk assessment only smaller group sessions may be possible.

- For outdoors activity, the LTA recommends no more than 12 players on one full-size tennis court and surrounding areas at any one time, in order to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all times. Most tennis sessions will have far fewer than this number per court, but a scenario where this might apply is red stage tennis for children.

- All venues should produce detailed risk assessments and event delivery plans taking into account these factors.

- For children, organised tennis activity including coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 15 children (plus coach(es), in line with guidance from the Department of Education on out of school settings.

You can find the links to the latest LTA guidance for Venues and Players in full on our website.

July, August & September 2019

Welcome to the end of season round-up of tennis news from your local tennis club for the 2019 season.

What a turbulent and unpredictable summer it has been! Teams have been on tenterhooks not knowing whether they will win, remain or leave their respective divisions. Matches have gone to the wire and captains have been tearing their hair out trying to arrange postponed matches before the deadline of 1 September. It has, indeed, been challenging for all concerned!

Mixed Teams' News

The first team have had a good season, finishing third in Division 4. They only just missed being promoted to Division 3 by 1 point. Hard luck to all team members who achieved great results at a high standard of tennis. A special well done to Pauline Belt (Captain) and Dave Luscombe who achieved an average of 7.6 in their matches.

The second team have had a great season achieving promotion from Division 6 to Division 5. In a closely fought division, 6 points separated the top 3 clubs. Appleton Roebuck (22 points) came second to Sutton on Derwent (24 points). Special mention must go to Emma Cashmore and Geoff Bullock, who achieved a magnificent average of 9.6 in their matches. An exciting 2020 beckons!

The third team went to the wire in their efforts to stay in Division 9. Nerves were frayed in the last 2 weeks where every point of every game counted. Incredibly, they've managed not only to stay up, but actually come third, which was a lovely surprise to all involved. As rearranged games went into August, many regular players were unavailable, so a big thanks to everyone who played for the third team this season.

The fourth team had a brilliant season winning their division by a convincing margin of 5 points; they won 10 of their 12 games. Congratulations to Amber Steel and Gary Carpenter who achieved an excellent average of 8.3 games. Interestingly, it means that the fourth team will join in third team in Division 6 next season. Pity the Selection Committee, who will have tricky decisions to make next year!

Men's Team News

At the time of going to press both teams still have 1 game to play. Current stats show that the first team are likely to finish mid-table but, unfortunately, the second team are destined for relegation to Division 6. Well done to everyone who has turned out for both teams and shown commitment and enthusiasm despite the odds being stacked against them towards the end of the season. Stand out performances came from Geoff Bullock who received 77.9 points in the first team and Andy Cossins who scored 50.5 points for the second team.

Ladies' Team News

Congratulations to the second team who are celebrating promotion to Division 6! Considering that this time last year we had no second team, this is a remarkable achievement largely due to the drive and determination of Julia Campbell who has organised a regular team that has delivered great results. Well done to Pauline Connolly who has achieved a personal average of 8.5 games. Unfortunately, the first team has not been as successful and have been relegated to Division 5 despite a lot of battling and determination to do their very best. Hopefully, regrouping in a lower division next season will provide an opportunity to re-establish a winning formula for 2020. Well done to Judy Marriot who has achieved an excellent average of 9.0 games.

Junior News

It's been encouraging to see a new generation of tennis players practising over the summer holidays. They have organised their own Whatsapp group and had a lot of fun honing their skills. A big thank you to our Junior coach, Chris Howat and, of course, the parents who support and ferry the budding talents to and from the courts.

Coaching News

Pauline Belt has worked tirelessly throughout the season to promote all the positive aspects of adult coaching at both beginner and experienced level. She has a regular 'Development Group' who meet on Mondays at 6pm, before Rob Jones coaches players who play in more competitive settings. A regular text goes out every Monday confirming that coaching is available. Many thanks to Pauline for organising and sustaining this throughout the season.

Autumn thoughts…

As the nights draw in and the wind blows cold and the trees take on their autumnal hue, our thoughts inevitably turn towards darker days. We may be tempted to feel a little sad about the passing of the summer and what lies ahead. BUT do not despair! Remember:

  • - There's Ladies' Social Tennis throughout the winter on Saturday afternoons- a great way to exercise in a friendly atmosphere.
  • - A Men's Winter League runs throughout the winter season playing under floodlights at York.
  • - There's a weekly Wednesday afternoon club session when the weather permits.
  • - The Christmas Cracker Tennis Competition is held before Christmas- a fun event for all abilities (as long as you wear a Christmas jumper)!
  • - Court 3 will be refurbished at the end of September and will withstand all weathers better.
  • - The AGM and election of Officers will take place in November, which is a great chance to get involved in the running of the club at a variety of levels.
  • - The Presentation Evening.

And finally, some 'philosophical' tennis thoughts…

'Life, you know, is made up of joys and sorrows. We must all overcome obstacles, make compromises and confront our fears and failures. Tennis can, I believe, help us navigate the many ups and downs of life. The constant training and commitment that is required by sport involves great sacrifice and perseverance, and that carries over into the way we live our everyday lives.
As tennis players we are constantly trying to improve our games and ourselves. We are always reflecting on our mistakes, goals and desires. We experience many different stresses – both mental and physical – and try to overcome them as best we can.
We are also always comparing ourselves to our opponents, something which can be disheartening. Sometimes, even the weather or other conditions seem to conspire against you. In tennis, nobody gives you anything – everything is earned through sweat and toil.
We must always be ready for anything and everything and be willing to adapt to any circumstance. Being flexible and willing to adapt to the many stresses of modern life is very important, and the same is true in tennis. Each match is different and the rhythm of play is constantly changing.
You must quickly adapt to what your opponent is doing and remaining in control is a constant struggle and challenge. No matter how much encouragement or training you have received, on the court you are on your own.'
Article from Tennis World 2011

And you thought it was just a simple game of tennis?!? Have a great winter season!

June 2019

Welcome to the second round-up of tennis news from your local tennis club for the 2019 season which has so far been rather wet and cold, with several cancelled games. It's definitely been a month to follow the Yorkshire adage, 'Cast not a clout 'til May is out!' – in other words don't take off your vest until the end of May; thermal vests and handwarmers have still been making an appearance! It's also given team captains a headache as they valiantly rearrange matches and check for availability. But, fingers crossed, it'll be a warmer and sunnier June.

Planning is well underway for our 40th anniversary celebration on Sunday 30 June and by the time you read this there will only be a few weeks to go. The format for the day is:

10am   Denis Hudson Tournament
1pm   Presentation, including cake cutting and toasts
    BBQs ready for cooking your own food
2pm   Adult and junior tournament (you don't need to be related)
    Drawing of the raffle
    Fun activities on the theme of 40 and Ruby (the 40th anniversary colour)

Throughout the day we will be running a raffle and we have already had some fabulous prizes donated due to the 'persuasive' powers of committee members! We would love as many people as possible to come along, whatever the weather. It promises to be a great event, one which can't be repeated. So, don't miss out!

Congratulations to Pauline Belt and Gary Payne who won first harlequin tournament of the season on 14 April. (A harlequin tournament is when all players switch partners every game and carry forward individual scores culminating in a final between the highest scoring men and women.) In a close fought final with Emma Cashmore and Tom Shouksmith, Pauline and Gary held their nerve and won the trophy. Despite a chill in the wind, all the players stayed to watch an entertaining match. Well done to all the finalists and those that helped them reach the final.

Coaching sessions continue and are getting rave reviews from all who attend. It's a great opportunity to tweak aspects of play, by a local coach who coaches at a number of tennis clubs. It's a fun and relaxed environment and caters for non-league and league players, so why not check our website for further details and come along? Visit our www.artc.org.uk for further information.

We are continually looking for new members for the club and have been delighted by an increase in adult membership since our recruitment drive last month. Thank you to all the committee members who posted fliers through your doors to nudge potential members into joining. However, there are still tennis players out there who maybe can't find the time at the moment. Rest assured, when you can we would love to hear from you. We play tennis throughout the year and you can join at any time. We're only an email away!

Finally, if you're looking for an outdoor sport to keep you fit, tennis is the one to choose as:
1. People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause.
2. Tennis players score higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem, while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes.
3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.
4. Tennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.
5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or cycling.
6. Playing tennis offers a potential 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular heart disease and also lowers blood pressure.

And it's all on your doorstep! Why not give it a go?

May 2019

Welcome to the first round-up of tennis news from your local tennis club for the 2019 season. Over the next few months we will bring you news of upcoming events, summaries of results and any other information to encourage you to pick up a racquet and join in the fun.

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the club, and to celebrate this we are having a 'Festival of Tennis' on Sunday 30 June. It will include a tournament in the morning (The Denis Hudson Tournament) which is open to all adult members, a presentation at 1pm to include refreshments and BBQ, and a Parent-Child Competition from 2pm. Running alongside this will be fun activities with the theme of 40. It will be an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Visit www.artc.org.uk for updates and pencil the date into your diary.

Currently, the Selection Committee is busy organising teams and matches for the coming season and, as you may be aware, we are having a recruitment drive to increase the pool of players they can draw on. We need players for all levels, so if you might be interested in joining and are not yet a member we would love to hear from you. It really is a great way for families and friends to keep fit in a beautiful setting on well- maintained courts.

Coaching sessions have begun. Adults can hone their skills on Monday evenings and Junior coaching will begin in June. Junior coaching is split into 3 age categories: Years 1,2,3; Years 4,5,6 and Secondary age pupils AND you don't have to be a member to join these sessions. So, it's a great opportunity to ditch the computer and get active!

Here's looking forward to sunny days, filled with tennis fun.

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