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.

 

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

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…

 

Message from the Club Chairman

Dear Club Members
 
The Committee with the Club Council’s approval has been working hard on putting together a process to allow members to play Tennis on the outdoor courts.
 
Updated guidance from the LTA has just arrived and this is being reviewed and a full update from the Club will be announced later this week or as soon as possible.
 
The intention is to open up courts for use as per government/LTA guidance as soon as possible but this will be confirmed in a subsequent message and with the specific process to be followed.
 
Please be patient at this time as there is a lot for the Club to assess as we want to satisfy the LTA’s recommended approach to venues to ‘re-open safely rather than rushing’.
 
For the moment the Club facilities remain closed.
 
 
VANESSA PENN
Club Chairman

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

TJ Sports Spring Sale

TJ SPORTS RACKET SALE​​​​​​​​ SPRING 2020

TENNIS
WEIGHT SALE PRICE
WILSON CLASH 100 TOUR 310 £ 139
WILSON PRO STAFF 97 290 £139
WILSON ULTRA LITE 100 260 £99
HEAD SPEED MP LITE 100 275 £129
HEAD GRAVITY MP LITE 100 280 £119
HEAD INSTINCT MP LIT 100 265 £ 99
BABOLAT PURE DRIVE 100 300 £139
PRINCE PHANTOM PRO 100 305 £99
PRINCE PREMIERE 105 280 £ 99
YONEX EZONE LITE 102 270 £129

SQUASH

TECNIFIBRE CARBOFLEX X SPEED 125 £ 95
TECNIFIBRE SUPREME CURVE 125 £119
HEAD SPEED 120 SB 120 £ 95
HEAD SPEED 120 120 £95
HEAD RADICAL 120 SB 120 £ 95
PRINCE VOTEX PRO 125 £89
PRINCE VENOM PRO 130 £ 99
KARAKAL CORE 110 110 £ 95

FREE T SHIRT & NEXT DAY DELIVERY INCLUDED

CONTACT TODD: toddericjohnson@yahoo.com
07704 845 978

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…

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…