Holiday fun on court for our squash juniors…

Our half term squash camps proved very popular today, great fun was had by all! The camps will be back for Easter so book early to avoid disappointment..

Staff member Harry Eade powers through heats at BUCS Swimming Gala in Sheffield

Club employee Harry Eade representing Bangor University – powered through heat 1 in the 50m sprint at the ‘British University and College Games’ Swimming Gala held in Sheffield 15-16 February 2020.

Harry’s proud mum Cheryl is the Club Finance  Administrator and Functions Manager.


3 years on since changing to Cloud Based Accounting – Meet Club Treasurer Nick Banks

It’s seems a long time since the Club moved from Sage to Xero ‘Cloud based’ accounting. The revolution started 3 years ago when current Club treasurer Nick Banks joined the Club Executive.

Nick has been a Partner at Scrutton Bland since 2004 and worked for the firm
since 1993.  He is a business accounts expert bringing his wealth of experience to the Club whilst mentoring Club GM Andy Yorke.

Xero is easier to use for our Finance Administrator (Cheryl) who posts the transactions pulled direct from our bank feeds into 1 of the 400+ nominal codes.
Each month, with the support of Scrutton Bland, work starts on the month end accounts  and we usually aim to complete within 1-2 weeks.  
The accounts include ‘monthly’ and ‘year to date’ performance against budgets.  With 2017/2018 and shortly 2019 figures on hand ‘year on year’ comparisons are also a breeze.  With Xero accounting and our epos till system providing live ‘up to the minute’ data the club can quickly assess the impact of increased costs, one off purchases and monitor daily Club revenues…..

Aura Hair under new management

Aura Hair new owner Clare Baker in her salon in the indoor centre.  Clare is keen to let members know about her range of services.

Club General Manager Andy Yorke said ‘We are delighted to welcome Clare and wish her all the very best with her new business.’

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Schools squash coaching with Club Coach Emily

Working in Schools by Emily Ison

What happens in an average school session?  

‘We provide both curriculum and after school activities on site at all our primary schools.
We use mini squash nets to provide an ‘in school’ squash court experience, allowing all the students to get a feel for what a real squash court is like’

How many children attend?

‘We coach anywhere from 18-34 children per session and we work with all year groups from reception to year 6‘

How does it work?

‘Each school takes part in a 12 week course and for those gifted and talented children they are selected to represent their primary school at the ‘ISC Futures Fund Saxon Cup’ here at Ipswich Sports Club.  Our programme has had great success in recruiting 90% of our current junior programme’

What do you enjoy about schools coaching?

‘Schools work is my favourite part of my role,  I love Squash and by working with local schools I get the chance to introduce our fabulous sport to children who traditionally might never get to try squash. I especially like the chance to unearth some hidden talent along the way too.

What’s the key to great schools sessions?

‘The key to delivering a great schools session is enthusiasm, good communication and fun educational activities.’

Academy tennis results by Mike Lunt

15 December 2019

Samantha Blaydon – Grade 4 Basildon 12U Winner

24 December 2019

Seth Newman – U14, David Lloyd Ipswich

Isabelle Easton – Winner Ladies Open, David Lloyd Ipswich

29 December 2019

Samantha Blaydon – Grade 4 Easton 12U Doubles Winner

11th January 2020

Rebecca Raymond – Winner U16, Gosling

19th January 2020

Anya Taylor – Winner U14, Bradfield College

25th January 2020

Anya Taylor  – Winner U12, Hull (Back to back victories)

26th January 2020

Justice Hall – Winner U18, Bath (First victory, since rejoining ISC Academy)

New gym team take advantage of storm Ciara

Our gym team have noticed a few of you have stayed away with the recent high winds so have taken the opportunity to do a deep clean with the gym machines and the gym office.

We introduced the new manned gym hours in January and we hope members are enjoying the new service.  The team (Dave, Sam and Layla) take the inductions, replenish stock,  monitor the gym usage, and keep the equipment clean and tidy.  They are also on hand to help with any member enquiries.


1-2-1 Coaching with Emily

Part of the role of a squash coach is to inspire the next generation of players to take up the sport and achieve their potential.

1-2-1 coaching is a key component for rapid learning for any standard. Emily’s lessons with Zoe (Junior performance player) will cover the key components Mental, Physical, Technical and Tactical.

It’s an opportunity to discuss recent performances and set and re-evaluate goals. Coaches will encourage students to focus on a ’performance outcome’ (Did I stick with the agreed plan?, what did I do well?, what can I do differently next time?) Rather than a ‘results outcome’ (Did I win?, Did I lose?).

1-2-1 lessons are only one aspect of Emily’s week, our next report will feature a schools session.  It key clubs and coaches plan outreach sessions with local schools to get children interested in our sports.

We will talk to Emily about what a schools session looks like, why we do them and what she enjoys about them.  

Feature – A week in squash with Emily Ison

This week we will be following our very own club squash coach, Emily, learning about her work in schools, her 1-1 coaching and other parts of her working week…

About Emily:

Emily organises & runs the Schools & Junior Programme.  She has a wealth of experience in sports development & is also the Norwegian Assistant National Coach and a leading coach with Suffolk Squash.

Emily is a former Club Ladies’ Champion and has competed on the WSA and BSPA tours. Emily is currently one of the Suffolk Coaches working with the Junior team and has been instrumental in increasing the number of girls playing the game.

‘Ciara’ brings devastation to Ipswich

We regret that the dome came down on Sunday 9 February 2020.  We will investigate with the manufacturers to see what happened and what can be done in the future.  We are pleased to report no one was hurt with the dome collapse or around the grounds where members have reported falling debris, fencing banners, tree branches etc.   Our priority will be to get it back up as soon as possible.