COVID Procedures at RCRTC

Dear members,

Thank you for your patience and for having responded so energetically to our invitation to make bookings at Radley.  We have been in close contact with Radley College, the T&RA, Sport England and many other clubs in England about re-opening and keeping our members and Pros as safe as possible, while enjoying the return of tennis play.  There is no standard model for Covid-19 resistant procedures.  We have written our own, taking the views of all these third parties into account, and our knowledge that our members are responsible, possessed of common sense and goodwill towards all men and women. 

These new rules of play will prevail until further notice.  We know that they are in some respects less prescriptive and restrictive than those at many other clubs, while still being carefully considered with your health and safety in mind.  They are, above all, pragmatic. We hope that, as a result, they will be easy to understand and to follow.  Please help us to protect you and your fellow players by reading the attachment carefully and following the protocol closely.

We realise that everyone is different and that you may not share our interpretation of the plethora of recommendations and preventative measures. We regret if that is the case, but look forward to welcoming you back to the club when conditions have improved and restrictions ease further.  If you have any  comments or questions, please address them to me, as I am the RCTC Covid-19 Containment Officer.

See you on court!



We are delighted to welcome Radley members back to the
court from 25 July. We want to ensure everyone is kept as
safe as possible, which we feel can be achieved with the
use of common sense and good hygiene and without the
rather draconian measures being enforced at several
English courts.

We are familiar with the approach of most tennis clubs in
England, the T&RA and Sport England. If you are not
happy with the Radley approach set out below, you have
the option not to play until the situation eases further.
The following rules will be in force until further notice and
Radley reserves the right to revise them at any time.
By booking a court, you acknowledge that you have read
these rules and will abide by them. Ignorance of the law is
no defence!

Be Responsible / Keep Your Distance / Wash Your Hands

  1. No one who has, or is suspected of having, the Covid-19
    infection, or is vulnerable, or shielding, should come to the court.
  2. If you are one of the people mentioned above, only come to the
    court once 14 days have elapsed from the onset of symptoms.
  3. If you need to cancel a booking because you are one of the
    people mentioned above, no cancellation fees will be charged,
    but please give as much notice as possible, to give the Pros time
    to fill your booking.
  4. No guests or non-players to enter the Club.
  5. A ‘fogging machine’, releasing a proven anti-coronavirus spray,
    will be used every evening inside the court.
  6. Bring your own water bottle (full, please!) or buy a bottle of water
    from the Pros. The water fountain in the clubroom will not be
  7. No drinks from the club fridge or the club’s crockery or glasses
    will be available for use.
  8. Arrive promptly, changed and ready to play, but do not enter the
    Club until welcomed by a professional. This will allow players
    coming off court to leave and for the court and balls to be
    cleaned, as necessary.
  9. Use the club’s hand gel on arrival. This is IMPERATIVE, to avoid
    having to play in gloves or having to use marked or restricted
    sets of balls.
  10. There will be hand-sanitising gel in the First Gallery and Hazard
    First Gallery to use before and after playing.
  11. The clubroom must not be used, except to give access to the
    court. Seating in the clubroom, the Dedans and the Pros’ area
    will not be available to members.
  12. On entering the club, retain all your possessions and leave them
    by the court, where indicated, while you play.
  13. Two chairs will be provided, at the point of access to the court,
    which are only for using when you change in and out of your
    court shoes.
  14. If you put balls in a pocket, ensure that pocket is otherwise
  15. Enjoy a terrific game of tennis, taking care to maintain as much
    distance as possible between players. No handshakes.
  16. After playing, please do not linger. Promptly come back to the
    club room and give your scores to the Pros, make new bookings
    and check you accounts. We will all be able to start on time
    ONLY if everyone is prompt in vacating the court.
  17. Singles and doubles play and individual practice will be
    permitted. For doubles, all players should be from the same
    household or must be comfortable about playing in a nonhousehold group.
  18. Lessons with a professional can be booked.
  19. Court booking times will remain the same (i.e. 60, 90 or 120
    mins), but the finish time will be earlier. Play must end, and the
    court be vacated, 5 mins before the scheduled end of the
  20. The Pros will come into the dedans, as usual, 10 mins before the
    end of each booking. They will not mark the match but will tell
    players they have 5 mins left to play. Play must end 5 mins
    before the scheduled end of the booking.
  21. The changing rooms and shower facilities of the Sports Centre
    will not be in use. The toilets will be available and will be cleaned
  22. Airflow in and around the court is extremely important. Doors will
    be left open, when and wherever possible.
  23. Following a T&RA recommendation, no changes to handicaps
    will be made until further notice. Everyone needs some time to
    get back to match fitness after all!
  24. If, having been to the Club, you experience any Covid-19-like
    symptoms, please contact the Pros, who will inform Maggie
    immediately and she will inform all those who played the same
    day. Such a member will be subject to “Track and Trace”
    government requirements and their contact details will be passed
    on as required. This member will not be allowed to return to
    Radley until after the 14-day quarantine period.

    If you have questions or comments about these rules, please
    contact Maggie Henderson-Tew, the Covid-19 Prevention
    Officer for RCTC, by email: or
    call her on 07736 666 870.

    Be Responsible / Keep Your Distance / Wash Your Hands