The S & D League fixtures for the Mens and Midweek Mixed teams until the end of June have been released today , the 5th April. The Fixtures page on this site has now been updated as has the Calendar. All the fixtures can also be seen on the S & D website at www.sdlta.org.uk
Mens matches start on the 24th April and Midweek Mixed matches on the 27th April.
Don’t forget to report your visit to the courts to Sandra Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org or by text on 07870 768895) each time you play, the day that you played, who you played with and the arrival time.
The LTA has issued updated guidance for both players and LTA registered venues. Links to the guidance can be found below or on the Home page and members should familairise themselves with the guidance as soon as possible.
The Club’s Weekly programme of events, which can now be seen on a News Item on the website, shows a Match training/Preparation sessions on Wednesday evening to be held on those weeks when there is no Works League match. These sessions will not be for just playing sets of doubles. They will be an opportunity to practice different shots, match scenarios, positioning etc for those who are interested in playing matches.
The Works League fixtures have now been released – look on the Fixtures page for full details of matches for this summer. S& D LTA fixtures for the Mixed and Men’s leagues will be added as soon as they are released.
Our coaching sessions will resume on Monday the 12th April 2021. A Junior session will run from 6 – 7 pm and an Adult (Members only) session from 7 – 8 pm. Fees will be £3:00 for Juniors and £4:00 for adults. The sessions will be arranged in blocks of four weeks and fees will be paid by bank transfer to the club’s bank account. Full details of how to pay will be provided at the first session.
The coach will once again be Alister Jackson-Wright who has been helping us for some years now and is a very popular coach with both juniors and adults.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) have issued an update on the current plans for attendance at the 2021 Wimbledon championships. There will be no ticket ballot. The update on the LTA website is as follows:
The AELTC have said that, given the current guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities, the most likely outcome is a reduced capacity tournament, and they are doing all they can to remain as flexible as possible in their ticket distribution for this year’s Championships. This will allow them to react to a potential increase or decrease in ticket capacity ahead of and during the Wimbledon fortnight.
For the same reasons and because we are unsure of the ultimate spectator capacity of The Championships and therefore the number of tickets that will be available to the LTA and whether the event capacity will vary closer to the event, we have decided not to hold an LTA Advantage Wimbledon Ballot this year.
However, we continue to work closely with the AELTC to ensure an allocation of tickets will be available to eligible LTA Advantage Members. We anticipate these tickets will be made available online in June and we will be in touch with more information as soon as we are able to. Our approach is to retain maximum flexibility in order to react quickly to any change in circumstances.
We are also continuing to work on plans for our own LTA events this summer and will ensure Advantage members are kept informed of ticket details for these as soon as they become available.
We thank you for your continued understanding and patience, in a year that presents unique and challenging circumstances for the staging of sporting events.
It is coming to the time for membership renewals. Tennis re-starts on the 29th March and the new membership year will start then rather than the 1st April. For ful details of the fees please go the the Membership page. You will see that fees have been raised from last year but will be just two thirds of the full fee that we would usually charge. Weare hoping that much more tennis in the next year than this last one and the new fees still represent really good value for money.
We hope that last year’s new members re-join and that we can enjoy an uninterrupted year of tennis. Keep an eye out for updates on the restrictions that may be in force at the start of the season and the club will endeavour to update members on any changes as soon as we have them.
A Safeguarding policy and a Diversity and Inclusion policy are key requirements for the club in order to meet the LTA status of a Registered Venue.
The club aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all adults and children have a positive and enjoyable experience of tennis at Ridgeway Tennis Club in a safe and inclusive environment.
The Club’s new Welfare Officer is Bernie Highfeld who has reviewed the Club’s existing policies and has produced new versions of each which have been accepted and approved by the Club’s Management Committee. They can be found by going to the Safeguarding and Diversity and Inclusion policies page where there is a link to the policies and the Welfare Officer poster. All members should familiarise themselves with them. Copies will be posted on the noticeboard in the club pavilion.