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/

Take our latest tennis quiz – Enjoy

Here is the link to the first Tennis Quiz, questions compiled by Chris Daynes.
 

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)

Meet our academy Head Coach – Mike Lunt

Academy Head Coach Mike Lunt training our up and coming tennis players…

Mike has a wealth of experience from his time spent in the Spanish Academy tennis system.  His experience provides new teaching opportunities for our players and also through in house coach education sessions. 
look out for updates on player results from Mike..

Elite Sport S&C Coach visits ISC

Elite Sport S&C Coach Ben Haining visited Ipswich Sports Club yesterday to support a number of athletes who base their S&C training at the Club.

Ben’s previous roles include Elena Baltacha tour S&C Coach, Head of S&C for Sussex County Cricket Club, consultant for Surrey County Cricket Club, England U19 S&C coach for the 2005 U19 World Cup and assistant women’s paralympic basketball coach for the 2004 Athens paralympics.