NEWS FLASH - OUR COURTS ARE OPEN AGAIN  - but with some restrictions & safety protocols

Here's the recent email from our Club President to members 

Following the easing of some of the COVID-19 “stay at home” restrictions announced by the Victorian government on 11th May allowing groups of up to 10 people to gather and participate in outdoor recreational activities, tennis in a limited form can now return.  

The club Executive has been working closely with Tennis Victoria and Maroondah Council to plan for the safe re-opening of the East Croydon Kilsyth tennis courts. This work was to ensure compliance with the Vic government covid-19 restrictions as announced by the Premier and published on the DHSS website.  

As of Monday 18th May, 2020 East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club can now re-open its courts. However, some key points for members to note: 
  • Social tennis (singles & doubles) and small group coaching only permitted and in gatherings of no more than 10 
  • Only people core to playing or coaching should be at the club  \
  • Everyone, regardless of their role must arrive and leave as close as possible to when they need to be at the club 
  • Social distancing must be practised at all times (1.5m from another person and no more than one person per 4sqr metres).    
  • Wash/sterilise your hands before and after play and avoid touching your face while playing  
  • Members should bring their own hand sanitiser and water bottle  
  • Clubhouse is to remain closed but toilets will be available (external access) at those times when a committee person is in attendance to open them. 
  •  Public drinking fountains at the club will be temporarily decommissioned and covered. 
Please refer to the Tennis Victoria “Return to Tennis Guidelines” for further information.  The club is expecting that demand for the courts will be initially high and for that reason has developed a court usage plan to manage and balance the competing needs of all its members e.g. competition players (practice only), social, families, juniors  and coaches. 

This court usage plan aims to ensure equitable access and time on court for all members especially the casual walk up player/family, however for the next month we ask that members exercise patience and flexibility  when trying to access a court. The court usage plan looks something like this - we have six (6) courts available at East Croydon Kilsyth.   * Denotes the number of courts likely to be in use on that day & time  
 For casual and family tennis, blue time slots would best guarantee a court   
For any enquiries/questions on club operating matters during these covid-19 times contact the Secretary 0419896607 
Members with questions regarding the resumption of coaching should contact either Andrew (0402290454) or Kelsey (0408731065)     Finally, the club encourages all members to download the COVID SAFE app as a further tool in restricting the spread of covid-19.   Act responsibly and enjoy your tennis and as always remain safe and well.     

Congratulations to the winner of our club’s  competition for juniors -  PRIZE: “Play Tennis at Home” pack 


East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club wanted to see how our junior club members were playing tennis whilst we all #stayathome. The most creative #homecourttennis setup would win a FREE “play at home tennis pack”worth $185.00 which included a portable net, tennis balls, 2 x racquets and drop down lines. To enter, you simply had to take a picture or video of yourself playing tennis at home and then submit it. 

Congratulations to Matthew Pham, for winning a Play Tennis At Home pack
Club Sponsorship Opportunities - LIFT YOUR LOCAL PROFILE

The club is introducing sponsorship opportunities for businesses that are looking to strengthen their local profile through supporting a community based sporting club that is on an exciting journey of growth and innovation. 

For more information on how you can TURBO CHARGE your business brand with an injection of community goodwill, then check out our page Club Sponsorship.  We’d love to have a conversation with you about how we can help you to achieve more exposure.

You might like to check out some interesting new pages we’ve recently added to the website....

COVID-19: All competition tennis cancelled for the remainder of the season 
Social distancing; Wash your hands, Don't touch your face
All competitive tennis has been cancelled at our club until next season - that is, night tennis, junior tennis, Saturday seniors, mid-week ladies and Metro masters (vets). The decision has been made by Tennis Victoria and affiliated bodies, in the interests of player health & safety. The aim is to help slow the spread of the corona-virus. 

(March 23) Tennis Australia : COVID-19 & playing tennis ...... According to COVID-19 Community Tennis Guidelines issued by Tennis Australia on March 23, it had been suggested, that as long as players abide by strict health & hygiene guidelines - including abiding by social distancing guidelines - then playing tennis can continue to provide the community with an important outlet that offers physical and mental health benefits. However if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms of the corona-virus or feeling unwell, then please be responsible and stay home, so as to avoid exposure to other people.

Club members are asked  to be acutely aware of social distance guidelines - so please remember to maintain physical distance between yourself and others (at least space of 1.5 metres). It is suggested that you do not bother about “changing ends” and remember to wash your hands after any hit of tennis. Please note, because of the restrictions on social gatherings, the clubhouse will NOT be open until the current pandemic crisis has passed. 

You might like to view the advice that had been issued  by Tennis Australia (prior to the government introducing bans on the playing of tennis and other sports), regarding COVID-19 and Continuing to Play Tennis 

To view some tips and precautions on how to reduce your risk of exposure to the corona-virus, click here  And if you're after some ideas to help you cope with the possibility of quarantine, then look at Coping With Self-Isolation

Social Tennis: 

Thursday’s 7.00 - 9.00 pm - East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club
Postponed until further notice. Come along, join in the FUN - when the pandemic has passed.
  • have a social hit of tennis, in small groups
  • cost $5 per player
  • register - simply give Kelsey a call (0408 731 065), so we know the numbers 
  • play on a casual basis
Open Court Sessions - Concluded 
From L to R - Robyn, Danni, Amanda, Kelsey (coach), Penny, Will and Mike
Earlier this year, East Croydon Kilsyth Tennis Club participated in a Tennis Australia initiative, called Open Court sessions.  At the launch of the program late January, the club had 6 people participate in the first public program run by Kelsey and they had an absolute ball! 

Over the past few weeks, the program has continued to gain interest from members of the local community. 
Some participants of the program had either never played tennis - or it had been a long time since they had last played. The program  provided them with a great opportunity to experience the sport and have some fun. In this photo is the final group of participants of the club’s Open Court session - a small but highly enthusiastic group.  A special thanks to Kelsey for her terrific conduct of the sessions.

Our coaches take Hot Shot kids to the AO 2020

What an awesome day it was for a group of lucky East Croydon Kilsyth tennis club kids who attended the AO this week - lead by our popular club coaches Andrew and Kelsey. Not only did they get to experience centre court - they appeared on the Today TV show with Karl......... Likely to be a day remembered by all the kids for a long time!

Service to Tennis Award 2020
Danielle presenting Steve with his Award

The club was delighted to have Danielle Cornwall from Tennis Victoria, come along and conduct a fabulous training session for members of the club who will be volunteer hosts in the up-coming new Thursday evening "Get Your Racquet On" program (commencing Jan 23).  The club is excited by the prospect of welcoming new players that we hope will be attracted through our participation in this Tennis Australia initiative.

At the same time, Danielle took the opportunity to present Steve Baldry with his Service to Tennis Award. Steve was typically humble in his acceptance of the Award, acknowledging the close working relationship he has developed over many years, with his mate Noel Hester (our club president).
And the winner of the club’s 2019 Xmas raffle is 

Neville couldn't help but have a huge grin on his face 
Congratulations to our one and only beloved club Vice President, Neville Asquith for winning !st prize in the club's fundraising raffle. And to allay any suspicion about the integrity of the draw (many of the seniors attending the draw were heard questioning why their own ticket wasn’t drawn out - yes, Clyde that means you), the draw was dutifully overseen by the Head of Tennis Victoria, Ruth

Before concluding, can we give a "shout out" to the club members who kindly donated goodies as prizes for the raffle. Over $500 was raised for the club. Thank you to Wendy for a typically superb job of organising it all - as well as donating goodies. Together with donations from Steve (naturally), Kelsey and Andrew (our club coaches). Also a hamper donated by Michael Sukkar, our local MP.
Shout-out to Brian Cooke
Brian is one of the real characters of the club's Vets tennis brigade - well known for his jovial manner.

One of Brian's many contributions to the club are the seat benches that appear on the sides of our courts 1, 2, 3 & 4

For the vets in particular, at the change of ends between play, these seat benches are well used in taking a brief few moments of "recovery".  
Brian constructed all of these seat-benches himself, as well as supplying the materials - quite an accomplished handyman is our Brian!

Tennis Victoria - "Pick Up A Racquet"

From L to R - Neville, Steve, Kelsey, Danielle, Noel & Richie
The club was delighted to host a visit by Danielle Cornwall, Club Development & Participation Officer (Eastern Region) with Tennis Victoria. 

Danielle met with several members of the Club's Committee and outlined an exciting new promotional campaign sponsored by Tennis Victoria aimed at encouraging "lapsed" tennis players to re-connect with the game. However instead of playing so called "traditional" tennis, participants will be playing various versions of tennis - designed to be more fun and more social. There will be music, games and activities - accompanied with some food and drinks.  

Our club agreed to participate in the campaign, recognising a wonderful opportunity to potentially attract new members to the Club, and to showcase our club's facilities to members of our local community. We want more people to experience the FUN of our game and the chance to make new friends.

Jan 16 & 17 - Another free Junior tennis clinic at East Croydon Kilsyth  Tennis Club has been successfully conducted by the club's coaching team ...... 

A wonderful turn-out, with over 100 kids enjoying their tennis and having fun with Kelsey and the coaches - games, activities and a BBQ as well.

Acknowledgement to Tennis Victoria for their contribution to the clinic.

Tennis 4 Teens - FREE Fun for 12-17 year old's 
THURSDAYS 5.15 - 6.15 pm
Call Kelsey to learn more  0408 731 065

And you might like to check out the club’s Facebook Page for more information about upcoming events and our facilities ....... 

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