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JUNIOR SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS

Summer Camps will begin on Monday July 6, 2020.
Click here for camp dates and information.  Also, please refer to the June 9 message “Important Lessons Update: Message from Swansea’s Head Tennis Professional“,  posted below, for the status on other lesson programming.

 

Membership at Swansea Update – June 30, 2020

Currently, Swansea Membership is at full capacity.  However, you can add yourself to the waiting list and once we have an opening, we will contact you with next steps. 

https://www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea/home/reportView.do?id=510  

Due to COVID restrictions and City compliance rules, we are not able to provide an estimate of when we will be able to add new members. 

Thank you for your interest in our club.

 

Update – Court Maintenance – June 26, 2020

The Contractor and his team have been on-site since early this morning.

Based on his recommendation to ensure glue primer, undercoating and line paint dries properly it needs direct sunshine.  Court updates as follows:

Court 1 is now open

Court 2 out of play til noon

Courts 3 & 4 out of play til 5pm

We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks for your patience while we enhance your tennis experience at Swansea.

 

Attention – Court Maintenance 

Tomorrow, Friday June 26, 2020 all courts will be out of play from 7:30am – 9:30am for maintenance.

Courts 1 & 2 will likely become available around 9:30am.

Courts 3 & 4 will be ready for noon.

We apologize for the short notice but the Contractor just advised that they could fit us into their schedule, otherwise we’d have to wait til later on in the season.

Contractor will be on-site for line repair work and with optimum weather/temperature tomorrow it will be a perfect day for this type of work to get done properly.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks so much for your understanding.

 

Court Usage on Mon. June 15, 2020

Windscreens will be put up on the courts on Monday afternoon between 3pm- 6pm. Court availability (one court at a time) will be interrupted for short periods of time.  Please be patient with us as we improve court experience for members. 

(June 12, 2020)

 

Important Lessons Update: Message from Swansea’s

Head Tennis Professional – June 9, 2020

We’ve had to modify our lessons and camp plans accordingly to the new Covid 19 rules. Please carefully review the following information.

We hope most of your questions will be answered/addressed below. We apologize for any inconvenience; and appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this challenging time.

We look forward to serving you!

Private and semi-private lessons are now available. Wing Armstrong has decided to wait until a later date to begin coaching for safety/health reasons.

Adult group lessons are temporarily suspended. We will advise everyone when we can proceed, cancel or modify them.

Junior spring lessons were cancelled. We would prefer registrants to apply the credit to future lessons if they run. Refunds are available. However, please be aware that the club loses the processing fees.

Summer camps are on hold. We will notify everyone as soon as the government makes a decision about running them. Please be aware we are required to alter numbers of campers; the fees may have to be adjusted. As for now, we just don’t know what we can run or if at all.

Fall adult and junior lessons are on hold. We don’t know if we can run them yet and have to wait for the government announcements.

Stay safe and enjoy your tennis!

Ben Armstrong

Head Tennis Professional

[email protected]

 

Co-ed Singles Box Ladder – June 8, 2020

This year we’ll be operating a “Box Ladder” and encourage you to join as a way to meet other members, socialize (at a distance), play, and win prizes, particularly as we attempt to get back to “normal!”  

The “Co-ed Singles Ladder” is now set up in the members portal, for you to register.  Beginning on June 15th, or shortly thereafter (please be patient as we negotiate a new normal) players of a similar skill level will be placed in small groups and will play each other over the course of each month. At the end of each month (the 14th), the top players will move up to a higher box, while the bottom players will be re-designated. Remember that the point of the tennis ladder is to play competitively against people that are of your own skill level.

This format is effective for all skill levels.  Please note that if you can’t participate in this month’s box ladder, you can register by the 14th of each subsequent month.  Only one registration is necessary for the entire season.  If you would like to participate in our ladder, please complete the following steps:

 

  1. Go to the following members portal and login to your account: www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea

 

  1. Under “Register for Programs, Lessons, Camps and Events,” there is a link to “Register for Adult Programs.”  Click on the “Co-ed Singles Box Ladder” at the top of the page and register for yourself and/or a family member. 

 

  1. In the “Additional Information” box please indicate your tennis rating, from 1.0-6.0, based on Tennis Canada’s Self-Rating Guide: https://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Self-Rating-Guide-English.pdf.  While it may be difficult to assess your exact rating, please give us your best estimate. 

 

  1. Click on “Continue to Checkout” and pay the $10 fee to participate. This small fee ensures that only people that will actually show up and play join the ladder, and will be used towards prizes. We accept credit card and interac e-transfer. 

Once you have completed these steps, we will approve your registration in the system, and place you in a group according to your rating.  A further announcement will follow, but in the meantime, here is a link to our Box Ladder Rules: https://www5.tennisclubsoft.com/swansea/home/reportView.do?id=735

 

At our Swansea end of season event, we’ll not only celebrate the end of our season, but also distribute various prizes including for those who have ranked at the top of their respective skill levels, are the most improved, etc.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the courts this season!

 

Update – June 2, 2020

A reminder to bring identification when picking up your tags and sign the waiver in front of court attendants, Rudy and Anton. They will have copies available on site.

Note we’ve had to update the waiver, please read it in advance of signing. You can access this and the City of Toronto Guidelines for Tennis Clubs in the message just below.

Tag pick up dates:

    • Tues. June 2 – Fri. June 5              3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 6 – Sun. June 6               9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 8 – Fri. June 12            3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 13 – Sun. June 14           9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 15 – Fri. June 19          3pm – 9pm

Prepare for Official Club Opening Soon!

First and foremost, thank you for your patience!   It has been challenging for all community tennis clubs across the city to open;  we’re not the first but we’ll definitely not be the last.   If all goes as expected with the final stage of the City permit process, courts will be open on Tuesday, June 2, 2020; we cannot guarantee this but we’re working hard behind the scenes to make this happen.

What we can guarantee is laying out the groundwork to prepare for official club opening soon.

We’re moving ahead with shoe tag distribution for paid members.  To get your shoe tag, members must read and sign this Waiver in exchange for a tag:

    • Please read waiver and City of Toronto Guidelines https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/8e17-tennis-community-club-court-covid-19-guidelines.pdf  in advance of picking up your tag;

    • Bring an unsigned copy of the waiver at the time of shoe tag pickup;

    • Waivers must be signed in front of court attendants.  Along with your tag, you’ll also receive a hard copy of the City of Toronto – Guidelines for Tennis Community Clubs during COVID-19;

    • Bring ID – shoe tags will only be given to paid members with identification and registered in our files.  Waivers must be signed by registered members only.  In the case of those with junior memberships, a guardian must sign waiver and pick up tag on their behalf.

Also, please read the club’s new rules posted on our site https://swanseatennis.com/club-rules/

 

Court attendants will be handing out shoe tags starting Tuesday, June 2, 2020 on site.  You’ll see them in a tented area by the courts.  Pick up your tag on one of the following dates and times:

 

    • Tues. June 2 – Fri. June 5              3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 6 – Sun. June 6              9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 8 – Fri. June 12            3pm – 9pm

    • Sat. June 13 – Sun. June 14          9am – 2pm

    • Mon. June 15 – Fri. June 19          3pm – 9pm

It is important to sign the waiver and pick up your tag by no later than June 19, 2020.

No waiver, no tag, no play

A new gate code will be communicated with the tags. 

A reminder that the gate code cannot be shared with anyone, ever.  If someone is presumed to possess the code, they will already have it via an official communication.  If there are no members waiting for courts and you want to be helpful, let people (members should have valid shoe tags) into the courts by opening the door for them rather than communicating the code.  Sharing of the code could result in revocation of your booking privileges.  

We will be moving to online booking this season, more details will be communicated in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, to reserve your court, sign up using your tag number (not by name) on the chalkboard on-site.   Court attendants will be taking photographs of the board for tracking purposes per City guidelines. 

Lastly, we’d like to introduce our court attendants; Anton Lewis and Rudy Mulenda.  They’re very excited to help out the Swansea tennis community and look forward to meeting you all.    Please give them our warmest Swansea welcome.

 

Ready, set, play!

 

 

Programs and Lessons Update – May 31, 2020

Our coach and youth camp organizer, Ben Armstrong, is not only a tennis expert—he also has a graduate degree in health science!  As a result, Ben will use his best judgement with regards to the safety and health of our members, his staff and himself when deciding what programming can return, and when.  Of course, we all must abide by the City of Toronto Public Health guidelines as well, which are subject to change as the pandemic situation evolves.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to updates from Ben as services return.

 

 

Update as of May 24, 2020

Public courts are open in the city. However, community clubs such as ours are still awaiting the processing of City permits, submitted months ago and for city staff to physically un-padlock the courts.

City Tennis Court rules posted are:

  1. No doubles permitted. Singles play only

  2. Give other players space while waiting for your turn to play

  3. Bring your own tennis balls, uniquely identify them, and only touch your tennis balls

  4. Avoid touching common areas (the net, fences, poles, gates, etc.)

  5. Regularly clean or sanitize hands, and avoid touching your face

  6. Play safe and have fun

We believe they will be posting this signage at our courts as well. Additionally, please read and respect Swansea’s new Club Rules and Procedures posted on the club’s website, https://swanseatennis.com/club-rules/

Membership is still open, so please let others know they are welcome to join.   Also, we plan to provide a further discount to current members and apply it to 2021 memberships due to COVID disruptions.  Since the full scope of that disruption is still unfolding, the extent of the discount is to be determined. We will communicate more details once we are better able to assess the full impact.

We cannot officially operate as a Club until we receive our permit, hopefully it’s only for the next few days.   Information about shoe distribution will be sent out soon.

Thank you for your patience as we eagerly work towards the reopening of our club!

 

 

 

Update as of May 18, 2020

It was exciting to hear last week’s Provincial Government announcement that tennis courts can reopen on May 19, 2020. But what they didn’t tell us is that the City has a lot of organizing to do before this can happen. We’ve not received any communications from the City of Toronto yet. And apparently no decisions have been made on when tennis clubs can restart.

Along with providing us with public health protocols to safely operate, please remember that Swansea operates under a City of Toronto permit and as such, we must receive the go-ahead from the City Parks and Recreation and the City Public Health departments before we can get members back on court.  

The courts were locked down by the City and only they can remove their gate locks that they installed. Until they’re unlocked by city staff, courts will not be operating. All club programs and events are suspended. We’re working with Armstrong Tennis Academy to assess the impact on lessons.

There is a lot of work to be done to safely position the club for re-opening. Working under conditions of physical distancing will, no doubt, slow down set-up slightly. Rest assured we will share further information with you as soon as we have final details and permission from the City.  

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.

Keep well!

 

 

Update as of May 14, 2020

You probably already know, The Province of Ontario announced today that tennis courts can open up as early as Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  This is great news!

We’ve heard the City of Toronto is working on protocol signage that will be posted at every site; it will not be tennis as usual.   We expect to hear further details including timing on removal of their locks from court gates however, there is no word yet on when this will happen.

More information will shared with you as soon as we receive it from the City.

Thanks for your continued understanding and patience.  Looking forward to being back on the court.

Keep well!

 

 

Update as of April 7, 2020

As we pull through this very challenging time together, we hope you’ve found new routines and the little things comforting and rejuvenating.

As you are no doubt aware, the City of Toronto has locked our courts.  According to the Ontario Tennis Association, the City intends to leave the courts locked until at least June 30th.  We’ll provide an update on plans for the upcoming season, including for lessons and camps, once we are further informed.

Since we know that our Club cannot operate a full season this year, it is the Club’s intention to transfer credit to existing members for the time period we are closed this year and apply it to next year’s renewal fee.  Because we are forced to remain closed for half of the year in 2020, returning members who have already registered will pay only half for their 2021 membership fee.  New member registrations in 2021 will be unaffected.

Continued best wishes!

 

 

Update as of March 25, 2020

We hope you and your families are well, especially during this unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have been closely monitoring the situation and following guidelines and communications issued by Canadian tennis organizations, as well as the City of Toronto and the provincial and federal governments.

The health and safety of our club members remain at the top of our concerns, particularly as we deal with this crisis.

We know that many of you are wondering when will the 2020 tennis season begin at the club, given the current circumstances.  We can only open and operate the club through an annual permit from the City of Toronto.

Due to the seriousness of the situation, the City of Toronto has advised that they have not yet issued permits to any tennis clubs, and for now, the first effective day of the 2020 permit will not be April 5.   This will be rescheduled as we get updated information.  

Swansea Tennis Club will remain closed until we have a permit from the City of Toronto.

We truly appreciate your understanding and we’ll keep you updated as new information arrives.

Keep well, best wishes!

 

 

City of Toronto Court Closure Order – COVID19

Swansea Tennis Club was advised of the City of Toronto’s order to CLOSE Community Tennis Clubs through to April 5, 2020. The courts are now inaccessible and are locked, you’ll also notice all nets have been lowered.

We wish it were not the case but we hope you can understand this temporary inconvenience at this time.

Looking forward to our tennis season opening up soon. We’ll keep you updated with information from the City as soon as it is made available.

Keep well and take good care!

 

 

Open to New Members! Sign Up Now

Enrollment for Adult Group Lessons/Clinics and Junior After School program are also now open! 

Junior Camp registration will be opening soon, please check back here for updates or through the Member Portal.  Log into your account to view currently available programs.   

Registration for returning members continues to be open.

All coaching inquiries should be directed to Ben Armstrong, [email protected] or 416-760-0999 via Game Set Match Boutique.  The store is located at 782 Annette St., Toronto, ON.   If you would like to meet Ben in person, recommend calling first.  

 

 

Call for Volunteers! 

Do you enjoy the sport of tennis, and are looking for volunteer opportunities in your community?

During the 2020 season, Swansea Tennis Club is looking for enthusiastic people to assist us in a variety of tasks that include court maintenance and monitoring, junior programs including camps, social events, and tournaments and competitions.

Volunteer opportunities may exist on a regular, or an as-needed, basis.  You do not need to be an expert in the sport of tennis, but a basic knowledge is necessary.

We welcome people of all ages, but especially encourage students looking to become more active in the sport, gain a valuable community experience, and a reference for future volunteer/employment opportunities.

Requirements:

·     Must be at least 16 years of age and a club member
·     Responsible and mature
·     Flexibility and willingness to try new activities
·     Basic knowledge in the sport of tennis

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Diana Cucuz, Community Liaison.

 

2020 Season

Membership Details

Adult  (18 or older as of January 1, 2020)
Returning/Renewal: $130.00
New Member: $200.00 (includes a one-time new member initiation fee)

Junior  (Under 18 as of January 1, 2020)
Returning/Renewal: $60.00
New Member: $80.00 (includes a one-time new member initiation fee)

Family (up to 2 adult parents plus up to 3 children)
Returning/Renewal: $290.00
New Member: $440.00 (includes a one-time new member initiation fee)

 

Welcome to Swansea Tennis Club !

Our mission is to promote more members to play more tennis, more often.

Swansea Tennis Club is a Members only club run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Affordable tennis for individual daily play, lessons, round robins, special events and much more are all part of a tennis membership at Swansea.

Located in the High Park/Bloor West area of Toronto.  Four hard surface courts are situated in a picturesque park, brightly lit for night-time play and convenient, free parking on site.

A great location for tennis!

Our season starts in the Spring and ends in the Fall.     Hours are 7am – 11pm daily.

Enjoy all that Swansea Tennis Club has to offer:

  • 4 newly surfaced uncovered tennis courts

  • No additional court fees above annual membership fee

  • Tennis pros available for lessons and other programs

  • Great opportunities for beginners to learn the game

  • Social Round Robins – a great way to play fun tennis and make new friends

  • Tennis Ladder – friendly, competitive singles, to improve your skills and have fun!

  • And much more!