October 2020
The LTA and the UK government are continuously updating and publishing the guidelines and standards that tennis and leisure venues need to adhere to, to ensure they remain a Covid-19 safe environment. Maintaining these standards and adhering to the guidelines allows OSLTC to continue to open and be fully supported and insured by the LTA.
We have completed risk assessments for all the tennis activity at Oxford Sports and you should see new signs around the venue and guidance to be followed when you come to club: there are hand sanitiser stations at each gate (please us before and after your tennis session), test and trace check in signs, the requirement to only enter the clubhouse for the toilet, to turn on the lights or for first aid and a a mask must be worn, to name a few. Please read below for further details and guidance.
Please do remember that undertaking any tennis activity with other people increases the potential risk of transmission. Please follow the guidelines.
Click Here For The LTA’s Latest Advice In Full
Anyone attending Oxford Sports (including players, coaches, visitors, parents, guardians), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms before leaving home.
No one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has any symptoms of Covid-19, currently recognised as any of the following: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow the NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
Click Here For The The UK Governments Current Guidelines
To support the NHS and to adhere to UK Government law, Oxford Sports has to keep a temporary record of all those who have have been on site for the past 21 days.
On each entrance gate there are the NHS QR code posters with which you can use the NHS app on your mobile phone to check in to Oxford Sports venue. This is a mandatory requirement to be able to play tennis at Oxford Sports.
Unfortunately this app does not work with all mobile phones!
So at Oxford Sports there is an additional poster at each entrance gate which provides two alternative methods for using our own test and trace application.
The first option is to use the QR code from your mobile phone camera app and if that fails, option two is to just browse to our website address on the bottom of the poster.
Please ensure you check in using the NHS option first and if this fails one of the remaining two options.
Informal Social Play
For informal social play, group size is limited to maximum of six people by law. This means you can play social tennis providing you don’t meet with more than 5 other people. So singles and doubles can be played with people from different households, as long as players remain 2m apart as far as possible. People should not come to Oxford Sports socially in groups of more than six.
Organised Group Activity
The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted as an exception to the limit of six, provided the activity is in accordance with the Covid-19 secure guidelines published by the LTA for venues, coaches, players and competitions.
When participating in any tennis activity participants must not mingle in groups of more than six before and after the activity, while maintaining social distancing.
Click for LTA Covid-19 Guidelines – venues, coaches, players & competitions.
Attendees must avoid social interaction both within and outside their group of six.
Here at Oxford Sports we have moved booking and payment for all coach led sessions online. Do email us about how to book if you are having issues. Email tennis@oxfordsportsltc.org
LTA approved competitions (grade 2 to 6), team competitions and recreational competition can be played as long as they adhere to the LTA’s Return to Competition guidance.
Detailed guidance on the ‘Return to Competition for officials and competition organisers’ has been published here.
For junior competitions there should be only one parent or guardian accompanying the player and they should ideally spectate and remain in the car wherever possible.
A Safe Place to Play Tennis
Oxford Sports LTC acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk. The club is committed to ensuring our safeguarding complies with government best practices and LTA requirements. A copy of the club’s full safeguarding policy along with our other welfare policies, including our codes of conduct, can be found on our website under the “About Us” section.
We hope you all remain safe and well, and enjoy your tennis.