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.
UPDATE - 24/3
The LTA have issued the following statement::
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March) all tennis facilities and courts should be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect.
The full update can be found here.
Unfortunately this means that the club has to close completely and cannot
even remain open for "household only" play.
We will inform everyone as soon as restrictions are lifted and we can re-open the club.
In the meantime - please stay safe!
CLUB CLOSURE - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 24/3
Following the Prime Minsiter's briefing on Monday evening, we have taken the decision to close the Club (Club house and courts) with immediate effect until further notice.
We realise that this will be a huge disappointment for all of you but please understand that we must work together to combat the spread of Covid-19. The government's guidelines are a little ambiguous about the possibility of still keeping the courts open for household members only but we suspect this will not be allowed due to the potential for contact between different family groups. If the LTA advise us differently, we will review the complete closure immediately!
Update – 18 March 2020
In the light of the Government’s Coronavirus guidelines, the Club have developed its own policy to support the fight against the virus.
Although the Club will remain open, the following significant changes will apply until at least Monday 13 April:
All Club Play (including Monday and Friday Leisure Play) will be cancelled
All group coaching sessions will be cancelled
All club league matches will be postponed or cancelled depending on current league positions
We are keen to encourage people to continue to play though!
Courts will still be available to book for pre-arranged doubles or singles games and individual coaching. Please try to avoid booking these courts at the same time as other groups as this will only increase the risk of contamination. Courts may be booked by clicking here.
If you are coming to play at the Club, please follow these rules:
Observe the self-isolation guidelines and DO NOT COME TO THE CLUB if you or anyone in your household is diagnosed with or is displaying symptoms of the virus
Follow the Club’s hygiene guidelines accessible from the “Information” section of our website; if you are able to, please bring wipes to clean any surfaces you have touched, e.g. padlocks and door handles.
Follow the Government’s rules for Social Distancing.
Please use the booking system and avoid busy times. All the regular court bookings have been cancelled on the system so you may play at any time you choose; click here to book!
The club is very keen to stay open. We wish to encourage everyone to continue playing tennis and hope that many of you will all be arranging your own games. The Club’s tennis balls will be available but you may wish to bring your own. To minimise the risk of the virus spreading, you should avoid touching your face during the game and wash your hands as soon as you finish; you may also like to consider wearing a disposable glove on your left hand.
Finally, please could we make a plea for members to keep in email and telephone contact with some of our older members who rely on the club for their social contact.
Riverside Hygiene Policy Re Coronavirus – 14 March
The clubhouse is regularly cleaned. Members are advised to take the following precautions:
Use an alternative salutation to handshaking
Use the dishwasher for cleaning crockery and cutlery
Follow handwashing procedure or use your own hand sanitiser
Bring your own towel for personal use. Towels and tea-towels will not be available in the clubhouse for general use for the foreseeable future
Ensure that you follow government guidelines, particularly if returning from abroad or having had contact with an infected person. The latest advice can be found at: