Getting set to reopen Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Updated 22 June 2020
We hope you’re keeping well at this difficult time.
We’ve been carefully assessing Government’s announcements on how sports and leisure venues can reopen. We want to play our part in helping everyone get back to normal through exercise, staying healthy and having fun – and, while we want to reopen quickly we, of course, need to do this in ways which are both safe and financially viable.
At Lee Valley, we’ve kept our green spaces open throughout the crisis and have started opening some leisure activities, but getting all our activities up and running won’t be speedy or straightforward.
The pandemic has had a huge financial impact on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Most of the Authority’s income comes through activities we sell in spring and summer, which have been heavily affected by lockdown. So far we’ve already lost around £3m - a quarter of our expected income this year and, like so many other leisure organisations, we need to reopen carefully, responsibly and safely in a staged way to build back up to providing visitors with their favourite activities and to make sure we’re here for you long term.
We’ve just started limited pre-booked coached 1:1 tennis lessons on our outdoor courts. (If you’d like to book a lesson, contact our Head Coach on email@example.com
If these go well, we’re planning to expand our bookings so that you can pre-book our outdoor tennis courts for games from 6 July. You’ll need to follow our safety advice when you come.
The Government’s current advice is that all indoor sports venues must stay closed. This may change next month and, if that happens and all of our other operations go well, we plan that you’ll be able to play on our four indoor courts by 3 August.
We hope to restart Learn to Play tennis courses on 1 September:
We’re discussing the return of hockey with the hockey clubs who are based here and we’ll update you as soon as we can.
Through the closure, our team has been deep cleaning the whole venue and working out how we can reopen and sustainably cope with social distancing itself and the lower capacities which social distancing will demand. We’ve been assessing how each part of our programme operates and how we can continue to keep visitors, coaches and staff safe, which will remain our number one priority.
We’d stress that much of this is subject to the go ahead from the Government and their advice being what we are expecting, and the changes we’re putting in place having the effect we hope.
When the time comes to visit you’ll see some changes. Our staff may be wearing face masks, we may have changed our entrances and exits, you may have to queue, you’ll have to pre-book everything, we’ll be providing hand cleansing stations and, of course, you must practice social distancing.
We want you back as soon as we can. Visitors are what we’re here for – we can’t wait to see you all again, so please bear with us.