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Volley good news as Chatteris Tennis Club returns to action

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Members of Chatteris Tennis Club are once again enjoying both playing tennis for fun and in competition.

Each day since the easing of restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19, activity at the club’s courts has grown and grown.

In mid-March the club was forced to close, all activities ceased, social events including the new season opening day and Come Try Tennis for Free day had to be cancelled. Coaching programmes for both juniors and adults were suspended and all summer league matches against other clubs cancelled.

The refurbished Old Club House (36850521)
The refurbished Old Club House (36850521)

With each easing of COVID restrictions, the club has responded to the British Lawn Tennis Association guidelines, with innovatory ways to enable members to play and has also succeeded in attracting new members of all ages to the sport.

Initially, members were permitted to play singles tennis or in family groups. Very quickly the club set up a singles league, to offer members both the opportunity of competitive, as well as social tennis.

Further easing of restrictions has led to the restoration of doubles tennis and the establishment of a club mixed doubles league. This is proving very popular in the absence of competitive league matches with other clubs in the county.

Club members Kathryn Booth, Roy Roberts & David Duxbury maintaining social distancing as they laboured for the Club (36850960)
Club members Kathryn Booth, Roy Roberts & David Duxbury maintaining social distancing as they laboured for the Club (36850960)

Now, the club is delighted to once again be able to offer coaching programmes for adult beginners, juniors from five-14 in three groups and an adult refresher course for those returning to the sport.

In order to conform to the LTA Guidelines, club coach Lisa Kennedy is providing these courses in smaller groups than usual. In addition, she is able to provide by appointment, one-to-one coaching for both juniors and adults wishing to accelerate their skills development.

Each week more and more members have returned to play. The club is delighted that nearly 15 per cent of those now playing are new members.

All play takes place under newly-adopted strict rules to ensure everyone can both enjoy the sport, whilst maintaining social distancing and safe guard their health.

After the enforced close down, members have returned to find the facilities are now the finest in the club’s history. During the closed period, members Simon Grainger and Dave Wing, who already undertake most of the club’s maintenance on a voluntary basis, continued to do so.

They established methods where three maintenance/cleaning/refurbishment mornings, attended by up to 12 volunteers, working in accordance with social distancing, could take place.

As a result all the club’s grounds and buildings have been cleaned, repaired, painted and refurbished. A new patio area has been created outside the main clubhouse and the old clubhouse has been refurbished for use as a supplementary facility for members on coaching days and when entertaining visiting teams.

In addition, paths, driveways and the parking areas have been improved and flower beds planted.

Work starts very soon on the installation of floodlights on courts three and four which will double the capacity for play on evenings from September to April.

For further details about the club, visit www. chatteristennis .com

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