Indoor Domes

The SOATC committee is proud to announce that the Domes are now available to use, together with the newly resurfaced court 7.

The Dome courts will be available for booking in accordance with the timetable that I have included later in this correspondence.

It is intended that we will have an ‘official’ launch early in the New Year, the details of which I will circulate once things have been finalised. 

We intend to use the time between now and the New Year as a period of assessment, to allow things to ‘bed in’ and for the club administration and membership to adapt to having indoor courts.

It is worth noting that the courts were inflated for the first time on Tuesday evening, to be welcomed by cyclone ‘Barney’, during a period that the Met’ office described as the ‘most difficult conditions of the year’ and I am pleased to report that the Dome’s performed brilliantly!

I would like to thank you all for your understanding during the construction period and ask you to be patient if there are any unforeseen problems during this time of change.  

Courts 5, 6 and 7 - Resurfaced with Euroclay

It looks like clay, plays like clay and the ball bounces like clay – in fact Euroclay will give SOATC members all the benefits of a clay tennis court but without the maintenance.

There’s no watering or rolling necessary and the court can be played on in both wet and dry conditions.

However to get the most out of our courts and, importantly, to increase their longevity, SOATC ask that the courts be brushed after each use. Please remember it’s in all our interest to maintain our new courts. When done properly this should take no longer than 5 minutes and will ensure the courts are left how members would wish to find them.

There are two drag brushes per court by the entrance and a wheel line brush. After each use the courts should be dragged. Ideally the courts should be dragged in ever-increasing circles from the centre of the court (the T of the service boxes) to the outside perimeters. After which, the lines should be brushed with the wheel brush (one per court.)

The Domes

The dome envelope consists of a transparent membrane and a set of plastic coated steel cables. These cables are attached to a series of anchor points round the perimeter. The dome is inflated by a fan system, which maintains a positive air pressure in the interior.

The Doors

The main revolving doors are specially designed to permit easy entry and exit while minimising any air loss. Please always use the revolving door unless for wheelchair access or in an emergency. 

Court 5 Emergency Door

This should only be used for emergency exit. If used for wheelchair or object access, they should be kept open for the shortest time possible or the dome will start to deflate.

Condensation

Condensation is often experienced in the dome particularly when inflated on wet playing surfaces. This normally runs down the membrane internally and gathers in pools on the sealing flap. The issue of condensation should resolve itself over time but we would appreciate your patience on this matter in the short term.

What to do if the Dome Deflates

If you are in the dome and it should begin to deflate due to power failure, vandalism or wind damage, please do not worry! The domes will take some time to deflate fully, leaving plenty of time to exit safely. However we do request that members take the following action:

Please lower the nets and move any sharp objects towards the revolving door to reduce the chance of further membrane damage.

Dome/Court Bookings

The domes can be booked like any of the courts via the court booking system, however please note that Courts 5 and 6 can only be booked up to 8 days in advance. The domes are free to use for members and no charge will be made for their use.

There are however certain times when the domes are going to be block booked for the purposes of adult and junior coaching, social tennis, matchplay and cardio tennis.

Those times are as follows*:

Monday      
  Court 5 09:15 - 11:00 Cardio Tennis
  Court 5 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 6 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
Tuesday      
  Court 5 09:30 - 10:30 Adult Coaching
  Court 5 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 5 19:00 - 10:00 Social Tennis
  Court 6 09:30 - 10:30 Adult Coaching
  Court 6 16:00 - 19:00  Junior Coaching
  Court 6 19:00 - 22:00 Social Tennis
Wednesday      
  Court 5 09:00 - 11.30 Adult Coaching
  Court 5 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 5 19:00 - 20:00 Adult Coaching
  Court 5 20:00 - 22:00 Ladies Team Play
  Court 6 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 6 19:00 - 21:00 Ladies Team Play
Thursday      
  Court 5 09:30 - 11:30 Adult Matchplay
  Court 5 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 5 19:00 - 21:00 Men's Match Practice
  Court 6 16:00 - 19:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 6 19:00 - 21:00 Men's Match Practice
 Friday      
  Court 5  09:15 - 11:00 Cardio Tennis
  Court 5 16:00 - 19:30 Junior Coaching
  Court 6 16:00 - 19:30 Junior Coaching
Saturday      
  Court 5 09:00 - 13:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 5 14:00 - 17:00 Social Tennis
  Court 6 09:00 - 13:00 Junior Coaching
  Court 6 14:00 - 17:00 Social Tennis
       
Sunday At present, there are no reserved times     

* Reserved times are liable to change and are at the discretion of the dome sub-committee.

Further progression:

The dome committee will monitor how things progress in the coming weeks and if there are any problems you encounter please make a member of the committee aware of what it is and we will then address the issue. 

I hope you will agree that this marks a very exciting new chapter in the club’s history which places our club in the forefront of tennis development in Warwickshire.