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..

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/april/lta-tennis-awards-inspirational-regional-winners-announced/

What have our staff been up to on lockdown?

Our staff have kept their spirits up and kept busy during the lockdown…

A perfect miniature squash court

When your club is shut and you can’t play on your favourite court make your own at home! Stay safe…

The Saxon Cup proves a huge success with local schools. (Report by Emily Ison)

The first round of our inter primary school competition,The Saxon Cup, held yesterday afternoon resulted in 60 year 3 and 4 students playing squash for the very first time.   With over 180 matches completed it was jam packed couple of hours.

The event is kindly sponsored by the Club Squash Futures Fund and The England Squash Foundation.
The finals will now be played on 18th March 2020.

Meet our long standing Studio instructor – Ivan

Ivan got into fitness when he was about 20 after joining a local boxing club. He went on to box competitively for about 7 years and in the last two years was the Eastern Counties champion in the light welter weight division.

After competing he decided to start up and run his own boxing club. For several years the club proved very successful bringing both young and old into the club.

It was whilst running the boxing club that Boxercise and Boxaerobics came onto the scene so he decided to qualify and incorporate it into his club.

After over 20 years in boxing he decided to hang up his gloves and have a go at group fitness.

He started at Fitness First in Ipswich with Boxercise and then went on to Next Generation (David Lloyd) Ipswich. where he qualified in Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Attack, Spinning, Exercise to music and fitness level two.

Ivan is a regular instructor here at Ipswich Sports Club and some other local clubs, he teaches 16 classes a week including, Pump, Combat, Spin, Boxercise and Hiit.

Ivan is arguably the most experienced fitness instructor and at 67 years old proves there is no limit if you keep fit…

He says he loves teaching and takes pleasure in watching his class participants enjoying taking part in his classes.

‘And while I’m fit and healthy who wouldn’t want to get paid to stay in shape’ a quote from Ivan…

What Karen (Studio Manager) says about Ivan:

‘Ivan is a long standing fitness instructor with ISC whose enthusiasm for the fitness industry is evident as well as his loyalty to our Club. He is reliable, versatile and always willing to help out with cover whenever he can. He is a key member of our instructional team.’

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.’

Tel: ‭01473 232244‬

‘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.

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’.

125 attended our Burns Night Meal Deal

Great evening with 125 attending this popular food night.  Huge thanks to Piper, Euan Chalmers and master of ceremony Alec Livingstone…

Meet our academy Head Coach – Mike Lunt

Academy Head Coach Mike Lunt training our up and coming tennis players…

Mike has a wealth of experience from his time spent in the Spanish Academy tennis system.  His experience provides new teaching opportunities for our players and also through in house coach education sessions. 
look out for updates on player results from Mike..