I hope you have just about recovered from what was a spectacular weekend of sport, my heart rate has only just returned to normal!
Following the Governments’ announcement on Monday 12th July I thought it best to update you on the changes Ipswich Sports Club will make from Monday 19th July. Whilst the easing of restrictions sounds a welcome relief we feel that a cautious approach at this time is sensible and as such some of the control measures will remain in place as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. We’ll be continuing to promote good hygiene and ask that all members continue to use the sanitising stations across the site.
The following changes will be implemented from Monday 19th July:
- Face masks will no longer be compulsory for members or staff and will be discretionary to the individual. We ask that you kindly respect the individuals choice on this measure.
- The heat rooms (steam & sauna) within each changing rooms will reopen from Monday 19th July via an ‘On Demand’ service. If you wish to use either heat room please request this at reception with 30 minutes warm up time.
- Gym booking slots will remain in place until further notice.
- Screens between machines will be removed.
- Sweat Towels will be permitted in the gym & studio.
- The studio capacity for classes will increase from 10 to 12 people per class.
- Sharing of equipment will be permitted within classes.
- The existing timetable including class duration will remain the same until September.
- Please continue to sanitise all your equipment before and after use.
- 2 screens will be removed from bar, 2 will remain in place at the tills.
- The screen at reception will remain in place until further notice.
- Members will no longer be required to sign in at reception however the Test & Trace QR code will remain in place until further notice.
- Doors will remain open through the summer months to promote fresh air flow.
We are currently working on plans for September to further lift capacity in certain areas of the club such a studio. Until then we hope you feel our approach is appropriate to the current situation of the pandemic and as always we welcome your feedback and comments with how you feel these measures affect you personally.
To All Our Members
Please click below for details of the Club Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2020:
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all…
Dear Club Members
Further to last Friday’s update we can confirm that the Club will be re-opening on Wednesday, 2 December 2020; set out below you will find the revised arrangements in accordance with government restrictions and the guidelines of relevant national sports governing bodies which the Club considers it is obliged to follow as appropriate:
The previous check-in process with members reporting to reception on arrival for a temperature check and to sign in via the NHS COVID-19 app remains in place. The Club will also record each individual member or at least 1 member within each party via its own COVID-19 data collection.
Outdoor tennis is limited to the ‘Rule of 6’ as before. For indoor tennis adults are limited to play with people in the same household/support bubble or one-to-one singles or coaching (with an exemption for tennis activity for disabled people and for under 18s). Coaching will be in accordance with the latest LTA guidelines. The Air Dome has now been reflated. All coaching will also be in accordance of the LTA guidelines for coaches.
For fuller information please see LTA guidelines at LTA Covid Restrictions by Tier
Squash and Racketball
Full court play is only permitted between members of a single household or a legally permitted support bubble. Adults can do solo sessions. Junior group coaching and one-to-one coaching for adults and juniors can continue. Adults in a squash bubble can play sides.
For fuller information please see England Squash & Racketball guidelines at England Squash Covid Guidance
Gym and Studio
The gym and studio can re-open and continue as before lockdown – so basically no change. Please note the gym will continue on a booking basis only. Members should book via the online booking system or contact reception.
Will restart and training sessions will recommence from Wednesday, 2 December 2020 with first matches scheduled for Saturday, 12 December 2020. Further details will come from the Hockey Committee.
Café Bar and Food (The Courtside Bistro)
Having further reviewed the Tier 2 guidelines we now plan to open these areas on the following basis:
- Café Bar
The Bar will operate as a take away café for hot drinks, cold beverages, sandwiches and snacks from Wednesday 2 December until further notice. Please note members will be unable to use the indoor bar area for seating and must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside (Rule of 6).
- Food – The Courtside Bistro
(NB: at all times Tier 2 restrictions will be followed, members must not socialise with anyone you do not live with in your support bubble)
Darius and Gill from The Courtside Bistro will be offering the following booking only events, menu details below:
Friday 4, 11 and 18 December 2020 – Food Specials served from 6.00pm. Bar closes at 9.00pm and alcohol can only be purchased and consumed whilst eating.
Sunday 13 & 20 December 2020 – Christmas Carvery
For all food events enquiries including bookings please contact The Coutside bistro (Gill) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07980 538186.
Please click on the event Menus below:
The shower and changing room facilities will be open as before however the sauna and steam rooms remain closed at this time.
The guidelines included in this summary will be reviewed on an on-going basis and in light of any further changes from the government with the current restrictions.
We thank all those members who have continued to support the Club in so many ways through these recent and difficult months and hope it won’t be too long before the pandemic is on the decline and restrictions can be reduced and eventually lifted altogether.
November 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown
Dear Club Members
With the Club’s facilities closing this evening at 9.00pm in line with the Government lockdown we would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the following:
Members on Monthly memberships will not be charged for December 2020; members on Annual memberships will be compensated for the period of closure on their next membership renewal date. We will take care of this administration our end so you do not need to cancel your direct debits or do anything more at this stage. If you have paid for an activity (eg. Tennis course) in full or part and we have been unable to run the activity, we will carry these payments over to future activities so please do keep your receipt.
With the Club closed and staff on furlough as from 9.00pm this evening, there will be no staff on duty to answer member enquiries, however we envisage a skeleton team will be returning to their duties shortly before we re-open on 3 December 2020. Please visit our website for new updates https://ipswichsportsclub.co.uk/news.
We have been contacted by a number of members regarding how to make a donation in lieu of membership – any member wishing to do so can make a donation by setting up a payment via standing order or one-off payment using the following Club Bank details, with DONATION, your surname and/or membership number as shown as the reference:
Account Name: Ipswich Sports Club 2020 Ltd
Bank Name: LLOYDS BANK PLC
Sort Code: 30-94-55
Account No: 24053363
Reference No: DONATION SURNAME 1234
Finally, on behalf of the Club Board, I would like to thank you the members for your valued support throughout 2020 and please do stay safe during the lockdown. We will very much look forward to welcoming you all back soon.
Dear Club Members
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31 October 2020, the Executive have met to consider the closure of facilities and membership arrangements.
Whilst we are awaiting LTA guidance on whether outdoor tennis activity between two individuals will be permitted, we are expecting parliament to uphold the decision to close all lesure/sports clubs by end of the day, Wednesday, 4 November 2020. We are therefore advising members that we plan to shut the Club buildings again and furlough the staff as of Thursday, 5 November 2020. If we are able to offer outdoor tennis we will of course provide an update on this as soon as we can.
This lockdown is somewhat different to last time in that we believe it will only last for a month. We would ask that members bear with us as we propose to collect the Monthly Direct Debit for November 2020 but we will not be collecting for December 2020.
The previous arrangements will apply to Annual Memberships.
We have not increased subscription levels for five years and this has had an impact on our overall revenues and we still have running costs and repairs to meet.
We will update members with further news as time goes on.
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:
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.