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.



Time to try something new

It’s a new decade and time for a fresh approach.  Banish the Christmas excess and start to deliver on your New Year resolutions.  Check out some of the things you could be doing at Ipswich Sports Club.  

– Play Tennis

– Play Squash

– Play Hockey

– Play Racketball

– Get stuck into a new gym programme

– Try one of our top class studio classes

– Join a club night

– Try a coaching session



Christmas Update – 2019…an Award Winning Year



As we draw close to the end of 2019 we look back on our highlights on what has been an incredible year for the Club.

We started the year with the opening of  the new free weights Gym and redecorated Studio, and the Tennis Air Dome was hit by high winds in February but we recovered quickly and marched on to pick up our first Award – Suffolk Tennis Club of the Year and Disability Programme of the Year.

In May we held our hugely successful Silver National Junior Squash Tournament and Grade 3 Junior Tennis Tournament and in June we were awarded the Central and East Regional Tennis ‘Club of the Year’ and moved on in July to be awarded £5000 and the LTA National Tennis ‘Club of the Year ‘.  The Club was featured on BBC Look East and we held a Club celebration event to mark the Club’s success.

In August we launched our newly rebranded Kids Activity Camps to much acclaim and September resulted in an investment programme to refurbish Tennis Courts 1-6 thanks to the LTA Award monies.

In October we were shortlisted for the Suffolk Sports Awards ‘Club of the Year’.  At the Annual Suffolk Sports Awards evening the Club won the Suffolk Sports ‘Club of the Year’ Award.

And to round the year off we launched our new website.

We are now in the budget planning period for 2020 and looking forward to further improvements at the Club through 2020.  Following a review of our existing membership prices we are pleased to confirm the Club has held its current membership subscriptions, in line with our policy these will be reviewed again in 2020.

We believe the Club continues to offer great value across all of its range of categories for all ages and interests and we would like to remind our existing members that we do offer an Over 65 membership category (eligibility subject to date of birth confirmation) – please note that any category amendment request requires the members’ written permission so members are asked to contact the Club Office on membership@ipswichsports.co.uk for any changes to be effective.

Lastly, a big thank you to all the dedicated Club Executive, Council Members, committees, members, volunteers, staff and their families for making the Club what it is today.




VANESSA PENN, Club Chairman

ANDY YORKE, General Manager

Local Sports Club Receives £5,000 for LTA Award Win

A local sports club north of Ipswich town has received £5,000 funding from the LTA after being named ‘Club of the Year’ at our annual awards ceremony last month.

Set in six acres of tranquil grounds, Ipswich Sports Club was selected as the national winner from hundreds of other venues across the country, as a result of their outstanding work over the past year. With growing membership numbers, new facilities and successful community programmes, the club places real emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity; sharing our vision to open up tennis to all. Read full article here.

LTA Tennis Award winners announced at SW19 Ceremony

The LTA have announced that 17 outstanding individuals and venues have been named as winners of the LTA Tennis Awards at the tennis governing body’s annual ceremony.

Taking place at The Championships, Wimbledon, the ceremony saw British tennis star Cameron Norrie named ‘LTA Men’s Player of the Year’ for his breakthrough year in 2018. The Awards also saw the likes of England Netball Head Coach Tracey Neville MBE, BBC presenter Kate Silverton and influencer Chessie King present accolades including ‘Community Venue of the Year’ and ‘Disability Award’ to 17 deserving winners.

Launched in 2015, the LTA Tennis Awards acknowledge the manythousands ofindividuals involved in the sport across the UK –from the 25,000 volunteers, to the 4,400 coaches and nearly 1,000officials. They also highlight the incredible achievements of some 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and over 9,700 LTA approved tournaments. The extraordinary contribution of the individuals and venues help to open the sport up, bringing new fans and players to the game.

Now in their fourth year, over 1,500 nominations were received for this year’s awards. National winners were crowned today as the culmination of a 10-month long process that started with nominations being made for County awards across the country, and with regional winners then recognised at the LTA’s major events earlier this year.Scott Lloyd, CEO of the LTA said: “Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of this year’s LTA Tennis Awards. As thegoverning bodyfor tennis, we can’t achieve our vision of opening up the sport without their support, so I would like to extend my thanks to each and every one of them for all that they do”.

LTA Head of Men’s Tennis and award ceremony host Leon Smith added: “The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that work at all levels of our sport, including our inspirational coaches who are vital ingrowing the game and supporting those who play tennis across the country. It’s fantastic to hear all of their individual stories and I feel honoured to have hosted this year’s ceremony.”

LTA Tennis Award Winners

  • Women’sPlayer -Katie Boulter
  • Men’s Player -Cameron Norrie
  • Girls’ Player -Emma Raducanu
  • Boys’ Player -Jack Draper
  • Performance Coach -Ryan Jones
  • Official -Emily McGuiness
  • Senior Men’s Player -Sebastian Jackson
  • Senior Women’s Player -Frances MacLennan
  • Competition -British Tour Penarth
  • Education -Clapton Girls Academy
  • Community Venue -A690
  • Coach of the Year -Luke House
  • Disability Award -East Anglia T&S
  • Club of the Year -Ipswich Sports Club
  • Cathie Sabin Volunteer -Marina Foxlee
  • Young Person -Jonathon Dawes
  • Lifetime Achievement -Simon Grainger

Ipswich Sports Club Wins LTA Club of the Year Award

Club Members and representatives Karen and Mike Watling collected the award on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 on behalf of the Club at a ceremony held at Wimbledon SW19