‘Bounce Back’ at
Broxbourne Sports Club.
Coronavirus Update – 23rd May 2020
We hope you and your families are well.
We are back! Well almost.
At present we are finding our way led by the constant advice of Government and sporting bodies. It is a slow process, however, we have made good progress on many aspects of a slow but safe pathway to re-open gradually.
This week, for example, we opened Tennis on a restricted basis and all went to plan with the system working well. Members are pleased to be back and getting some exercise at the same time.
We started this week by only opening 5 courts to assess the safety aspects and as soon as we are satisfied that all of the advice is being met we will open 3 more for general play.
Tennis OPEN to other sections:
The opening of tennis bookings to other sections is now ready to begin and the process for registering and gaining access the booking system can be found at https://broxbournesportsclub.com/tennis/covid-19-measures/
It is really important that you read all the information on this page about the safety protocols and the club rules for using the courts.
The process will require paid up members of other sections to register through the office by mailing Teresa a request at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will then be added to a temporary tennis membership package and have access to book courts through Clubspark following the guidelines linked above.
Cricket training has resumed again on a restricted basis operating under carefully thought through protocol.
The hockey committee are currently preparing a plan for their members to use the astro turf for training again under a restricted operation. The hockey committee will communicate with all members as soon as we have an agreed protocol in place.
Squash & Racketball:
Unfortunately there are no plans at present to reopen any courts indoors. We are monitoring the situation carefully and are in constant communication with England Squash on guidelines for clubs.
As time goes on during this transitional phase, we will be working with each section to assess the longer term new normal for operating sports at the club.
We will continue monitoring Government guidelines and hope in the not to distant future hope to be offering a limited outside café style service and opening the toilet facilities in the clubhouse. No commitments yet but we are working on making sure we are ready to go when we can.
Please remember that during the current reopening period the rules need to be adhered to, we are very visible from the other side of the river where lots of people walk and cycle. We can only support the opening of individual sports whilst we are all following the guidelines failure to do so will mean a more restrictive access being implemented or indeed stopped.
REMEMBER WHEN THE GATE IS LOCKED THE CLUB IS SHUT, NO ACCESS IS ALLOWED (THIS INCLUDES THIS SUNDAY WHEN NO SPORTS WILL BE TAKING PLACE)
Thank you for your support
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS
We are reopening at pace and as things change we will communicate with members, but please adhere to the guidelines provided by your sections which are flow downs of those issued by Government and sporting authorities.
Failure to do so by small minorities at this early stage will risk the entire club having to shut the doors again.
We are very visible from the river and have already had comments from members of the public which is fine when we are sticking to the rules failure to comply can result in:
1) suspension of membership
2) police visits and fines which will be passed to the individuals involved
3) closure of the club by the authorities
Help us to keep the club going, the situation will change over the coming weeks and more freedoms will no doubt be allowed, but right now it is imperative everybody sticks to the rules.
Notice for members – 16th May 2020
Further to our note on Tuesday relating to the opening up of tennis, I am pleased to say that we have established a restricted hours of operation for all tennis members beginning Monday 18th May.
A detailed note on who can play, the social distancing rules, court availability and how to book, has been communicated to tennis members.
All bookings will be through Clubspark and you will only be able to book if you are a paid-up tennis member.
The hours of operation are:
Mon 10am -3pm
ALL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ONLINE HERE
We are looking to open this scheme to members of other sections from Monday the 1st June if we can do this safely.
We will communicate prior to that how the booking process for other sections will work and give clear guidance on how to book and use the courts safely.
We are of course following Government and LTA guidelines and will review this initial approach on a week by week basis and make changes should any be required.
The ECB have issued some guidance today on opening up Cricket Training and we are looking their advice now and will communicate with Cricket members and the wider club as soon as we have a scheme in place to offer the facilities in a controlled and safe manner.
Please be aware the club house remains shut until further notice.
Thanks for your support.
Notice for members – 12th May 2020
We hope you and your families are all well.
A short update on the Government changes to lockdown measures effecting sport at the club,
You will have seen the briefings this week that have talked about people being able to play tennis with a member of the same household or one other person. This change means that we can open a restricted tennis operation over the next week, which will allow coaching and limited playing options to members.
You will appreciate that we have some work to do in order to set out the detail of how this will work and we will be preparing that information over the next few days. Our intention is to have a system in place adhering to all of the LTA and Government guidelines in terms of safe distancing and restricting access beginning next Monday. We will communicate the plans and processes over the coming days.
Thank you for your support.
BSC Management Committee.
BSC CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 7th April 2020
We hope you and your family are all well during this period of
uncertainty. Here is an update for all members from the BSC committee.
We would like to reassure members that we are working hard to ensure that the club will remain financial stable during this crisis. We have been successful in getting a grant and a rate rebate, we are also furloughing most of our staff and will be recovering 80% of their wages once the scheme is fully open. We have reduced costs where possible and suspended payments on non-essential services and are applying funding through sporting organisations schemes.
Membership renewals will be issued for the Tennis, Cricket and Social sections during April and we would like to encourage those members that can afford it to please renew. This income will help us navigate this difficult period and we will work out options over the coming weeks to recompense members who have paid for the period when they have been unable to play their chosen sports.
Your help and support are greatly appreciated and an encouraging number of tennis renewals are already flowing through. Thank you to those members who are renewing and all our members that are not cancelling their memberships.
We are a private members club and have limited revenue streams.
Membership is a key contributing factor to running and maintaining our fantastic sporting facility which we will be continuing to do during this temporary closure to make sure we are ready to go when its safe and we get the green light from Government.
CONTINUED CLOSURE OF BSC:
A reminder to all members that during this period the club is shut, that means that the courts cannot be used, including the junior tennis courts please abide by this ruling.
We will update you over the coming weeks as this crisis hopefully begins to lift, please stay safe, abide by the governments guidelines and we look forward to all meeting up again in the not too distant future.
COMPLETE CLOSURE OF BSC from immediate effect.
After the announcement this evening (23rd March) at 8.30pm from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, we will be closing Broxbourne Sports Club in its entirety from immediate effect.
After a positive message sent to members this morning regarding the continuation of playing tennis at the club, we are to follow the strict guidelines of the British Government and close all sport to members from tonight.
For squash members that acted quickly this morning to apply for permits to play tennis, we will reinstate these at a safe time for the club’s sport to re-open.
We will keep all members informed of any future decisions as to the re-opening of the club’s facilities as we battle through these unprecedented times.
As a valued member of the Broxbourne Sports Club family, we urge you to stay indoors, be safe and follow the guidelines laid down.
We hope to see you all fighting fit and playing your respective sport as soon as possible.
Broxbourne Sports Club Committee.
The Broxbourne Sports Club Building will close from immediate effect.
Advice taken from the UK Government directive on the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Following the UK Governments official directive we will be closing the Broxbourne Sports Club building from immediate effect.
This will mean all squash courts, changing facilities and bar/function areas are completely closed and are off limits.
The closure of the squash courts has been taken from the directive of the England Squash official statement that reads:
‘England Squash is closely monitoring the UK Government advice around the coronavirus situation.
Advice on community squash – Updated 20.03.20
Following the Government’s clear guidance that leisure centres and gyms should be closed with immediate effect, squash clubs and facilities should respond accordingly and close until further notice.
We will look into how we can support clubs and coaches during this exceptionally difficult time over the coming period.
England Squash are in consultation with the squash community and will provide updates via email and social media to all concerned parties as well as providing further clarity and detail below:
20.03.20: Squash Clubs: UK Government tells all leisure centres and gyms to close until further notice.’
As a precaution we would advise all members to follow the guidelines of the UK Government and drastically reduce the contact of people to people, member to member.
We hope you all stay safe during these unprecedented times and look forward in re-opening the building sometime in the near future.
Broxbourne Sports Committee.
21st March 2020
Wednesday 18th March 2020
First and foremost, we hope that everybody is well and following all Government advice in these unprecedented times. As a committee we will be sending out a weekly e-mail message throughout this period to keep members informed of any changes to club operations.
You will have seen the ongoing updates and advice from Government on the crisis and we are sure everyone is aware of the seriousness of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The club will follow Government guidance as it emerges, and it is likely we will have to make changes to opening hours and availability of sporting facilities over the coming weeks and months.
• We have put in place a plan to manage the club and as such from Thursday 18th March the bar will be shutting at 9pm. The building and gates will be locked up by 9.30pm.
• The club office will continue to operate as normal and it would be helpful if we can minimise the need to visit the office and where possible, communicate by phone or email.
• We will not be holding any social functions at the club or taking any bookings for the function room during April and May.
• To minimise risk of infection our cleaning team will continue to pay extra attention to all door handles, bannisters and any areas that people have regular contact with.
• The sporting sections will keep in contact with their respective organisational bodies and adhere to their guidance in relation to league and competitive sport. You will be formed of any changes that affect your sport.
• From a social sporting perspective, we have no plans to limit access to facilities (with the exception of a 9pm finish for squash). The majority of our sports are either two/four person or small groups and there is no definitive policy to stop or reduce these activities at present.
• During this period, we will have some financial uncertainty and we will monitor that position closely. Therefore, we will be suspending our main projects that require investment over the next three months.
We will continue to progress all work we can complete internally and review investment as the situation develops. Please do not come to the club if you or anyone in your household has any of the Coronavirus symptoms. For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Please let us know by phone or email if you have been in contact with somebody who has the illness so that we can advise anybody within the club that may have been in contact with them.
The committee values your support and understanding during these difficult times. http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Broxbourne Tennis Club – Update on COVID-19
You will have received the latest announcement from the Sports Club about the measures being taken to comply with the Government advice. This message is to give you additional detail as it affects tennis members.
We will continue to monitor the advice provided by the LTA – visit their website to see the latest advice: https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/
The start of the Herts Summer League and Hot Rackets Leagues have been suspended and any unplayed matches in the winter leagues will not be played.
For the time being coaching and social tennis is continuing for all who want to play. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care around social contact, and do not come to the club if you or anyone in your household has any of the Coronavirus symptoms.
For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
You will soon receive a payment request for your membership renewal. This a very difficult time for our members and for Broxbourne Sports Club. The club is reliant on your subscription payments to keep the club going over the coming months. So, we are looking for the support of those who can, to pay their membership by the due date. We will be offering a wide choice of payment methods so that you can pay remotely without the need to go into the bar or the office.
We totally understand that some of you may require some additional flexibility with your membership payments, so please contact Nikki, our membership secretary email@example.com for advice.
Please be reassured that if we have to close the facilities for a period, we will be offering compensation via a discount on your subscription next year. The same will apply to those who are in one of the at-risk groups advised to self-isolate.
Many thanks to you all for your understanding at this difficult time. We hope that you and your families stay happy and healthy!