29th March 2021 – Club Open following Lockdown
We are pleased to announce that we are now open for play following government guidelines. Only Monday and Thursday Clubnights need to be booked at present with Jacqui as usual. The Clubhouse will be open for toilet facilities only.
6th January 2021 – Club Closure
Since the whole country has been put in Tier 5, we are sorry to announce that the club will have to close again until further notice.
23rd December 2020
Following yesterday’s announcement, that we are now in a tier 4 area, all doubles play at the club will need to cease from Boxing Day, except for people from the same household. Fortunately singles play is permitted and the club will stay open for this to continue. Courts will need to be booked in advance via the website.
All Club Sessions are cancelled until further notice.
The Singles Box League which is due to commence in early January already has a pleasing number of entries – thank you to everyone who has entered. If you haven’t already paid via BACS or in cash please can I ask you to do so .
As all Club Sessions and doubles play are now cancelled it is expected that more members will return to playing singles and the decision has been made to ‘reopen’ entry to the Singles Box League.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, whatever your plans are. Stay Safe and look forward to a better 2021.
Club Re-opening – 2nd December 2020
The club will reopen on Wednesday 2nd December and the new tarmac courts are ready to use, (although they have not been painted and only have temporary lines on till the Spring), court 3 is a full size and court 4 is a singles court. Court 5 is the mini court suitable for short tennis, juniors and the less able when booking. Courts 1 & 2 are the all weather artificial clay courts which need sweeping with the brushes at the end of each session.
Lockdown Court Closure – 5th November 2020
It is with great disappointment that just as our two new courts are ready, we are having to close the club. Sadly the LTA have not been successful in persuading the government to allow outdoor tennis to continue during this second lockdown . Full information can be found at :
Half Term Halloween Fun Tennis – 27th October 2020
Tuesday and Wednesday of Half Term were busy with three groups each day, enjoying a session of coaching, games, and match practise, under the guidance of Coach Gary Fitzjohn assisted by Jacqui West. Some of the juniors wore Halloween costumes and all the juniors enjoyed letting off steam in the fresh air.
Fed Style Tournament – 13th September 2020
A Fed Style Tournament was played in the afternoon to complete finals day. Five teams of five players competed against the other teams at the same time with one player on the mini court playing singles and the other two couples playing pairs. Each game was over eight minutes and a bonus point was given if anyone scored over 15 points. At the end of the games the team led by Genia and Seth both had equal points and the outcome was made on who had won the most bonus points. The team above of Simon Hester, Dylan Slow, Dave Brown, Genia Giles (Captain) and Sophie Tjurina were the winners.
Plate Finals – 13th September 2020
Jacqui West and Jason Smith won the first Plate Finals Competitions played at the club. This is for competitors who are knocked out of the Singles Championships in the first round. Jacqui played Anne Piccaver and got off to a good start winning the first 6-1 but Anne fought back in the second set but lost 6-3. Andy Lister and Jason Smith had a very hard hitting game in which Jason took the first set 6-3. The second set was a marathon and went to a tie-break, and after a two hour match Jason won 7-6.
Club Singles Championships – 13th September 2020
Sophie Tjurina 14, and Seth Briggs-Williams 15, both retained their Club Singles Titles again this year. Sophie was aways in control against Wendy Cropp, a previous six times holder of the title, and won 6-1, 6-0. Seth who was playing club coach Bruno Maraschin in an eagerly anticipated match, which did not disappoint. The first set was a thrilling close one of 6-4 to Seth, with both players showing full control of some exceptional shots. The second set Seth won 6-2, which was the best final the club has seen for many years. Both winners are pupils at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech.
New Court Development – 10th August 2020
We are excited to inform you that the development of our two tarmacadam courts started on Monday and is expected to take 10 weeks to complete. The club is grateful to club member John Jewson who has helped with the initial ground works by removing the soil from the site free of charge.
This latest project is only possible due to a great deal of hard work from members of the committee to apply for and secure the funding, from a number of different sources, being Amey, Cambs LTA, Robert Hall Trust and Sport England. The club itself is also contributing over £25000 which has been raised from member subs, and fundraising over the last few years.
Free Tennis for NHS and Key Workers – 8th August 2020
As a THANK YOU to all our NHS and Key Workers, Gary Fitzjohn one of our coaches, has offered free tennis lessons on Sunday 16th August between 1-4pm at the club. All equipment will be provided. Please contact Gary on email@example.com to reserve your place.
On2court tennis lessons during August for £20 – 1st August 2020
COURT RE-OPENING – Thursday 14th May 2020
The committee have been working together, over the last couple of days, discussing all the relevant issues very carefully, as the safety of our members is paramount, as we need to be sure that we can facilitate safe play at the club.
The club will initially be open to MEMBERS ONLY and you MUST book a court, via Clubspark, before coming to the courts. If you experience any difficulties booking a court, please contact Wendy on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07514 248692.
Before you book a court please read the guidance for players from the LTA website as we will be following their protocol.
Here are some details particular to Wisbech Tennis Club:
- The clubhouse will remain closed and the benches are off limits.
The first aid kit will be in a container in front of the clubhouse.
- Hand santizer will be available but please bring your own to use before and after unlocking the gate.
- Nets will not need to be altered. We will set them at the correct height.
- Each player will need to bring their own tennis balls that are clearly marked.
- You only serve using your own balls and avoid using your hands to pick up other balls.
- Please ensure that the courts are dragged at the end of your session and use hand sanitizer before and after using the drag mats.
- The floodlights will not be available.
- Please ensure that gates are padlocked as you leave.
As from April 1st we have been into the new membership season. Due to not being able to play for 6 plus weeks the committee have made the decision to reduce membership rates. The full-adult rate will be £95 – this is the rate that would normally be payable from June. All other membership categories will also be offered at the June level.
To ensure the safety of our members following on from the GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT last night and new rules in force to stay at home, the Committee have taken the decision to CLOSE THE COURTS. The gates have been padlocked to stop access. Please stay safe at home and we look forward to welcoming you back when we are able to do so.
COVID-19 UPDATE WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2020
The latest advice that we have been given from the LTA regarding Coronavirus includes the following statement:
‘The Government have currently indicated that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period’.
Therefore it has been decided that tennis activities can continue at the Club, including Club Nights, Men’s Winter League and Team Practices.
However we recommend that advice received from the Government regarding Social Distancing is adhered to by all members, particularly our mature members (over 70) and anyone who has an underlying health condition.
The Saturday Tennis and Cake sessions will unfortunately have to do without the cake… as this can mean over 10 people in an enclosed area.
We also recommend that players, once they have signed in, wait outside for a session to commence, rather than in the clubhouse and players should not be expected to shake hands (or any alternative) at the end of a game.
All coaching courses have been suspended by On2Court, until further notice.
Therefore, if you would like to continue playing tennis during these difficult times and you are not showing any coronavirus symptoms then ‘we are open for business’ and you are welcome to do so. However, if you fall into the 70+ group, have an underlying health condition or would rather keep your distance, for whatever reason, that is fine. The health of all our members is our priority and even if you are scheduled to play at Club Night, in the Men’s League or a Match Practice session we understand if you would rather not – please do let Wendy or Jacqui know.
Should the position change, or further advice and guidance is provided from the LTA, then the Club will update members.
Wisbech Lawn Tennis Club
Safe to Play – 29th February 2020