Update: John Coles Park

14th May 2020 / News archive

15 May 2020

With the recent updates in Government guidance and relaxation of some of the rules for outside exercise, we are making the following changes in John Coles Park:


Tennis courts
After some planned maintenance this week, the tennis courts will be open w/c 18 May 2020. Only Court 1 and 3 will be available for use as the net on court 2 will be removed to help with social distancing. All users of the tennis courts must adhere to the rules set out by the LTA which are available to download in full HERE

In summary here is the guidance:

– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible)

– Take hand sanitizer with you
– Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips, hats and towels)
– Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
– Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
– Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
– Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
– Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court

– Avoid using public transport
– Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
– Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can
– Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
– Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
– Arrive changed and ready to play
– Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

– Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
– The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles
– Coached sessions should be limited to one to one coaching activity only

– Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
– Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
– Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
– Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

– Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
– Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
– Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible
– When playing padel, try to avoid touching the court walls

– If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
– Avoid touching your face

For the full guidance document, take a look at the LTA website HERE

Car park and public toilets
These facilities will be made available to the public once the maintenance work on the tennis courts is completed and we can open them all at the same time.

Bowls Club
Waiting for further clarification from Bowls England.

The MUGA tends to attract groups of young people, so we are taking a phased approach and currently keeping the MUGA closed while we monitor the social distancing behaviour and if all goes well we will open it in the next few weeks. This applies to all of our MUGA sites at Pewsham Park, Little Battens and Monkton Park.