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LTA statement 13th July 2020

Introduction of NHS Test and Trace

As a result of the LTA’s guidelines the club, as a Registered venue, has to introduce an NHS Test and Trace system. This is not optional.  Other guidance on safety and hygiene remain in force.
This Test and Trace system will come into effect as from Tuesday 21st July 2020.  This requires two things from every club member.
1. Pre- attendance sympton check

Anyone attending a venue (including players, coaches, staff and any other visitors), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home.  No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19, currently recognised as any of the following:-

·        A high temperature,

·        A new, continuous cough,

·        A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
 

2.  NHS TEST & TRACE

To support NHS Test and Trace, venues have to keep a temporary record of all those on site for 21 days, in a way that is manageable, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.

Therefore, as from Tuesday 21st July 2020 members must inform Sandra Bennett (sandrabennett100@yahoo.co.uk or by text on 07870 768895) each time they play, the day that they played, who they played with and the arrival time.

The committee has decided that for the immediate future there should be no guest players at the club.  This will simplify our collection of information to just that of members only.

 LTA Guidance 13th July 2020

Following updated guidance published by the Government for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has worked to develop an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches and players. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

Groups of up to 15 children are now possible for junior coaching, in line with updated guidance from Government on out of school settings. Adult group coaching remains limited to groups of 6. Updated guidance from Government also now means that clubs and venues can now host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity participation events such as club nights and competitions, as long as they follow guidance to ensure they are COVID-19 secure.

These guidelines apply to both tennis and padel, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines apply to England only, and have been produced to help venues, coaches and players operate in line with the Government guidance. The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full:

Guidance for tennis players

Guidance for tennis venues

Players are asked to be patient with venues and coaches as they take the necessary time to safely implement the guidelines in a way appropriate for their own circumstances.

Please be aware that members will be informed as soon as possible as to how these changes will affect the club’s activities.  This site will be updated when there is any change.  There is no booking system in place.  Players should arrange play with other members.

 

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Welcome to the new website of Ridgeway Tennis Club. 

This new site brings a fresh, more modern look to our website.  It is easier to navigate around than the previous one which has served us well since 2008.  The information is all relevant and will be added to whenever necessary.

I would like to thank two people for their help in developing this.  Firstly, to Peter Mason, who has done all the work on the background structure, the setting up of the site and transferring some of the basic information about the club and its history from the old site.  Secondly to Lindy Payling who works for Purplefish Creative Artwork who has kindly done the design of the club logo at the top of the site and the creative deisgn on the various posters etc you will see on this site, on the club’s Facebook page and club noticeboards.  I hope you like all these smart and eye-catching designs too.   I have completed all the other information on the site.

The site itself offers some new features:
Sidebar:  The sidebar has three features – Upcoming events, Recent News and BBC Tennis news (just click on any item for more information about the individual event or news).  By clicking on the words ‘BBC Tennis News‘ you will be taken to the Home page of BBC Sport page.  The sidebar is there on every page apart from the calendar.
Fixtures:  A dedicated Fixtures page lists all the fixtures for our competetive teams and you will see that the different leagues are colour coded.
Calendar:   All our main organised activities through the summer can be found on the Calendar page – matches, social tennis and coaching etc.  Simple to use and if you put the cursor over a calendar entry you will get some more information e.g. where there is a match, it will tell you where the match is and who the opponents are and start and approximate finish times.
Tournaments: There is a dedicated Tournaments page and all the draws will be accessible from this page once the draws have been made.
Links: There are various links through the site – on the Home page there is a link to the club’s Facebook page, and to Ridgeway Sports and Social Club.  On the Sidebar there is a link to the BBC Sport page by clicking on  BBC Tennis News and links to the four most recent tennis news item from the BBC Sport pages. a link to the S & D LTA site on the Fixtures page and a link to the LTA site on the LTA page.  There is also a link to Club Rackets on the Open Morning information in Upcoming events once you open the item up.
Mick Mason
Chair