Club outdoor tennis courts set to reopen for ‘Restricted Play’

Message regarding Outdoor Tennis ‘Restricted Play’

Dear Club Members
We are pleased to announce that following the Government’s announcement on Sunday, 10 May 2020 and the LTA’s latest guidance regarding the coronavirus, we plan to reopen the Outdoor Tennis Courts for members to book on a Pay & Play trial basis from Tuesday, 19 May 2020.  All indoor areas will remain closed at this time.
Membership fees will remain frozen for both annual and monthly subscriptions at this time.  Members are asked to fully read through the full Member Guidelines for ‘Restricted Play’ including Court Bookings and Payments below before making their first court booking.  Please note that there is a court booking fee of £10.00 per court per booking, due once your booking is confirmed.
The decision to open the Outdoor Tennis Courts, albeit on a ‘restricted play’ basis, has not been taken lightly; as a members club your safety along with our volunteers and coaches is paramount.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the full guidelines regarding social distancing and washing/sanitising of hands.  This trial will be subject to review and change in the light of experience and as and when the Government and LTA guidelines are updated.
As you can imagine, having been closed for almost 8 weeks, we have extensive works to carry out to the grounds and thanks goes to our volunteers, together with our management team, who have been working hard to get all of the necessary policies, risk assessments, adaptations and monitoring processes in place so we can set a date to open.  We believe we can complete all of this work ahead of the opening of the courts from Tuesday.
With the Club continuing to operate without staff our Head Coach, Chris Daynes with be overseeing all bookings and he can be contacted on for any enquiries.
I will however remind members that the Club will remain closed until Tuesday, 19 May 2020 and I will take this opportunity to once again thank you for your patience and support whilst we make preparations to reopen the Outdoor Tennis Courts safely.
General Manager
For and on behalf of the Club Executive and Council


Click on the links below for the latest LTA Guidance:

LTA Guidance for Tennis Players

LTA Guidiance for Coaches

LTA Guidance for Tennis Venues

ISC Outdoor Tennis COVID-19 Guidelines for Members (MAY 2020)

LTA Award for club volunteer Mike Watling

Following an announcement made today by the LTA we are pleased to congratulate Mike Watling who has won the ‘LTA Central and East Regional Volunteer if the year’.
Recognition for the hours spent volunteering on numerous committees in addition to his tennis committee roles for Ipswich Sports Club. These roles include past Chairman of Suffolk LTA, County safeguarding roles for numerous tennis clubs, main contact at Copdock & Washbrook TC and ISC club volunteer for the air dome and also supporting his local community.
Mike will be put forward to the national stage of the awards to be presented later this year..

Member Notice Club subscriptions and Closure

Member Notice

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Ipswich Sports Club Executive met remotely this evening to discuss whether to close all facilities and also the issue of membership fees.
It has been decided that due to the ever increasing measures being put in place and the continuing spread of Coronavirus, the Club will close all facilities for the time being until further notice.  We feel that this is the responsible thing to do in the exceptional circumstances facing this country at this time.  Do not come and use the outdoor facilities – they are closed until further notice.
Monthly Members
The Club will not be collecting any Direct Debit payments with effect from 1 April 2020 and whilst the Club facilities remain closed, so no money will be drawn from members’ Bank Accounts until further notice.  This will therefore apply to all Monthly members who have not cancelled their Direct Debits.
It will also apply to those who have contacted the Club since it closed on Friday, 20 March 2020 and have not yet had a response regarding suspension due to the influx of enquiries following the sudden closure, so please do not worry.  We appreciate your patience and support during this difficult time.
Unfortunately, if members have already cancelled their Direct Debit Instructions, this will be processed as a membership cancellation rather than a suspension, and we hope to welcome you back in the future.
Annual Members
For members who have paid upfront on an annual basis for their membership, the Club will simply add time onto members’ current membership term to cover the period of closure of the facilities.  This will be processed at the time of your next current renewal date of membership.
This does mean that the Club will have little or no revenue coming in for the foreseeable future.  Fortunately we have some cash reserves so we will be able to meet our essential outgoings in the short term but this situation could continue for far longer and cause the Club significant difficulties over time.
Ipswich Sports Club, like some other clubs in a similar position, are asking members to consider diverting their membership payments or making donations into a fund.  We have received many messages already from members wanting to continue their support, irrespective of whether the facilities close.
The facilities have only been closed for a matter of days and already people are realising just how big a part of their life the Club is.  It is for that reason that any support you can give will be invaluable to our recovery and getting back to normal.
Payments should be set up as a standing order or one-off payment as follows:  Sort Code 30-94-55 and Account Number 04745168.  Please ensure that you put DONATION as the reference, followed by your surname and if possible your membership number eg. DONATION/SMITH 1234.
The Club has worked tirelessly to get to its current position so to have this happen is truly heart breaking but we will get through this.  It is also important to remember that the priority must be to slow the spread of the virus and in doing so to save lives.
We are working with our staff to make appropriate arrangements for them at what is an incredibly difficult time.
We wish you all the best.  Your health and well-being is the most important thing so please stay safe and adhere to the Government advice.
We will continue to monitor developments daily and we will keep you updated over the coming weeks with any changes.

Government Announcement – Club Closure

In response to the announcement from the Prime Minister Friday evening the club is now closed.  We will take guidance from the authorities on what activities we are allowed to continue. A further update will be sent out on Monday.

All this information is very new and we will be looking into how this impacts us all in the coming days. I am sure you will all have lots of questions and queries especially on membership and we ask that you allow us a few days to send out further communication and will aim to answer all your questions.

be safe

ISC Club Executive


Cardio Tennis bridges the gap between sport and fitness

Cardio Tennis…

“An innovative class is proving popular at a West Yorkshire club; attracting both group exercise fans and those who want to improve their tennis game”.


Click the article below to find out more about this fun and social activity – available now at Ipswich Sports Club!