March 24, 2021
by Rupert Thorp
Welcome to the new season. As we near the end of what we hope will be the final national Covid lockdown, we look forward to being able to play tennis again. Happily, the Government has announced that outdoor sports, including tennis, may resume later this month, which conveniently coincides with the start of our new season. Some restrictions will remain in place until further relaxation is permitted but, provided these are observed, all members can safely play tennis from 29 March onward.
Social play, including regular weekday sessions, will be limited to groups of 6 persons maximum. What this means in practice is that 4 players can play on each court but that interchange of players between courts may happen no more than once in each session, so that each player shares a court with no more than 5 others during the session. On club nights (Tuesdays & Fridays, commencing 30 March) there will be a committee member present to help organise play. It has been proposed that the WhatsApp group, set up for floodlit sessions, be used for club nights to allow attendance to be pre-booked for each session; please email: Felicity.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not on the group and would like to be included.
Formal coaching sessions are subject to different restrictions (max 12 persons per court) and these will commence from 19 April. Details and costs are shown at Coaching 2021.
Subscriptions are being held at the 2019 level for the 2021/22 season. Subs are due on 1st April 2021 and will be collected via direct debit from those who have signed up to Clubspark. Alternatively they may be paid via Clubspark using a credit card. Members not using Clubspark can make payment by bank transfer or cheque – see the Application Form 2021. New members, including anyone who joined for the first time in 2020/21, will receive a 50% discount.
Booking of courts is required as it was last year, via Clubspark. The padlock codes are revealed when you have booked your court.
The Club AGM is normally held a few weeks before the start of the season, giving members the opportunity to comment on the running of the club and to vote on plans and proposals for the forthcoming season. This has not been possible this year because of Covid restrictions but we plan instead to hold a meeting in June or July, when restrictions have (hopefully) been lifted. The date, when fixed, will be notified to members by email.
The Annual Club Tournament will be held as normal this year; all adult full-time members are encouraged to enter. Entry details will be posted on the website and the pavilion notice board. Finals’ day will be held on 12 September 2021.
A Junior Tournament and a programme of the popular American Tournaments will be arranged during the season. Dates to be announced when known.
Three Club Teams (Mens, Ladies & Mixed) have been entered in the Chester & District Summer League this season. The Mens’ B team has been withdrawn because of insufficient numbers of available players.
Not much longer to wait now, before we are playing again. The clocks are going forward and winter (and hopefully, the pandemic) is coming to an end. Enjoy your tennis and remember to stay safe.
Chris Edwards, Club Chairman, March 2021