Squash Quiz by Alistair Livingstone

For those missing your squash, take a short squash quiz courtesy of Alistair Livingstone.  More to follow… 



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.

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


Squash drills proves popular thanks to squash coach Conor

A great squash drills night, everyone enjoyed the excellent drills and a fun run around thanks to club squash professional Conor…

The Saxon Cup proves a huge success with local schools. (Report by Emily Ison)

The first round of our inter primary school competition,The Saxon Cup, held yesterday afternoon resulted in 60 year 3 and 4 students playing squash for the very first time.   With over 180 matches completed it was jam packed couple of hours.

The event is kindly sponsored by the Club Squash Futures Fund and The England Squash Foundation.
The finals will now be played on 18th March 2020.

Junior squash star raising money for charity

ISC squash academy junior recently cut her hair to raise money for the little princess trust. A fantastic charity providing free real hair wigs to children and young people suffering. Well done Bonnie we are all super proud of your efforts.  

Club upgrade works on track…

We are pleased to report the squash court improvements works are on track to be completed next week.
The work has included painting all high level areas around the courts, the balcony and ceilings, complete court lighting tube replacement.  
The planned court 1 & 2 entrance flooring ‘sanding/varnishing’ and court plaster repairs will be delayed to the summer due to contractor availability and the need to close courts for extended periods.  This will also minimise further disruption to members.

Holiday fun on court for our squash juniors…

Our half term squash camps proved very popular today, great fun was had by all! The camps will be back for Easter so book early to avoid disappointment..

Schools squash coaching with Club Coach Emily

Working in Schools by Emily Ison

What happens in an average school session?  

‘We provide both curriculum and after school activities on site at all our primary schools.
We use mini squash nets to provide an ‘in school’ squash court experience, allowing all the students to get a feel for what a real squash court is like’

How many children attend?

‘We coach anywhere from 18-34 children per session and we work with all year groups from reception to year 6‘

How does it work?

‘Each school takes part in a 12 week course and for those gifted and talented children they are selected to represent their primary school at the ‘ISC Futures Fund Saxon Cup’ here at Ipswich Sports Club.  Our programme has had great success in recruiting 90% of our current junior programme’

What do you enjoy about schools coaching?

‘Schools work is my favourite part of my role,  I love Squash and by working with local schools I get the chance to introduce our fabulous sport to children who traditionally might never get to try squash. I especially like the chance to unearth some hidden talent along the way too.

What’s the key to great schools sessions?

‘The key to delivering a great schools session is enthusiasm, good communication and fun educational activities.’

1-2-1 Coaching with Emily

Part of the role of a squash coach is to inspire the next generation of players to take up the sport and achieve their potential.

1-2-1 coaching is a key component for rapid learning for any standard. Emily’s lessons with Zoe (Junior performance player) will cover the key components Mental, Physical, Technical and Tactical.

It’s an opportunity to discuss recent performances and set and re-evaluate goals. Coaches will encourage students to focus on a ’performance outcome’ (Did I stick with the agreed plan?, what did I do well?, what can I do differently next time?) Rather than a ‘results outcome’ (Did I win?, Did I lose?).

1-2-1 lessons are only one aspect of Emily’s week, our next report will feature a schools session.  It key clubs and coaches plan outreach sessions with local schools to get children interested in our sports.

We will talk to Emily about what a schools session looks like, why we do them and what she enjoys about them.