Newsletter – Safeguarding

Published on February 25, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Safeguarding matters

If you remember, we received an audit from the LTA regarding safeguarding and welfare at the Club in December. There were several recommendations to improve on our procedures, which include the items below.

How to report a concern

If you are concerned about anyone in relation to behaviour towards a child or vulnerable adult, it is important to understand the procedure to report such a concern. Make a note of anything witnessed, including dates/times, and then:

1. If you believe the person is in immediate risk, call the Emergency Services on 999;

2. If not at immediate risk, the first line of reporting is the Club Welfare Officer or alternate;

3. If the Welfare Officer is unavailable, there are other bodies who can be contacted directly, such as the LTA Safeguarding team, NSPCC, Local Authority, etc.

Club Welfare Officer

Currently, I act as the Club Welfare Officer and can be contacted through all the usual channels even if not on site. Liam Hindson, the Club Assistant Manager, will act as my alternate when I am on holiday.

Contact details can be found easily on the posters around the site on all noticeboards.

Information

More information, including all contact details, is available in the Club Safeguarding policy which is located in the clubhouse foyer at all times. The policy and information are also available on the Club website.

The Club and the LTA take safeguarding matters very seriously, so please do not hesitate to report a concern.

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Newsletter – 22 February 2020

Published on February 21, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Xpress Introduction to Tennis
The next six-week course starts on Thursday 27 February at 7.00pm. If you have any friends or family interested in trying out tennis please let them know. Suitable for complete beginners or those returning to the sport after a while. Full details and booking here.

Six Nations Rugby on TV – Sunday 23 February 2020
The bar will be open extended hours on Sunday afternoon for anyone who wants to watch the England v Ireland Six Nations rugby match. Kick off is 3.00pm.

Tennis Playing Level Assessment – Wednesday 26 February 2020
Anthony Marien will be holding another open session next Wednesday. This is for players who want to know more about the playing categories, what level they are currently at, and what they need to do to progress. No booking required – Anthony will be available from 7.00pm.

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Newsletter – 15 February 2020

Published on February 14, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Half-term activities
Holiday Camps will be running every morning next week for Half-term, so there will be some changes to the Community Tennis Drop-in coaching programme. All evening and weekend sessions will run as normal, but the midweek morning sessions will not take place. Full details can be found by following the links on the website here.

National League Kent – Saturday 15 February 2020
Congratulations to our Girls 16U team for reaching the Semi-Finals of the National League Kent 2019-20. The match against Sevenoaks B is at home and will start at 10.00am – weather permitting. I’m sure they would welcome your support!

Squash Beginners course – Saturday 22 February 2020
There are still places remaining on our short, two-hour introductory course with Senior Coach Duncan Marlow. Aimed at those who have never played or are returning to the game after a while. A great opportunity for tennis members to try out another sport!
The course will cover the basics and include tuition of key skills. Full details and booking can be found here.

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Newsletter – 8 February 2020

Published on February 7, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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British Tennis Membership & Wimbledon ballot
This is the last reminder that if you want to be in with a chance to purchase tickets for the Wimbledon Championships this year, you have to opt-in to the British Tennis Member ballot by 14 February 2020. So, if you are already a member, Login to your Members Area and Opt In now to ensure you have a chance to get tickets. 
If you are not a member and want more information on how to join and support British Tennis click here – the more members who join, and there is a free option, the more tickets are allocated to the Club!

Love Tennis American Doubles Tournament – Friday 14 February 2020
Join our annual Love Tennis tournament for Valentine’s Day! 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. Book your place online here.

Yoga at Sydenham Tennis Club
The Club has become a bit of a hub for yoga instructors over the last few years. There are five instructors currently offering seven classes across the week in different styles, including a brand new class on Saturday morning specifically for pregnancy.
You can find information about all classes and instructors on the website here.

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Newsletter – 1 February 2020

Published on February 1, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Tennis Court bookings 
Many members have commented on the availability of courts for booking in peak times, especially with club play, coaching, team matches, etc. This situation has become exacerbated by members not cancelling courts when circumstances change, and the court is no longer required, leaving empty courts!
This was discussed at Tennis Committee, and it was decided that the number of courts each member can book will be reduced to 2 x 90 minutes in any seven day period. This will take effect from 1 February, but should not affect bookings already in place.

Tennis Singles leagues 
The Singles leagues are undergoing a bit of a revamp next cycle. The Mixed league will be split into Gold, Silver and Bronze sections based on playing levels. This will make it easier to place new entrants and promotion/relegation will be more transparent.
Remember, there is a Women’s only and Off-peak league too, so if you would like to enter this round let me know by 3 February – new leagues will go online later this week.

Squash membership and courts
Feedback to the recent changes to Squash membership has been very positive overall with members enjoying not having to bring change for the coin meters! Just a reminder that you should have received an email explaining how the changes affect you – either renewing your membership or paying a pro-rata sum for the court fees.
All members need to ensure their fees are up to date by 8 February, as after this date access to the booking system and leagues will be removed.

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Newsletter – 25 January 2020

Published on January 25, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Squash Beginners course – Saturday 22 February 2020
Senior Coach, Duncan Marlow, will be running a short, two-hour introductory course for those who have never played or are returning to the game after a while. A great opportunity for tennis members to try out another sport!
The course will cover the basics and include tuition of key skills. Full details and booking can be found here.

Half-term Holiday Camp 
If you have children, or know someone who does, our expanded 2020 Holiday Camp programme starts in February. Where possible, Camps will run every day of the week – the next half-term will run from 17-21 February (mornings only).
The age range has been extended to 4-15 years too. Full details and booking can be found here.

Fundraising Meeting
Croquet member David Hamilton and I are holding a Fundraising meeting on Wednesday 5 February from 7.30pm. The meeting will introduce the new clubhouse project and investigate ideas to get us to that goal!
We will be looking for volunteers to sit on a Fundraising Committee, so any experience in this field would be great. However, enthusiasm is the key attribute. Please let me know if you are going to attend. 

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Newsletter – 18 January 2020

Published on January 18, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Squash court building – safety matters
Contractors will be on site within the next couple of weeks to repair the roof panels on the Squash court building. However, the strong winds this week caused more damage to the existing panels, in particular alongside Tennis court 1.
Therefore, we have taken the precaution of cordoning off an area around the building that includes the cycle racks. Please use either the bar or squash court corridor to secure bicycles for the time being, and be aware of your safety when using the path adjacent to the building.

Tennis 
All tennis members are allocated a playing category. This category will affect what club play sessions you can attend and where you enter the Singles leagues for example. The levels move though Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, Advanced (Experienced/Team).
You will often be advised by either me or one of the Coaching team if you need to change level, but you can get a more formal assessment from Anthony Marien, who will advise on requirements for the different levels.
Anthony will now be holding an open session every month for assessments – the first is on Wednesday 22 January from 7-9pm. Please let me know if you would like to attend.   

Safeguarding Survey
Further to my emails prior to Christmas, the LTA conducted a Safeguarding audit of the Club on 15 December 2019. You will see more posters around the site regarding welfare matters, and there are copies of the Safeguarding and Diversity & Inclusion policies available in the Clubhouse foyer.
Part of the audit was a request for members to complete a survey to provide feedback. Only 16 responses have been received so far, so the survey will remain open until 1200 on Wednesday 22 January. The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete – please use the following link here.

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Newsletter – 11 January 2020

Published on January 10, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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British Tennis Membership & Wimbledon ballot
A reminder that if you want to be in with a chance to purchase tickets for the Wimbledon Championships this year, you have to opt-in to the British Tennis Member ballot by 14 February 2020. So, if you are already a member, Login to your Members Area and Opt In now to ensure you have a chance to get tickets. 
If you are not a member and want more information on how to join and support British Tennis click here – the more members who join, and there is a free option, the more tickets are allocated to the Club!

Squash/Racketball Membership
Further to previous emails, a separate court fee has now been added to the membership fees. This fee will cover the heating, lighting and ventilation systems, and the coin meters have been replaced with a simple on/off switch – so no more small change needed!
The court fee is £80 per member – the equivalent of the cost of one match per week for 40 weeks of the year. All members affected will receive an email over the next few days confirming how the change affects their membership and payments.

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Newsletter – 4 January 2020

Published on January 3, 2020 by in SLTCC news

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Membership fees
In case you didn’t see my email before Christmas, there are some significant changes to membership fees this year. You can read my previous email here.
Everyone needs to be registered on the ClubSpark system or your membership will become invalid. All members will receive a personal email regarding their current status and how the fee changes affect them over the next few weeks.

Coaching programme
The Community Tennis Drop-in sessions start again on Monday 6 January, so make a resolution to improve your tennis! Each coaching session is only £7 for members – full details here.

Events in the New Year
Remember the Burns Night Ceilidh is on Saturday 25 January. We need these musical events supported by members so that we can put more on in the future.
More details and how to book can be found on the following link: https://www.sydenham-tennis-squash-croquet-club.co.uk/events/

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Newsletter – 21 December 2019

Published on December 20, 2019 by in SLTCC news

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Christmas Times…
The bar and clubhouse will be closed from Sunday 22 December until Monday 6 January, although you will still see me around the Club over the Christmas period.
The last club play sessions this year will be on Sunday 22 December and start back again on Sunday 5 January – courts will still be available to book during the whole period.
Coaching programme activities will end on Saturday 21 December and recommence on Monday 6 January.

Events in the New Year…
There are two events to look forward to in January – The New Year Bash American Doubles tournament on Wednesday 1 January and the Burns Night Ceilidh on Saturday 25 January.
More details and how to book can be found on the following link: https://www.sydenham-tennis-squash-croquet-club.co.uk/events/

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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