The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are one of the leading sporting National Governing Bodies in safeguarding and protection for children and adults at risk, aiming to ensure they are safeguarded and have an enjoyable experience at any registered venues.
Westside Lawn Tennis Club are committed to continually reviewing and updating our policies to ensure we create this type of environment at our Club.
This document sets out the Westside Lawn tennis Club guidelines for supervision of juniors around the Club and our changing room policy.
Supervision of children at the Club:
- Children under the age of 10 must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult (18 & over) whilst at the Club
- Children aged 10-13 are permitted to wait in the Clubhouse for coaching sessions to start or wait in the clubhouse to be collected after coaching sessions by themselves. We do though recommend that all juniors of this age are supervised by a responsible adult whilst at the Club and the club/ club staff cannot accept responsibility for them over and above the level we would for an adult member
- Children under the age of 13 should not be on tennis courts unless supervised by a responsible adult (18 & over) or taking part in a coaching session with one of the club coaches
Changing room policy:
- All children aged 13 years or younger must be supervised by their parent or guardian if using the changing rooms.
- Children aged 8 & over can only use the changing room of their own sex when supervised by their parent and guardian.
- The above regulations reduce any risks and potential vulnerability associated with mixing adults and children when changing and showering.
- Mobile phones and other electronic devices must not be used in changing rooms.
- Under no circumstances will adult staff, coaches or volunteers change or shower at the same time as children using the changing rooms.
- If we are made aware that a child or adult self-identifies as a gender that differs from the gender they were assigned at birth, we will work with them and their parents/carers (where it relates to a child) to make reasonable adjustments to changing arrangements to suit their needs.