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UPDATE - LTA Statement (23 November)
Following the confirmation by the Prime Minister today (23 November) that England will return to a three-tier system of regional restrictions once the current lockdown period ends at 00:01 on 2 December, the LTA is working with DCMS and Sport England on the full details of what means for tennis.

However, we can confirm that:

Outdoor tennis will be able to resume across all tiers
In Tier 2 areas, indoor sport can take place within households as before, but people will also now be able to play certain sports which do not involve close proximity or physical contact against one person from another household, such as a singles tennis match
In Tier 3 areas, indoor sport (including tennis) as we as exercise classes will be restricted to within your household only. Outdoor sport will be able to continue
Organised activities for U18s and disabled people will be able to continue indoors across all tiers
As soon as we have full confirmed guidance we will publish an updated summary grid for tennis activity by tier that can take place from Wednesday 2 December onwards, together with updated full guidance documents for players, venues, coaches and officials.

The Government will be confirming which areas of the country will be under which tier on Thursday (26 November).

As a naturally socially distant sport that involves participants stood a significant distance away from each other with a net in between, the LTA does not believe that playing tennis contributes to the spread of COVID-19 in any significant way, and so it can play a role in helping to safely maintain the health and wellbeing of the nation under coronavirus restrictions. We thank everyone from the tennis community who has made this case to their local MP in recent weeks – we know this has had an impact in ensure that outdoor tennis is able to resume post-lockdown and that more indoor tennis will now be permitted.

The LTA has remained in discussion with Government over the past few weeks, requesting that outdoor tennis activity should continue to be permitted across all tiers, as per the previous tiered system, and that more indoor adult tennis activity should also be permitted in tiers 2 and 3.

As part of this, the LTA worked with other indoor sports to put forward a joint proposal to Government so that as much indoor sporting activity as it is possible to do safely is permitted across the tiered system, given its essential role in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the nation.

We are therefore pleased that the Government has listened to the arguments put forward on the socially distant nature of tennis in making its decision to allow singles tennis for adults indoors in Tier 2 areas, and this will help more people enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of being active over the winter. .

Covid-19 Restrictions. No Tennis Again!

UPDATE - LTA Statement (2 November)
The Government have today indicated that they won’t be allowing outdoor tennis courts to open in England during the period of the new national restrictions that come into force from Thursday. This is hugely disappointing for all those who love tennis up and down the country. We will continue to put our case to them ahead of the formal legislation detailing the restrictions during lockdown, which is yet to be published and is due to be voted on in Parliament on Wednesday. We will then provide an update on the definitive position of what is and isn’t allowed.

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Covid19 LTA Guidelines 24/09/2020
As the government has implemented stricter guidelines on our everyday life. I have put the below buttons here to help tennis players understand how this affects their ability to get a game of tennis, in these challenging times.
Please select the relevant button to the Latest LTA guidelines.

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Updated LTA Covid-19 Guidelines

Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles
 For padel, doubles play is also permitted but extra care is advised and it should only be done so where players are confident they can maintain 2 metres apart
 Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es)

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More Sad News

We have to announce the sad news of the death of Simon Entwistle.
Simon passed away on the 24th January 2020 aged 48 years in America where he currently lived.

Simon played tennis for Parrfold Tennis Club for many years until he decided to emigrate to America. Simon was a very talented player who also played in the Bolton and Leigh Leagues.

I am sure all of you who remembered Simon will be shocked at this news. Simon will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Sad News

I have to announce the sad passing of Marjorie Deakin.

Sadly Marjorie died, just 3 days short of her 99th birthday.
She was only ill for a couple of weeks, and until then she was still walking around the garden at Abbeyfield, doing crosswords, and voicing her opinions on a variety of subjects. Certainly, a life well-lived.
Luckily she did not go into hospital but died in her own home with her grandaughter Louisa with her. It was said to be heart failure.
Marjorie was an excellent tennis player and represented the Walkden league in inter-league matches, and was still playing well into her eighties.
Marjorie will be very sadly missed by all her tennis friends.

New advice from LTA: All tennis facilities to be closed.

The absolute priority of everyone in Britain needs to be protecting the health of the nation, with a requirement to dramatically adjust our behaviour to help slow the spread of the disease, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed, and ultimately save lives. The way everyone can do this is complying with the Government’s guidance and staying at home.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March) all tennis facilities and courts should be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect.

The National Tennis Centre is closed, and all activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses. We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 31 May 2020.

During these challenging times for our society, our focus over the coming weeks will be to ensure tennis coaches, venues, volunteers, officials and players are supported in any way they can be, so that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy position as possible, and the sport is able to resume its role in keeping the nation active.

We are continuing to work with Government to help us achieve this, and establishing what further support can be provided to help all those impacted by this unprecedented situation.

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Coronavirus: Important Coronavirus Update – Walkden And District Tennis League Suspended

As you are all aware, the Coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact both globally and here in the UK, in what is an extremely fluid and fast-changing situation.

On Monday 16th March 2020 the UK Government updated its advice, and we are now being advised to avoid gatherings, work from home and limit all travel to only essential trips. It is expected that further measures will be introduced in the coming days.

The LTA has also issued a statement suspending all LTA activity until 20th April 2020. Again, we expect further restrictions to be announced shortly.

As a result, the Walkden and District Tennis League have discussed these developments and regrettably, we now have to announce that all Walkden and District League activities are suspended indefinitely and with immediate effect.

This means the 2020 season will not now start as planned on Wednesday 29th April 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and heed the advice of Government and the LTA and will provide updates as necessary on the Walkden and District League website and via communication to club secretaries.

We hope that it may be possible to play a shortened season at some point this summer and will advise if and when this becomes a possibility.

In the meantime, please look after yourselves and your families.

Ian Hodgkinson


Walkden and District League

2020 AGM Information and Agenda

Please note that the AGM for the Walkden & District Tennis League will take place on Monday 9th March 2020 at Claremont Tennis Club, Salford at 7.30 pm.


Any proposals or items for discussion must be emailed to me 14 days prior to the A.G.M. (24th February 2020)
The Agenda for the meeting can be found on the League website after the 24th of February 2020.
Please complete the attached form (see link at the bottom of the page) with the appropriate details of your club together with the name of two contacts for existing and new teams you may wish to enter into the League. As this information will appear on the League website please ensure that the named Contacts are happy with this.
If you are intending to remove a team from the league or wish to add a further team to play this coming season please let me know by Friday 28th February as this will impact the League formation.
Would all clubs note that we still need a League Secretary. Also, the Treasurer and Minutes Secretary wish to finish in their posts at the AGM. Please consider if you could possibly fill one of these positions before the meeting takes place and let me know.
Any problems please feel free to email me or give me a call.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 9th of March.

Many Thanks
Pauline Ashton – League Match Secretary

The form for entering a team into the league can be downloaded from: Tennis Application.

The AGM Agenda can be downloaded from: Tennis Agenda.