Covid-19 Rules and Guidance 

Members/Parents/Guardians of Portadown Tennis Club must adhere to the following guidelines as part of Step 1 of the NI executive’s Pathway to Recovery to be able to play.

To access the Portadown Tennis Club everyone must:

  • Be a current member (Membership paid May 2020 to April 2021)

  • A parent/guardian must accompany any player under 18 years

  • Not have been out of the country in the last 14 days

  • Not have been around someone with symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days

  • Not be in a period of self-isolation and/or required to shield under the current Health Policy Rules

  • Not be displaying COVID-19 symptoms

  • Have a pre-reserved court with all players named

    • A new court booking system will be introduced

    • All coaching sessions must be arranged through Daniel Bennett

    • Singles only with exception of doubles where playing partners are from the same household 

  • Bring their own equipment (Rackets, tennis balls & drinks)

    • One set of marked tennis balls for each player/doubles pairing)

Protocol for ARRIVING at the Club

  • Arrive on time and enter the club at time of booking

  • Proceed to the waiting areas marked out for your court if players are on court still (see club site map)

  • Keep social distance to players arriving or leaving the club

  • Only players or parents/guardians accompanying a child should access the grounds

  • Use your own gloves to open the front gate lock and lock up after you have entered

    • Use hand sanitiser if you do not bring gloves

  • Keep social distance of 2 meters to anyone entering or exiting courts and premises

  • Use court side hand sanitisers when entering and leaving courts

Protocol for PLAYING & LEAVING the Club

  • Finish play 10 minutes before the end of the booking and leave promptly keeping to social distancing when leaving

  • Singles only with exception of doubles where playing partners are from the same household

  • Use two sets of marked tennis balls for each player/pairing

    • Do not pick up other parties tennis balls. Serve using your tennis balls.

  • Keep social distance when changing ends and to adjacent courts

  • Do not share equipment (rackets, tennis balls for serving, towels, etc)

  • Use hand sanitiser before and after play

  • Keep social distance of 2 meters to anyone when exiting the courts

  • Use your own gloves to open the front gate lock and lock up after you have left the club

Protocol for COACHING at the Club

  • All coaching must be pre-booked through Daniel Bennett

  • Payment must be made electronically.

  • Lessons will begin on the hour and last for 50min to allow 10 minutes for players to leave the premises and the next players to arrive from their lesson.

  • All players to bring their own equipment, ie rackets, tennis balls for serving & drinks

  • Coaching is limited to 1-to-1 sessions, except where players are from the same household, but players must stay on one side.

  • Players must arrive at the time of booking and ready to play. Please wait in the designated area if players are on court still

  • Players under 18 must be accompanied and made aware of the protocols and guidelines of the club

  • Use court side hand sanitisers before and after play

  • Players should not pick up coaching balls

References

NI Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19): overview and advice

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-overview-and-advice

 

Public Health Agency

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-information-public

 

Ulster Tennis Guidance

https://www.ulstertennis.co.uk/confirmation-of-restricted-re-opening-of-tennis-in-northern-ireland

 

Portadown Tennis Club specific Guidelines & Protocol detailed on this page.

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