Club News 17th July 2020

Posted by Mary Bartlett on 17 July 2020

16/07/2020

Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club
Club News - Coronavirus update and other news
Coronavirus Update - New Requirements and Club Night News!

The LTA issued updated guidance and instructions for tennis venues on 13th July. The Committee have assessed how we can safely apply them for members, staff and guests. The new requirements for members, coaches or guests attending GMLTC are as follows (bear with me, this bit's quite long but important!):

1. Members and guests need to be aware that undertaking any activity, including tennis, has the potential for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. The club asks that attendees read the Government’s guidance on staying safe outside your home.

2. Anyone attending the club 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 come to the club if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19. These are currently recognised as any of the following: high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.

3. If anyone who has played at the club develops symptoms of COVID-19, you need to follow the Government’s ‘Test and Trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website

4. To support NHS Test and Trace, the club now has to keep a temporary record of all those on site for 21 days. This will assist the NHS Test and Trace process with requests for your contact data if a member or guest who has been to the club has a positive test. We need a way to tell Test & Trace not just who was on-site, but more importantly who members played with up to 3 weeks ago. Without resorting to a court booking system for all activity, the easiest and safest way for us all to do that is a two-part process:

PLEASE NOTE:
A) All members coming to the club must swipe their club card through the door entry reader by the main clubhouse door. The card reader will show a green light and the door will click. You do not need to go into the clubhouse. Make sure you have the card strip facing toward the grass court and that you see the green light and hear the click. Please keep your social distance if waiting to swipe your card. We will then have a record of who was on-site on any given date to be compliant with government Test & Trace requirements.

If you need a new club card contact Mary at membership@gmltc.com.

B) Members are asked to personally note who they played with and thus were in close proximity to when at the club. This will help Test & Trace track down all possible contacts of a member(s) who has tested positive. You might find it helpful to add who you played with to your calendar or keep a note book in your tennis bag. Please do your part in this way to help us all keep the lid on coronavirus and avoid a new spike.

If you are coming to the club to do only coaching then CT will have a record of your attendance via their app so you will not need to also swipe your card.

5. Club Nights / Mix-Ins: the Government has confirmed that club nights and competitions can now restart outdoors, provided that venues follow guidance to ensure that they are COVID-19 secure and using "long social distancing" guidelines (staying 2m apart). We are therefore restarting the day time organised tennis and Ladies Night on a Monday, Mens Night on a Tuesday and Mixed Night on a Thursday from next Monday, and "Easy Like" from this Sunday. Whether these are Doodle sign ups to specific slots, or Doodles for "who's coming down?" or scheduled 8's or 12's on certain days, mix-ins are now allowed. Please keep to the 2m social distancing on court and when waiting to a mix in.

Club Nights start from 6pm and have priority over court use until 9pm except for the top two acrylics, Courts 17 and 18. These are available for "turn up and play" for those not participating in Club Night. Of course other courts can also be used but Club Night participants have priority. Please be considerate to all!

MIke Doran will be discussing Junior Night with Chris Graham to determine how and when we can restart. The LTA now allow groups of up to 15 juniors, but we need to determine how to safely do this in a Junior Night format.

6. The Clubhouse will remain closed except for access to the toilets. Friday morning coffee and cake and the evening bar service will continue to be available through the bi-fold doors. We do not think it is possible yet to open up the clubroom for indoor service, resolve operational challenges / covid requirements and keep everyone safe. We will keep this under review.

Finally, can members please NOT move the benches back onto the courts! The LTA require us to remove all court furniture to help reduce risk of transmission from surfaces. Please leave them where they have been put. By all means bring your deck chair if you want a seat between sets! Additional hand sanitiser has been put on the block of three clay courts - one of the bottles had disappeared...

I am aware that only ~ 50% of members read our newsletters so please spread the word and ask your fellow players if they have swiped their card before playing.

If you have any questions or comments on the above please contact me, Neil, on neil1miller@aol.com or 07771 660343.

Summer Tennis Camps are GO with Challenge Tennis!

That's right, you heard it here first, Tennis has been given the green light to have larger numbers on court. As a result, we are able to run our hugely popular Summer Tennis Activity Camps from the 27th July.

However, spaces have to be more limited than usual to allow for Covid-19 precautions, so don't delay, reserve your space as soon as possible. We're also offering discounts if you book for the whole week!

All our Camps, as well as the regular sessions for Juniors and Adults, are live as of now and will be operating on a first come, first serve basis. Either download the CT app or follow the link below to book your space.

Happy Hitting!



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Court Improvements

Courts 11, 12 and 13 Re-Surfacing Project
The March AGM approved the plan to re-surface Courts 11, 12 and 13 (our block of 3 tarmac courts) with Lano Grand Clay. Due to the coronavirus situation we decided to defer the decision to start this project until we had re-opened and had the chance to assess our financial position and forecast our cash flow to next May.

We have £168k cash in the bank at the moment due to better than expected member renewal and good new member recruitment. With the investment of £64k in this project and cautious expectations for income and operating cost and loan repayment outlays over the next 11 months, we expect to maintain a £50k cash reserve through the next 11 months. This has given us the confidence needed and the Committee have decided to go ahead with this improvement project in the autumn.

Our contractor, Chiltern Sports, are planning to commence the project in mid-October and complete within 2 weeks. We will have some disruption to usual floodlit club nights / member usage during this period but it will be worth the disruption to have all 6 floodlit courts playable in all weather.

Courts 17 and 18
Chiltern Sports have completed the work on these courts to repair the cracks and resolve the puddle problem. The courts will be open for use from this Monday, 20th July. Please remember to wear non-marking tennis shoes on these courts and sweep water and any debris or bird poop off before you play.

Many thanks to Andy Rasmussen who has overseen the work and negotiations on both these court developments. Great job Andy!

Neil's Note

Hello all

It has been wonderful to see the club so busy since we reopened and gradually return to near normal. We are now at 526 members and many are taking the opportunity to play more frequently.

We have tried to be responsive to the LTA Coronavirus changes as they have come through and apply them in the best interests of us all and the wider community. The latest instructions, as detailed above, require you to do your part in swiping your door card every time you come to play and taking a note of who you played with. These two measures will require an extra effort by all of us but are not optional or discretionary!

I am pleased we can move ahead with the Courts 11,12 and 13 resurfacing work this autumn. That should avoid the risk of having to pay to have them re-tarmacked before laying the artificial clay surface next year should they deteriorate further over the winter. Once that project is done we will probably pause for a year or two to build up reserves again.

While our club finances are reasonable at the moment we do need to increase our non-membership income from, for example, bar and coffee / cake sales over the summer and into the winter. Please support the club if you are at the club when these services are being offered and help in a small way with a purchase. Every little helps! If you know any pilates or yoga teachers looking for a venue do let Doug Roberson (djrobertson@talktalk.net) know. Once indoor gyms / studios are allowed to open in a covid-secure way we would like to add some clubroom rental hours to increase our income. Our two long-term teachers, Candice (Pilates) and Leticia (Vinyasa Flow Yoga) plan to re-start lessons at the club the week commencing 7th September.

I hope you enjoy your tennis!

Neil
neil1miller@aol.com
07771 660343

 
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