Newsletter – 20 April 2021

Published on April 19, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Grounds Working Party – Bank Holiday Monday 3 May
A few members have volunteered to help with clearing up the area in the north-west corner of the site that recently had some trees removed. The aim is to level out the area and tidy up the cuttings, etc. So, perhaps a bit of digging or trimming!
If you can spare a couple of hours, we’ll be starting at 10.00am and finish up around 2.00pm. I’ll provide some refreshments to keep you going, so please let me know if you can make it – even if only for an hour or so.

Tennis Club Play – Wednesday & Sunday
There are still several spaces left for club play on Wednesday, and next Sunday is now open too – remember you MUST book your place.

Tennis Team Training
Remember to book on to the team tryout sessions for anyone interested in playing for the Club in the Kent leagues. Existing and new players are encouraged to attend. Both sessions run from 6.30-8.00pm: Women – Tuesday 20 April; Men – Tuesday 27 April.

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

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Newsletter – 17 April 2021

Published on April 17, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Annual Club Tennis Tournaments
After missing out last year, the Club Annual tennis tournaments return, and with a couple of new events too. First round matches will start week commencing 10 May with Finals Day on Saturday 18 September 2021 – please note you must be available for Finals Day to enter.
The main five tournaments are open to all members; there are two age-related competitions; and the remaining are based on playing levels. The Roger De Klerk Trophy is for mixed doubles pairs who play on Wednesday evening club night, and the Silver and Bronze league singles are for anyone playing in those leagues or eligible for them. If you are unsure about your eligibility for a specific event, please contact me to check.
You are allowed to enter up to FOUR events – deadline for entry is Saturday 1 May.

Tennis Club Play – Sunday
There are still several places left for club play tomorrow – remember you MUST book. Booking for the following week will open each Sunday afternoon. 

Club Manager hours
Each Saturday, I’ll provide the hours that I will be available at the Club in the coming week. With the clubhouse still closed, this will enable members to know when they can find me on site and obtain products/services from the clubhouse, eg drinks & snacks for takeaway, balls & accessories, the Slinger ball machine, etc.
Also, these are the hours that squash & racketball members can book a court (within current restrictions) – remember to contact me to confirm a time.
From 19-25 April: Monday 1300-2100, Tuesday 1300-2100, Wednesday 1300-2100, Saturday 0800-1500, Sunday 0800-1500.  

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

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Newsletter – 14 April 2021

Published on April 14, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Reopening news…
Phase 2 of the Covid-19 roadmap that started on Monday 12 April has three main areas that affect operations at the Club…
1. Squash courts are allowed to open for use by individuals or same household groups. Therefore, only solo practice or games between members of the same household/support bubble is permitted. The definition of a support bubble is very specific and you must ensure you meet the criteria – see Government guidance here. Members wanting to play under current restrictions should contact me for further information and court availability. 
2. Although bars are now allowed to open for outdoor consumption, there are a lot of restrictions around opening up such areas. The Bar Committee will meet on 28 April to discuss the way forward, and until that time we will continue to serve soft drinks only from the bar for takeaway when I am on site. Members should not use the seating areas as the rules around no spectators are still in place.
3. Changing facilities are now allowed to reopen, but we are asking that members avoid using where possible and arrive ready to play. In all circumstances the changing rooms should only be used on a one-in, one-out basis. The showers will remain closed.

Tennis club play
Tennis club play will recommence on Sunday 18 and Wednesday 21 April. All members are allocated to one of the club play sessions – please contact me if you are unsure which session to attend. However, due to current restrictions and guidance, we will be operating a booking procedure for club play until further notice.
There will be two 90 minute slots available in each club play session. You will only be able to attend one slot, and we ask that you only book if you can play for the full session so that it is fair to other players in the session.
Sunday will be split into 0900-1030 & 1030-1200, and Wednesday into 1800-1930 & 1930-2100. Please arrive as near to the start time as possible to minimise the number of people off court. Hopefully, this will only be short-term and we can get back to normal soon! 
To book your place follow the link here 

Tennis Team Training
There will be two tryout sessions for anyone interested in playing for the Club in the Kent leagues. Both sessions run from 6.30-8.00pm: Women – Tuesday 20 April; Men – Tuesday 27 April.
To book your place follow the link here

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

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5th Anniversary

Published on April 11, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Six years ago I moved into the area and joined the Club to play tennis… little did I know that on 11 April 2016, I would walk in the gate as Club Manager!

Many of you have been members much longer than I have been here, and several of you have just joined, so here are a few reminders of the changes during my time at the Club:

> four artificial clay tennis courts have replaced old acrylic & tarmac courts
> three tennis courts have been converted to improved LED floodlighting
> Toby was appointed as Head Coach to develop the coaching programme
> the coaching programme was brought in-house from The Parklangley Club
> the squash building has had a new roof and improvements to changing rooms
> the squash building has had a new heating & hot water system installed
> the squash courts have had new front walls and LED lights installed
> a new outdoor seating area was built adjacent to tennis court 1
> Witty Kiddies pre-school started in Autumn 2016
> bar hours & services were extended and expanded – hopefully returning soon!
> a new floor has been laid in the clubhouse hall – hopefully to be seen soon!
> turnover has doubled to enable re-investment in facilities

Hopefully, we can continue to look forward to further developments over the next few years, and thanks for all your support!

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

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Newsletter – 8 April 2021

Published on April 9, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Reopening news…
During lockdown, and since reopening, many members have contacted me to ask how the Club has been doing and whether any additional support was required.
Obviously, we have suffered a significant shortfall in revenue over the last year, with all memberships and renewals put on pause at some point, a reduction in coaching activities, and little income from the bar & clubhouse.
Many members asked to continue paying fees during closure, but we felt it important to treat everyone equally so paused membership groups across the board, and will make adjustments to renewal dates to cover periods of lockdown.
Therefore, we have carefully managed our expenditure, so the Club is not in any financial difficulty. However, what could be affected is our planned programme of investment in improvement works this year, such as the repainting of Courts 1 & 2, and the continued conversion of floodlighting to more efficient LEDs.
This is where the following comes in…

Crowdfunder through Sport England
Sport England have launched a fund called ‘Active Together’ to support the return to play after Covid. It is run in conjunction with Crowdfunder. This funding opportunity will allow anyone to make a contribution to the Club by way of donation – ‘rewards’ will be on offer depending on the amount pledged.
However, the great thing about this fund is that whatever we can raise from donations and sponsorship, Sport England will match it!  So, if we could raise £5k we could potentially get a grant of £5k too.
The Crowdfunder page will launch next week, but it would be great to get feedback and indications of support so we can set an achievable target. Or, if you have any questions or suggestions about the ‘rewards’ please let me know.
You can follow the link below for more information about the fund:
Return to Play: Active Together | Sport England

Thirty30 Singles Tournaments – Easter Monday 5 April
Many thanks to all 16 players who participated in our reopening tournament on Monday. 
The results of the Finals were:
Thomas Nette bt Jack McDonald 6-4 – photo
Nicoleta Tecaru bt Juana Cavaliere Silva 6-2 – photo

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

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Congratulations to Thomas Nette who defeated Jack McDonald in the Men’s Final, and to Nicoleta Tecaru who beat Juana Cavaliere Silva in The Women’s event.

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Newsletter – 5 April 2021

Published on April 5, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Reopening news…
There is expected to be confirmation today about the further relaxation of Covid restrictions from 12 April. We will update next weekend how these changes affect operations at the Club.

Slinger tennis ball machine
Several members took the opportunity to try out the new ball machine over the weekend. Further free trials will be available on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April between 0900-1500. 
The Slinger will then be available to hire for £10 per booking (up to 90 minutes) – you will receive full tuition on how to use.
Availability from Saturday 17 April will be Saturday & Sunday 0800-1500, Monday 0900-1500, Wednesday 1800-2100, Friday 1300-2100 – other times may be available by arrangement.
Please contact me if you would like to book a slot – you will need to book your own court. You can find more information about the Slinger here: https://slingerbaguk.frameworksports.com/

American Mixed Doubles Tournament – Good Friday 2 April
Many thanks to all 16 players who participated in our reopening tournament on Friday, and congratulations to Alex Gregory who won the Women’s event and Sean Barron who took the Men’s.

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

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Newsletter – 1 April 2021

Published on April 1, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Don’t forget that we have a range of activities set up for the Easter weekend…

American Mixed Doubles Tournament – Good Friday 2 April
There is ONE MALE space left in the tournament tomorrow – please sign up as soon as possible to book your place – it’s great fun if you haven’t played before!
Booking: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/SydenhamLawnTennisCroquetClubLtd/BookClass/6c98b7fe-f8bd-4f00-8860-cf4ee8f766a4 

Thirty30 singles – Easter Monday 5 April
There are also places left in the Women’s Thirty30 tournament on Easter Monday. The Women’s event starts at 1300. Each player will play four one-set matches.
Thirty30 is an exciting, short format where every game starts at 30-30. For more information and to book your place go to: Women’s Singles.

Slinger tennis ball machine
We have purchased a ball machine, for those who want a practice partner that doesn’t talk back! The machine has several great features and will be available to hire.
If you would like to try it out, we will be offering free 30 minute trials over the Easter weekend between 0800-1500 each day from Friday – Monday.
Please contact me if you would like to book a test – you will need to book your own court. You can find more information about the Slinger here: https://slingerbaguk.frameworksports.com/

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

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Following the publication of full guidance by sports governing bodies...

General:
* Please follow Government advice and guidance, in particular with regard to social distancing and hand hygiene: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
* Toilets, first aid and drinking water will be available in the squash building, as well as access to the tennis court floodlighting, but the changing/shower facilities should NOT be used
* It is important to limit numbers in the squash building so a one-in, one-out procedure should be followed, and the building should NOT be used as a poor weather shelter
* Face masks are encouraged in all indoor areas

Croquet:
* The Croquet chalet and sheds can be entered to access to equipment, but should NOT be used as a social area or as a poor weather shelter
* Numbers are restricted to a maximum of six players on the lawn at a time, and social afternoons will not be running initially
Further info from the Croquet Association – https://www.croquet.org.uk/

Squash & Racketball:
* Unfortunately, the squash courts have to remain closed at present, although there is more optimistic news from England Squash about the return to play over April/May
* It would be good to have feedback from squash members regarding any restrictions that you would be happy to accept, eg solo practice, ‘sides’ format, etc  
Further info from England Squash – https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance

Tennis:
* The clubhouse will remain closed, except for access to floodlighting, and a one-in, one-out procedure should be followed
* Allow players to exit courts safely before entering for your booking, and use the sanitizer provided after touching common surfaces such as gates
* Courts 1&2 will not be accessible from the gate by the clubhouse to avoid mixing with the pre-school, and the garden area should not be entered when the pre-school is in attendance
* Avoid sharing equipment, although there is no requirement to use separate balls now, and focus on hand hygiene at all times
* Coaching activities will be taking place with action plans in place to limit contact: parents/guardians can attend a child activity, but this is limited to ONE person per child and off court only
* Club play will recommence on Sunday 18 and Wednesday 21 April
Further info from the LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/

Looking forward to seeing you all again and thanks for your continued support!

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

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Newsletter – 26 March 2021

Published on March 26, 2021 by in SLTCC news

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Following the Club reopening on Monday, we have a range of activities set up for the Easter weekend…

American Tournament – Good Friday 2 April
Although the tournament is full at the moment, I am hoping that there will be clarification soon regarding permitted numbers for tournaments, which will allow for a few more players.
There is already a waiting list for the Men’s side, but if any more ladies are interested in playing, please let me know as soon as possible.

Thirty30 singles – Easter Monday 5 April
There are still places left Thirty30 tournament on Easter Monday – 4 spaces in the Men’s draw and 7 in the Women’s. The Men’s event will start at 1000 and the Women’s at 1300. Each player will play four one-set matches.
Thirty30 is an exciting, short format where every game starts at 30-30. For more information and to book your place go to: Men’s Singles – Women’s Singles.

Slinger tennis ball machine
We have purchased a ball machine, for those who want a practice partner that doesn’t talk back! The machine has several great features and will be available to hire.
If you would like to try it out, we will be offering free 30 minute trials over the Easter weekend between 0800-1500 each day from Friday – Monday.
Please contact me if you would like to book a test – you will need to book your own court. You can find more information about the Slinger here: https://slingerbaguk.frameworksports.com/

Pro Shop sales
The following Tecnifibre clearance stock is available to purchase:
Tennis cap – £3 – three remaining
Sweatbands (2-pack) – £2 – three remaining
Junior 25 racket (8-10 years) – £10 – one remaining
Junior 21 racket (5-6 years) – £10 – one remaining
6-racket tennis bag – £20 – one remaining
Please contact me to reserve any items and we can arrange collection.
Remember that you can buy tennis balls, grips, etc from the pro shop.

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

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