Everyball Tennis at Halton Tennis Centre - Corona update Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents/Everyball Tennis @ Halton Tennis Centre customers,

In light of yesterday's news and upcoming school closures I would like to update you on our short-term plans for our coaching programme at Halton.

After careful consideration and gathering of feedback from many parents of children on the Everyball Coaching programme we have decided to continue with the utmost caution and care - and this on a day to day basis.  We will be rigorously pursuing all protocols as set out in previous communications.  All children should come prepared for both indoor* and outdoor tennis as we will be using all our court facilities to spread out and maintain appropriate distancing between all.  We count ourselves fortunate at Halton to have a very nimble leadership and management model where we can continually respond and adapt to changing circumstances, and a sport and facilities that lend themselves very well to social distancing and maintaining the utmost cleanliness.  Whilst we fully understand and respect the needs of those who must or prefer to stay at home, we very much welcome those of you who would still like to get out on a tennis court with an 'exercise not socialise' agenda, one currently supported by the LTA and Sport England.

While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, 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 (LTA website)

The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern times and it could have a significantly negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels.  We don’t want that to happen, so we'll do everything we can to support people to get and stay active – provided they are well enough.  That’s because physical activity matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now.  Being active in a way that is right for you, can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.  You can also still go outside for a walk, run, cycle - or any other way you normally get active outside - provided you are doing so in a way that meets the latest guidance on social distancing and advice on unnecessary social contact (Sport England website)

For Saturday morning customers please note that our bar and catering service has been very much trimmed down and we will be only offering takeaway tea, coffee, soft drinks, and snacks during this time.  There will be no kitchen service.

*Indoor tennis - whilst we will look to get outside as much as possible some sessions will continue in our indoor air domes.  Do please remember that fresh air is constantly being circulated within these facilities.

Finally, there may well be a possibility of putting on some extra daytime tennis activities for kids out of school next week.  We are currently assessing the practicality and nature of this in line with maintaining a responsible attitude and position to the war on the corona virus which we are taking very seriously indeed.  Any feedback you might have on this as parents would be much appreciated, and of course if you have any questions at all please do get in touch.

With our kindest regards and wishes of wellbeing for all,

Mike James
Director of Tennis

mikejames@everyball.net, 07958 008312