World Class Squash Exhibition

Ex World No1 Nick Matthew visits the Club on October 2nd with Daryl Selby, his Commonwealth Games team mate for an exhibition and clinics with Club members.

Summer Squash Camps

 

PSA Challenger Tour at ISC

The Club welcomed professional squash back on court last weekend with 16 top men and women players courtesy of Off The Wall Squash and Arion Homes.

Georgina Kennedy lived up to her billing as the new hot prospect in England, defeating Scot Georgia Adderley in Saturday’s final. Having recently returned to the UK after completing her studies at Harvard, Kennedy is on a roll with a national final appearance and several tour wins on her way to a certain spot in the world top 30 players. 
 
There was a full house for all the matches from Thursday’s first round to Saturday’s final and all the top matches were streamed live and are still available through the links on the ISCSquash facebook page.

Squash – PSA Challenge Tour 22nd – 24th July

Ipswich Sports Club hosts the prestigious PSA Challenge Tour 5 from 22nd-24th July.
Tickets are selling fast so click HERE or the flyer below to book your tickets to this incredible event.

Welcome Back!

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

  • 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.
Heat Rooms
  • 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.
Fitness & Studio
  • 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.
Bar & Reception
 
  • 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. 

Chris Grimwood
General Manager
chris.grimwood@ipswichsports.co.uk

Club Closure following Tier 4 Announcement

Dear Club Members

Following the government announcement this afternoon which places Suffolk in Tier 4, the Club will be closed with effect from 7.00pm tomorrow evening, Christmas Eve (the Club is already closed on Christmas Day).

This means that all Clubhouse and indoor facilities, including the Tennis Air Dome, will be closed – however the outdoor Tennis courts will remain open for play, for members only, in line with the LTA government guidelines for outdoor play and free of charge until the end of December 2020.

Should the Club remain closed in January 2021, members on Monthly memberships will not be charged; 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.

Tennis Outdoor play in January 2021 – if we remain closed but outdoor play continues to be permitted, we will operate a PAYG system, for members only, as before and members are asked to pay £5.00 per booking slot (maxium charge £40.00 per month per member) using the Club’s Bank details below.  All courts must be booked via the Online Booking System as normal in advance of play – if you have any issues with bookings, please email tennis@ipswichsports.co.uk.

With the Club closed, 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.  Please visit our website for new updates https://ipswichsportsclub.co.uk/news.

As before, should members wish to consider making a donation to the Club – they can do so 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

 

We will update members further as to the plan for the Club from January 2021 as soon as we know more.

Finally on behalf of the Board, Council and staff we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members the very best for what is a very different Christmas holiday – stay safe.

 

VANESSA PENN

Club Chairman

2020 Christmas Opening Hours

To All Our Members

Please click below for details of the Club Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2020:

Click here for the Christmas Opening Hours

And

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all…

MEMBER NOTICE – Club Update following Tier 2 Announcement

Dear Club Members

 

COVID-19 

We have just heard that Ipswich remains in Tier 2.

 We would therefore like to confirm to members that all activities continue as they are currently and we ask that everyone continues to adhere to the government guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in place at the Club.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank members for their continued support of the Club whilst it continues to face the on-going challenge of the restrictions.

  

Online Member Bookings for all activities

 Following the recent trial of early morning online bookings and after consultation with various section representatives and via feedback from members, the Online Booking System opening time has been changed with immediate effect.  Members can now start making bookings online from 8.00am which is in line with our Reception opening time.  This is for all studio, gym, tennis, squash and racketball bookings.

 

 Courts/Bookings

 As we are now in the peak winter squash and indoor tennis season we would like to remind all members, coaching staff and event organisers that in the event you need to cancel a court please do so as soon as possible and ideally no later than 24 hours prior to the booking.  Members can cancel a booking online up to the day itself alternatively contact Reception on 01473 251143.  Releasing courts allows other members to reuse these slots and ensures the courts are used to their maximum.

book what you need to avoid empty courts and please continue to allow a small gap between the next booking to allow time for safe changeovers.  Court bookings should only be made when you intend to play rather than just reserving them ‘just in case’.

 

Whilst times are challenging we remain positive about promoting our wonderful Club to the local community and hope members noticed our most recent press article.   I am sure you will all agree how much the Club means to us all and would encourage you all to pass on all we do here at the Club to friends and family so they too can experience all we have to offer.

 

Subject to any further government announcements, and on behalf of the Club Executive, Council and Committees, I would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.

  

VANESSA PENN

Club Chairman

Club re-Opens 2.12.2020 – Important information for Members

 

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:

 

Check-In

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.

 

Tennis

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.

 

Hockey

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 thecourtsidebistro@ipswichsports.co.uk or 07980 538186.

Please click on the event Menus below:

 

 

Other Facilities

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.

 

 

VANESSA PENN

Club Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Lockdown

MEMBER NOTICE

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.

 

VANESSA PENN

Club Chairman