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.

Restrictions For Play At Riverside From 1 June

We are pleased to let you know that new rules will commence on Monday morning, 1 June.

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.  Club play and Leisure Play is still not permitted – all games must be arranged in advance and a court booked.

  • Players are not permitted to congregate on or around the courts before and after play.

  • The Club House will be closed.

  • All Club and Leisure Play Sessions have been suspended.

  • 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.

  • The individual circumstances of most of our coaches mean that they have decided that it is too risky for them to return to coaching just yet.  We appreciate that this will be disappointing for some of you however we are pleased to say that Sam Harris will be offering individual lessons.  Sam is a Level 3 LTA Accredited Plus Coach who is back from university and can offer lessons for £18 per hour.  Sam can be contacted on his mobile at 07493 512010 or by email at  Sam's fees are £18 per hour and all payments should be made by bank transfer.


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. 

·   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 9pm; floodlight keys are therefore not required during the Summer.

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

Court Bookings

·   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 court bookings are for 90 minutes.  To ensure everyone gets a fair chance to play, each member may only book two sessions per week, 7 days in advance.  Additional sessions may be booked for the following day from 9pm on the night before, if there are still vacant slots.

·   Courts 2 and 5 will now become bookable; Courts 7 & 8 will remain closed until the weather cools down!

·   To ensure everyone’s safety and correct management of the coaching tennis balls, Court 4 will be reserved for individual lessons.  Any unused slots will become available to book the day before.


·   Peak and Off-Peak times remain the same.


On the Court

·   You may now play either singles or doubles with people outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metre apart as far as possible – meaning that 4 people from different households can now play doubles.

·   You must only play with the people you have booked to play with – you must not interchange with other court bookings.

·  You should arrive and leave promptly.  Do not arrive early or stop for a chat after your game.  If you wish to chat , please go to the park over the road!

· Do not enter or leave the court at the same time as the previous/next players – wait in the Car or on the Court if necessary.

·   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.

Please email or to arrange a suitable time to collect your tube – please give at least 24 hours notice to avoid disappointment!  Juniors will be given nearly new balls or mini-tennis balls (depending on their age) which should also be returned at the end of these restrictions.

·   Your tennis balls should be clearly marked and only touched by you.  When you are playing with people outside of your own household you should play with all sets of balls (maybe 2 per person); you should then only touch your own tennis balls and kick/hit your opponents balls back to them!

·   Balls from neighbouring court should be returned promptly – again without touching them.

·    You must keep the required 2 metres apart at all times.

·   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.

·   Avoid chasing balls down to another court if other players are using it.

·   For doubles, consider agreeing to play the point again, if a player would clearly have to breach social distancing guidelines to hit the ball and was in a position to play it.

              ·   Please remember to bring your own drink.

 Visitors & Spectators

·        Visitors will not be allowed during this period however players can now join as “monthly off-peak members” for only £10 per month.  This will enable unlimited play until 5pm on weekdays (until return of Club Play when Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will be excluded) and play after 5pm at the week-ends.  It is easy to join and pay online from our website,

·     Spectators should not be present unless there is a specific requirement for them to be in attendance.

·     Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, these should be off-court and limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching sessions.



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.