Southbourne Tennis Club News

Southbourne Tennis Club and Amazon

By |2020-07-08T11:41:44+01:00July 8th, 2020|News|

I hope you are enjoying the use of the courts.

If you use Amazon, this email is very relevant for you.

We have signed ourselves up as members of the Amazon Smile program. This basically allows the club to receive donations from Amazon, when people spend money with them.

To be included in this you need to use Amazon Smile rather than normal Amazon when making a purchase.

To go to Amazon Smile you can either search for it on Google, or if you are using an app, or arrive at the Amazon website another way, just type “Smile” in the Amazon search bar and it will give you the option to use Amazon Smile. Once using it, search for Southbourne Tennis Club as your preferred Charity, and select us (this will be remembered for future). Most of the shopping you then do with Amazon Smile will result in a small donation to the club. You can buy anything on Amazon Smile that you can on the usual Amazon site or App.

Thanks for reading this far, and good luck with Amazon Smile.

Any questions, please send them directly to me on email Daniel@Danight.co.uk

Dan Light

PLEASE READ Chairpersons update 1 July 2020

By |2020-07-05T20:41:51+01:00July 5th, 2020|News|

1. Donations
Thank you to all members who kindly responded to our suggestion that they might feel able to donate to Club funds, the amount that we reduced the annual fee to take account of the impact of Covid 19. So far members have donated over £1000. We look forward with confidence to your continuing financial support. Now that we are a charity we are able to claim gift aid which enhances the donations that you make. We are open to receive funds all year round!

2. Toilets
I am acutely aware that members have been unhappy with the decision that we had to make to protect you during the crisis caused by the pandemic. When we did so it was with your best interests in mind. I am therefore delighted to be able to inform you that we now feel able to partially reopen the club house to enable you to use the toilets. Provided that we are able to get all the hygiene measures in place we aim to reopen them from 6 July. This will also mean that we will need to enhance our cleaning schedule and we would be grateful for all offers of help, especially financial to enable this to be achieved.

In order to continue to ensure that we do everything to keep you safe you will need to ensure that you take full account of the following:

a).Members, please do not enter the clubhouse except to use the toilets or access the first aid kit/defibrillator in an emergency.
b)When using the toilets, please follow a strict ‘one in, one out’ policy.
c)No more than two people should be in the clubhouse at any one time.
d)Use the hand sanitiser provided upon entering and leaving the building.
e)After using the toilets, wash your hands thoroughly, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
f)Before leaving the toilets wipe down all surfaces you have touched, using the antibacterial spray and paper towels provided. Discard used paper towels in the pedal bin.
g)Do not use the kitchen or any other areas in the clubhouse, including seating areas and showers. Please do not touch any other surfaces except for those which are necessary when using the toilets.
h)Maintain a two metre distance from others at all times.

3. Entry & Exiting of clubhouse
The code for the front door has been sent by email. When you leave the building you MUST relock it. This is done by pressing the small moon shape on the automation key pad to the right of the door(see instructions in the building if you’re not sure) and pressing the F button on the keypad on the outside of the door.

Check that you have locked it please.

The above list will be posted in the toilets together with the hand washing posters in line with Government guidelines. I am confident that with your help and support we will be able to maintain this progress but if we feel that at any time members are not keeping to these rules we will have to think again.

4. Visitors
Sadly it has come to my attention that some members, whilst encouraging friends/family members or guests/other non members to try tennis, they have not been paying visitors fees. It is your responsibility as a member to ensure that this is no longer the case. Please make sure that you complete the visitors book and put the £3 fee in one of the envelopes provided and place it in the treasurers box. Thank you for your help.

Also the upgraded ClubSpark booking system enables you to make a group booking , you will need to select ‘advanced options ‘ and you can give the details of who will be on court with you. Please use it if you would prefer  to pay on line.

5. Tennis Balls
As a gesture from the club, for July only, we are having a Special Offer on tennis balls and will be selling them for £3 per can, which is less than cost price. Initially the offer will be restricted to 1 can per member, to make them available for everyone, but this will be reviewed later in the month. They will be on sale at the club at the following times:
Wed July 1st – 10am -11am
Thurs July 2nd – 10am – 11am
Sat July 4th – 10am – 11am
Tues July 7th – 6pm – 7pm
If you have problems getting to the club at these times send Celia a message (07772723207).

In conclusion, all the Committee have been faced with an extremely challenging set of circumstances over the last few months. I would like to thank Celia, Dan and Amanda in particular who have put in several additional hours to help us address the issues around reopening the toilets. Celia has also undertaken a full spring clean of the clubhouse.

During this Covid period we have been offered some degree of support and advice from the LTA but at the end of the day the committee have had to make its decisions on what it see’s is in the best interest of the club and all its members.

We thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to strive to make your tennis experience at Southbourne of the highest quality.

Susie Grainger

Southbourne Tennis Club

Southbourne members box league | Sign up now for friendly competitive matches (deadline: July 5th)!

By |2020-06-19T17:52:16+01:00June 19th, 2020|News|

Tennis Ball

Hi tennis players,

On July 6th, we are launching a new internal singles box league competition at Southbourne Tennis club.

This new league will be available and managed by a new mobile app called ‘Scala Sports’. This will allow members to easily contact opponents and record results via their phones. The league is open to members of all levels and is a perfect way to meet other members of a similar standard to play friendly competitive matches.

How does it work?

  • The round runs Jul 6th – Aug 30th (8 weeks)
  • You are organised into a group with 4 opponents of a similar standard
  • You play 1 match against each opponent in your group
  • You determine when matches are played (in consultation with your opponents)
  • How do I join?
  • Download the free Scala Sports app (iOS or Android)
  • Go to Leagues
  • Search and join the league: Southbourne – Mixed Singles

On the start date of the round (July 6), you will receive a notification/email and your opponents will be visible in the app. Let us know if you have any questions/concerns, for specific questions related to the Scala app please reach out to service@scalasports.com.

If you have any questions please let Dave know on 07812 676761 or davesanger@gmail.com

Latest Corona Virus Advice when playing.

By |2020-06-05T22:37:02+01:00June 5th, 2020|News|

Tennis guidelines

‘Return to restricted play’ 31 May 2020

Following the further easing of lockdown restrictions announced on Thursday the LTA have published updated guidelines which we received today.

This includes the resumption of doubles for players from different households and small group coaching being allowed as long as social distancing continues to be adhered to.

It is also expected that measures to maintain hygiene and minimise interaction with others remain in place.

Club Committees are enabled to take local factors into account when advising members of these changes. So we would like to advise you of the following:

  • all courts are now open for booking
  • where possible aim to play in fixed fours i.e. the same people each time
  • continue to use your own racquet and balls
  • the coaches will continue to offer one to one coaching at the moment
  • no group or open club sessions will resume
  • we will inform you should this alter
  • when you leave and enter the court maintain the two metre distance wherever possible
  • avoid passing too close to other players when, if , you change ends
  • the club house will remain closed
  • use hand sanitiser before and after play
  • leave the court on time to allow time for the next players to arrive
  • please read guidelines on LTA website

We are grateful to all of you for your co-operation and understanding during these ongoing challenging times. We hope very much that you will take advantage of these new opportunities to play tennis.Thank you for your ongoing support.

Southbourne Tennis Club

Members update 11 May 2020

By |2020-05-12T16:55:20+01:00May 12th, 2020|News|


Following on from the PM’s address on Sunday we have received several queries about when the club and courts will be re-open. The LTA press releases state the following: 

we are continuing to work with the Government on the relevant clarifications required to ensure further advice is provided to the tennis community as soon as possible and in advance of Wednesday May 13 when tennis will be playable between members of the same household’ 10 May 2020

‘tennis activity in England will be able to take place outdoors from Wednesday 12 May with singles play only, other than where players are from the same household in which case they can play doubles’ 11 May 2020

So if you want to start playing again you will need to:

  • book a court using the Clubspark system
  • this enables you to book for one hour a week
  • the system records the name of the member booking the court
  • courts 1,3,4 and 6 only will be available
  • make sure that you wipe down the net handle after use
  • observe the 2 metre social distancing rules where possible
  • All players must read the LTA guidance on safe tennis by following this link or copy and pasting into google