I am sorry to trouble you with yet another email, but there is a clear need for the committee to convey some messages to all members.
The club sessions have restarted but there are a number of concerns. Members are not always making a booking and are simply arriving at the club. Each session needs to have a designated leader or ‘owner’ who ensures certain things happen (details later) – yet we have had almost no volunteers to take up this responsibility at any session.
The committee are currently working very hard to ensure the club follows LTA and Government guidelines, and that club sessions can take place, but we can only do so much – and we are volunteers, not paid staff.
In order to try and help members, you will see below specific links for every club session. By using the link in your browser, you should be able to get more speedily and directly to the session you wish to book. We will continue to provide support for those few members who do not use email or clubspark. However, we cannot continue to run club sessions without there being a designated owner or leader for each one. This involves collecting/distributing balls from the clubhouse, encouraging members to use the sanitiser available, noting any members who attend and have not booked beforehand, and setting limits on the number of games played if members are waiting to play.
Unless we have some people prepared to take this minor but critical responsibility at each club session, there is a very real danger that we will have to suspend club sessions. The committee – already depleted by two missing heads – can do no more, we are already working hard and need others to get involved.
The individual links to the sessions are here.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR CLUB SESSION
1. In your browser go to copy and paste link below for the session you wish to book for and follow items 2-12
2. Southbourne Tennis club club session booking page will come up
3. Tick the box of the date you wish to book
4. Click on book now
5. Sign in as usual on Clubspark
6. Click on your name so that you are recognised as a member, make sure it says member if not click change
7. Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions
8. Press ‘check out’
9. Please note that the system will only allow you to book for one week in advance.
10. No bookings can be done on the day of the session
11. You will receive an email to confirm your booking
12. If you make an error with booking or need to cancel please contact Colin.
Following guidance published by the Government for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches, players and officials/competitions. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked below.
This version of the guidance has been updated to provide clarity on group activity after the Government confirmed that organised group tennis activity that is currently permitted in line with LTA COVID-19 Secure guidelines, can continue to take place, both indoors and oudoors. For clarity, from Monday 14 September:
FOR INFORMAL SOCIAL PLAY, GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF SIX PEOPLE BY LAW
Organised tennis activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted by the Government as an exception to the limit of six, and so can continue, provided that venues, coaching providers and event organisers follow LTA COVID-19 secure guidelines
These guidelines apply to tennis, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.
2. Southbourne Tennis club page will come up
3. Sign in as usual on Clubspark
4. Your name will come up
5. Press ‘Coaching’
6. Underneath this will be Coaching sessions. This is how you book onto club sessions
7. Search for your session(s)
8. Click on the one you wish to book
9. Tick the box
10. Click on book now
11. Click on your name so that you are recognised as a member
12. Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions
13. Press ‘check out’
14. Please note that the system will only allow you to book for one week in advance.
15. No bookings can be done on the day of the session
16. You will receive an email to confirm your booking
17. If you make an error with booking or need to cancel please contact Colin
On October 5th, we are launching a new internal 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 October 5th- November 29th (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 (October 5th), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members, visitors and parents. Please remember this rule comes into force today. Please abide by it when at the tennis club. Many thanks for your cooperation. (Coaching and organised club sessions are exempt from this rule as stated in the LTA guidelines) ... See MoreSee Less
NEW: for club Members only, Join the Southbourne Tennis Club box league competition ( October 5th- November 29th ). It is open to everyone and players of all standards (also absolute beginners). It is the perfect way to play friendly competitive matches at times that suit your agenda.
How do I join?
Download the free Scala Sports app (iOS or Android) Go to Leagues Search and join the league: Southbourne - Mixed Singles ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all southbourne Junior and Girls members age 10 and over, the club sessions are about to resume from next week 7th sept. Mondays 6-7pm and Saturday 10-11.25am for Juniors 10+ and Fridays 5-6pm for Girl 10+ members. All sessions are for members only and need to be pre booked, Sign up clubspark.lta.org.uk/SouthbourneTennisClub/Coaching. If you haven’t renewed your membership now is the time to do it!!! ... See MoreSee Less