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COVID-19 UPDATE - Return to Restricted Play for Tennis and Bowls

Posted on May 12, 2020 by marnie | Tags: fsc,covid


At last it looks as though we will be able to start bowling from 11.00 am on Monday 18th May. 

There are a number of restrictions.  Detailed Risk Assessment has been carried out - this is required by our insurers as well as the CCGBA.  A copy will also displayed on the notice board outside the pavilion. 

There will be only one game allowed on the green at any time and time slots MUST be booked through our on-line booking system.  We will be required to report on who has used the green should there be need to track and trace for Covid-19.

There will also be a new gate code. Bowlers should only use the bottom gate nearest the pavilion to avoid contact with tennis players.


Some members, in shielded groups will not be able to play.  Others in vulnerable groups will be self-isolating and may prefer not to play bowls at the moment; every individual must take responsibility for their own and others’ health. The Club would certainly not encourage members, who think the risk is too great, to play.


Please assess the risk to your health before visiting the Club.

However, for those who choose to play, the green will open from Monday 18th May, and, providing you have no symptoms of illness and have renewed your membership, you are able to play with the following restrictions for safety reasons:

  • Only one game may take at a time.  Up to 4 players from the same household, or 2 players from different households will be allowed on the green at a time.  Players from unrelated households must maintain a distance of 2 metres apart at all times.  They may either play a game or roll-up separately.
  • No spectators or visitors allowed.
  • To ensure these restrictions are adhered to, use of the Green must be booked on-line via a temporary booking system.  A player who does not wish to play with others may book a slot for a solitary roll-up.  Members without access to the technology involved will be able to contact a member of the committee to book a slot.
  • Play can take place between 11am and dusk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from dawn to dusk on other days.  Playing slots will initially be for one hour, although this will be changed if it is found that the green is underutilised.
  • Members are asked to arrive, via the bottom bowls gate, just in time for their game and finish promptly and then to leave immediately they have finished to avoid unnecessary social contact with other Club members.
  • The Pavilion will be out of bounds, as required in government guidelines, and will be padlocked.  There will be no tea, coffee and biscuit facilities, please bring your own if required.
  • Members should try to bring their own antiseptic wipes for door handles, toilet flushes, etc, and should consider wearing disposable gloves for the duration of their visit to the Club. A bin for their disposal will be provided outside the Pavilion.
  • Please wash your hands before and after play in the toilet block, which will remain open.
  • Please do not sit on the benches.
  • Please clean your jack, woods and mat before and after play. There will be a bucket of water with detergent and antiseptic outside the Pavilion.
  • For those from different households, the game must be played with each player using their own jack and mat, as well as their own woods.  Players must only handle their own equipment.  If your wood or jack gets hit or goes off the green, you must recover them yourself and not to request the other player to send them back.  There can be no measuring, to keep social distance.
  • 2 jacks and 2 mats will be available on the rack outside the pavilion for those who do not own their own.
  • Take care not to touch any part of your face or hair, during play.
  • Members are asked NOT to come to the green unless they have pre-booked a playing slot. 


Return to Restricted Play for members at Fulwood Lawn Tennis Club

Based on the LTA’s discussions with Government and following the adjustment of lockdown restrictions, the LTA has developed a set of practical guidelines for players to follow so that tennis can be played in England during lockdown.

At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines (staying at least 2m away from others), and practice public health advice for hygiene. Given the length of time tennis activity has been suspended, it is advised that anyone returning to court eases themselves back in to play gently.

We hope you enjoy getting back on court! 

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.





  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)


  • You must not play without booking a court. Book your court in advance using our ClubSpark system. If you do not already have access to the ClubSpark system, please contact Jonathan by email


  • Take hand sanitizer with you
  • Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court


  • Avoid using public transport
  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can. 
  • You will need to open the gate with the gate code, wipes will be left inside the gate for you to wipe the lock and clean your hands
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the court 5 minutes before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
  • Arrive changed and ready to play. The toilet facilities in the tennis pavilion will be open, but must not be used for changing
  • Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place



  • Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
  • The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles
  • Coached sessions should be limited to one to one coaching activity only. Please contact Jonathan or Jess to book a coaching session (contact details on the FLTC webpage).


  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
  • Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it


  • Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours - use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
  • Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches or net handles where possible
  • The benches will be turned over, please do not sit on them
  • The toilet facilities in the tennis pavilion will be open, players are advised to take particular care when using them 

Thank you for your support during this difficult time and take care.

The FSC Team

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