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Reopening of facilities – Phase 2
Following the Government statement on 29 May and updated advice from the relevant governing bodies, we are able to move on to the second phase of our reopening plan for both tennis and croquet. 
The key new point is that doubles play is now permitted with immediate effect, subject to the same booking and hygiene guidelines as singles play. Please note that toilet facilities remain closed and play is restricted to daylight hours.
Tennis members should read the latest LTA guidance for players before attending the Club: https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf

Guests and visitors
From today members will also be allowed to bring guests under the same rules as before the lockdown. The guest fee is £5 per person and must be registered and paid prior to attendance at the Club.
Therefore, please email me to confirm the date you are bringing your guest. Payment must be made online to: SLTCC, Co-op Bank, Sort code 08-92-99, Account number 65102590, Ref. Guest

Tennis Singles leagues
The internal leagues will start again from Saturday 6 June 2020. Please email me to confirm that you would like to play, and in what league. There is a Mixed singles league, Women’s only, and Off-peak league available.
The deadline for entry is Thursday 4 June 2020. You will not be included in the league automatically, even if you played previously!

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 29 May 2020

Published on May 29, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Croquet
The croquet lawn is planned to open for restricted play on Tuesday 2 June 2020. The playing conditions are very similar to those adopted for tennis, ie singles play only, social distancing, etc. The rules are posted around the Club for information.
The Croquet section welcomes any member who would like to come and try the sport. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a game of singles and I’ll put you in touch.

Tennis court bookings
Please make sure that you cancel any court bookings that you no longer require. Courts are at a premium at the moment. so it is disappointing to see empty courts which have been booked. These courts will still be included in your booking allowance, so it is in your interest to cancel too.

Guidelines and information
There may be further Government statements over the next few days regarding the easing of lockdown, so we will let you know if there are any updates to the current playing conditions. Please remember that, until such time as the Club informs you of changes, the current restrictions will remain in place and must be observed.
I’ll be at the Club this weekend on Friday 0800-1600, Saturday 0900-1600, and Sunday 0900-1600 for collection – ring the clubhouse doorbell for attention.

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 22 May 2020

Published on May 22, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Reminder… and the next steps
Remember, if we all stick to the safe play and social distancing guidelines, we may be able to relax the rules in early June to open up more facilities. If there are no major changes to current advice, we hope to restart the tennis singles leagues, open up the croquet lawn for restricted play, and allow members to bring a guest in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. 
However, I have had reports of members bringing guests – please remember that this is not permitted at present and courts are only for the use of members. Any member found in breach of the Club guidelines may have booking rights removed.
Here are the key points for safe play under the current restrictions – https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/venue/support-your-venue/documents/venue-poster—playing-tennis-during-lockdown.pdf

Recycaball
Obviously, the Club’s income is taking a significant hit during the lockdown. Although tennis courts are now open, all other facilities remain closed and the majority of coaching activity is not taking place.
Therefore, we are trying to find income where we can, and recycling old tennis balls is one area. If you have any balls that have gone flat during lockdown, please take the opportunity to recycle this weekend.
I’ll be at the Club on Friday 1600-2000, Saturday 0800-1600, and Sunday 0800-1600 for collection – ring the clubhouse doorbell for attention.

Squash building maintenance
The squash building roof has been in a sorry state for some time while we were determining the best course of action for both the building and the S&R section. We had scheduled repairs just prior to lockdown and now the contractors are back at work.
The scaffolding will go up on Tuesday 26 May and building works will take approximately 10 days to complete. Please be aware that the path alongside Court 1 may need to be closed off at some points during the work – be safe at all times around the building works.

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 18 May 2020

Published on May 18, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Thank you…
Many thanks to all who played over the weekend for adopting the safe practices we put in place to allow Singles play. It was great to see the courts back in use, and I think I got to say hello to everyone.
Remember, if we stick to safe play and social distancing guidelines, we may be able to relax the rules over the next few weeks to open up more facilities – as always I’ll keep you up to date with the latest guidance.
The LTA have released a poster to simplify the current restrictions – https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/venue/support-your-venue/documents/venue-poster—playing-tennis-during-lockdown.pdf

Tennis court booking
One of the key points that came out over the weekend was access to booking courts. We changed the court booking rules several months ago to allow each member TWO booking slots, of up to 90 minutes, in any 7 day period. This was to make court booking fairer, especially in busy periods when club play, coaching and matches were taking place.
Obviously, the situation is a bit different at the moment, and we now have five courts available to book at all times from dawn to dusk! Therefore, the court booking system will now allow THREE bookings per 7 day period. Please book courts and do not just turn up to play, as this forms part of our contact tracing if required.

Maintenance
The four clay courts are being maintained this week, which is why courts 3 & 4 are out of action on Wednesday. The courts are being decompacted, filtered and relevelled, which should improve the playing experience.

Club Manager hours
A reminder that I’ll be at the Club as follows this week to answer any queries and for the sale of tennis balls: Wednesday 1300-2100, Friday 1600-2000, Saturday 0800-1700, Sunday 0800-1700. Ring the doorbell for attention.

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 15 May 2020

Published on May 15, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis – return to restricted play
Further to my email about reopening facilities, you can find the full LTA Guidance for players here. Please take time to read carefully, so that we can continue to allow play. This guidance, together with other information, is also displayed around the Club.

Tennis balls
One of the key points regarding hygiene is that each player should use their own balls with a distinguishing mark to prevent cross contamination. When I am at the Club (see below) tennis balls will be available for sale – we have a safe procedure in place and payment will have to be contactless.

First Aid
First aid kit and the defibrillator can be found in the kitchen area. Remember that this area is not to be used for any other purpose, and is the only building accessible. Only one person should be in the kitchen at any time, so please wait outside as indicated if someone else is inside. 

Club Manager hours
Until further notice, I’ll be available at the Club as follows to answer any queries and for the sale of tennis balls only: Saturday 0800-1700, Sunday 0800-1700, Wednesday 1700-2000, Friday 1600-2000. I may be available outside these core hours – ring the doorbell for attention.

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Having reviewed both the Government statement and guidelines from sports governing bodies, the Club can announce Phase 1 of a return to restricted play starting on Saturday 16 May 2020.

Further details are laid out below, but it is important to stress that all activity should be consistent with government guidance on health, travel, social distancing and hygiene at all times, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Please ensure that you read the following carefully. The Club has a responsibility for the health and safety of members and staff, and as such any abuse of the procedures and restrictions in place could result in the Club returning to full lockdown.

Tennis courts will reopen on Saturday from 9.00am. Courts 1-5 will be available, and courts must be booked using the ClubSpark booking system. Members only are permitted to use the courts – NO guests are allowed.

Singles play only will be permitted – NO doubles play under any circumstances. The only exception to this rule is that ONE parent can play with up to two children if all are members and from the same household. No organised activity such as club play and tournaments can take place at present.

No ancillary buildings will be open for general use, ie NO toilets or changing facilities and NO bar for drinks or snacks. This means that floodlighting will not be accessible so usage will be restricted to daylight hours. However, first aid kit and the defibrillator will be available in the kitchen area if required. 

On arrival each court will have a designated waiting area to allow players to exit the court safely on changeover. Hand sanitizer will be available if possible at the entrance gate to each court, but members should be responsible for their own hygiene. All equipment will be removed from the courts to avoid common use, ie benches, bins, net winders, drag brushes, etc.

Coaching will be available, but only on an individual basis. Courts 6 & 7 are allocated to coaching so that there is no possibility of contact with equipment, and will remain locked when not in use. There are additional safeguards in place for coaching, so please contact Toby or Toussaint directly for information or to book a lesson.

We trust that members will adhere to general social distancing rules whilst at the Club and be respectful of other members’ space. My newsletter on Friday will provide a link to the LTA Guidance for Tennis Players document, which provides useful information about keeping safe whilst enjoying play.

Croquet could potentially return to play in Phase 2 of our plan. There are additional concerns and procedures that need to be put in place to allow for this to happen. Therefore, croquet will remain closed at present.

I’ll circulate a document next week to all croquet members, with a view to commence croquet from 1 June, and will host an online meeting to discuss options and explain how we can return to restricted play.

Squash and Racketball will remain closed for the moment, in line with government rules that exercise in an indoor sports court is still prohibited. Hopefully, we will have more news soon, but there will be an open online meeting for all S&R members later in the month.

Please be aware that all of the above is constantly under review and could change at any time, but we can at least be somewhat hopeful. Many thanks again for your co-operation over the last couple of months.

I very much look forward to seeing some of you again soon.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Club statement – Updated

Published on May 12, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following amendments to the Government’s statement yesterday, it appears that there is good news in that some limited tennis may be playable soon!

We are still awaiting full guidance from the LTA, which should clarify any procedures that need to be in place prior to reopening, and also whether any ancillary facilities can be made available.

The Board of Directors are meeting tonight to plan the way forward and a further statement will be issued first thing tomorrow morning. This statement will provide details of any planned reopening of facilities.

Please note that the Club remains in full lockdown until further notice.

Many thanks again for your co-operation and in the meantime, please take care of yourself and be considerate to others.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Club statement – 11 May 2020

Published on May 11, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following the Government statement last night, I thought I would put out a brief note to quell the potential deluge of enquiries.

Please note that there is no change at present to the Club status, and we remain in full lockdown until further notice.

We are awaiting an update from the LTA in the next couple of days regarding the resumption of tennis. Unfortunately, squash and racketball would appear to be off the radar for the moment, but the Croquet Association may have further news this week.

The Government statement intimated that tennis may be playable from Wednesday 13 May. However, the restrictions are that only players within the same household can play together, which will not benefit the vast majority of our members. 

Once we have all relevant information, we will make appropriate decisions on a course of action as soon as possible and keep all members informed.

Therefore, I ask that you remain patient for a few more days so that we can put together a plan of action for the Club.

Many thanks again for your co-operation and in the meantime, please take care of yourself and be considerate to others.

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 8 May 2020

Published on May 8, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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The Government announcement on the lockdown is now expected on Sunday, so we hope to be able to make a statement as soon as possible afterwards regarding any changes to the Club’s status.

Member’s Area on website
We will be updating information on the Club website regarding membership matters over the next few weeks. You can access the area in the footer menu of the website homepage.
The area will go live next week and is password protected. You will receive a separate email with login details. We hope this will provide a resource area for members, especially as we return from lockdown. 

Another poem…
Club Director and tennis member Vikki Courtney sent me the following piece:

During this really rubbish time
I thought I’d write a little rhyme
About a club in London Town
To pass the time while in lockdown

A club which offers sports galore
Tennis, croquet and racketball
Lest not forget the squash building
For loos and shelter when raining

The club is busy every day
For church, for yoga and matchplay
Coaching with Toby or with Tous
Make use of bar and all its booze

Or join a quiz with Jeff ‘MC’
Wine tasting night, or Burns’ ceilidh
You’ll often see Dez round the club
(that’s when he’s not at local pub)

This was until this little thing
– its proper name Covid-19 –
Became an uninvited guest
Enough to make us all depressed

For now, at least, the club’s shut down
Stay home, save lives don’t be a clown
The only thing we can permit
are board meetings, “alas that’s…….too bad”

I’m bored, it sucks, I’m in a rut
Lockdown goes on, and on and, but….
We’ll meet again, we’ll play once more
Just have to get through months of bore

Boris has said we must obey
And then we can get back to play
The sports we love, have lots of fun
In SE London, Sydenham

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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Newsletter – 4 May 2020

Published on May 4, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Reminders

A further Government announcement on the lockdown is expected on Thursday this coming week. We will make a statement as soon as possible afterwards regarding any changes to the Club’s status, taking into account any advice from our sports governing bodies.

There are still a few slots remaining in the Bank Holiday Quiz on Friday 8 May. The format is teams of no more than FIVE players with a nominated captain. You will need to be available for a timed slot of an hour between on the day.
The Quiz will be hosted on Zoom, so those of you who haven’t used it already will need to download to your laptop or mobile device. Entry is £10 per team to support the Club during lockdown – contact me for more details or to book your place.

Another poem…
Club Chair Gillian Bartlett sent me the following entitled Lockdown Tennis:

Rackets standing in the hall
Waiting quietly

Courts locked and padlocked
Blossom drifting

Players patiently watching
Clouds passing

And imagining
The pink sand in their shoes
The hot dusty courts
The fresh smell of cut grass
The crack of balls on rackets
The shouts and laughter

And they wait
For the time
When
The lockdown
Will
End

Keep safe and well

Dez Lewington
Club Manager
Contact – dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk

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