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Keeping you safe on court

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The health, wellbeing and safety of our members is our number one priority. We have introduced new procedures to keep everyone safe, well and active when playing tennis, squash and badminton at our clubs.

Frequently Asked Questions - Racquets

 

Tennis

Are all courts open?

The majority of our courts are open, however, at some clubs we have temporarily taken a tennis court out of use to create additional gym space.

Are there any restrictions on who I can play with?

Where our clubs are open, outdoor tennis is permitted for groups of up to six, where players may play singles or doubles.

In England, if you are a member of a club subject to Tier 2 restrictions and you wish to play indoors, you may play singles tennis either with somebody from a different household or from your own household or support bubble. If you wish to play doubles tennis, each pairing must be formed of players from the same household. If you are a member of a club subject to Tier 3 restrictions, you may only play singles or doubles tennis indoors with those from your own household or support bubble.

In Wales, both singles play and doubles play is permitted with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can play singles or doubles both outdoors and indoors.

In Scotland, where clubs are open, you may play singles either with somebody from a different household or from your own household or support bubble. Doubles is permitted provided each pairing is formed of players from the same household.

In Northern Ireland, if you wish to use a racquets court, indoor courts can only be used if you are having an individual coaching session with a coach. Outdoor courts can be booked as normal for singles and doubles play.

How do I book a court?

As usual, all court bookings should be made via the David Lloyd Clubs website or mobile app. To ensure we keep everybody safe and are able to manage our capacity, we are not able to allow members to simply turn up and play. Please note, courts are bookable at certain times, with all availability corresponding to that shown on the mobile app.

Who can use tennis courts?

Courts are available for members aged 5 and above on platinum membership packages (or equivalent) that have access to racquets facilities as part of their membership.

How long can I book a court for?

Bookings for singles sessions can be made for 55 mins, or 85 mins (85 mins sessions only available outside times of high demand). Bookings for doubles sessions can be made for 55 mins, 85 min or 115 mins (115 mins sessions only available outside times of high demand). Find out more and download the app here

Why are all sessions reduced by 5 minutes?

We have introduced a 5 minute turnaround window to ensure the safety of those entering and exiting the court. This provides adequate time for social distancing to be maintained. Please be mindful of this when starting and finishing your playing time.

Am I allowed to swap ends or shake hands?

We are encouraging all players to avoid changing ends, or if necessary to change ends by moving to the other end of the court via opposite ends of the net. Please don't shake hands or have any physical contact with other players, and maintain social distancing at all times.

Am I allowed to borrow equipment?

Sorry but we are not able to loan any equipment such as tennis balls and tennis racquets until further notice. You are able to purchase new tennis balls in the club. Where possible, please play with tennis balls that you have marked. We are also asking members not to bring towels onto tennis courts.

Group sessions and Tennis Lessons

Are any group tennis lessons or classes available?

We are running adult and junior group tennis lessons and have amended the capacity of the groups where necessary to comply with Government and LTA guidelines.

All adult and junior group sessions will finish 5 minutes earlier than advertised to allow the safe transition of players off the court.

Are individual lessons with a coach available?

Yes, you may have a private lesson with one of our Tennis Coaches at the club. This should be booked directly with the individual coach. Lessons are 55 minutes in duration and payment should be made directly to the coach. We are able to allow a maximum of 2 people (plus the coach) per private lesson.

Badminton

Are badminton courts open?

Yes, our badminton courts are open. As usual, all court bookings should be made via the David Lloyd Clubs website or mobile app.

Are there restrictions on who I can play with?

In England, if you are a member of a club subject to Tier 2 restrictions, you may play singles, either with somebody from a different household or from your own household or support bubble. If you wish to play doubles, your each pairing must be comprised of players from the same household or bubble. If you are a member of a club subject to Tier 3 restrictions, you may only play singles with somebody from your own household or support bubble.

In Wales, both singles play and doubles play is permitted indoors with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can play singles or doubles indoors.

In Scotland, where clubs are open, you may play singles either with somebody from a different household or from your own household or support bubble. Doubles is permitted provided each pairing is formed of players from the same household or bubble.

Squash

Are squash courts open?

Yes, our squash courts are open. No more than two players should be on court at one time. As usual, all court bookings should be made via the David Lloyd Clubs website or mobile app.

Do I have to play with members of my household or family?

Only members from the same household or support bubble can play together. 

Padel

Are padel courts open?

Yes, our padel courts are open.

Are there restrictions on who I can play with?

In England, if you are a member of a club subject to Tier 2 restrictions, you may only play singles, either with somebody from a different household or from your own household or support bubble. If you are a member of a club subject to Tier 3 restrictions, you may only play singles with somebody from your own household or support bubble.

 

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Stay safe, stay active

If you are planning a visit to a Club, please keep the following in mind:
  • We are closely following government guidelines and working with UKActive, and we will amend our procedures in line with any changes to regulations.
  • Please do not come to the club if you feel unwell and let us know if you or anyone in your household develop Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Help keep yourself safe by wiping down equipment before and after use and washing your hands frequently.
  • Do not remove cleaning materials/hand sanitiser from the Club.
  • Please bring your own towel, yoga mat and water bottle.
  • Please keep social distancing in mind at all times, and leave plenty of space between yourself and other members.
  • Download the David Lloyd mobile app - you'll need to use it to book all classes, courts and kids classes.
  • Please be patient, polite and observe all notices, but of course if you have feedback do let us know.
  • If you are visiting a club in Scotland or Wales, please remember to wear a face covering in all the indoor communal areas of the Club. In England, we are encouraging members to wear a face covering  in all communal areas when not eating or exercising.