Latest update 29th May 2020

To all members of Penzance Tennis Club Apologies for this long newsletter but we have a lot of information to give you! It’s been wonderful seeing members playing and coaching taking place this past week or so in the wonderful weather. As always we are following the LTA Covid 19 latest advice unreservedly at our Club as follows. Please make yourself aware of the latest guidance for playing and being coached which are also available via the link above. Meanwhile we have placed copies of the guidance around the Club. Reminders:Tennis activity in England will be able to take place outdoors with singles play only (you can play singles against one other who may be from another household), other than where players are all from the same household in which case they can play doublesOne to one coaching is taking place.PlayersBEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN* Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds beforeleaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)EQUIPMENT* Take hand sanitiser with you* Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such asrackets, grips, hats and towels)* Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you needto play* Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and waterbottles before and after use* Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others* Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with yourinitials)* Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of thesession and do not leave anything on court Advice and guidance are continuing to change. Please bear with us as we have time to put them in place as necessary. Subscription Renewals/MembershipCurrently we are asking members to pay their yearly subscription for 2020 / 2021 in full. At a later date when we have more clarity as to the club’s financial position we will be able to review the situation. Subscription is the bulk of our income and is likely to be our only income this year. From our annual accounts – subscriptions alone are not enough to keep the club solvent. Thank you for your understanding. When we know more we will be addressing subscriptions and options etc., to adjust for the missed access to courts if we can. You can pay your subscription renewals https://penzancetennisclub.co.uk/membership/ via bank transfer, standing order, by depositing a completed renewal form and cheque in the clubhouse postbox or by post. Clubhouse openingWe are, following Government and LTA guidelines, looking into and preparing the clubhouse for its future life in probably a number of stages.The first stage will be a limited...

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Return to restricted play from Wednesday 13th May

Message from our Chairman – COVID 19 To all members of Penzance Tennis Club 12/05/2020I just thought I would share with you the latest guidance from the “LTA Covid 19 Latest Advice” that we are, and will be, following unreservedly at our Club as follows: “Playing Tennis during LockdownLTA UPDATE* (11/05/20)The below provides an update following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday 10 May: Return to Restricted Play Following further clarifications we have received from Government, tennis activity in England will be able to take place outdoors from Wednesday 13th May with singles play only (you can play singles against one other who may be from another household), other than where players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles. We are finalising full guidance for players, coaches and venues and aim to share this as soon as possible. *UPDATE* (10/05/20)We are continuing to work with Government on the relevant clarifications required to ensure further advice is provided to the tennis community as soon as possible and in advance of Wednesday (13 May), when tennis will be playable in England between members of the same household. Resumption of Tennis ActivityWe know how important it is to keep people active, and the particular role tennis can have in the physical and mental wellbeing of those that play it. Our aim is therefore for tennis activity to return as soon as is possible in a way that is both safe and appropriate based on Government advice.Whilst we understand that tennis venues, coaches and players are keen toprepare for the resumption of tennis activity, we will share the guidance that we are discussing with Government once they have published how thephased lifting of current restrictions will take place. This will provide a single, clear set of guidelines for everyone involved with tennis in Britain to ensure safe activity in line with the wider Government advice.” Obviously things are changing very fast, meanwhile please bear with us as we receive further guidelines and have time to put them in place as necessary. From today 12/05/20 the court booking system is available for members booking. However please note Courts 1-4 will not be available Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 8-9am for essential court maintenance, sweeping, etc., for your safety. Please do not access these courts during this time. In addition Junior priority between 4-6pm Monday to Friday isreinstated. Access to the tennis courts is via Penlee Park, and through the gate to courts 1 to 4. If the gate is locked, the code for the padlock is available to members via email. The Clubhouse remains completely closed. We have received some help from the government and Cornwall Council which...

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Head Coach on BBC Radio Cornwall!

For those of you who missed it, here is a clip of the interview Head Coach Ian Vidgen did with BBC Radio Cornwall on Sunday evening. or you can listen on the BBC Radio Cornwall website – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08b4gnf. You’ll need to fast forward and start playing at 31.10. Remember to send us your clips for our “Virtual Rally” video that we will be creating. Here’s Head Coach Ian showing you how it can be done! You have until Wednesday 6th May and you can add your videos to the message tab on our Facebook page –...

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Covid-19 Update

Penzance Tennis Club – Covid-19 Update for Members The tennis club premises, including the courts and the clubhouse, remain closed. Currently intermittent checks are being made to: ensure security, perform essential maintenance, collect mail, process subscriptions, etc. Emails sent to info@penzancetennisclub.co.uk are being monitored at intervals, although not daily, bear with us. The Finance subcommittee had an online meeting this week to agree some emergency measures that are needed in response to the current situation as detailed below. Membership Subscriptions 2020/21 First of all, we would like to say thank you to all those members who have already paid their subscriptions. Others may have set up standing orders to pay over 3 months, and they may wish to continue with this. At this moment in time, we have decided to offer the following options to all members who have already paid, or who might want to still pay (if you can please do!). These members at the present time will be offered either: (i) an extension to their membership into the 2021/22 year, (ii) a reduced fee for next year based on the proportion of the playing year missed, or (iii) the option to donate any excess paid to Penzance Tennis Club, with the possibility of adding Gift Aid (25%) to this donation if they are taxpayers. We will continue to have meetings as necessary and make more decisions based on firm knowledge and advice. 50/50 Club We have decided that the start of the 50/50 Club will be delayed, probably until 1 July 2020, with entries to be received by 30 June 2020, or possibly later if life has not returned to normal by then. Anyone who has already paid will be automatically entered into the 50/50 Club as, and when. General The Club will have the opportunity to, and will, apply for grants, etc., under the Government and Local Council schemes as they are rolled out. We hope all members are fit and well and that we can all resume playing tennis again as soon as possible. Please remember ‘SUPPORT YOUR CLUB IF YOU CAN the bills still have to be paid!’ Meanwhile have you checked out Penzance Tennis Club coaching online? Our coaches at Penzance Tennis Club are working together to launch our YouTube channel IV Tennis Coaching. Each week they are going to be posting a variety of videos with tennis lessons and activities you can do at home. You can access our channel by clicking on the link below.PZ TC YouTube channel or via our website http://penzancetennisclub.co.uk/tennis-cardio-exercise-videos/ Trevor Newborn Chair, Penzance Tennis...

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COVID-19, Clubhouse and Courts Closed

COURTS AND CLUBHOUSE CLOSED FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE To all Members Following the Government’s announcement and unequivocal instruction (Monday 23 March) it is with heavy heart that I have to inform you that Penzance Tennis Club Courts and Clubhouse are closed forthwith.Please do not attend the club at all until advised otherwise.Meanwhile for any queries we will attempt to maintain the club email account info@penzancetennisclub.co.uk Keep yourselves and family safe during this unprecedented time. Trevor Newborn, Chair Penzance Tennis...

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