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COVID-19 Return to RESTRICTED play

The Scottish Government announced on 25th August amendments to the route map for moving out of lockdown.  The courts at FTC are open as long all guidelines are observed however, the Clubhouse and toilets will remain closed for the time being.

It is extremely important that we all follow these rules in order to keep all our members safe at this time and support FTC to stay open.

 

Also note that you should not leave your home to play tennis if Scottish Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

 

Play Safe Rules

 

BOOKING

Members who want to play must book a court through Clubspark. You can book a court for a maximum of 2 hours at a time. Participants MUST be input at the time of booking, failure to do so will lead to the court being cancelled.

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

  • Wash your hands with soap before you leave the house.
  • Please do not arrive before your start time. Arrive 5 mins after and vacate the court 5 minutes before the end of your session.
  • Use the green keypad operated gate only.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser with you and sanitise your hands after entering the gate, before and after play. (in addition, FTC will supply a bottle of hand sanitiser and wipes)
  • The main gate and gate to court 3 and 4 will be left open and the nets set to the correct height.
  • Avoid touching court gates, nets and posts, fences, benches, etc. if you can.
  • Bring all your own equipment, none will be available at the club and take it on to court with you. Please do not use the bench. This is classed as a hard surface and as such a high-risk area for contamination.
  • Take your own drink and take all rubbish home with you. There are no bin facilities at the club at this time.
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates.
  • Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players. Under the new guidelines don’t stay after your booking time, unless you book again. This is a mandatory requirement to have a record of times the courts are used.
  • Do not leave anything on the courts.
  • Do not congregate after playing. Social tennis can resume with social distancing however the Club must ask that players leave the courts as soon as the session is finished.
  • To comply with test and protect mandatory requirements, the Club are running all activities through the Clubspark system. Please book in to any session using this facility. Players cannot just turn up to play.

 

 

 

COURT LIMITS

  • Play may take place for adults up to a maximum of 30 at the courts. FTC ask that no more than 16 players at the courts at any one time for social sessions. Doubles play where partners who are from different households is now permitted, as long as partners take mitigating action to limit risks to the 2-metre rule being compromised.
  • Children aged 11 and under do not need to comply with physical distancing with each other at any time. Children aged 1217 do not need to physically distance during activity, but DO before and after.

COACHING

  • Adult coaching sessions should be limited to groups compromising of no more than 30 participants.
  • Junior coaching can now take place for those aged 17 and under, without physical distancing, in line with the LTA’s recommended player: coach ratios. Coaches still need to physical distance from players at all times. Junior coaching is excluded from the personal household allowance for coaches.
  • Please turn up just before the start of your session to avoid congestion of participants and enable social distancing. There is a 1-way system into the courts and the coaches will open gates to allow entry/exit.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play). The only exception to this is for children aged 17 years and younger. See limits on info above)

Stay 1 metre away from the net to support the 2m social distancing.

Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five).

Change ends at opposite sides of the net.

Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.

 

BALLS

  • It is advised to continue to bring your own balls which should be clearly marked. If you choose to share balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use hand gel if required)
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court.

 

The clubhouse including toilets is closed (with the exception of coach led activities where they will open and clean as necessary)

First aid equipment will be available in a box near the doors.

Spectating is discouraged. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, it should be limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions and we ask that you stay 2m away from the gated area and fencing.

If you need to sneeze or cough do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Dispose of tissue immediately.

Avoid touching your face.

 

Any player developing covid symptoms should follow the Scottish Government ‘test and protect’ guidelines, which can be read on the nhsinform.scot website.

 

 

Please support the club to open by following these rules.

 

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