let us know if you want to claim closure credit on your subs
Tennis is coming back to Sheen from Monday 29th March!
The government plan for exiting lockdown should allow us to re-open all the tennis courts again from Monday 29th March. We are expecting that both doubles and singles, plus our usual mix-in sessions, leagues and matches will be able to resume from then, as will tennis coaching. Social distancing will still be needed and we shall not yet be able to re-open the clubhouse and bar but our members will be able to get out in the spring weather and enjoy their tennis again.
Detailed court booking arrangements and playing conditions will be announced well ahead of re-opening day itself so please look out for a separate newsletter shortly.
Squash re-starting in April
Our squash courts should hopefully be able to re-open in April but sadly with only restricted playing conditions at first. Squash members who are not also tennis members may wish to play tennis temporarily during these restrictions and we shall be announcing a special arrangement to enable this for those who wish to do so. Details will be circulated shortly to all squash members.
Tennis fees & subscriptions 2021-22
Newer tennis members generally renew their annual subscription each year in the month that they originally joined. Traditionally, the tennis season began in March so most of our longer term members are due to be invoiced their renewal around this time - while more recent joiners have that to look forward to in coming months!
The Managing Committee has decided that 2021-22 tennis fees will again not be increased this year. Annual senior tennis subscriptions will therefore have remained unchanged for seven years whilst junior and student subs were significantly reduced over that period. You can see the 2021-22 tennis fees here : Subs
Covid-19 closure subscriptions allowances
Through the winter months we have again faced obligatory pandemic closures with the only comfort being that January and February are a time when less outdoor tennis is usually possible. The MC believes that members should be able to receive a credit to help make up for lost playing opportunities over the winter, if they find it necessary. All tennis members are therefore eligible for a 25% subscription credit at their next renewal if they choose to apply for this.
Although the club has had to close, you will understand that many running costs remain. We also continued through the pandemic to invest heavily in our programme of improvements to the club's facilities. The refurbished clubhouse and bar we hope to open fully in the next few months subject to government regulations, and the improvement to the club front entrance area is there for all to see. We also have tremendous plans for the terrace area and the new pavilion for which we are just awaiting planning permission from Richmond Council before work starts.
Not everyone will be in a position to forgo their closure credit but, as last year, we very much urge you to be a Sheen Angel if you can. Every Angel who goes the extra mile helps continue paying for the development of our facilities. Remember that virtually everything at Sheen is done by unpaid volunteers and as a CASC members’ club no dividends are paid out so each £1 of revenue is ploughed back into our facilities for everyone's benefit.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
To be a Sheen Angel:
If you would like to be a Sheen Angel and forgo a closure credit to help the club in these difficult times you need do absolutely nothing. Your renewal invoice will be generated for twelve month’s subscription, without any closure credit, and sent to you by email as usual around your regular renewal date.
To claim a closure credit:
If you would like to claim a 25% closure credit on your tennis renewal you need to send an email requesting this to firstname.lastname@example.org by FRIDAY 19th MARCH. Please note that you must apply by then whatever your normal subscription renewal date.
If you would like to receive a credit YOU MUST INFORM US NOW
There remain some tennis members who chose to opt-out of restarting play last May because of their personal concerns about Covid. If you are still opted-out and don't wish to re-commence tennis yet you need not do anything. Your membership remains valid, so when you are ready to play again just email email@example.com and we will reactivate your playing access.
Squash-only and Social Members:
In view of the extended closure of the squash courts and the complete supension of normal social activities during the pandemic, Squash and Social members need do nothing at this time. Memberships remain valid and we will provide further information later when the government's programme of re-opening has progressed further.
Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the club again soon.