Newsletter – 7 August 2020

Published on August 7, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Information for members
With lots of new members joining, we are updating the Members area of the website over the next week. You will find lots of useful information here about procedures and organisation at the Club, such as booking courts, policies and general guidelines. The Members area can be accessed from the bottom of the website homepage. 

Tennis teams
The Kent Inter-Club tournaments will be running this Winter season from September 2020. We are entering four Men’s, three Women’s and two Mixed teams.
Anyone who wants to represent the Club please email me. Depending on the interest, we may run a try out session towards the end of the month. Please remember that matches are home and away and there is a commitment to travel.

KLT Online 
If anyone is interested in following what is going on in Kent on the tennis front, Kent LTA now produce an online newsletter. 
Anyone can subscribe to the new look KLT to enjoy current news stories and see what’s coming up in Kent Tennis by sending an email to: info@kenttennis.org.uk 

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

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Newsletter – 31 July 2020

Published on August 2, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines
In case any complacence sets in, there was a salutary lesson yesterday that the impacts of Covid-19 are still with us. The Government has put back several relaxation measures that were due to come into effect on 1 August.
Please remember to follow all general hygiene advice and Club specific rules. We do not want to have to go back into any kind of lockdown or reduce facilities again! You will find the most up to date guidance below:
Government general advice – FAQs
LTA advice for tennis players – 31 July 2020
England Squash advice – 31 July 2020  

Reopening of Squash facilities  – 8 August 2020
The squash courts will reopen next weekend on a trial basis until the end of August. Booking slots will be limited and there are restrictions on play, but it will be great to see the courts in use again.
All Squash & Racketball members should receive a separate email with more detailed information. If you haven’t received this email please check your MyCourts settings, or contact me and I can forward. 

Club Manager holiday 
I’ll be away for a few days next week from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 August. I’m in this weekend and will be back again Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August. However, if you have any queries, I’ll be picking up my emails each morning.

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

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Club statement – 27 July 2020

Published on July 27, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Following recent Government statements and updated advice from the relevant governing bodies, we are able to move on to the third phase of our reopening plan for all facilities. 

Clubhouse facilities
The bar takeout service will only be available at the weekend for the next two weeks from 0900-1600 on Saturday and Sunday.
However, the clubhouse foyer is now accessible for Courts 1 & 2 floodlighting using the same door code as the Squash building. Also, the tennis ball recycling bin will be available in the foyer again.
Please use the sanitizer provided on entry/exit – only one person at a time permitted in the foyer.
Please remember when using floodlights that it is the responsibility of members to turn off after use, unless another member is waiting.

Croquet
From 1 August, the Club/social afternoons on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday will recommence from 2-5pm. Members attending will need to sign a register and maintain social distancing. The chalet can reopen, but only one person should be inside at a time.
The booking system will remain in place for outside of these times.

Squash & Racketball
From 8 August, the squash courts will reopen for restricted play. Initially, the courts will only be available to book on Saturday and Sunday between 0900-1500, Monday from 0900-1300, and Wednesday from 1700-2100.
Squash members will be informed separately about the conditions of use and safe practices. The latest England Squash guidelines, including play formats, can be found here.

Tennis section
The repairs to Court 3 were completed on Friday. It may take a week or so for the clay to integrate with the new patches, but should play OK.
Benches and bins have now been put back out on court, although we still have to keep the winders and net measures off for the moment.
Club play will resume on 16 August. To start, there will be a registration system and just one session for each playing category:
Sunday from 0900-1200 for Advanced and Experienced
Wednesday from 1800-2100 for Beginners, Improvers & Intermediates
All members will receive an induction email over the next week or so, which will confirm your current playing category.
Please remember to follow all general guidelines for safe practices.
Tennis members should read the latest LTA guidance for players here.

Keep safe and well

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

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Newsletter – 24 July 2020

Published on July 24, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis play – update
The latest LTA guidance was published on 21 July and allows for an expanded range of activities with larger numbers attending. However, the Club and its activities must operate under Covid-19 secure guidelines, and there is increased responsibility on members to act in accordance.
Drop-in coaching sessions will now take up to 8 players across two courts. Therefore, more spaces are now available to book. Information on sessions and booking here.
Club play will return next month, although there will be a few rules to follow. Full details will be released in next week’s newsletter.
Please read the full version of the latest guidance for players here: https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/venue/support-your-venue/documents/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf

American Doubles Fun Tennis Tournament – 21 August 2020
Join our Summer tournament to celebrate the return to play! You will play a game of mixed doubles for 15 minutes before everything changes – the court you play on, the opposing team, and even your doubles partner!
All playing categories and nominated juniors are welcome to take part. Cost is £7.50 per person – contact me to enter.

Annual General Meeting – 3 December 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Club has put back the AGM from its usual September date. Hopefully, we will be able to combine with a Christmas celebration.

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

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Newsletter – 17 July 2020

Published on July 17, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Further to recent Government statements, both the LTA and England Squash have published updated guidance for the return to play. A full statement on any changes to operations at the Club will be issued by the end of July.

Tennis play – update
There are several important changes regarding keeping the Club Covid secure. Players should now undertake a pre-attendance symptom check before visiting the Club, and ensure any visit is recorded through the various booking systems in place to support NHS Test & Trace procedures.
Furthermore, there is now the possibility of starting up club play sessions and internal competitions again. However, this is contingent on meeting very strict guidelines and conducting an Event Delivery plan. We’ll be reviewing the position over the next couple of weeks to see if we can manage activity under these criteria.
You can read the full version of the latest guidance for players here: https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf

Squash play – update
As with tennis, England Squash advice is that play can only resume where a Covid Secure plan and risk assessment are in place.
Cleaning is a priority, as well as personal hygiene, and there are restrictions on what types of play are permitted. I’ll be sending out a separate email to S&R members asking for feedback on specific questions over the weekend.
You can read the full version of the latest guidance here: https://www.englandsquash.com/news/england-squash-coronavirus-statement

Contact list for informal play
With lots of new tennis members joining recently, there have been enquiries about how to contact other members looking for a game outside of the leagues. We are setting up a new WhatsApp group for any member looking for an informal game.
To join, please email dez.lewington@sltcc.co.uk to give your consent to be added to the group.

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

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Newsletter – 10 July 2020

Published on July 10, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis courts – floodlighting
The tennis court floodlighting is now free for members and has been converted to a simple on/off switch – so no more £1 or 20p coins! We had scheduled to complete this work at the end of March, but got postponed due to the lockdown.
As a reminder, the cut off time for floodlighting is 10.30pm, and you will find the controls for Courts 1/2 in the clubhouse foyer with all other courts in the Squash court building. However, only Courts 3, 4, 5 will be available initially under the current restrictions.
We ask that you observe a few new etiquette rules for use of the floodlights:
1. Check if someone is booked in or waiting for the court after your booking slot, and if so DO NOT turn off the lights as they take approx 10 minutes to reignite;
2. If no-one is booked in or waiting for the court, please turn off the lights at the switch when you come off court to help save running costs;
3. Please remain aware of social distancing guidelines at all times when using the lighting controls and allow space in the corridor.

Tennis singles leagues
The current round of the Singles leagues comes to an end this weekend. Please email me by 6.00pm on Sunday if you want to join next time. This cycle will run until 16 August 2020.
As well as the Mixed league, there is also an Off-peak league. Off-peak hours are Monday to Friday up to 6.00pm and after 5.00pm on Saturday/Sunday.

Poem
Finally, we haven’t had a poem for a while, so here’s one from Tim Allen entitled ‘When?’

WHEN will we all shake hands again
at the end of every set?
WHEN will we measure the net again?
Perhaps we should all place bets?
WHEN will we be given new balls again
without marking our names on them?
And WHEN will we have a shower again
that is nothing to do with the Met?
“Until the 12th of Never
I’ll be loving you”
And WHERE did THAT come from, my friends?
I’ve been locked down far too long!
WHEN will there be  tie-breaks at five all again
followed by numbering off?
And WHEN will we wait in turn again
hoping to play another set?
WHEN will some of us continue to play
whilst others come off for the rain?
Causing such confusion
WHEN the sun comes out again.
WHEN will normal service be returned ?
(You can pick the bones out of that)
It’s far too hard for me
(HELP!! Double entendres are running amok)
WHEN will the lights come on again
all over our Sydenham club?
“There’ll be blue planes over”
as the singer never said.
“WHEN will I see you again?
WHEN will we share precious moments?”
“Woah woah yeah yeah
miss you more than I can say
miss you twice as much tomorrow
woah woah yeah yeah”
And WHEN will I get these songs out of my head again?
                      WHEN…. WHEN….WHEN…….?

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

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Newsletter – 3 July 2020

Published on July 3, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis – latest return to play information
Further to the Government statement on 23 June 2020, the LTA has published updated guidance for Clubs, coaching and players. You can find the full version for players here. These are the key points affecting operations at the Club from 6 July 2020.

The bar will be open to purchase drinks and snacks, for consumption in the grounds, during the following hours: Saturday 0900-1600, Sunday 0900-1600, Wednesday 1600-2100, Friday 1600-2100. The clubhouse will remain closed, so please ring the doorbell for attention. Tennis balls and accessories also available.

Whilst it is still required to remove most court equipment, the drag brushes for the clay courts will be returned. These will be kept by the court entrance – please ensure they are returned after use. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure they use the sanitizer provided by the gate before and after use of the brushes.

The guidelines also have a timely reminder of good practice that may have slipped a bit! Remember to allow players to exit the court safely before entering, and do not congregate by court entrances or mix with groups you have not been playing with. Even with the bar open for takeaway service, social distancing should still be maintained in the grounds.

Court booking systems
The tennis, croquet and squash portals to the court booking systems can now be found in the Members area of the website. A reminder that this can be accessed via the link in the footer on the website homepage.
You can use your ClubSpark login to book directly without using the web link, and there is an app available too. A user guide for both the ClubSpark and MyCourts systems will be uploaded in the next couple of weeks, but feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

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

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ClubSpark Update

Published on June 29, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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ClubSpark – court booking system

Further to the continued issues many of you have reported recently, please see below the email I received from ClubSpark today:

Dear Dez, 

We would firstly like to apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused to you and your members / players following the recent platform upgrades. We very much appreciate your patience whilst we work through the outstanding issues. 

We have resolved the following issues as well as reinstated one feature that people wanted back.

  • The ‘My Bookings’ link has been added on the court booking sheet based on your feedback.
  • We’ve resolved the issue where the duration drop down wasn’t displaying correctly when booking a court.
  • Extended the height of booking slots to deal with display issues on the court sheet with 15 min booking slots (this is an interim measure while we work on a better long term solution).
  • We know there is more to do and we will update you over the next few weeks, we also have more exciting features to share with you coming soon. 

It’s great to see tennis in such demand at the moment – to give you a sense of the scale, ClubSpark processed 6 times more court bookings in June 2020 as compared to June 2019. 

We appreciate that this disruption has had an impact on your ability to use the platform and will have caused you additional work to support your members and players. Again, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you.  

Thanks as always for all your support and ideas as we continue to improve the way we support you.

Kind Regards, The ClubSpark Team

 
Please let me know of any further issues you have with ClubSpark, so that I can continue to provide feedback.

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

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Newsletter – 26 June 2020

Published on June 26, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Latest update on restrictions to play
The Government released another statement on 23 June regarding the next phase of opening up society from 4 July 2020. However, there will be no immediate changes to the guidelines for tennis, croquet and coaching activity.
As a reminder this means that all tennis court equipment still has to be kept off court, eg benches, net winders, court brushes, etc. I appreciate that this means the courts cannot be maintained to their best at times, but we must adhere to the guidelines. 
We will review the implications of the statement for the bar and clubhouse and I’ll update on that next week. Toilets and washing facilities in the squash court building will remain open as long as good social distancing and hygiene practices are kept.

Squash & Racketball subscriptions
Unfortunately, it appears that Squash and Racketball are still off limits under the latest statement. There is some optimism that the sports could be part of the next relaxation of restrictions in mid July, but it is very likely that any return to play will be accompanied by strict conditions on hygiene, so there is no guarantee that we could reopen.
Therefore, we have decided to suspend all membership payments from the 1 July 2020. When we have information that makes it clear we can return to play, you will receive an email confirming your status and payment details. Of course, any period you have not been able to use facilities will be added to your membership term.

Junior membership 
In case members are not aware, and want something to do with the kids, any full member can apply for a FREE junior membership for a child under 8 years.
All our junior memberships offer great value, even after the free period ends. Fees for 8-11 years are only £60, and 12-17 years are £70. Please contact me for information.

Keep safe and well

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

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Newsletter – 19 June 2020

Published on June 19, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Toilets and washing facilities
From Saturday 20 June, the toilet facilities in the squash court building will be available to use. These facilities are strictly for toilets and hand washing, and social distancing must still be observed. 
If someone is using the toilets, please allow them to exit safely – no more than ONE person should be waiting in the changing area. The toilets are being cleaned daily, but remember to be responsible for your own hygiene.
Also, please remember that use of the squash courts is still not permitted, and that the showers and changing area cannot be used – breaches of these rules may mean that we will have to close the toilets again.

ClubSpark – court booking
There have been some problems with ClubSpark recently, which appear to be due to an upgrade of the system. Hopefully, we will be operating smoothly again soon, but please let me know if you urgently need to book a court. Please see the statement I received from ClubSpark below:

We wanted to provide you with an update following the platform upgrade we rolled out on Tuesday 16 June. During this upgrade, we experienced performance issues across the platform, which continued throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday. We are extremely sorry for the disruption caused to you and your members during this time. Although the platform is now mainly back to normal operations, we are aware there are still some outstanding issues and we are working hard to complete these as quickly as possible. We will continue to update you with our progress. The main issue being linked to the booker app. 

We appreciate that this disruption has had an impact on your ability to use the platform and will have caused you additional work to support your members and players. Again, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you.  

The Sundridge Park Club – Club Administrator 
The Club Manager from Sundridge Park asked me to put out the above job opportunity. The role is part-time, so if you are interested in finding out more information, please follow this link: https://thesundridgeparkclub.co.uk/jobopportunities/

Keep safe and well

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

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