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covid-19 Virus Latest (as at 1st June 2020)

Understandably, with the difficult times and decisions our schools are having to make, Thames Ditton Junior School are not able to allow the tennis courts to be used during school hours. The ‘Planning guide for primary schools’ published by DfE on 14th May advises school leaders to ‘limit external visitors to the school during school hours’. Fortunately they have made a concession and are allowing our academy to book the courts after 6.30pm (when cleaning staff have left) on weekdays and with the courts being available all weekend.

Although this is good news, we MUST as a community not undo all the good work that has happened so far following the lockdown campaign. Both the Government and LTA advise that getting on court will strictly only be possible with a maximum of 6 people including the coach(es) per court.

We know how important it is for people to be active, and the particular role tennis can have in the physical and mental well-being of those that play it. By its very nature, tennis is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided, and the UK Government says it’s a good example of an activity that can be undertaken in a way compliant with social distancing restrictions.

We ask that all academy players continue to observe the strict government guidelines, hand hygiene rules, social distancing (2 metres) with the use the hand sanitiser being available. Lessons and squad sessions can be booked with Cathy Birt on 07973 915007.

A short buffer period (e.g. 10 minutes) will be implemented between sessions booking slots or finish sessions slightly early to allow time for players to leave before the next players arrive. Unfortunately the toilet facilities are not useable at present.

[UPDATED] Guardian (non-participant) or carer attendance is permitted and is not counted as part of the maximum group size of six, but should be off court and limited to one per child where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the session.

When payment is necessary it can be made online. Pupils must bring their own rackets and not share equipment. Also, we suggest bringing your own sanitiser, water and towel. Please keep an eye on our emails, website and Facebook page for updates.

As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for everyone. By considering many different views we have tried to be professional in our outlook. But please understand that decisions and updates are happening almost daily, so things could change very quickly…..we are literally taking the situation day by day.

Disclaimer: Participation in all lessons is done at your own risk. S.P.T.A. will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm sustained during the coaching session.

Take care everyone and thank you for your support, from the Set Point Tennis Academy team!

Playing tennis in England during coronavirus outbreak


Set Point Tennis Academy has been based in Thames Ditton for the past 24 years where it has provided coaching of the highest quality to both the local community and to international players of 7 different nationalities.

Our aim has been to encourage players, both juniors and adults, to achieve their full potential by offering innovative coaching services and consultancy at competitive prices.


Both Cathy and Gordon Birt, the founders of the Academy, have played and coached at the highest international level, thereby offering expertise seldom found in Great Britain.


Gordon has just spent the past weekend (21 - 24 February 2020) in Germany working with some of Frankfurt's top juniors.  Laurence Matthews, formerly coached by Gordon and a former top 4 ranked player in Britain, sought his assistance focussed on the methodology of corrective coaching.....'it's often the smallest corrective change that can make the hugest difference' Gordon says.  Having worked with 2 players ranked in the top 5 in the world, Gordon amassed a wealth of knowledge on his world-wide travels.  'It was just so enjoyable sharing my knowledge with these budding stars!'


As you are probably aware, data protection rules changed on May 25th, 2018 and we now need your permission to contact you from this date.  The following is a copy of our Privacy Policy:

Privacy Policy

This is the privacy notice of Set Point Tennis Academy. In this document, "we", "our", or "us" refer to Set Point Tennis Academy.


  1. This is a notice to inform you of our policy about all information that we record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.
  2. We regret that if there are one or more points below with which you are not happy, your only recourse is to leave our website immediately.
  3. We take seriously the protection of your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that all visitors to our website are entitled to know that their personal data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them, and will not accidentally fall into the hands of a third party.
  4. We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, and hope that you reciprocate.
  5. Our policy complies with UK law accordingly implemented, including that required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  6. The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regards to the processing and control of your personal data. We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at knowyourprivacyrights.org
  7. Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.

The bases on which we process information about you

The law requires us to determine under which of six defined bases we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category.

If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.

  1. Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you

When you create an account on our website, buy a product or service from us, or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions, a contract is formed between you and us.

In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.

We may use it in order to:

  • verify your identity for security purposes
  • sell products to you
  • provide you with our services
  • provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website

We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract.

Additionally, we may aggregate this information in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor our performance with respect to a particular service we provide. If we use it for this purpose, you as an individual will not be personally identifiable.

We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.

  1. Information we process with your consent

Through certain actions when otherwise there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you more information about our business, including our products and services, you provide your consent to us to process information that may be personal information.

Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information, for example, by asking you to agree to our use of cookies.

Sometimes you might give your consent implicitly, such as when you send us a message by e-mail to which you would reasonably expect us to reply.

Except where you have consented to our use of your information for a specific purpose, we do not use your information in any way that would identify you personally. We may aggregate it in a general way and use it to provide class information, for example to monitor the performance of a particular page on our website.

If you have given us explicit permission to do so, we may from time to time pass your name and contact information to selected associates whom we consider may provide services or products you would find useful.

We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . However, if you do so, you may not be able to use our website or our services further.

3. Information we process because we have a legal obligation

We are subject to the law like everyone else. Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation.

For example, we may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.

This may include your personal information.

Specific uses of information you provide to us

4. Information provided on the understanding that it will be shared with a third party

Our website allows you to post information with a view to that information being read, copied, downloaded, or used by other people.

Examples include:

  • tagging an image
  • clicking on an icon next to another visitor’s message to convey your agreement, disagreement or thanks
  • leaving comments on blog posts

In posting personal information, it is up to you to satisfy yourself about the privacy level of every person who might use it.

We do store it, and we reserve a right to use it in the future in any way we decide.

Once your information enters the public domain, we have no control over what any individual third party may do with it. We accept no responsibility for their actions at any time.

Provided your request is reasonable and there is no legal basis for us to retain it, then at our discretion we may agree to your request to delete personal information that you have posted. You can make a request by contacting us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Complaints regarding content on our website

If you complain about any of the content on our website, we shall investigate your complaint.

If we feel it is justified or if we believe the law requires us to do so, we shall remove the content while we investigate.

Free speech is a fundamental right, so we have to make a judgment as to whose right will be obstructed: yours, or that of the person who posted the content that offends you.

If we think your complaint is vexatious or without any basis, we shall not correspond with you about it.

6. Information relating to your method of payment

At the point of payment, you are transferred to a secure page on the website PayPal or if paying by credit/debit card payment is taken via Stripe payment gateway. No payment details are kept on our website or servers. All payment data is fully secure and safe and processed through stripe who is fully PCI compliant.

7. Sending a message to our support team

When you contact us, whether by telephone, through our website or by e-mail, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.

We record your request and our reply in order to increase the efficiency of our business

We keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.

Use of information we collect through automated systems when you visit our website

8. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.

Some cookies may last for a defined period of time, such as one day or until you close your browser. Others last indefinitely.

Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.

Our website uses cookies. They are placed by software that operates on our servers, and by software operated by third parties whose services we use.

If you choose not to use cookies or you prevent their use through your browser settings, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

We use cookies in the following ways:

  • to track how you use our website
  • to record whether you have seen specific messages we display on our website
  • to keep you signed in our site
  • to record your answers to surveys and questionnaires on our site while you complete them
  • to record the conversation thread during a live chat with our support team

9. Personal identifiers from your browsing activity

Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.

We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.

We use this information in aggregate to assess the popularity of the web pages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.

If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website.

10. Our use of re-marketing

Re-marketing involves placing a cookie on your computer when you browse our website in order to be able to serve to you an advert for our products or services when you visit some other website.

We may use a third party to provide us with re-marketing services from time to time. If so, then if you have consented to our use of cookies, you may see advertisements for our products and services on other websites.

Disclosure and sharing of your information

11. Information we obtain from third parties

Although we do not disclose your personal information to any third party (except as set out in this notice), we sometimes receive data that is indirectly made up from your personal information from third parties whose services we use.

No such information is personally identifiable to you.

12. Third party advertising on our website

Third parties may advertise on our website. In doing so, those parties, their agents or other companies working for them may use technology that automatically collects information about you when their advertisement is displayed on our website.

They may also use other technology such as cookies or JavaScript to personalise the content of, and to measure the performance of their adverts.

We do not have control over these technologies or the data that these parties obtain. Accordingly, this privacy notice does not cover the information practices of these third parties.

13. Credit reference

To assist in combating fraud, we share information with credit reference agencies, so far as it relates to clients or customers who instruct their credit card issuer to cancel payment to us without having first provided an acceptable reason to us and given us the opportunity to refund their money.

14. Data may be processed outside the European Union

Our website is hosted in the United Kingdom

We may also use outsourced services in countries outside the European Union from time to time in other aspects of our business.

Accordingly data obtained within the UK or any other country could be processed outside the European Union.

Access to your own information

15. Access to your personal information

16. Removal of your information

If you wish us to remove personally identifiable information from our website, you may contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This may limit the service we can provide to you.

17. Verification of your information

When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal identifiable information we shall first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.

Other matters

18. Use of site by children

  • We do not sell products or provide services for purchase by children, nor do we market to children.
  • If you are under 18, you may use our website only with consent from a parent or guardian

19. Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.

Whenever information is transferred between us, you can check that it is done so using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.

20. How you can complain

21. Retention period for personal data

Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal information only for as long as required by us:

  • to provide you with the services you have requested;
  • to comply with other law, including for the period demanded by our tax authorities;
  • to support a claim or defence in court.

22. Compliance with the law

Our privacy policy has been compiled so as to comply with the law of every country or legal jurisdiction in which we aim to do business. If you think it fails to satisfy the law of your jurisdiction, we should like to hear from you.

However, ultimately it is your choice as to whether you wish to use our website.

23. Review of this privacy policy

We may update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our website on the day you use our website. We advise you to print a copy for your records.

If you have any question regarding our privacy policy, please contact us.





For  the latest information on our Toddlers Tennis coaching sessions, please 'click' on Forthcoming Events.



New Set Point Tennis Academy clothing range now available at very reasonable prices.


Just 'click' on the Raging Bull logo!




S.P.T.A are proud and privileged to announce a new addition of 2 former international players to our coaching team.

Jasmine Ferguson (nee Choudhury) and Tom Dixon have both played internationally on the world professional circuit and hence provide further valuable experience to our team of coaches.

This means that all 4 of our coaches are former international players, something other academies are seldom able to match. As so often happens in most academies, very few of their coaches have ever reached anything like international standard as players themselves…..a factor so important as they generally have very little idea of the path their pupils need to follow should they wish to play professionally.

Jasmine played internationally on the W.T.A. tour achieving her highest ranking in singles of 331 in 1998.

18 - 28 July 2019


Accompanied by Tom Dixon, our best junior players, Oliver Skirrow and the Dunn sisters, Rebecca and Emily, travelled to Tennis Club Steinbach, just outside Frankfurt where they trained on the European clay courts and play league matches for the club. They also be played in 2 regional tournaments during their trip where they reached the latter rounds.  Special thanks to Laurence for organising this wonderful opportunity for our players.

28 July - 04 August 2019:   Annual Triangular Camp & Trophy in Newquay

We so enjoyed seeing our German friends from Club Steinbach (just outside Frankfurt) again this year.   The Triangular event between Club Steinbach, the Ace Tennis Academy in Newquay and our own academy  took place for the 12th successive year from  28 July - 04 of August in Newquay, Cornwall and, as usual, was a fantastic success!  Integrating with players from other environments, the week of drills, running on the beach, practice matches, pizza and pasta party, beach tennis, football, surfing, pasties in town, fastest serve challenge, Pro-Am and the Annual Triangular Trophy is an exceptional opportunity for our players!  Special thanks to Steve Askey for, yet again, organising the event. Also, special thanks to the families hosting our children free of charge.