Introducing Squash Coach Will Southworth

Will started squash when he was 10 years old whilst attending Ardleigh Hall.   His playing interests eventually led him to consider going into coaching so that he could combine his love of squash whilst making it a professional career.

He is a Level 3 coach with 8 years of coaching experience now behind him.

It clear to all around him that he enjoys helping people get what ever they want out of the sport, whether its taking it seriously/competitively or just having a go and having fun.

Will bases himself at the Club on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays for racketball and the junior club program. 

Since he now spends more time here at the Club he is starting to get quite busy with lessons, however he is keen to reach out to any members who are looking to improve their game or simply try the sport.  Will can be contacted on 07932 086928

Executive Member Ali Livingstone on Will:

’We are incredibly lucky to have a coach of Will’s experience and ability working at the club.  He has a wealth of coaching experience and also plays a very high standard. I can’t recommend him highly enough to anyone looking to improve their game, irrespective of their current standard.’

LTA Support Team visit the Club

Leo Tutt LTA Participation Development partner visited Ipswich Sports Club today.  

Leo’s insight into new opportunities gathered from individuals and venues around the world is invaluable.  Today’s meeting focused on the LTA’s new junior tennis programme (very exiting opportunity), disability programme for 2020, parks and community tennis including Tennis for Free.  An Ipswich Town Fan too!

Early start – Our Executive hard at Work

Our Executive board hard at work early this morning checking through club emails and discussing the clubs operation in detail.
Our Executive are made up of Vanessa Penn (Chairman – business owner), Tony Cookson (Vice Chairman retired business owner), Nick Banks (Treasurer – Partner at Scrutton), Keith Palmer (Secretary – retired lawyer), Ali Livingstone (Life long member and 20 years involvement in club committees) and General Manager (Andy Yorke – 20 years leisure management).

This mornings agenda included:

-January month end
-2019 financial audit
-member comments and feedback
-clubs legal status (complex account matters)
-Preparations for the EGM

The club is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers supporting the staff team headed by GM Andy and representing the club Council and club membership.

With persistence there are NO limits

Member stories.

Richard Green – Quad Wheelchair Pro Player

-Rafa Nadal is his hero and inspiration

-He is a complete tennis nut playing and watching tennis every minute of the day

-A chair costs £5-6,000 each he has 2!

-Specialist vehicle

-World Ranking 23

-UK ranking 4

About Richard

Richard has been in tennis at a high level for 8 years, supported by the LTA and is on the LTA performance wheelchair programme.

The support enables Richard to get coaching, tournament support and other ancillary support.

He has 2 power chairs with a max speed 6mph.  

Richard is in the quad division due his disability and uses power chair.  He manages chair movement and hitting with just his right hand. 

Despite his challenges he has incredible timing and coordinates so much in a fraction of a second.

It’s not been easy for Richard but with a natural eye for the ball, his parents Celia and Brian looked for ways for Richard to hit a tennis ball at home. He went to his first wheelchair tennis camp at Nottingham.  This became the platform for Richard to further his tennis.

Whereabouts

Wrexham 

Bolton

USA

Korea

Barcelona

Portugal

France 

Germany

Qualities

Determination, persistence, sense of humour.

A true inspiration to us all and demonstrates that with persistence there are NO limits!

All about the Members @ Ipswich Sports Club

We all about the members at Ipswich Sports Club.

Happy birthday to Howard Mottram 69 today and celebrating with his friends at the mixed adult roll up.

Howard started out as a squash member and now try’s his hand at tennis, he has been a member for over 30 years and intends to be for many more. Look out for future member stories…

Meet our No 1 Barista – Chloe

Chloe joined Ipswich Sports Club in July 2018 and we quickly noticed she loves all things coffee.  She especially like the art of making great coffee including her signature flat whites.  

Come and give us a try – we are passionate about coffee here at Ipswich Sports Club.

Great Social Events at Ipswich Sports Club

Comedy Nights @ Ipswich Sports Club

We are delighted to announce 5 more dates for our Comedy nights.  Hosts Ant and Ed said ‘huge thanks to ISC management for their support for our first event held 31 January 2020 we look forward to the next on on Friday 28 February 2020 and ticket now released for sale to members via reception.’

 

 

 

 

Club Juniors @ the Essex Junior Open this weekend

Good luck to all the ISC juniors taking part at the Essex Junior Open this weekend. Some great matches played already and more to come tomorrow #watchthisspace

60 children join our latest Schools Roadshow

Congratulations to Aaron Garwood (EBF Schools Manager) and our tennis coaching team who delivered a top class Schools Roadshow at Ipswich Sports Club today. 60 children attended from Beeches Primary and Castle Hill Primary and great fun had by all. 

Meet Club Squash Coach – Conor

Meet Club Squash Coach – Conor

I have played squash since the age of 8 and has been playing competitively for 10 years. With a passion for playing the game I naturally fell into teaching and I have been involved in club coaching for the past 4 years.

I joined Ipswich Sports Club 12 months ago and I just love the feel of the club and I have enjoyed getting to know the many members coming along to our squash programme.

I enjoy keeping healthy and my coaching has kept my love of squash going – this has now become my chosen career.
The rewarding part of my job is I get to see the improvements players make in whichever goals they are focusing on.

I am a Level 2 certified coach who is always keen to learn new things – I am currently taking my level 3 qualification which I hope to complete later this year.

I am also a keen footballer and enjoy music.

Whilst I am pleased to report I am very busy with all of my work at the club, I am keen to get as many people playing squash as possible. I am always available for a chat or a little advice on Friday’s during club night – since taking this over I am please to report a upturn in numbers and hopefully enjoyment for those attending.

General Manager Andy Yorke on Conor:
‘Conor is a pleasure to work with, he is extremely respectful, mild mannered and profession in everything he does. He embodies everything a club coach should be, a true credit to the team here at the club’.