Leixlip Tennis Club is committed to providing a safe environment for users of our facilities. Guidance from the Government on current restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic; the HSE regarding social distancing; and health and safety is to be adhered to at all times by all users of Leixlip Tennis Club. Your health and safety and wellbeing are our key priority and therefore we ask your cooperation in ensuring we all stay safe which is key to maintaining a safe playing environment.
Following the recent Government announcement, Leixlip Tennis Club opened to members again from Monday 26 April 2021
Updated Restrictions (10 May 2021)
Members should note that the following updated restrictions / protocols will be in place until further notice.
Singles and doubles play is permitted for all members.
Doubles play involving players from different households is now permitted.
The clubhouse will remain closed.
The outdoor toilet facilities will be open. Users are asked to take all precautions, when using the toilet facilities, including sanitising.
Intercounty travel is now permitted. Therefore there are no restrictions for people travelling to the club.
Visitors (non members) are now permitted to use the club, subject to appropriate contact tracing protocols and green fees being in place.
A further easing of restrictions to coaching (see below).
All competitions will be postponed until 7 June.
The following protoicols are in place for coaching.
Coaches should prepare and present a Risk Assessment document and get approval to coach from the Covid 19 Committee.
Coaching sessions should be booked with the participants contact details recorded.
Coaches should brief their students and/or
their parents of the protocols that should be
followed in advance of the session.
Coaching can be provided to visitors only
with the permission of the club.
Coaches should ensure a player has
registered their contact details with the clubs.
As much as possible, coaches must try to
adjust their schedules to stay on-site for the
minimum amount of time required.
Exercises that require continuous play are
Coaches should limit the number of tennis
balls used and not use basket drills or feeding during this phase.
Coaches should limit the use of equipment
such as cones, drop lines and targets.
Do not let players manipulate the practice
equipment. Coaches should take charge of
picking up the balls.
A pod, up to a maximum of 6 players (Junior or Adult) can be coached per court.
A maximum of 4 players can operate on the
court at any one time while remaining in
their own sections of the court with up to 2
other players rotating in and outas required.
A pod of 8 players per court is allowable for red ball activities, subject to social distancing protocols being implemented.
Players must remain in their own sections
of the court.
All activities are subject to strict social distancing and those players not on court must always maintain a clear 2m distance
We also remind members to take full precautions, while using the club and this includes remaining socially distant with other players, continuing to sanitise at every opportunity and ensuring that all names of players are recorded on the booking system. The following measures should be adhered to at all times when using the facilities:
For practice sessions, involving more that 15 players, the courts will be split into two different pods with a maximum of 15 players in each pod. Courts 1-4 will be one pod and courts 4-8 will be another. Players cannot cross between pods under any circumstances.
Practice sessions start times will be staggered for each pod to reduce the number of contacts arriving at the same time
A Committee member will be available at all practice sessions and will take a role to ensure that social distance guidelines are being adhered to, particularly on arrival and leaving the courts
All other club competitions, including ladders, will remain suspended
The clubhouse will remain closed
The Leixlip Tennis Club COVID Sub Committee have considered the additional Level 5 restrictions and how they should be applied to our club in line with Government and Tennis Ireland protocols and in the best interest of the safety of all club users. The following restrictions are now in place at Leixlip Tennis Club:
Coming to the Courts
The clubhouse will remain closed
Players should travel to the club alone, or only with a member of the same household.
If players must park next to another car, they should wait for the other person to exit or enter before doing so themselves.
Players should arrive at the court entrance no more than 5 minutes prior to the reserved playing time.
It is important that players maintain social distancing and wait in a predesignated waiting area that allows for social distancing – markings in place
Players should observe social distancing at all times and resist the temptation to mingle
Players should sanitise their hands using dispensers provided at the entrance to the clubs
Players should proceed to the courts in single file. The path has been marked off with 2 meter zones and only one person is allowed in each zone at the same time
Players should enter the court one at a time
Players should head straight to their designated court
Players should ideally bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them and keep it in their pocket or bag for use.
Where players are paying for lights use, have exact change in €2 and €1 coinage only and pay prior to coming on court
Where players are purchasing lights tokens, have exact money in €2 and €1 coinage or notes only
For practice sessions, involving more that 15 players, courts will be divided into two pods (Courts 1-4 & Courts 5-8). Players are not permitted to travel between pods
If the maximum overall number of players are 15, then all courts may be used as a single pod
Physical distancing should be observed throughout the period of play, particularly on change of ends and entering and exiting the court
Players should change ends at opposite sides of the net
Players must refrain from handshakes and high fives
Equipment such as towels, food, and drink must not be exchanged between players
Players should bring their own drinks and towels
Players should avoid touching their face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment
Players do not now need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls – however, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should sanitise your hands before play and immediately after finishing
Players should remain apart from other players when taking a break
If a ball from another court comes across, players should send it back with a kick or with a racquet
Once play has finished, players should leave the premises promptly at the recorded finish time, sanitising their hands on the way out using a courtside dispenser
If a player becomes unwell after playing, they should first contact their GP/HSE and then inform their club. The club should contact the HSE and follow the advice provided to them on the next steps
Tennis Ireland Practical Guide
Tennis Ireland have produced a Practical Guide for the return to tennis, which can be found here.
COVID Sub Committee
Leixlip Tennis Club established a COVID Sub Committee in early 2020, to monitor Government advice and provide ongoing direction for the safe use of the club and the protection of its users.
Chairperson of COVID Sub Committee
Anne Marie Dowling
To date, the COVID Sub Committee have reviewed each phase and level of Government restrictions and developed protocols for the use of the clubs facilities.