Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update -Wednesday 7th April 2021.

Club facilities open from Monday 12th April* Guidelines on how the areas will operate are detailed below. Please read.

  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Indoor tennis & squash courts
  • Toilets
  • Outside patio dining area for The Orchard
  • Just Rackets sports shop
  • Upper indoor viewing gallery for indoor tennis courts
  • Outdoor croquet courts
  • Online booking

Club facilities that remain closed until further notice. 

  • Reception area and front desk
  • Inside restaurant and bar, club room area
  • Upper viewing gallery in squash block
  • Both main club and squash block shower areas.

Membership & reception desk

Please do not enter the building other than to use the areas shown above in green. If you have not yet renewed or reactivated your membership and wish to do so, please email frontdesk@lstc.org.uk, or call the Club from Monday 12th of April between the hours set out below. Our reception team will call you back and take payments over the phone where needed. The reception desk is not open to visit yet.

Club direct phone line 01462 675444

Monday – Friday               9am – 7pm

Saturday – Sunday           9am – 3pm

Return to Squash

Some positive news for our squash members! We are super excited to be returning to the sport we love after the longest winter ever!

Although regular squash is not yet permitted outside of your household/support bubble, this is a great time to get back on court for some solo practise or to have some coaching to get you back up to speed before the next stage of reopening.

On court adult 1-1 and children's 1-1/group coaching will be allowed. The exact rules are yet to be confirmed but it is likely that this will incorporate socially distanced practise only. Even if this is the case, this enables a wide range of drills to work on technique, ball control, movement, and squash specific strength/fitness.

We can also use the 'squash cannon' ball feeding machine. This gives you the opportunity to maximize your time on court to hit hundreds of balls, so you can really focus on a certain shot, combinations of shots and movement or options in a particular area of the court. This is often used as a part of regular coaching sessions, but if members wish, we can also arrange supervised rentals. We can assist you in operating the machine but otherwise stay off court.

Also, we are now running twice weekly outside group squash fit sessions.

For any enquiries re coaching, ball machine rentals or group fitness please get in touch with Greg on 07990 755433 or via www.superstarsquash.com.

Please note that all court bookings are to be made online and we will be live from Wednesday 7th April from 8pm. Also continue to use the signing in folder at the entrance to the squash courts prior to play, and ensure you sanitise your hands. The toilet facilities will be available to use within the block, but the showers will remain closed until further notice. Please do not use the upper viewing gallery in the squash block and use a mask when entering the block or leaving court.

We acknowledge this is a very cautious step back into squash, but it is an exciting step nonetheless and fingers crossed the May update provides even more flexibility for squash players!

Indoor Tennis Courts

Our Junior programme will return to the indoors courts from Monday 12th  April as previously run. Under the latest LTA guidelines, Members will be able to enjoy 121 coaching and play on court with same household players for either singles or doubles. The adult programme and organised social groups will continue to run on the outside courts until further restrictions are lifted. Please ensure you sign in the folder if you attend a social group.The sign in folder is in the changing room corridor on a table.

Online booking & Guests

All courts must be booked online We are no longer taking court bookings over the phone or at reception. To cancel a paid court, you will need to email reception on frontdesk@lstc.org.uk where our staff will confirm your booking cancellation via email. If you still have not set up an online account with us, or you are having trouble booking, please email as above and we will get in touch to help you. Please wear a face mask when walking onto and leaving the indoor courts, or when using the walkway areas of the club. Online booking for members for both indoor tennis and squash courts will be live from Wednesday 7th April at 8pm. If you wish to bring a guest with you, please email reception as above and we will send you a form to complete and call you to take a guest fee payment. Please ensure you email at least a day before you wish to bring a guest. Do not turn up on the day. Guests must complete a test and trace form in advance.

Dropping off and picking up children at the club

When dropping off or picking up children from the Club please use the grass area adjacent to the patio, in front of the new signage for The Orchard. Do not stand on the patio area as this will be used for dining for The Orchard only. The coaching team will collect the children on the groups and lead them to the indoor courts. Parents/guardians will then be able to use the viewing gallery to watch. Children will be brought back to the grass area at the end of their session to be collected.

Tennis programme bookings

Please continue to book through DRH Sports website for all junior and adult programmes. If you are having trouble or issues with booking a course, please email lstccoaching@drhsports.co.uk and they will get in touch to help you.

Letchworth Fitness Gym

We are very pleased to let you know that gym members will be able to use the gym again from the 12th of April for PT and workouts. All gym slots, outside and online classes will be bookable again through the app “Gym Sync” If you need to renew or reactivate your membership, please get in touch before trying to book a slot and email frontdesk@lstc.org.uk.

The gym team have set out easy to follow guidelines within the gym area and can also be found on their website www.letchworthfitness.co.uk The team are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back.

Upper indoor court viewing gallery

Parents/guardians are permitted to use the upper viewing gallery to watch their children on the programme when on indoor courts. This will be limited to one parent/guardian per child. Please do not take food or drinks into the building, these are not permitted under current restrictions. The entrance to the gallery and exit will be one way as previously set out. Please do not cross on the stairways or allow children off the programme to walk or run around unattended. We have placed new chairs and tables on the upper gallery which are fixed in position to prevent this area from causing obstruction. Please do not try to move chairs, they are fixed to the wall.

The Orchard restaurant and bar

More good news with our brand-new restaurant and bar opening. Outside dining will begin from Monday 12th April with hot and cold meals being offered from breakfast through to lunch and you will be able to relax after playing on court with your favourite coffee whilst catching up with friends. Many of you will now have had a peek through the patio windows or followed The Orchard on social media and seen the work The Orchard have completed behind the scenes. We trust you will enjoy this new area of the Club and look forward to using the inside area as soon as they are able to open.

Opening times will be 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 4pm at weekends. Table service or takeaways, no table bookings at this stage. These times will increase as restrictions lift. The Orchard will keep you updated and are very much looking forward to meeting you all.

Just Rackets Sports Shop

Gary will look to reopen the sports shop at a later date, in the meantime, you can still visit The Just Rackets website www.just-rackets.co.uk to purchase goods or call Gary direct on 07956 531993 for all racket restringing.

We are very happy that our facilities are gradually reopening, and we hope you are too. Please stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Kind regards

Mel Loten

General Manager