*NEW* updated COVID-19 guidelines from Thursday, 24 September 2020

Dear Club Members

*NEW* updated COVID-19 guidelines from Thursday, 24 September 2020

Following the Government announcement this week please find below some changes now required by the Club to meet the new guidelines – we ask all members to adhere to and assist with the new procedures:

ON ARRIVAL AT RECEPTION

– The Club’s unique NHS Track and Trace QR code is now displayed in the reception area for customers to self check-in. This can be completed by downloading the NHS App on your phone/device and scanning the code via a QR reader on your phone/device then completing the form. The App is due to go live tomorrow, 24 September 2020, however if for any reason the App does not work, please continue to check in at reception in the usual way.

BAR & FOOD

– Members entering the Club for the bar or catering are asked to wear face coverings on entering the building, face coverings can be removed when seated at a table when eating or drinking.
– The Club will be introducing table service from Thursday, 24 September for all orders. Customers are asked to make the bar staff aware when they arrive and where they will be sitting. Members will need to place their orders by filling in one of the order forms provided at each table and alerting the bar staff when ready to make their purchase.
– Members can continue to socialise in a group of up to 6 people maximum from different households; social distancing should still be maintained when meeting with others.

SPORTS & FITNESS

– Members entering the Club for sports and fitness are advised to wear face coverings before and after their activity or in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Members are not required to wear face coverings whilst exercising.

All other current COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place but as a reminder please do not come to the Club if you feel unwell.

It has been great seeing a lot of members back using the facilities over the last few weeks. Restarting some of the tennis and squash programmes and food events by The Courtside Bistro has brought back some normality to our everyday lives.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience in these difficult times.

VANESSA PENN
Chairman
On behalf of the Club Executive Board

Club Member Update…Re-Opening Plans

Further to our recent announcement we are continuing to work on meeting the guidance and to re-open the Club as soon as possible.  If all goes well we will re-open the premises and facilities on Monday, 27 July 2020 at 9.00am.  We hope to confirm this date on Wednesday, 22 July 2020.  Upon the re-opening normal membership arrangements will be restored and  ‘Pay & Play’ will end.

We must inform members however, that in order to satisfy the applicable COVID-19 safe guidelines members will see some changes to how we worked before including the introduction of a gym booking system (due to COVID-19 Track & Trace), reduced fitness class sizes and marked workout areas, restricted play for Squash and changes to how the bar and food can operate.

We are considering all guidelines regarding staff PPE equipment and consulting with them as to the best approach for members and staff.

Throughout the closure of the Club facilities, we have been very conscious of the need to keep Club costs under control whilst raising any funds we can to help the Club’s financial survival.  We will have to continue in this way when re-opening to ensure we can afford to operate the Club – this includes slowing increasing utility costs, returning only the staff needed to run the new operations, limiting range of products offered over the bar, increased spending on hygiene products, supplies and cleaning staff, purchase of new equipment to meet the guidelines and expenditure to return the Club to an opening condition after months of lockdown.  We do intend to carry out a full clean including a certified chemical mist spray to ensure the building is virus free along with new chemicals used by our cleaners and staff; members must also fully understand their responsibilities within the guidelines to keep equipment clean.

We will also have to make modifications to areas such as the Gym and Studio and it is expected that whilst toilet facilities will be available, showers, sauna and steam rooms will remain closed at the start of re-opening.  There will also be a need for a one-way system to keep to social distancing guidelines.

We do ask members to follow all signage and guidance and please refrain from challenging staff on any part of the new guidelines.  Members are requested to make any comments via the usual channel via email to manager@ipswichsports.co.uk and suggestions/comments will be considered by the Club’s management.

From the day when the Club closed its facilities until it re-opens no membership income has been forthcoming but we are extremely grateful to those members who have made donations; the income generated by ‘Pay & Play’ has also made a valuable contribution to running costs.  This has all helped to reduce the damaging impact on Club finances but we do need from a financial point of view to start collecting subscriptions again.

For monthly members their memberships will continue with effect from the re-opening day and subscriptions will start to be collected again in August 2020.

For annual members their memberships will also continue with effect from the re-opening day, they will retain their original enrolment date and when their annual renewal is due a discount to the value of the close down period will be afforded for the next annual payment.  If it is their intention not to renew for a further 12 month period they will be given an extension beyond the renewal date equivalent to the close down period to honour the original 12 month commitment.  Alternatively annual paying members may wish to donate the COVID-19 period of closure.

Finally we are delighted to say to members “Welcome back – you have been missed’ and we ask all members to play their part in the re-opening to ensure the Club can stay open and vibrant again.  Once more we would like to thank all those members who have helped out during the close down period whether by undertaking voluntary activities, making donations or otherwise.  This is much appreciated by all of us concerned with maintaining the Club in these most challenging of times.

 

VANESSA PENN

Chairman

For and on behalf of the Club Executive and Council

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.

 

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

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.
 
 
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