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Covid-19 Update

Changes due to Covid-19 - updated Tuesday 1st December.

Our tennis courses and day to day operation at the Club will run in full compliance with all social distancing, hygiene and activity adjustment measures set by the LTA and the government. We want to reassure all our players and parents that the health and safety of our players is paramount and we will strive to ensure all guidelines are adhered to whilst continuing to keep the spirit and fun nature of tennis alive. Please read through below to see the changes we have put in place to our operations.

Club Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 8am – 10pm

Saturday & Sunday – 8am – 5pm

Reception Area

The reception desk opening hours are currently 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 3pm at weekends. When reception is closed, we will always have a dedicated member of staff on shift from when the Club opens until close. In case of emergency’s please press the bell located on reception and a member of staff will get to you as soon as possible to assist.

Members should not visit inside the Club building unless absolutely necessary. We are requesting that all members continue to book courts and adult groups online. We can deal with all course bookings, membership queries and payments over the phone. Members should only need to use the Club building for entering onto a court they have booked, using the toilets, or dropping off and picking up children booked on courses.

Upon entering the building members will be requested to where a mask until they walk onto court. We operate a one-way system throughout the building that should be clear to understand on arrival. The reception area will be screened off and limited on how many people can be within the area at any one time

Cashless Payments

We are no longer accepting cash or cheques. All payments will need to be via a credit or debit card. We can do this very easily over the phone or you can top up online if you have an account to book and pay for courts. If you still need to set up an online account please email frontdesk@lstc.org.uk and we will send you instructions on how to set this up along with your member ID number.

Indoor Courts & Programme

The indoor courts and adult programme is bookable online. Hand sanitiser will be made available for use in and around the entrances to the indoor courts. These will be clearly displayed. We have removed most equipment from behind the curtains, apart from mini nets, and cleaned down all areas.

Squash Courts  

Both squash courts will be bookable online. We will continue with staggered court times along with the signing in process for test and trace on the squash block entrance until we can safely have more members in the court block. The latest guidelines from England Squash on safe play can be found on this website under the governance section. We will continue to update where needed.

Letchworth Fitness Gym

Gym access slots will be available to book via the mobile app Gym Sync. For members only.

Unfortunately, due to Tier 2 restrictions, we are unable to provide group exercises classes, but will continue to provide online classes for all members. We will post a video update on changes to procedures in our temporary WhatsApp Group.

Café/Bar Area – Opening from Monday 14th September

The café/bar is currently closed. The Orchard restaurant and bar is due to open mid-January. Further information can be found on this website  under Restaurant & Bar.

Parents will be able to use the upper gallery which overlooks the indoor courts to watch their children if needed. You will not be able to sit and watch at the window area that looks onto the indoor courts in the café area. We will also be using a one-way system to gain access and leave the gallery. We are requesting that parents do not congregate in areas and that children not participating within a group are always in the company of their parent. Children should not be left unattended to walk through the Club building alone for any reason if they are not on the programme.

The café/bar area will be used for dropping off and picking up children. This will be clear on arrival. Our tennis coaches will be collecting children from the café waiting area if they are using the indoor courts. Children will be taken back to the café/bar area at the end of the session ready for parents to collect.

Outdoor Courts

The outdoor courts will continue to operate as usual. We will be providing hand sanitiser for arrival; members should continue to book courts online and follow guidelines for safe play.

Children arriving for groups on the outdoor courts should go straight to the court the group is booked on to and meet their coach. Parents are requested to not congregate outside and stay at the recommended distance of at least 1.5m from one another. Any children not on court should NOT be left unattended.

Outdoor Table tennis & Children’s Football Area.

Members can continue to enjoy playing table tennis outside, providing they bring their own bat and table tennis balls.

The area previously used for football is completely out of action and taped off. Please do not allow your children to play in this area.

Cleaning

Our staff have been informed of the cleaning measures we have in place with clear instructions to follow. All areas of the building have had a more intensive clean prior to opening and will continue to be cleaned daily by our staff. We have installed door hooks where possible along with fire door stops internally to help keep the air flow throughout the building and minimise areas to touch. Hand sanitiser stations will be visible for use on arrival and within areas throughout the Club. We have cleaning materials within areas of the café/bar for you to use when leaving a table, you have been sitting at.

TENNIS COACHING UPDATE

All tennis coaching classes at Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club will resume from Wednesday December 2nd.

We’re pleased to share with you all some good news following the recent Government announcement. The easing of this lockdown period allows us to re-start our kids, junior, and adult coaching programme at Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club.

When: Starting on Wednesday 2nd December

What: All tots, mini, junior and performance programmes.
Spanish Drills, Daytime Drills, Adult Beginner and Adult Improvers.
How: It has been confirmed that Hertfordshire will be in tier 2 until further notice. This means we can continue our tots, mini, junior and performance as they were. All adult sessions will however need to be held outdoors.

What happens if the tier changes? If the tier we are in moves either up or down then no changes to the structure of our coaching programme is required.
As before, we will continue to enforce our social distancing and covid secure policies.

Changes to indoor play
Due to being in tier 2, there are a few critical changes that will affect adults playing tennis indoors. Here are the key points:
  • Adult group classes cannot continue indoors so therefore will be moved outdoors.
  • You may play singles or doubles with your household or bubble.
  • You may play singles with 1 person outside of your household or bubble.
  • 1to1 coaching for minis, juniors and adult is allowed.
  • You cannot play doubles with people outside of your household or bubble.

For a more detailed breakdown of what is and is not allowed, please CLICK HERE to view the latest guidance from the LTA.

Please Note: If we move to a different tier then the rules and regulations around tennis play may change. If this happens. we will notify you immediately.

Questions

If you have any questions about your tennis, the tennis club, the fees, your credits or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact the DRH Sports / LSTC team.
Email us at: tennismanager@lstc.org.uk

SQUASH UPDATE

We are glad to be reopening our squash courts from Wednesday 2nd December and look forward to welcoming you back to the club.

Due to Hertfordshire being placed under the Government's tier 2 restrictions, we must now operate under stricter conditions of play than before we closed.  To read the full guidance please refer to www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance.

In short, the main difference is that players from different households must now return to playing 'sides'.  However, unlike back in August, this is now only permitted within your squash bubble of up to six people. We will assume squash bubbles remain the same as before lockdown, please send any alterations to lstcsquash@gmail.com and remember to leave 7 days in-between changing bubbles.

Socially distanced practice is also allowed within the bubbles, please refer to the above website for some ideas in this regard. As per prior to lockdown, solo practice is permitted, as is full court squash within households or support bubbles.   Coaching may resume on a 1-1 adult basis only, as this evolves we will update you.

Please ensure you continue to follow the safety guidelines within the court block regarding track and trace, social distancing, sanitising your hands upon entry and exit, avoiding wiping hands on the court walls and cleaning door handles and any touch points during and after your game.

Thank you for adhering to the guidance, keeping each other safe and enabling the club to open in a covid secure way. We will monitor updates from England Squash for changes and hopefully we can return to full squash in the not too distant future.

Stay safe and well, we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kind regards

Mel Loten

General Manager