Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club was one of the first sports clubs to be able to return to play after a shift to Alert Level 2.
Club captain Jono Boundy says tennis is a unique in that is possible to play while keeping a large distance from competitors and teammates.
He believes that in the Covid era, when people have been locked inside and social events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, tennis has a big role to play.
“Some people are finding that tennis is their big night out for the week. We had 30 people turn up on the first night.”
The club didn’t lose any of its memberships during lockdown, despite most members being unable to play.
Jono says that in these unusual times, playing sport is a great way to network with people from other industries.
“All the real business gets done at the tennis courts on a Thursday night.”
The club hosts its social evening on Thursday night, which allows players to pay a one-off casual fee rather than sign up for a membership.
“It doesn’t matter about the skill level – it’s just about being in the community and being active.
The business house tennis tournament had just two weeks remaining when lockdown began.
The club is currently agreeing on terms with the top-ranking teams on how to finish the highly competitive tournament.
For the first time, the club is also going to hold a club competition on Saturdays during winter.
The club is offering a special rate for newcomers of $199 for a year’s membership, with unlimited access to the tennis and squash courts.
The fee can also be paid off weekly or monthly.