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

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

 

Courts 4,5 and 6 now back in action

Huge thanks to the team of members, coaches and staff who cleared the dome from courts 4,5 & 6 today, repairs and re-inflation will be scheduled for late September.

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

Gotelee Solicitors confirmed as main sponsor for the 2020 Grade 3 Tennis Tournament

We are delighted to announce Gotelee Solicitors are confirmed as the main sponsor for the 2020 Ipswich Sports Club Junior Grade 3 Tennis Tournament.  This is the 3rd year the firm have sponsored the event.

This annual event attracts County, Regional and National standard players from ages 8 & under to 18 & under – players come from all parts of the Country and tournament entries are expected to grow for the 3rd year in a row with 250 plus entries.

Club Tennis Chairman Rob Butler hosted Gotelee Managing Partner Andrew West and Head of Marketing and Business Development Beth Clarke today at the Club and all are delighted to announce the news.

We would like to thank Gotelee for their continued sponsorship and helping us to bring this prestige event to Ipswich Sports Club once again.

2nd Fish n Chip Night proves a huge success

Busy night of fun, social tennis thanks to club tennis committee member Louise Woods.  The group are looking forward to their Fish n chips courtesy of The Courtside Bistro.

 

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)

With persistence there are NO limits

Member stories.

Richard Green – Quad Wheelchair Pro Player

-Rafa Nadal is his hero and inspiration

-He is a complete tennis nut playing and watching tennis every minute of the day

-A chair costs £5-6,000 each he has 2!

-Specialist vehicle

-World Ranking 23

-UK ranking 4

About Richard

Richard has been in tennis at a high level for 8 years, supported by the LTA and is on the LTA performance wheelchair programme.

The support enables Richard to get coaching, tournament support and other ancillary support.

He has 2 power chairs with a max speed 6mph.  

Richard is in the quad division due his disability and uses power chair.  He manages chair movement and hitting with just his right hand. 

Despite his challenges he has incredible timing and coordinates so much in a fraction of a second.

It’s not been easy for Richard but with a natural eye for the ball, his parents Celia and Brian looked for ways for Richard to hit a tennis ball at home. He went to his first wheelchair tennis camp at Nottingham.  This became the platform for Richard to further his tennis.

Whereabouts

Wrexham 

Bolton

USA

Korea

Barcelona

Portugal

France 

Germany

Qualities

Determination, persistence, sense of humour.

A true inspiration to us all and demonstrates that with persistence there are NO limits!

All about the Members @ Ipswich Sports Club

We all about the members at Ipswich Sports Club.

Happy birthday to Howard Mottram 69 today and celebrating with his friends at the mixed adult roll up.

Howard started out as a squash member and now try’s his hand at tennis, he has been a member for over 30 years and intends to be for many more. Look out for future member stories…

60 children join our latest Schools Roadshow

Congratulations to Aaron Garwood (EBF Schools Manager) and our tennis coaching team who delivered a top class Schools Roadshow at Ipswich Sports Club today. 60 children attended from Beeches Primary and Castle Hill Primary and great fun had by all.