Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club reopens its doors to members after government eases lockdown restrictions
Aces are being served and winners struck once again at Bishop's Stortford Lawn Tennis Club after it reopened last Thursday (May 14).
The Government's easing of the lockdown restrictions means members can now play singles, or doubles if all four players are from the same household.
The Lawn Tennis Association has issued guidance documents for players, venues and coaches.
Rules to observe during play include staying on your side of the court and avoiding changing ends or agreeing to change ends at opposite sides of the net, avoiding using your hands to pick up tennis balls that are not yours and maintaining social distancing at all times.
"We have put up signage to enable social distancing and an email has been sent to all members explaining what measures we have taken, as well as what we would expect from them," said Natalie Dwyer, manager of the Cricketfield Lane club, on Thursday.
"For the next 10 days we are only offering the courts to members as we anticipate a huge rush to get back to playing. However, after that point the committee will evaluate court activity and we hope to offer pay-and-play to non-members, who will be able to book three days prior.
"We offer a number of different memberships, including three- and six-month, so perhaps interested players will join instead. Our website has been redesigned and is now full of information for potential and current members.
"Also, the LTA has redesigned their coaching programme, now called LTA Youth Programme, which we will be introducing once we're able to restart coaching. There are many exciting changes coming to the club and how we deliver tennis."
The LTA has said the initial focus should be on facilitating recreational and social play, with guidelines on the resumption of competitive tennis activity to be issued in due course.
Go to www.bsltc.co.uk to find out more about the club.
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