A Safe Return to Tennis… How the Club has Adapted

A Safe Return to Tennis! Club Adapts During Lockdown

Tennis was one of the first sports to benefit from the Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions and, with a run of such great weather, our members were keen to return to the courts to play singles and doubles (initially only with members from the same household).

Since then, the restrictions have been lifted further to allow players from different households to play doubles but staying 2 metres apart.

The club has strict safety measures in place including a one-way system to minimise encounters between players. The courts are now accessed by going up the main drive and round the back of the village hall and waiting by the club hut, until the courts are free.  To exit the courts you walk round the front of the hall to the carpark or past the petanque court and down the steps. There is hand sanitiser on both courts to use before and after play, but we would prefer it if you brought your own from home, to help keep our costs down. We are asking members to bring their own tennis balls to use as everything on the courts has been removed, including the ball boxes and benches. The court gates have been secured so they remain open at all times, thus avoiding the need to touch the gates at all. There is no access to the tennis hut (unless the First Aid kit is needed) and the toilets are out of bounds until further notice.

We all know how important it is to stay active and the positive effect exercise has on our physical and mental health; so if you’ve never played tennis before and fancy having a go, why not have a gentle introduction with some lessons from our club coach, Chris Sanders. He is currently available to coach small family groups or individuals and can be contacted on 07940428002.

Courts must be booked in advance by calling Penny Andersson, between 8-9am only, on 07796334371. We are hoping to have an online booking system up and running by the end of the summer. If you are not a member, now is a good time to join our friendly inclusive club as the membership fee remains the same price as last year, with adult membership only £24 a year and family membership £50, the cheapest in Norfolk!

For further details on membership and how to join our club, please see the July Mallard, page 8.

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