On Saturday 3rd July we presented the awards for our Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. The Player of the Year went to Rob Peters for his fantastic efforts over the year which included organising the installation of our automatic gate and floodlighting system. He works hard as our membership secretary and runs our Hampshire doubles team. He is also a regular player in our Mens B team and Mixed team.
Matthew Urry was presented with the Young Player of the Year. Matthew has been with the club since he was 6. He has played regularly for our juniors teams and has now played for our Mens C team. He is also a Tennis Leader and helps out regularly at our Saturday sessions. The awards were presented by our Club Chairman, Terry Bundey.
In the Half Term holidays our Head Coach ran a Tennis Leaders course for six of our young players. The course consists of 5 modules: Introduction to Tennis, Volunteering at your Tennis Venue, Leading a Practice Session, Helping at your School and Helping at a Competition. The course give the young people the skills to help out at coaching sessions and forms the basis for furthering their roles in the sport. In the last 10 years we have trained 85 Tennis Leaders some of whom have gone on to become professional coaches and all have acquired skills and experience that have benefitted them later in life.
We are delighted to announce the refurbishment of the courts. The courts were resurfaced during lockdown and on Tuesday 25th May they were painted. They can be seen here in use by our 12 & under squad.
The colour of the courts was out to a vote by club members with the purple/green combination narrowly coming out on top.
Following the latest government announcement we can confirm that the courts will reopen on 29th March. Courts will be available to book subject to Government guidelines and we anticipate that club mix-ins will restart with maximum group sizes and court limits to be announced. Coaching will also restart with 1-1s and group coaching with group size limits to be announced
Following the latest government announcement, regretfully we will need to close the courts until further notice. Therefore all coaching will be cancelled and the booking system will be disabled for the time being.
If you do have any questions about any of the above or if you have any feedback, please email email@example.com.
It has been announced that nearly all parts of Hampshire, including Denmead, will enter Tier 4 from Boxing Day. The Tier 4 restrictions mean that members can only play singles, unless playing with your household/bubble. Therefore, our Club Sessions (Club Night & Vets) will not be able to go ahead.
Group coaching for juniors is permitted under Tier 4 and therefore Alan will be looking to resume these sessions from Sunday 27th December with the regular Saturday sessions starting back up on 2nd January. If you attend coaching with Alan he will of course communicate this with you. Unfortunately under Tier 4 restrictions we are unable to deliver adult group coaching but Alan is happy to schedule 1-2-1 lessons if you wish. If you have any questions about coaching please contact Alan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government has announced that parts of Hampshire will move into Tier 4 from 20th December. As Denmead will remain in Tier 2 our club activity will continue as it has been. If you live in a Tier 2 area then you are able to continue to attend Club Sessions and booking courts with groups of no more than 6.
However, those that live in a Tier 4 area (eg Havant & Portsmouth) should not travel into or out of a Tier 4 area, including for playing tennis. This means that those in a Tier 4 area should not attend organised Club Sessions or book courts. Coaching is temporarily suspended as our coach lives in a Tier 4 area.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has produced a grid outlining what is permissible in each Tier. This can be read here
The Government has announced that parts of Hampshire will move into Tier 3 from 19th December. As Denmead will remain in Tier 2 all of our coaching sessions and club activity will continue as it has been. If you live in a Tier 2 area then you are able to continue to attend Club Sessions, Coaching (both juniors and adults) and booking courts with groups of no more than 6.
However, for those that live in a Tier 3 area (eg Havant), unfortunately it is advised that you do not travel into or out of a tier 3 area, including for playing tennis, unless this is necessary to enable individual exercise (or exercise for people from the same household or support bubble). This therefore means that those in a Tier 3 area should not attend organised Club Sessions or Adult Coaching. The current LTA guidance does permit U18s to continue participating in organised coaching sessions, so your children can continue to attend Alan's group coaching.
If there is anything you're unsure on we'd recommend reading the LTA Guidance for Players (sub-heading 'Travel').
Following the announcement that England will return to a system of tiered restrictions effective from 00:01 on Wednesday 2 December once the current lockdown period ends, the governing body (LTA) has been in discussions with the Government to establish what the new restrictions mean for tennis. Denmead has been placed into Tier 2 on the Government tier system. This will mean the following:
Social play (singles and doubles) and coaching (1-1 and group) are all permitted although there are restrictions on group sizes for coaching. The Government's rule of 6 will apply and socialising before and after group activities is not allowed. Social distancing should be maintained at all times.
We are delighted to announce the installation of a new court booking system which will allow members and no members to to book courts on an ad hoc basis with floodlight use without requiring access to the clubhouse. The new system will give everyone their own unique code and only allow access when you’ve booked a court. In addition, the new system links in with the floodlights which means floodlights will automatically come on 10 minutes ahead of a booking. This allows members without a key to the clubhouse to book during floodlit hours which has not been possible before. The cost of the gate installation is being fully funded by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Work should be completed 27 October.