Here we are rolling into week 16 of lockdown for all of us. As we are all aware the Government are suggesting a mid-July date for a potential full or partial reopening of leisure facilities. From all our perspectives there is absolutely no point on speculating on a date. That said our preparations are in place to ensure that we are ready to open as near to whatever the opening date is. Once we have that go ahead date we will issue all of the relevant details relating to the changes in the programme etc. which will be based on the guidance provided by the Government, UK Active and the various sporting governing bodies.

In the interim period, we have put together a range of small group exercise classes that will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Please see the details and follow the link here to the timetable on the Club website. It will operate on a phone booking system only and payment will be made on the day. The cost of each class will be £5:00. We will be going cashless for these classes and for when we reopen, so card payment only is preferable, please. Classes can be booked seven days in advance as before. We appreciate that there is only a short window to book before these classes commence on Monday 6th July. Reception is open 0830 – 1630, Monday – Friday and can be reached on the main reception number: 01344 444 244.

On Arrival
Please park immediately outside the Members car park, arriving 10 mins prior, to be let through the pedestrian gate. Please then pay at reception for your class.

Please then stay outside the building and go directly to the location of your class. (E.g. Astro near sports hall, Monro Pavillion, Grass Area by Olympic Gym and back of Swimming Pool).

The Club will provide anti-bacterial wipes and blue roll which will be used to clean the kit after use. Stronger chemicals will be used to further sterilise the equipment between classes.

Things to bring
Bring your own water bottle filled up to use as we will not provide access to water fountains or indoor facilities.

Please wear appropriate workout kit for the English weather conditions.

Please bring your own mat if taking part in Pilates or Yoga classes. We will not be providing mats.

Please bring a towel for personal use only, but do not use this to clean the kit.

Booking and Cancelling
Please do not book multiple classes on the same day, to allow all members an opportunity to participate in these classes.

If we need to cancel a class due to the weather conditions reception will phone you and cancel at least 30 mins before the start of the class.

If you need to cancel please phone between 0830-1630 and hopefully can be filled from the waiting list.

At the end of your class please leave the site via the outside of the building and back through the pedestrian gate to your car. Please avoid re-entering reception.

Please always follow all social distancing guidelines.

With regards to tennis courts, we have a couple of updates. The floodlit hard courts’ refurbishment is underway, and we expect weather permitting for this to be finished mid to late August. In the meantime, we have the two additional courts next to the RDC that we are using and this week we have twelve courts marked and ready to play on the Bawden – Martin Astro. We will start to take bookings for these also from Monday 6th July. Court fees are £10 per court per hour and we are introducing a 60+ price as from Monday 6th July of £6 per court per hour.

I sincerely hope that the next newsletter will be announcing our reopening date and providing you with full and comprehensive details of what to expect on your return to a new normal for the immediate future!

Ian Davis,
Commercial Manager


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