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How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

How you can support Tennis Canberra during the COVID-19 shutdown

Our Tennis Canberra team is determined to ride out this pandemic. From battling smoke, hail and rain it feels like we’ve been “down a break” before the year even started.

Our coaches could just laugh during the hail storm, while watching our cars get destroyed. We could just ask ourselves what was coming next? An earthquake was my guess…  A pandemic was not even a thought at the time but watching COVID-19 shutdown our business in a space of 3 days. It left us feeling empty, stressed and confused.  It was the silent storm that took the country off-guard.

For most our current Tennis Canberra coaches the goal is to return to the community we love but we face some obstacles ahead.  Restarting our programs will not be like pressing the unpause button.  We will need to re-energise, restructure and rebuild our humble community from the bottom-up.

Over the last week our team has been overwhelmed with messages of support.  Your love is enough to give us the motivation to continue the daily grind.  Like Rafa, Ash Barty and Lleyton Hewitt we are going to take inspiration from them to work even harder during the toughest of times.

HOW YOU CAN HELP… FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW

Cashflow is the major factor in the Tennis Canberra  fallout from COVID-19.  We are hoping we can limit the structural and financial losses.  As mentioned in previous updates, a couple of our coaches are not eligible for Government assistance as they are on a Temporary Visa (we really hope this rule changes but we are not holding our breath). For this reason, our team has decided looking after Coaches Pedro & Sam as our top priority as they are the future of Tennis Canberra.

We thank all those who have offered to donate funds or telling us to keep the remaining lessons that we haven’t completed.  As much as we may need these breaks we believe that if you have paid for our services we will  follow-through and complete these remaining sessions in due time.  Just be ready to hit the courts when we have the green-light. We love what we do an no money will change our passion for coaching a sport we love.

The best way to help our team is to support the “Tennis Canberra services” listed below or Pre-purchase a 2020 Spring Coaching Season Package.

Junior Program - ACT - Toddler Tennis Canberra - ACT - Kids

PRE-PURCHASE SPRING 2020 COACHING PROGRAM

  • Start Date: August 24 – December 20th
  • 15-week season
  • Junior & Adult Coaching Groups
  • Walk-To-Tennis: After-school Pick Up Program Available (Selected Schools)

Not only will this help manage cashflow during the shut down it will help us plan to make a seamless transition back on to the court.

We sincerely thank you for your support and will work extremely hard to run even better lessons when we get the green light.


Most of the sessions listed in the 2020 SPRING Season have a high chance of going ahead however, it is subject to change pending on the COVID-19 fluid situation.

Private Lesson – One-on-one Personal Training

At this present time one-on-one Private Lessons are the only on court service we can run.  We are hoping that this service can help those who use tennis to increase their physical, mental and emotional health.  These sessions will be under strict COVID-19 guidelines and will be offered in-line with Tennis Australia’s advice.


  • 1-hour Private Lessons – $80
  • 1-hour Private Lesson (x2 a week) – $70
  • 1-hour Private Lesson (x3 a week) – $60

  • 1-hour Two Player Split Private (30 mins each) – $80 ($40 each)
  • 1.5-hour Two Player Split Private (45 mins each) – $110 ($55 each)

RACQUET & RESTRING – PICK-UP & DROP-OFF HOME SERVICE 

Restringing

Due to the fact our coaches are off court we have a lot of time to service your racquet.  Our restringing service includes – restring, re-grip, racquet clean plus *PICK UP & DROP OFF to your Canberra home

Racquets & Home Sporting Equipment

Need a new racquet to hit against the wall? Or do you need a mini court set up. We sell sporting equipment for you to stay fit. *We can arrange drop off to your door!


*We ask to leave a google review, send a photo for our social media or upload a photo enjoying thanking your Tennis Canberra coach. This service will only be available during the on-court COVID-19 shutdown.

PRE-PURCHASE TENNIS CANBERRA “The Return” PLAYERS SHIRT

New decade, new beginnings.  With a fresh new logo launched early in the year we knew 2020 was going to be one to remember.  We’ve always wanted to do this but never had the time but we want all our players to wear Tennis Canberra on their heart.

We are in the process of designing a special 2020 players shirt.  It will take inspiration from the events from 2020 and the new life Tennis Canberra will have once we return to the courts later in the year.

More information to come…

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

Suspension of all Coaching, Competitions & Events – COVID-19 UPDATE

As you know Tuesday March 24th the Federal Government has imposed stricter guidelines within the community.  For this reason, all Tennis Canberra Coaching Groups, Social Competition and Junior Competition will be SUSPENDED for the foreseeable future.

Although Tennis Australia has given us the green light to manage small coaching groups the only service our Tennis Canberra coaches will be providing are Private Lessons of no more than 3 players and will follow strict on court and venue guideline.

Private lesson will give a select few Tennis Canberra coaches to make a small income for basic needs.

Which programs are suspended?

Coaching

  • Junior Coaching Groups & Squads (Level 1-7)
  • WALK-TO-TENNIS: AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP PROGRAM
  • Adult Skills (Starter – Advance)
  • Cardio Tennis

Competitions

  • Adult Social Doubles
  • Adult Social Singles
  • Kids Hot Shots Match Play
  • ACT Junior Team Tennis

Upcoming Events

  • Tennis Education Camp (March 30th – April 9th)
  • Kids Holiday Camps (April 15th – April 24th)

Court Hire

  • Old Parliament House Tennis Club
  • Please visit other Tennis Canberra clubs directly as they are managed by independent committees CLICK HERE

Do I get credit for the remaining sessions left in my package?

Of course.  Most of our Summer/Autumn Coaching Programs and Competitions have 1-7  sessions left. Tennis Canberra will credit these sessions which can be used within 1 year from when we have the all clear to resume our groups and competitions.

When will I be able to re-join?

Once Tennis Australia allows us to run larger groups we will start coaching programs 1-week after restrictions lift.

Players will be able to re-join when we resume coaching programs or within a year from our restart date.

As competitions takes about a month to promote and organise competitions will be active one-month after restrictions lift.

Below are ideal dates we would like resume but it will obviously be dictated by Tennis Australia.

  • April 28th, (Term 2, Week 1)
  • May 11th, (Term 2, Week 3)
  • May 25th (Term 2, Week 5)
  • June 9th (Term 2, Week 7)
  • June 22nd (Term 2, Week 9)
  • July 20th (Term 3, Week 1)
  • August 3rd (Term 3, Week 3)
  • August 17th (Term 3, Week 5)

The Initial Tennis Canberra Fallout from COVID-19

It does hurt not to get on the court today and it was harder to tell all our coaches we would not be on court for the foreseeable future.  I got a couple hours of sleep knowing that today was going to be the day we suspend our regular groups.

Our team has dealt with fire & smoke, hail & rain but nothing would prepare us for a shutdown with no return date.

It has been an extremely long week starting Sunday 6pm.  Once announcements were made about limiting activities to outdoors and the closure of state boarders two coaches – Maddie and Andjela went back to their interstate home to be with family.

In four-days our humble team has suffered a huge blow and no Government support will see our small business come out the other side unscathed.  Two of our coaches Pedro and Sam are on a temporary visas and for this reason will not receive any Government support.  Pedro’s partner also lost their job and if one of coaches are hurting we all hurt with them.

Our primary goal over the next 1-6 months is to look these two as are unbelievable and passionate coaches and the future of Tennis Canberra.  If you do want to get on court for a weekly or casual private please get in touch.  The little income from privates lessons will give them the basics – rent and food.

We will do our best to stay motivated, use this time to learn more about our trade and build a better service as we know that it means so much to everyone.  Our tennis family is something special we have so many friends and everlasting memories.

We will continue to be in touch over the tough period. I thank you for all your support and wish you and your family greater health.

Robbie & the Tennis Canberra Team

Junior Program - ACT - Toddler Tennis Canberra - ACT - Kids

COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

COVID 19 Update – Sunday March 22nd – Please Review

Hi Tennis Canberra Family,

With a major update from our Local and Federal Governments on Sunday March 22nd we want to be clear that the current status on Tennis Canberra programs will be fluid and can change on short notice.

Most Tennis Canberra Programs will continue for now. However, we will be adjusting some classes and competitions as some of our coaches are going back to their interstate residences before State boarders close.

We understand that everyone will have their own opinion on this matter but we will continue to comply with the measures currently put in place by our Federal and State Governments.

We encourage everyone to do what is best for them and their family and to please respect everyone’s personal decisions.

Tennis Australia has announced tennis is a low risk activity: it is outdoors, non-contact and  social distancing can be achieved.

Our goal while we are on court is to help people stay physically fit and emotionally healthy.  The Tennis Canberra team will put health first and understand if you do not feel comfortable with being on court at this present time do not stress  – we will place your program on hold and you can use this as credit when you are ready to return,

Please read all the program information and points as they will be relevant to you.

Group Lessons – Adults & Junior Lessons

  • Reducing the number of players in each class to 4-6 per coach (transitional period March 23-29th)
  • Additional classes will be held to achieve this ratio plus help us rearrange classes as 2 of our coaches have gone back to their interstate homes to be with family before the state boarders close.

Tuesday & Wednesday Social Doubles & Social Singles

ACT TEAM TENNIS & KIDS HOT SHOTS MATCH PLAY

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – April 6-9th (Week 1) & April 14-17th (Week 2)

  • Tennis Canberra plans to hold our April Camps, adding an additional day to both programs
  • Small groups (6-8 players) will be applied both on and off court
  • Limited spots available CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A SPOT

SCHOOL PICK UP PROGRAM – More information to come

  • Monday March 23 North Ainslie Walk will go ahead as planned (e-mail has been sent – reply if your kid is not attending)
  • Walks on and after Tuesday March 24th is pending the final announcement on optional attendance of school for the rest of the term (stay tuned as our local and federal government as different messages at present)

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

Canberra Tennis - Weather Update - Tennis ACT

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

Wet Weather Procedure – Follow these steps

The biggest question we get when the sky turns grey is, what happens if it rains? Do we still go ahead?

The simple answer is no, however, it isn’t always black and white due to the rain coming – before, during or after a lesson.

Below are 3 scenarios that may play out.  Please read them and choose the most appropriate one depending on the day.

Scenario #1: Overnight & Morning Rain… Do afternoon classes still go ahead?

If the weather clears in time, we go ahead as normal.

Currently not raining – 1-2hours before your session…

On clearing day, assuming we are going ahead unless you hear otherwise

You will be notified by the following platforms if rain has affected any session 1-2 hours before play.

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Scenario #2: Rain hits within an hour of the lesson…

If you do not hear anything, assume we are going ahead as normal.  There are instances where rain is falling in one part of Canberra and not in the other.

Raining where you are within an 1 hour before your session…

You will be notified by the following platforms if rain has affected any session 1 hour before play.

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Please note, our coaches may be on court coaching which means we are going ahead as normal as we cannot update any information.

Scenario #3: Rain hits during a lesson…

It happens. Everyone gets prepared and the sky falls.  There is nothing we can do but get our players off court and a judgement on if we can play will depend on if the rain is clearing, the safety of the court surface and the damage the water has on our equipment.

If the coaches decide we can longer continue the session, the team will send  players home and send information to players who are scheduled to play later in the session.  An SMS will be sent to players that are scheduled to play in the next session within 30 minutes of play.

Information will be uploaded to the following platforms:

  1. E-mail (please check your e-mail)
  2. Tennis Canberra Facebook Post – Join the Page CLICK HERE
  3. Tennis Canberra Instagram Stories – @TennisCBR

Frequently Asked Question… Can I do a make up class?

Of course… Please follow the procedure to book in a make up class.  “Make-up’s” can be done at any time during the season you are currently in.  No make up’s can be done in the next season unless there are cancellations in the last week of the current season.

  1. See the Weekly Timetable CLICK HERE
  2. Identify which session you would like to do for your make up (give at least 48 hours before your intended make up session)
  3. E-mail play@tenniscanberra.com.au with the information of the session you missed plus  information about the make you wish to participate in (date, time & program)
  4. Wait for the Tennis Canberra Team to give you the green light (we will reply via e-mail)

Note to Walk-To-Tennis Participants – We ALWAYS run a walk!

For those students that participate in the After-School Walk at our selected schools.  We will always carryout a walk to the club.  This is because some parents cannot pick up their kid/s due to work constraints.  You do have options on a rain day:

  1. Pick up you child at schools – An SMS must be sent to 0416 186 121 so we can account for this student
  2. Go ahead on the walk as normal – You don’t need to let us know just see the list below to help us prepare for a wet weather walk:
  • Pack an umbrella
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho

Our team will have emergency umbrellas and ponchos however, we recommend students to have their own.

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

2020 Summer of Tennis – ACT – Coaching & Competitions

Welcome to everything tennis in Canberra and the 2020 Summer of tennis.  Tennis Canberra has a variety of tennis programs to get you on the court. Whether you are an experienced player or picking up the racquet for the first time we welcome you back to the court for another season.

First time players, juniors or players returning to tennis there are many beginner and intermediate tennis programs options for you to choose from. Wanting to play matches? Join a Junior or Adult Competition

See the tennis coaching programs and competitions below and click the buttons for more information.

Kids Holiday Tennis Camps (January 20-31st)

Canberra Tennis Kid Camp - Highest Participated

Weekly Coaching Packages – Summer Season

Juniors ages 4-18 of all abilities can join a junior group and selected schools have a Walk-To-Tennis After School Option to help parents get their kids to their weekly lesson.

Adults have the choice of starter to advance skills sessions or to really get you moving Cardio Tennis is a great option for fitness.

Junior Coaching Summer Packages (Starts February 3rd)

Tennis Canberra Juniors

Adult Social Skills & Cardio Tennis (Starts February 3rd)

Competitions & Tennis Leagues

Have a bit of a competitive bone in your body? Why not join ACT’s Adults Social Doubles Competition? Juniors have the choice of joining Hot Shots Match Play events or those who playing regular competition ACT Junior Team Tennis is back for another season.

Adult Social Doubles Competition (Starts February 12th & 13th)

Old Parliament House Tennis Club Membership (Early Bird Special)

Challenge your friends or practice with your family.  Becoming a member of the Old Parliament House Tennis Club will allow you to access the courts to hit with other members for FREE!  Early Bird Memberships end January 31st.

Bushfire Relief Fundraisers & Tennis Canberra Open Days

Bushfire Relief Fundraisers & Tennis Canberra Open Days

Bushfire Relief Fundraisers & Tennis Canberra Open Days

With the South Coast closely linked to Canberra it really hits home when you think about devastation many people went through over the New Year period.  I’ve had friends lose their home in Mogo and it breaks my hear hearing about the devastation in these communities.

The fight is not over and our thoughts are with our Fire Fighters on the frontline not just in NSW but all over Australia.

Our Tennis Canberra family is one of love and want to help where we can.  I have talked to our coaches and for the next month we will be holding Saturday Fundraisers & Tennis Canberra Open Days to help our NSW Rural Fire Service & WIRES.

The Tennis Canberra coaches will be running Bushfire Relief Tennis Lessons & Open Days to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS) & WIRES.  

Event Dates

Where: Old Parliament House Tennis Club
Please RSVP by booking your session above

  • Fundraiser #1: Saturday January 11th (9am-11am) – Adults Sessions Only
  • Fundraiser #2: Saturday January 18th (9am-11am) – Adult Sessions Only
  • OPEN DAY & Fundraiser #3: Saturday February 1st (9am-12am) – Juniors & Adults(9am & 10am) & Open Court Sessions (Get Your Racquet On – 11am)
  • OPEN DAY & Fundraiser #4: Saturday February 8th (12-2pm) – Juniors & Adults (12pm & 1pm) & Open Court Sessions (Get Your Racquet On – 12pm)

Raising Funds for the NSW Rural Fire Services – Bushfire Relief Tennis Lessons by Tennis Canberra

Help our NSW Rural Fire Service: Join a Bushfire Relief Tennis Session
  1. Book a Bushfire Relief Session
  2. Donation accepted on the day or directly donate to the NSW RFS or WIRES (bring your receipt so I we can keep track of donations from the Tennis Canberra Family)
  3. Share our Facebook Event www.facebook.com/events/2450422098540422/
  4. Enjoy tennis lesson by our professional tennis coaches

Donated: $1230

Goal: $2000

We thank the following tennis legends for donating to the NSW Rural Fire Community Service

Fiona Clarke
Danny Marlow
Doug Dingwall
Megan Dingwall
Paul Gibson
Sonya Shamsullah
Andersoin Cheung
Stephen Phillips
Katarina Slavich
Keiran Dawson
Emily Dawson
Thomas Liu

Yvonne Green
Mueller Family
Wayne Seary
Brione Craven
Camilla Burkot
Kathryn Hopps
Gemma Manangan

Smoke Haze & Air Quality: Procedure

Smoke Haze & Air Quality: Procedure

Smoke Haze & Air Quality: Procedure

The sad reality is that I can’t even imagine how bad the fires are in the hardest hit places.  As long as these fires keep burning Tennis Canberra will always look at safety first for all our players.  This page will update all parties on procedures & make-ups that will be held in January for Smoke related cancellations.


Scenario #1 – Smoke present before a lesson – Understand the Air Quality (AQ) readings and our procedures

The Tennis Canberra Coaches will be using the latest (usually 2-hours before a session)  PM2.5 hourly reading via ACT HEALTH CLICK HERE

If the last reading reads:

  • Unhealthy for ALL (grey bar) and the trend is going up , we will cancel the next two hours – Notification via email & SMS
  • Unhealthy for ALL and the trend is going down or unhealthy for sensitive people and the trend is going up we will cancel the next hour – Notification via email & SMS
  • Unhealthy for sensitive people and the trend is going down.  We will go ahead with the exception of Cardio Tennis and Junior (level 1) – If you have breathing difficulties we advise you to do a make up class – Notification email to Cardio & Junior Level 1 & SMS Only

Scenario #2 – Smoke Haze Hits During A Class

  • If we get on court for a session and a sudden smoke haze hits the class, a coach will immediately cancel the class and get players indoors.
  • Juniors’ parents will receive an SMS if not present and all classes scheduled after a smoked haze hit will be cancelled (this is to protect our coaches as they have been exposed to poor air quality for a longer period time)

Scenario #3 – Coach falls sick – Just a reminder that our coaches may have been on court during the day and may have been exposed to minor poor air quality for a longer period of time

  • A coach may fall sick after being outside in minimal poor air quality conditions (even though readings may be on the boarder of unhealthy for sensitive people).  Due to long hours our coaches spend outdoors in the heat and poor air, they fall under the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Category
  • If a coach falls sick, they will notify another coach present, if any to see if they are able to finish their session by combining two classes. Their upcoming sessions will be cancelled unless a similar arrangement can be made with a healthy coach present
  • If this is not possible, the sick coach will cancel the sessions, move players inside and contact parents (if a junior class) – make up sessions will be available

Just a gentle reminder to all of our players, parents and coaches:  This issue is one that we have never dealt with before and we may get some decisions wrong.  Safety is our number one priority as we know it is a long season ahead.  We do ask for your patience and understanding as there will be many people with their own procedures and opinions.  We hope that this Tennis Canberra smoke procedure makes things clear for everyone.  We will revise this procedure if needed.  We welcome any suggestions and feedback and we hope we do not need to use it for too long.

2020 January ACT Summer Swing

2020 January ACT Summer Swing

2020 January ACT Summer Swing

The 2020 Tennis Canberra Summer starts in January with our Summer Swing Sessions.  Our Summer Swing are a series of Adult & Junior coaching sessions that gives the people of ACT a chance to get on the court and try different tennis programs before the 2020 Summer Weekly Coaching Programs. View events below and join enjoy the summer of tennis.

Sign up for a Summer Swing Session

  • FREE SWING: Free for all Players New Players (Trial Session)
  • Smoke Haze Make Up: 2019 players who’s sessions were cancelled due to smoke haze (poor air quality).

All sessions are subject to availability and all sessions are limited. Junior Sessions are at 5pm & Adult Sessions at 6pm or 7pm unless specified.

Summer Swing Sessions #1: January 13th-17th 

  • Monday @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club (Cancelled: Poor Air Quality) Re-book a session below…
  • Tuesday @ Turner Tennis Club
  • Wednesday @ Barton Tennis Club
  • Thursday @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club

Summer Swing Sessions #2: January 20th-24th 

  • Monday @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club (Going ahead despite the early weather)
  • Tuesday @ Turner Tennis Club
  • Wednesday @ Barton Tennis Club
  • Thursday  @ Reid Tennis Club (Adults Only)

Summer Swing Sessions #3: January 28th-31st 

  • Tuesday @ Majura Tennis Club, Dickson
  • Wednesday @ Barton Tennis Club
  • Thursday @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club (Adults Only)
  • Friday @ Wesley Tennis Club (Juniors Only)

Welcome to the 2020 Summer of Tennis…

2020 January Kids Holiday Camps

Junior Holiday Camp #1

  • January 20th-22nd @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club

Junior Holiday Camp #2

  • January 29th-31st @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club
Canberra Tennis Kid Camp - Highest Participated

Sign Up for the 2020 Weekly Coaching Season Packages

Sign Up for the 2020 Social Doubles Competition

Raising funds for our brave NSW Rural Fire Service

Weather Update: Monday September 16th – All Classes Cancelled – Rain

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Weather Update – July 29th – All 7pm Session Cancelled at OPH

Update 6:36pm: We got through most of our program however, the rain has started to get too heavy to start the 7pm session. Despite our best effort we have to cancel our:

Adult Beginners
Adult Intermediate
Adult Advance

You are most welcome to do a make up session at any time before the season end. Please give us notice before you join another session so we can prepare for the extra player/s.