October Club Update:

Firstly, a huge thanks to all our members & families who have supported the club through the difficult summer & helped us to remain operational. Your cooperation with our instructions has been very much appreciated.

Covid Guidelines
There are some changes we need to make now we are experiencing poor weather.
1. The advised access to courts 3 & 4 on the grass, around the fence is to stop because this would produce too much mud on those courts. Therefore, you will have to walk through the compound area & along the path. PLEASE just be considerate of others & maintain social distancing especially when passing through the gate by the cabin.

2. The middle gates between the pairs of courts will now remain unlocked to allow easier access during group sessions.

3. The Club is now displaying the NHS Covid QR code posters in accordance with the latest Test & Trace guidance. Once you have downloaded the App, please use this each time you visit the courts, to help keep everyone safe .

4. For the present time the club’s arrangements will continue with the coaching programme in place. Please would all guardians & visitors to the club remain outside the access gate area to avoid congestion in this area. Also please continue to make sure all hands are sanitised before & after using the courts.

5. Club social evenings have worked with the booking system but we would like you to only book one session per night. This will allow those who are unable to book a slot at 7-8pm, to book 8-9pm. Of course you are welcome to continue if there are spaces available on the night, once the 8-9pm players have arrived.
Here are the links to book:
Tuesday Men’s Nights – 16 spaces available per session.
Main contact Simon Perry
To book 7-8pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/a3816e62-ac53-4c5e-9f76-c6c7f93ee942
To book 8-9pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/18648488-da82-464d-ae1a-b97b281b080e

Wednesday Ladies’ Nights – 16 spaces available per session.
Main contact Lesley St Leger or Simone Cupper
To book 7-8pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/82b81a4b-4449-4e75-9fb7-783cc513792c
To book 8-9pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/5df6ed95-f5bd-46c7-8556-747b67efe816

Thursday Mixed Nights – 16 spaces available per session.
Main contact Ed Shepherd or Simon Perry
To book 7-8pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/244bde9a-2425-4faf-8c7b-9c12279fd6f5
To book 8-9pm – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/fc7e1197-2f84-4564-b8c7-3e5bd634000d

Tuesday Ladies’ Mornings – 8 spaces available per session.
Main contact Lesley St Leger or Simone Cupper
To book 9-10am – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/01993d01-29e7-402d-b890-b5539840dcb3
To book 10-11am – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/239f7789-4be9-420e-8666-3f07bcc1fb27

Friday Ladies’ Mornings – 8 spaces available per session.
Main contact Lesley St Leger or Simone Cupper
To book 9-10am – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/4dbfe820-6f81-482c-86af-37dea55f2345
To book 10-11am – https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/DownendFrenchay/BookClass/a3334cf6-07fb-47f6-abaf-446d6cf50564

6. The club would like to remind everyone that we must follow the two prime advisories of maintaining social distance & hand sanitising.
The revised Checklist with updated instructions can be found here – http://www.downendandfrenchay.co.uk/2020/07/23/covid-checklist/

Junior success
There has been great success from our juniors who have competed in county cup competitions.
Ben Brown was a semi finalist in u16
Tom Bewley won u12
Dominic Foley won u11
Kadie Robinson won u10
Many congratulations to all of them!

Welfare Officer
The club is extremely grateful to Sue Hepworth who is now stepping down from her role as Welfare Officer. Sue is to be replaced by Sylvia Chambers who has now completed the LTA required training & compliances to take on the role. If there are any concerns about safeguarding & child protection please contact Sylvia on 07876 218937 or email her sylvia.chambers@btinternet.com

Floodlights
We are aware of further faults occurring but we hope to be able to go ahead with the upgrade as soon as possible. There is a grant source considering our application to fund the LEDs, & if successful or not, we will have them sorted as soon as possible.

Club room
The details are due to be submitted for building regulations very shortly, & we are investigating an alternative waste drainage system. Again funding maybe delayed due to the current pandemic situation, but we have Sarah Milne actively working on this. Sarah has just succeeded in securing some funds from Sport England which is fantastic news to start us off.

Balls
Tubes of balls are available for purchase. £5 for one tube or £12 for pack of three.
Payment by transfer to club account:
Sort code: 309806
Account: 01365085.
Ref: your surname/balls
Once payment has been received, Simone will arrange collection of your balls with you.

Many thanks

Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club