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

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. 

 

Message from the Chairman

Dear Club Members
 
Following the government announcement made last night by the Prime Minister, the Club will continue to seek further guidance/clarifications from the government and our sports bodies before opening any outdoor areas or activities.
 
At this time the Club facilities remain closed.
 
 
VANESSA PENN
Club Chairman

Message from the Chairman

Dear Club Members
 
Now that we are over a month into lockdown I thought I would take this opportunity to update you on how we are managing the Club through this difficult time.
 
We have carried out a full financial review of the Club’s accounts with a view to minimising the short term and long term impact of the forced closure due to the Coronavirus.  To this end I am pleased to report we are in discussions with our bank regarding a payment holiday for our loans.  We are also grateful to the Lawn Tennis Association and Suffolk Lawn Tennis Association for their support with their various loans and payments owed to them.  We have also taken steps to reduce our energy consumption and are carrying out regular meter readings to monitor this area.  Andy Yorke has worked hard to reduce our monthly expenditure as far as possible but we still incur costs each and every month which cannot be avoided.  We have applied for a £10K emergency fund grant from Sport England and if successful, this will help ease the pressure on the Club during this crisis.
 
We have some excellent volunteers helping us with Club security checks and maintaining the grounds and premises at Henley Road and Tuddenham Road.  In addition a few of our Club Studio Instructors (Vienna, Ivan, Didi and Caroline) have been running free online classes available to all members.  Details of these classes for next week can be found at the end of this message and please note all future dates are being advertised via our social media pages (Website News Page, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
 
Work behind the scenes continues with our organisational status, it is hoped we can bring this to a conclusion over the coming months.  Our Executive meets regularly via video conferencing and we are meeting online with our Club Council colleagues on 12 May 2020.
 
I must take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to those members who have made donations to the Club.  We really appreciated your support along with our Club sponsors that have stuck by us as well.  We do however need to ask our members to please continue to make donations where possible to help the Club through these unprecedented times.  Any donation, large or small will help.  We still have significant running costs to meet each month so every donation helps us to avoid running down our cash at bank at present.  As a reminder, to make a donation you can set up a payment via 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.
 
Finally, to all our members – thank you for your tolerance I know that the Sports Club is a big part of our lives and we all miss it greatly but for now keep safe and well and let’s hope that the lockdown eases shortly and we can update you all on possible plans to reopen when it is safe to do so.
 
 
VANESSA PENN
Club Chairman
Online Classes now available via our Club Instructors

 
Club Instructor Ivan
Monday 4 May, 5.10pm – Boxfit (30-40 mins)
Tuesday 5 May, 9.30am – Strength & Conditioning (30-40 mins)
Wednesday 6 May, 5.00pm – HIIT (30 mins)
Wednesday 6 May, 5.30pm – Abs & Relax (15-20 mins)
Thursday 7 May, 9.30am – Strength & Conditioning (30-40 mins)
Thursday, 7 May, 5.10pm – Boxfit (30-40 mins)
Friday 8 May, 9.30am – Strength & Conditioning (30-40 mins)
Friday 8 May, 4.45pm – HIIT (30-40 mins)
 
Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 566 581 3113
Password: 1uZx2J
 
 

Club Instructor Vienna
Wednesday 6 May, 10.00am – Pilates (35-40min)
Friday 8 May, 10.00am – Pilates (35-40min)
 
Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 605 460 5840
Password: 976503
 

 
Club Instructor Didi
Sunday 10 May, 10.00am – Flow Yoga
NB: Class will run to 14 June 2020

Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 797 8881 6034
Password: 4i1kBR

 
Check out Didi’s YouTube channel for more great sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNTVWh-dC4dP3WDSArj6ntw
 
 
Club Instructor Caroline
Caroline Boggon Yoga
‘Free’ live on Facebook Gentle Yoga 7.00pm every Wednesday
Go to: https://www.facebook.com/caroline.boggon.9

Club Instructor giving FREE Pilates classes to beat Covid19

‘Absolutely fabulous’ Pilates class with Vienna this morning. All you sports players out there did you know core strength and flexibility are key to injury prevention also enhance performance.

Vienna’s FREE classes will be running Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 10am. To join a class download Zoom and go to join a meeting and enter the details below:

Meeting ID: 605 460 5840
Password: 976503

Vienna is running these complimentary classes as she says she wants to do her bit for people during this horrible time…

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.
 
 
CLUB EXECUTIVE

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

 

Ipswich Ladies 1st XI fight for a point against Broxbourne

Ipswich Ladies 1st XI did the club proud on Saturday 15.2.2020 as they travelled to Broxbourne to play, in what turned out to be very tough conditions. 

MOM: Lucy Dunnett

Go For Sport Hockey Camps

As usual our partner Go For Sport will be running their popular hockey camps over the school holidays.

the 2020 dates are below.

APRIL – Ages 9-14 6, 7, 8 APRIL 10am to 3pm £30 per day (multi day discounts)
JULY – Ages 8-13 27 & 28 July 10am to 3pm £30 per day (multi day discounts)
AUGUST – Ages 9-14 17, 18, 19 August] 10am to 3pm £30 per day (multi day discounts)