Following the Goveernment announcement on the 4th January, the LTA has issued a notice that all courts, both indoor and outdoor courts, should close immediately. The full guidance will be updated in the next day or so.
The LTA has again issued revised guidance for tennis venues and players. These can be found by clicking on the links on the Home page. Also there is an updated Summary Grid of activity allowed by Tier. Ridgeway, as part of North East Derbyshire has been placed in Tier 4 and members must be aware of the restrictions placed on them.
On behalf of the Committe we wish all our members have the best possible Christmas and New Year that they can have in the current circumstances. Like the rest of the country we hope that 2021 is better than this year although we obviously still face a challenging few months at least.
The LTA have update their guidance as a result of the imposition of Tier 4 restrictions imposed in the South East. There is now a new summary grid and associated guidance. This does not affect the restrictions the club is currently operating under but really sets out how seriously everyone has to take the current situation, whatever tier we are in.
The club has completed the re-registration process with the LTA to maintain its status as an official LTA approved tennis venue. The club has met all the requirements to continue membership until September 2021. This year’s process was delayed in September due to issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are a nuumber of benefits attached to the LTA membership that covers both members and club.such as public liability insurance, access for British Tennis members at the club to opt in to the Wimbledon ballot process, support for LTA events uch as the Great British Tennis Weekend, access to grants etc. More details can be found at: Benefits of registration
The Club’s AGM was held on Zoom on Tuesday the 24th November 2020. The club has a new Secretary in Sheila Goodwin, replacing Glyn and Julie Rudge who have been joint secretaries for many years. Alan and Ruth Firth also left the committee after many years of service. Club Chairman Mick Mason thanked all of them for their work on behalf of the club and members whilst on the committee. Julie Rudge is currently Welfare Officer and will retain that position until she will be replaced by Bernie Highfield. The club elected Tim Robinson and Bernie Highfield to the committee. The minutes can be seen by clicking on the link below.
The LTA has posted the latest guidance for the resumption of tennis on its website and is available via the link on the Home page. The good news is that tennis can resume from the 2nd December. It is also good news that the guidance does provide for those members who live in the South Yorkshire area to travel a short distance outside the area to play at their local club. All members MUST read the amended guidance BEFORE they play again at the club. (NB although both Sth Yorks and NE Derbyshire are in Tier 3 it is important to state that travel restrictions generally still apply between areas and this allowance is an exemption to the general rule).
They will need to do the pre-visit health self assessment, bring their own hand sanitisers, follow all the social distancing rules etc that are set out in the guidance and inform Sandra Bennett of your visit for the purpose of meeting the Test and Trace requirements.
Members will need to put a net out and store it away afterwards. The toilet will not be available. Also, reminder that there is likely to be junior football coaching on the courts on Thursday evening. In any event the floodlights are not available for tennis at night so play is limited to daylight hours during the week and at weekends.
The LTA has updated its website on the 25th with a grid of the impact of the tier system with effect from the 2nd December which sets out the guidance that clubs will have to follow once the Government gives details on Thurday the 26th November of which tier each area is allocated to. Further details will appear once the club considers the implications of that decision.
The S & D LTA has decided that the remaining Late Summer League fixtures will not be completed and the final table calculated using avaerage scores from the played matches.
The league tables for the Men’s League can be found via a news item on the S & D LTA wesbsite at www.sdlta.org.uk Ridgeway finished next to the bottom of Division 4.
Thanks to all those who took part in both Saturaday and midweek matches and to Danny, Ben and Glyn who between them dealt with team selection and team captain duties.
The club AGM will be held on Tuesday the 24th November 2020 at 7:00m pm via Zoom. The link to the meeting is below. Please take part if you can.
Meeting ID: 697 124 0062