Elstead Village Tennis Club – Return to Play Guidelines
These guidelines ensure tennis activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government and LTA advice, and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to limit hand to shared surface contact and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.
- All courts must be booked online – No turn up and play allowed until further notice, as we need to know who is playing on the courts.
- On arrival at the club – access via the main gate. Please do not use side court gates. Use hand gel provided before accessing the courts if you have touched the padlocks or gates. Alcohol gel is provided outside the clubhouse.
- You may cross courts observing social distancing as you do.
- Whilst using the courts leave the main gate unlocked – and please ensure if you are the last to leave the club, you lock up. We have been repetitively burgled recently including during lockdown.
- We ask that you do not congregate closely in communal areas.
- A First Aid kit remains available outside the clubhouse – please do advise the committee if you use it at all, so we can ensure it is cleaned and restocked.
- If using flood lights – please do alcohol gel your hands again after touching switches.
- At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines, staying at least 2m away from others.
- Use your own clearly marked (preferably new) tennis balls. Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or to return them to another court.
- Stay at least 2m away from other players during play, when taking breaks and before and after play. Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.
- Please do not try to adjust the height of the net. It has been set at the correct height already.
- When you have finished playing, use alcohol gel again before you leave and do not use the same tennis balls again for 72 hours.
- It is mandatory for all members and guests to wear a mask or face covering inside the Clubhouse, in accordance with government guidelines. Please bring one with you when visiting the Club. This does not apply if you have a medical exemption which prevents you wearing a mask.
- NHS COVID-19 QR Code – In line with the government guidance around NHS Test and Trace, we have our unique QR code for the Club to use with the NHS COVID-19 app. If you have the app on your smartphone, please scan the QR code when you visit the Club to enable Test and Trace capabilities to be followed. The Club’s QR code is displayed to the left of the main entrance to the Clubhouse and on the Disabled WC door.
IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.
Masks or Face Coverings in the Clubhouse – New COVID-19 Safe Tennis Rules
It is now mandatory for all members and guests to wear a mask or face covering in the Clubhouse, in accordance with government guidelines. For those members requiring further guidance on the use of face masks, information can be found at the government website:
We should be grateful if members would ensure that they bring a mask or face covering with them when visiting the Club. This does not apply if you have a medical exemption which prevents you wearing a mask. We thank you for your cooperation.
NHS COVID-19 QR Code
In line with the recent government guidance around NHS Test and Trace, we now have our unique QR code for the Club to use with the NHS COVID-19 app. If you have the app on your smartphone, please scan the QR code when you visit the Club to enable Test and Trace capabilities to be followed. The Club’s QR code is displayed to the left of the main entrance to the Clubhouse and on the Disabled WC door.
Car parking at the Club is becoming increasingly busy, especially on Saturday mornings when there can be up to three football teams playing on Burford Lodge Recreation Ground. Please allow extra time for parking and drop offs, and try to park in side roads or walk to the Club whenever possible. The football club are looking at staggered kick-off times and alternative parking solutions but unfortunately these are not going to come into effect immediately.
EVTC has a new sponsorship with HEAD
They are offering discounts on rackets, balls, clothing and accessories.
Club contact for HEAD discounts: Jorge Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Morning Tuesdays
There is a great regular turnout of ladies on Tuesday mornings. About once a month the ladies arrange for Barbara Awbery to come along and coach them. The sessions run from 9.30am – 11am and lady members of all standards are welcome.
Thursday Evening Club Night
Why not come down to the courts to meet up with other members and play a few games of tennis.
We currently run a mix in evening on a Thursday from 7pm and to ensure there are a good number of players we have introduced a system where you supply your email to the organiser Mike Mullins and Mike sends out a reminder each week. Everyone who supplies their email will receive a mailing usually on a Sunday and you must reply yes or no for the following Thursday.
This system has been working very well. If you want to get onto the roster let Mike know and he’ll get you on the system
Elstead tennis club have a number of teams which take part in both Summer and Winter. The club run Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Teams that compete in the ADLTA local league, Aegon Surrey and the Chaucer leagues. If you are interested in playing contact Scott Tunbridge.
Contact Jorge Martin Munoz for further information