Play Safe at Brentwood

WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

October 2020

Anyone attending a venue (including players, coaches, staff and any other visitors), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home.


We now have a NHS Covid-19 QR code to support NHS Test & Trace. These are positioned at the clubhouse entrance and on the gate to each court as an A4 poster.


The clubhouse is now partially open. Those booking Court 1 after dark will be allowed access to use the floodlights only. The toilets will be open only for organised club activities and matches. Masks must be worn at all times indoors. See below for further details.




New Lockdown & Project Brentwood Rules


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 five 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. 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.

 

The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights/socials and competitions is permitted as an exception to the limit of six.

 

Play

Singles - Members are able to play singles tennis with another player outside of their household provided the LTA guidelines are strictly followed.

Doubles - You can play with all 4 people from different households - following all social distancing rules.

Weekend Family Members can play from Friday 4pm - Sunday 1pm. This membership does not entitle any of the named adults to play with other adults alone. Play is as a family only. Remember the rule of six if arranging to play wth another family. Max 6 on court.

Coaching - please contact Ben Howarth Tennis Coaching for individual & group coaching.

 


Code of Conduct

Please be respectful of our club, the courts and equipment. 

The refurbishment of the clubhouse, the resurfacing of the courts and new floodlights is for the benefit and enjoyment of all our members.

 

If you see anyone using the facilities incorrectly or damaging anything please ask them politely not to and contact one of the members of the committee (details below). The club belongs to its members please play your part in caring for it. 

 

Court Bookings

Players MUST book their court via the ClubSpark website or on the ClubSpark Booker App

If you have not booked a court online before, you must register with ClubSpark and create a password the first time you book.

  • The member who books the court must keep a note of who played for 21 days - this is to adhere to the

    NHS Test & Trace requirements 

  • If you are happy playing on adjacent courts please book these. This will allow those who need more distance to be able to book the single courts (1 & 2)

  • Members can book slots of 30 minutes up to a maximum of 90mins

  • One booking per session - Please do not book 90 minutes and your friend book the next 90mins 

  • Only 3 bookings per week per member

  • Please do not book your session only leaving a 30min slot between the previous or next booking - this is a waste of unbookable playing time

  • Nobody will be allowed to play without a booking - under any circumstances

  • If a booking on clubspark has no name against it - it will be cancelled


Court Guidelines

A4 sheets are displayed on the court gates & garage door as a reminder of some of the rules but please familiarise yourself with the LTA Guidance for Tennis Players. All LTA guidelines for safe play/court etiquette must be followed.


  • All Public Health guidelines on hygiene must be adhered to Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

  • Bring your own sanitiser - Use alcohol gel/wipes after touching any padlocks, court gates, fences, benches, etc, and avoid doing so where possible

  • Maintain social distancing at all times (2m rule) Staying alert and safe 

  • Bring your own personal marked tennis balls - if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing

  • Avoid using your hands

    to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or adjacent court

  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

  • When entering courts 5/6 wait for an appropriate time and cross at the back of the court for access (i.e. the end of a point) and allow those on court to move and give you space

  • Courts must be vacated immediately

    at the end of your session. This will ensure we don't have an overlap with people waiting around or create unsafe spaces for players and passing pedestrians 

  • Please be considerate to other club members and members of public when entering and leaving the court

  • broom will be left on court 1&2. Please sweep up if there are leaves etc on court. Remember to sanitise your hands!

  • Nets will be checked regularly & ready for play to minimise the need to touch equipment

  • No bikes or buggies or pets are allowed on court

  • Please wear the appropriate non-marking footwear

  • Come dressed to play as the changing rooms are not in use

  • Lock the courts after you have finished


 

Supervision/Spectators

Guardian (non-participant) or carer attendance is permitted and is not counted as part of the maximum group size, but should be off court and limited to one per child where possible. Spectator groups (parents) must be spread out, in line with wider government social distancing guidance.

 

Visitors

We are happy to allow adult visitors. This will follow the usual allowance of 6 visits per visitor per year. Please familiarise your visitor with our current rules in full before they play. A visitor may only play singles with one member OR as part of a doubles four with at least one member. As a reminder visitor's fees are £3. Due to the current situation we request these be paid into the club account, details as follows:

  • Sort Code: 20-76-89

  • Account No: 00392901

  • Ref: Your name and "Visitor Fee"

Along with your payment, please send an email to Dee our Membership Secretary (d_hendra@msn.com) stating your name, the name of the visitor, date of play and confirmation that the payment has been made. Visitors must be ‘signed in’ as part of the club’s legal policy and insurance requirements.


Junior Visitors

No junior visitors at present. This will be reviewed once lockdown has finished.

 

Clubhouse

The clubhouse is now partially open. Our kitchen and lounge area are still closed. The bar is closed.

Masks must be worn indoors at all times.

You may enter the clubhouse to:

  • Use the toilets during club organised events/socials and league matches. One person at a time in the changing room / toilet. Please wait outside the clubhouse until free.

  • If First Aid is required, the box & folder are to be found in the kitchen, on the wall, left of the sink. There's some further guidance from St John Ambulance regarding first aid during Covid-19

Bring all you need, water, your own tennis rackets, tennis balls, mask and hand sanitiser. 

Keys are available to purchase at cost price £5 contact Jan Atkins jan.h.atkins@gmail.com 


Floodlights


Court 1 is now available to book for floodlight use  £1 = 20mins.



Clubhouse & court maintenance



If you notice anything broken, damaged or missing at the club please contact Denise Milnes

denisemilnes@live.co.uk



If you are aware of anybody not following the rules please let a committee member know asap. If the rules are not adhered to we will have to close the courts to all members. 



 
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