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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Announcement re Lockdown ⚠ 2 November 2020

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.

VANESSA PENN
Club Chairman

LTA Award for club volunteer Mike Watling

Following an announcement made today by the LTA we are pleased to congratulate Mike Watling who has won the ‘LTA Central and East Regional Volunteer if the year’.
Recognition for the hours spent volunteering on numerous committees in addition to his tennis committee roles for Ipswich Sports Club. These roles include past Chairman of Suffolk LTA, County safeguarding roles for numerous tennis clubs, main contact at Copdock & Washbrook TC and ISC club volunteer for the air dome and also supporting his local community.
Mike will be put forward to the national stage of the awards to be presented later this year..

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/april/lta-tennis-awards-inspirational-regional-winners-announced/

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.
 
 
CLUB EXECUTIVE

Success for Club Tennis Academy Players at U18 County Cup

Congratulations to Club academy tennis players:

Tawana Senah

Justice Hall

Macy Hendon-Walker

Izzy Eaton

Alana Bristo

and to the rest of U18 Suffolk Girls County Cup team who won Division 5a and gained promotion to Division 4 

 

Mike Lunt

Academy Manager

Academy tennis results by Mike Lunt

15 December 2019

Samantha Blaydon – Grade 4 Basildon 12U Winner

24 December 2019

Seth Newman – U14, David Lloyd Ipswich

Isabelle Easton – Winner Ladies Open, David Lloyd Ipswich

29 December 2019

Samantha Blaydon – Grade 4 Easton 12U Doubles Winner

11th January 2020

Rebecca Raymond – Winner U16, Gosling

19th January 2020

Anya Taylor – Winner U14, Bradfield College

25th January 2020

Anya Taylor  – Winner U12, Hull (Back to back victories)

26th January 2020

Justice Hall – Winner U18, Bath (First victory, since rejoining ISC Academy)