Updated 26th March 2021
WELCOME BACK - RYECROFT IS OPEN AGAIN.
We are pleased to confirm the club will open the gates again on Monday 29th March to tennis and bowling members and we expect the club to be very busy from day 1. Social members will unfortunately have to wait a little longer before we can have events in the clubhouse and we will keep you updated as remaining restrictions are removed. This notice contains useful information explaining the arrangements that will apply for tennis and bowls members so we ask you to note these details carefully.
Track and trace and social distancing continues to apply to all persons on site, and there are separate sheets for tennis and bowls players. The QR reader can also be used. Hand sanitiser is also provided for members’ use. No visitors are permitted unless they are members of a visiting league team, in which case they must sign the track and trace records.
Members must not attend the club if they have symptoms of Coronavirus, or if anyone in their household bubble has these symptoms, or have been contacted by track and trace and instructed to self-isolate.
Play will be limited, as before, to singles and to doubles which have been pre-arranged either personally or by the club. The “rule of 6” remains in place which is why we have to organise the club led events. Social play is allowed at all times but please note that priority on courts is given to the club coaches, club organised events and league matches. Check the diary page of the website for details of organised events. http://www.ryecroftpark.co.uk/diary/4593306223
We are planning to produce a regularly updated “Court Usage” chart, showing when club-organised activities or matches are happening and this will be displayed on the noticeboard and on the website.
It is important that social distancing is strictly observed at all times.
Club-organised doubles on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings will re-commence, with “signing up” reminders sent out each week. If you don’t currently receive these and are interested at these times, please contact
•for Fridays, [email protected]
•for Sundays, [email protected]
Summer league matches start on Monday 19th April. Team captains will be contacting members about practices which will start w/c 29th March, on
Mondays 6 - 9pm on 29th March, 5th and 12th April for men,
Thursdays 6 - 9 pm on 1st, 8th and 15th April for ladies.
These practices have priority on all courts at these times, so space for social play may not be available. We ask for your patience with this. Dates for all league matches are on the tennis and diary pages of the website.
Easter holiday camps for junior members also start on 29th March and details of how to book places on these camps are also on the coaching page of the website. Places are limited so sign up quickly. Group coaching classes for juniors and adults will re-start on Monday 19th April.
Social players are asked to be aware that there may be members waiting for a court, in which case please limit your play to just one set. Club tennis balls will now be available for personal play – from the ball box in the corridor as usual. Please return them after your game.
Spectators and socialising are not yet permitted, although juniors in classes can have one adult present, being mindful of social distancing from other parents.
The green is looking particularly good this year so we expect members to be enthusiastic about the start of the season. At the time of writing we are hoping the league matches can take place from May, but nothing is confirmed as yet.
On the green, we are at present, limiting play to a maximum of 3 jacks and a maximum of 8 persons on the green at the same time. Doubles can be only played when each side are members of the same household or bubble. We can have up to 6 players waiting to play but they must be socially distanced from all the other groups on and around the green.
Communal mats and jacks are available but must be fully sanitised before and after use. The bowling pavilion will be open but must not be used as a waiting area or a spectator zone. There should be no more than 2 persons in the pavilion at the same time.
The clubhouse will be open to access the toilets, light meters and the tennis ball-box. A face covering must be worn inside the clubhouse and the clubhouse track and trace sheet must also be completed. The snooker room, kitchen and bar remain closed although we will, if restrictions allow, re-open the bar for outdoor evening service on home match dates after 12th April, weather permitting.
We have decided not to publish a handbook this year. All of the information previously in the handbook is now available on our website at http://www.ryecroftpark.co.uk/welcome/4537034097. If you don’t have internet access you can ask any committee member for this information, and the club secretary, Gill Critchley, can print relevant information if required.
We appreciate this is not a full return to normal service, but we want the club to be secure environment where all members feel safe to visit and enjoy their sport. We will be reviewing these measures regularly and will keep you updated as and when we are able to further relax the restrictions.
Thank you for your co-operation in all these matters.