Concern has been expressed recently regarding the availability of Courts for both Tennis and Squash and Racketball particularly at peak times.......
Members will wish to know that there are ongoing discussions between the Board, Club Committees, Management and the respective Coaching teams in this regard and which have already resulted in improved control of bookings for Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and the Club’s teams.
The Club shares a vision with Sport England, the LTA and England Squash to not only grow but also retain participation in tennis, squash and racketball at all levels. The Board considers that the route to achieving this vision is by continuing to provide enhanced facilities and access to professional coaches thereby allowing the opportunity for any member of whatever playing ability to achieve their full potential in their chosen sport.
Members will know that the Club’s facilities have seen a substantial improvement over the last five years. These improvements have been largely as a result of the Club’s success in obtaining Grants from England Squash and Sport England. The Club has a continuing obligation under the terms of these Grants to promote and encourage participation in our sports particularly for children and ladies. The Academy and Apex coaching teams are pivotal in delivering excellent and varied programmes both for Members and the wider community which help the Club achieve compliance with the terms of the Grants.
Clearly a balance between coaching programmes and Members’ demands needs to be achieved. The Club currently has over 2,100 members - this is not always going to be an easy task. As a preliminary step the Board has agreed in principle to a 50:50 split of court availability across the five weekday evenings between Members and Coaches’ pre-booked blocked courts for courses. Similar arrangements will be applied to weekend daytime tennis and squash courts. Court bookings and utilisation will continue to be closely monitored and, if appropriate, further options will be considered.