Test and Trace system reminder

In view of the concerns in recent days over the increase in the Covid-19 infection rates it is right to remind members that they must report when they play at the courts to Sandra Bennett by either text or e-mail.  See the Home Page for full details.

S & D LTA League fixtures

The S & D LTA have released the list of fixtures that will be played during the late Summer and Autumn.   Details can be found on the Fixtures page.  Any club member who would like to be considered for any matches should contact one of the following – Ben Kay, Danny Lidster or Glyn Rudge.

Works League – first match result

The competetive season started on the 29th by Ridgeway hosting Swinden House in Div 1 of the Works League.  It was the visitors who claimed a win by winning on a games countback by 33 -24 after rubbers had been shared at 2-2.

Glyn Rudge and Steve Bramhall won both Ridgeway’s rubbers by beating the firsts by 9-8 on a tiebreak and then beat the seconds 9-6.  Ben Kay and Cliff Andrews lost their two rubbers by 3-9 against the second pair and 2-9 against the firsts.

Works League matches to start on 29th July

Works League fixtures are set to start on the 29th July 2020.

The Home matches in this league will commence on Wednesday the 29th July with a Works League home fixture.  Other dates for home fixtures are the 19th and 26th August.  Full details of matches can be found on the Fixtures page.  To remind all members these Works League matches will commence at 6:00 pm and the the courts will not be available from 5:45 pm on those Home match dates for social play.

S & D LTA Saturday fixtures are not known at the present time.

The calendar page will also be updated.

Hygiene at the tennis club

In addition to the previous standards of hygiene, cleaning etc expeceted of members the following two matters should be noted.

1. Hand sanitisers have now been put in the recesses at the top and bottom of the court. These will be re-filled as necessary.  These do nor repkace the previous guidnace, they are an addition.

2. There will be an emergency first aid kit placed in the net box at the top of the court.

3. The net should be left at the correct height when leaving the court instead of using the net winders.

NHS Test and Trace system introduced as from 21st July.

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.


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.


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.

Gate code

The tennis court gate code has been changed and all members will have recieved an e-mail with the new code.  Unfortunately, the previous code had been divulged to non-members.

LTA – latest update 13th July

The LTA has update its guidance again for both clubs and players.  Links to these can be found on the Home Page.  All members MUST read the Players Guidance.  The Club’s Committee will be considering the implications of the changes in the next few days and will notify members as soon as to how things will run for the rest of the summer season.

S & D LTA Fixtures postponed

The S & D LTA have announced today that the planned summer fixtures for 2020 have all been postponed until 2021.  However the Association says that it will try to plan fixtures for some competitive tennis to start End of August/early September and run through the Autumn and Winter, effectively replacing the usual Winter League.  The plan is for a Men’s and Mixed leagues on Saturdays and Ladies on Thursday nights.  The club have to indicate which leagues they want to compete in and how many teams they want to enter. The club will be asking members to indicate if they are prepared to play through this period and, if so, which format would they be prepared to play in.

LTA statement dated 1st July

The LTA have issued more guidance for clubs, players and coaches.  Members must familiarise themselves with these latest updates.  You can find the link to the Players Guidance and the Venues Guidance on the Home page.

One thing that hasn’t changed and that is the guidance on social distancing, hygiene and consideration at all times when playing or entering and leaving the courts.  You must let players leave your court before you enter to play.  See the guidance for details.