Club Update 24 June 2020

Club Update June 24 2020
 
Following the latest government announcement regarding the lifting of restrictions we will unfortunately not be able to open at this time.  However it is expected that further lifting of restrictions for indoor gyms and studios will be announced later in July and we will be monitoring the announcements and subsequent guidance with interest; in the meantime we will continue with our pre-opening preparations.
 
Members and staff safety is paramount and any decision that we take will be based around a safe reopening of the Club along with ensuring we can adhere to the guidelines.
 
We are pleased to announce that both RD Physiotherapy and TJ Sports Gear have both reopened this month and Aura Hair Company will be reopening from 4 July 2020.
 
In the meantime members can take advantage of our Outdoor Tennis and Hockey facilities via the PAYG scheme currently in place and also book in for a Tennis lesson with one of our Club coaches.
 
Further updates will follow but do keep in touch with what’s happening via our Club Social Mediapages here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website as well as our Club ENewsletters.

 

What’s Next?

Our outdoor courts have been in full swing with members enjoying a fun but safe game of tennis 🎾. With hockey also getting back what’s next? Are gym, studios. squash and indoor areas next on the governments announcements? We very much hope so and are monitoring all of the available guidelines for any future safe opening of the club…

Update regarding re-opening plans

Dear Club Members
 
On 28 May 2020 the Club Chairman informed members that the Club’s AGM would be postponed for the time being but that the usual AGM material would be made available to members.  I can confirm that the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Ipswich Sports Club and Ipswich Sports Club Services Ltd including also the draft agenda and reports by the Chairman and Treasurer together with the postponement notice are now posted in the document store on the members portal which is located by logging in via https://ipswich.clubnet.org.uk/bookings.
 
As the Club adjusts to restricted play and access with ‘pay and play’ it appears that some members are making such good use of the limited facilities that the regular booking charge they may pay over a month amounts to more than what would be their normal monthly subscription.  With immediate effect members will have a maximum charge limit of £40 in any one month.  Once a member reaches that limit they are not required to pay fees for the reminder of that month.
 
I am however sure you are all keeping a close eye on the government announcements and we are expecting to hear news regarding lifting of restrictions for sports, fitness, pubs, bars etc towards the end of this month for 4 July 2020onwards.  Whilst we are hoping that the news will be that we can now reopen our doors we will need to understand the guidelines for reopening including the latest social distancing rules and be able to meet these.  That will be our challenge so until we see and consider those guidelines we will not know quite whether and when we can open all or more of the facilities for members.
 
I stress currently the advice for indoor areas for sports clubs, bars, restaurants, gyms, studios is to remain closed at this time.
 
With reference to the fitness side, UK active and the government are already in consultation regarding the opening of gyms from 4 July 2020onwards – we expect to see guidelines of how this will work as part of the announcement.
 
Tennis and Hockey have already started up on the basis of outdoor restricted play and are already looking at a potential restart of local competition play.  Indoor Tennis remains closed at this time however again new guidelines may be forthcoming from July 2020.
 
The latest advice from England Squash is that facilities remain closed however they await the latest update for the government, again we are hoping to see a return to Squash in the next government announcement.
 
Whilst it is very much a wait and see situation, we need to start to anticipate/prepare for a July reopening if this is the message we receive at the end of the month.  To this end Studio Class timetables are under review, staffing considerations are also being considered and we would also recommend businesses/contractors start to prepare should we get the green light.
 
As part of this we are already doing the following:

  • Purchased 3 x safety desk screens for the bar and reception arriving late June
  • Installing 10 new hand sanitizer units at the Club around entrances and exits
  • Reviewing building layout and all areas for the current 2m social distancing rules
  • Preparing in the event we can open and restart the monthly membership subscriptions
  • Online Covid-19 training for our Club staff
  • PPE’s for employed staff to be made available, gloves masks etc (policy will be in line with UK Government’s business guidelines)
  • Assessing Studio capacity on 2m guidelines
  • Reviewing the Gym based on 2m guidelines
  • New booking facilities including auto gapping between court bookings
  • Email messages for those booking regarding COVID-19 announcements and guidelines
  • Potential booking system for the Gym to monitor numbers attending similar to how the Studio works.

All of the above actions are in anticipation and dependant on lifting of restrictions and the latest guidelines.
 
 
Further updates will follow but do keep in touch with what’s happening via our Club Social Media pages here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website as well as our Club ENewsletters.
 
 
ANDY YORKE
General Manager

Free classes in lockdown

Whilst we remain in lockdown for the time being don’t forget to try our complimentary studio classes thanks to club studio instructors Vienna, Ivan and Didi.

 

Hockey Reopens

We are pleased to announce that following the latest government and England Hockey Guidelines, the Club and Hockey Committee will be re-opening the Henley Road Hockey Pitch for ‘restricted play’ member only bookings with immediate effect.

Members are reminded that the clubhouse, indoor facilities and toilets remain closed. Please bring your own hand sanitiser and only the essential items required for your session.

All members are required to read the England Hockey Guidelines below before making any bookings. Member safety is paramount; the Hockey Committee will be monitoring COVID-19 guidelines ensuring the site is safe for play.

Details on how to book a pitch slot below:

Whats allowed?

Actual hockey play will follow EH guidelines, own equipment including balls etc. No contact. No shooting drills. Skill based, fitness based and game play based training and coaching 

Prior to booking?

Members must read the latest England Hockey guidelines, please click here for details. 

 

Club News June Update

MEMBER NOTICE

Outdoor Tennis ‘Restricted Play’ Update
Hockey Update & Fundraising Initiative

 

Dear Club Members

It has been great to see so many people back playing tennis in the past two weeks. There has been a great atmosphere at the Club along with some perfect tennis weather to go with it.

The LTA has now issued revised ‘restricted play’ guidance to registered clubs following revisions to government advice. Please take some time to review the notes below and follow the links to make sure that you are fully briefed about these important changes.

The highlights are:

– Play is now allowed for both Singles and *Doubles (*the guidelines have some recommendations on how to create the safest possible environment in a game of doubles).

– Social distancing of 2 metres must be observed at all times.

– Please wash your hands before and after coming to the Club and bring hand sanitiser with you for use while you are at the Club.

– All indoor areas including toilets will remain closed.

– Players no longer need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls, however if you choose to use shared tennis balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing.

– Avoid touching gates, nets and other players tennis balls, but if this does happen then please use hand sanitiser immediately.

– In terms of tennis coaching there is also now the opportunity to book Individual lessons, paired tennis lessons or small groups directly with a coach. Please contact Head Coach, Chris Daynes, if you are interested in lessons (tennis@ipswichsports.co.uk).

Please read the guidelines thoroughly before play. The “Pay as you Play” system will remain in place until further notice.

We hope to see even more players participating over the coming weeks and will keep you updated of any further changes to the guidelines.

HOCKEY

We are working with our hockey representatives to reopen hockey as soon as possible and safely under COVID-19 restrictions and will update members soon.

FUNDRAISING
(Organiser: Ali Livingstone)

As many of you will appreciate, the last few months have been the toughest that the Club has ever faced. With facilities closed and no membership revenue it has meant that we have had to deplete some of our capital reserves in order to keep the Club going.

Many members have been asking how they can support the Club through these difficult times.

We have decided to give members the opportunity to ‘buy a brick’ to help us build for the future. Each brick costs £100 and it will be used to create a new outdoor area in Spring 2021. To help people who want to contribute but just cannot afford to at this time, the scheme will be open until the end of 2020, however we would urge you to sign up as soon as possible if you can. We have set the target of raising £10,000! Your brick will have your name on it – either as an individual, a couple or a family. If you would like to buy one for a late member then that is also possible as this is a way of leaving a mark on a club that means so much to so many.

So if you would like to not only support the Club through these challenging times, but also help us build for the future please send an email to manager@ipswichsports.co.uk with your order. Please ensure that you clearly state the name that you want printed on the brick. Payments should be made by bank transfer to the main Club account. As a reminder, the details are: Sort Code 30-94-55 and Account Number 04745168. Please ensure that the reference is ‘BRICK’ followed by your membership number.

Further updates will follow but do keep in touch with what’s happening via our Club Social Media pages here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website as well as our Club ENewsletters.

ANDY YORKE
General Manager

 

Click Below for the Latest LTA guidelines:

LTA guidelines for venues

LTA guidelines for players

LTA guidelines for coaches

Life in lockdown for Junior Squash players

Our squash juniors are taking the lockdown opportunity to work on their fitness, thanks to club Head coach Emily Ison and the team at OTW. A huge thank you to professional players Daryl Selby, Lisa Aitken, Ben Coleman and Declan James for inspiring our young players. We will look forward to seeing you all again next week…

 

Ipswich Sports Club awarded a Sport England Emergency grant

We are also pleased to announce the club has been awarded a Sport England Community Emergency Fund grant to help us get through the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are very grateful to Sport England and Active Suffolk for all their support.

We do however need members to continue to donate and support where possible in order to secure our future..

click here to read the Active Suffolk press release

Club Ready for Outdoor Tennis ‘Restricted Play’

The outdoor tennis courts 🎾 will reopen from 19 May 2020.

Read our latest newsletter by clicking the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/3551458aad14/member-notice-club-ready-for-outdoor-tennis-restricted-playfrom-19-may-2020

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 tennis@ipswichsports.co.uk 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.
 
 
ANDY YORKE
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)