As many of you are aware, we closed the club on Monday 23 March in compliance with government instructions. We’re on top of all the latest news, guidance and advice and will re-open as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so and with revised procedures in place. Some of these new elements were already provided before the lockdown so hopefully we’ll be able to bounce-back fairly rapidly.
Like many of you, we’ve been missing our regular exercise but there’s been a huge amount of content online to keep everyone in shape. We’ve had daily tennis videos posted onto our Facebook page, ranging from indoor tennis workouts all the way up to shadow stroking and outdoor fitness circuits, depending on the weather. Most sports have been catering for their players like this and it’s been fun to pick and choose ideas from other disciplines.
We’ve also been working very hard on the new club year, which started on 1st April. We’ve got plans to develop the club in many ways, from further enhancing the clubhouse, developing an outreach scheme, to more mundane but essential maintenance to the courts. The time spent away has given us a little more space to get this work planned. Some members have even been working on their own ‘tennis trainer’ devices which have proved very successful. An old ball, a long length of elastic and possibly a pair of tights have been used to get people hitting safely at home.
One thing that we’ve all been trying to do is maintain some level of fitness. The main options have been walking, running and cycling so hopefully when we return we won’t be too slow around the court. Some more inventive members have had a go at cobbling together a home gym from ropes, bars, heavy toolboxes and anything else that can be lifted a couple of times.
I hope you’re all staying safe and well during these challenging times and, maybe before too long, we’ll all be able to get back to whichever sports we love.
See you on court.
Senior Club Coach, Chris Cunningham