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Our current guidelines for dealing with Coronavirus at the club are set out below.  We will be reviewing the advice regularly and updating this page as we do.

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·       We request that people still inform us if they have had a positive covid test result; we will then do an internal “track and trace” and contact anyone who was playing with the infected person.  As most interactions at the tennis club are outside, this will probably not result in self-isolation but we feel players would probably prefer to know.


·       Please do not attend the club if you have common covid symptoms:


o   for “double-dosers” these symptoms are normally headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat.

o   for everyone else, main symptoms are a headache, high temperature, continuous cough and loss of sense of taste or smell.


     If you have the symptoms relating to your vaccine status, please arrange a PCR test and stay at home.




·       The 1 metre rule is no longer applicable however please respect people's personal space.




·       We will continue to provide hand sanitizer at the gates; please use this before entering.

·       At the end of matches, please continue to “tap rackets” rather than shake hands.






·       Players must continue to use Clubspark  to register for club/leisure play, coaching and bookable courts in order that we can trace anyone who has been close contact with an infected person.  This must be done before play commences however can be done on arrival at the club!  Please note that you can now cancel your own club and leisure play bookings following an enhancement to the Clubspark system.





The Club House may be accessed however:


·       Whilst in the Club House we expect everyone to respect others and wear a face-covering.


·       All doors and windows should be opened.


·       We will have cleaning spray on the breakfast bar and will encourage everyone to clean after use.


·       Kitchen towels will be provided for drying up cutlery/crockery and for drying hands


·       Both loos will be open but paper towels will continue to be used.





·       Following our League Administrators’ advice, we will not provide match teas until advised differently. 

Our current risk assessment can be viewed by clicking here.



Following revised guidance from the LTA and the Government, we have agreed that tennis at Riverside will take place as follows:

  • Both singles and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metre apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. 

  • INFORMAL SOCIAL PLAY.   For informal social play, from Monday 29 March group size is limited to a maximum of 30 people by law. 

  • Club Play and Leisure Play is permitted – these must be booked in advance from this website.  Our Events Risk Assessment can be viewed here.

  • Players are permitted to congregate in groups of no more than 30 on or around the courts before and after play.

  • Please abide by the general government advice on the spread of coronavirus which you can see by visiting website.   If you have a cough, cold or are feeling unwell in any way,  please do not come to the club.

  • If someone who has played at Riverside develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should be directed to follow the Government’s “test and trace” guidelines available from the website.

Please remember that all players need to take responsibility for their own safety as well the safety of their opponents, partners and coaches at all times by respecting the social distancing and the following guidelines.


  • The Club House is closed except for league match players sheltering from the rain* (full rules detailed at the bottom of this page); one toilet is also open.

  •  The First Aid Box is stored in a box which is placed outside the sheds behind Court 3; hand sanitisers and wipes are also be stored in this box although they are also available at the Court Gates.

  • The courts are open from 7.30 am until 10pm. 

  • Hand hygiene is imperative – use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching any shared surface.


 Courts must be booked in advance using our online Clubspark system which is accessible from our website or by clicking here..  You will need to sign in or register with Clubspark to do this (very simple and the system will lead you through this!)


  •    All courts are now bookable & Courts 5 & 6 are available for “Pay and Play” sometimes.


  •   Peak and Off-Peak times remain the same.



  • Please bring your own tennis balls.  Each member can collect a tube of balls from Carolyn’s house (11 Moberly Road, SP1 3BZ)).  When the balls have worn out, please bring them back to receive a new tube; these will then be put in the coaching baskets/sold to schools as usual.

  •  You must bring your own equipment and only take the minimum amount of stuff onto the court e.g. drink, towel, spare racket.   Do not share rackets, grips etc..

  •  Please avoid touching anything, as far as possible.  Net measuring sticks and benches have all been removed.  If you wind up the net, please remember to wipe the net winder.

  •  Please remember to bring your own drink.


  • Spectators permitted in groups of no more than 30.


  • Email to be sent to all members to advise them that club will be closed for a few hours and that someone has tested positive (no names).

  • Track and Trace using Clubspark will be implemented.



Riverside's Covid Risk Assessment is regularly updated and can be viewed here.


It is critical that we all comply with these restrictions as otherwise it will threaten our ability to remain open.  We will be undertaking “spot checks” to enforce compliance.



1.  Rule of 6 Applies Indoors as well as social distancing.

2.  Following a risk assessment, we can have more than one group of 6 however they must not mix at all.  Our captain must set out chairs at either end of the clubhouse for each team and ensure the opposition comply with this rule.

3.  Wearing of masks will be obligatory whenever players are not sitting down

4.  The back and front doors must remain open with the internal door also propped open to provide enough ventilation.

5.  The home team captain is responsible for ensuring that all surfaces are cleaned properly at the end of the match.