Club News

Members update 11 May 2020

May 12th, 2020|


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

Chairpersons Update April 2020

May 4th, 2020|


Our Head Coach, Dave Sanger was awarded the County LTA Award in November for his extraordinary contribution to Disability Tennis opening the sport up to enable more people to take part.
We are delighted to announce that he has also now won the Regional LTA Award in recogntion of his continuing commitment to, not only running our major weekly programme of specialist provision, but also successfully and almost single handedly, raising the necessary funds to do so.

He will now go through to the National Final with the winners being presented with their prize during Wimbledon. Sadly though , as you will all be aware, this has been cancelled this year due to Covid19.


Firstly to you, our members, for supporting our decision to close the courts. We considered this very carefully and took advice from the LTA prior to deciding to do so . We felt that it was essential that we contributed to the national effort to stem the flow of the virus.

We fully appreciate the frustration that this has caused us all, especially given the almost perfect weather conditions following those weeks of downpours and flooded courts.

Please be assured that just as soon as we are advised that we can reopen we will keep you informed but in the meantime please continue to keep your distance, your racquet in its cover and your balls dry!

Secondly I want to publicly thank the Committee members, past and present, for their ongoing commitment and energy in ensuring that apart from playing tennis we keep the ball rolling………

A big shout out to:

Peter Richardson for mowing the grass
Celia Barron for regularly visiting the site to check that everything is ok
Colin Gilbey for chasing potential suppliers and installers of floodlighting
Dan Light for making a successful application to BPC for a Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant along with thoroughly reviewing our insurance policy


We are about to experience our first virtual Committee meeting via Zoom on Monday. Amongst the issues we expect to discuss will be:

– membership fees for the coming year
– how to raise enough money to replace the floodlights
– should we pay someone to undertake the role of Club and Grounds Maintainence Co-ordinator.
– replacement of our current cleaner
– identifying a volunteer to take on the role of Social Secretary


March 27th, 2020|

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

Chairpersons Update March 2020 – Club is closed until further notice

March 23rd, 2020|

Chairpersons Update March 2020
Coronavirus Alert

Club is closed until further notice.

Following on from the emails that you have already received and the notices displayed around the club, the Committee and I are now giving all members ,friends and guests formal notice that the club is closed until further notice.

We have also closed down the Clubspark booking system and are intending to change the entry system to the main door to ensure your safety at this very difficult time. As a registered LTA venue we are following their advice and using their regular updates to inform our decisions.

We are aware that fresh air and exercise are vital to our health and well being and that some of you may choose to use the courts . Should you do so you should be aware of the club insurance policy which is the standard Public and Employers Liability policy recommended by the LTA and administered through Hiscox Insurance on their behalf . The important section to note is as follows:

  • All individuals who take part ,either as administrators,coaches or participants have a Duty of Care to ensure that they do not cause injury or financial loss to anyone or damage to anyones’ property.
  • In addition to this if you do decide to carry on playing be advised of the following:
    • courts are only available on a first come, first served (pun intended) basis
    • you must provide your own tennis balls
    • the clubhouse is closed so there is no access to the kitchen,toilets or showers
    • wash your hands before and after playing, without exception, using hand gel
    • only use your own racquet
    • clean and wipe down the equipment including racquets, benches,n et handles

In the meantime the Committee and I are continuing to carry on with ensuring that when play can recommence the club will be ready for you. Work in progress includes replacing the clubhouse lights with LEDs to reduce the electricity bills, cleaning the carpet which is showing signs of wear and tear, repairing/replacing the clubhouse back door leading onto courts 1-3, finalising the new lease arrangements with BPC Council and getting our heads around our revised responsibilities as Charity Trustees.

The end of year accounts are in the process of being completed and we continue to actively review how we can ensure our ongoing financial health so that we can look ahead with confidence in our future.

Thank you for your understanding as together we face the challenges of the present and future. Stay well, fit and positive and we look forward very much to seeing you all on court as soon as possible.

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Summer holiday tennis coaching

Dear All

Southbourne will be putting on some tennis courses during the summer holidays.

These courses will be for 6 weeks and we will be using an online system called clubspark for all bookings and payments. We unfortunately won't be accepting cheque or cash payments currently and only people booked on via this platform will be able to attend. Please copy and paste this link to search up sessions;
for children courses
for adults courses

To sign up,
· copy and paste link,
· then scroll down on the page until you find an appropriate course,
· then click the course you wish to book onto,
· you will then need to sign up for a clubspark account,
· and then book and pay for the chosen course.
You should be able to see the ages and abilities for each course but if you are unsure please either email or text me to find out best courses for yourself or child. Also if you have any trouble booking please contact me asap as we will be running a first come first served basis and the places are limited.

We have tried to have lessons for each age group and standard. We also have some starter courses for children 6-8 and Adults beginners. If we find all these courses fill up we will do our best to put further courses on. We would also like to hear from you if you have any questions or the session times don’t work for you as we might be able to adapt or alter sessions to make them fit better.

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Hand hygiene is imperative - use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface.
Avoid touching your face, if you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
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