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?
- Junior Coaching Groups & Squads (Level 1-7)
- WALK-TO-TENNIS: AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP PROGRAM
- Adult Skills (Starter – Advance)
- Cardio Tennis
- Adult Social Doubles
- Adult Social Singles
- Kids Hot Shots Match Play
- ACT Junior Team Tennis
- Tennis Education Camp (March 30th – April 9th)
- Kids Holiday Camps (April 15th – April 24th)
- 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