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Hedley calls time on Hallam Sports Shop

Hedley calls time on Hallam Sports Shop

Hedley Matthew has had a huge involvement with the Hallamshire for almost four decades. He developed a passion for squash after he retired as a semi-professional footballer in his mid thirties. He started playing squash at Stocksbridge Sports Centre then was a member of both Queen’s Tower and Birley, before joining Hallamshire in in the early 80s. It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Squash Committee at the club and was later elected as Chairman of the Squash Committee, thus gaining membership as a Board Director. During this time he ran the Squash Summer League for many years and arranged various exhibition evenings featuring among others, Jonah Barrington. Following a change in the management, Hedley, having recently retired from Head of Physical Education at High Storrs School, agreed to become “Caretaker Manager” for the club, a “temporary” position that lasted over five and a half years with him often working up to eighty hours per week!

Hedley’s passion and dedication to the game led to him starting a National League Squash Team at Hallamshire with the areas behind courts 5 and 6 crowded out with spectators keen to watch high quality squash.

Hedley’s “hands on” approach as Club Manager led him to organise massive functions in order to help improve the club’s finance including in 1999 The World Masters Squash Championships and in 2000 The Women’s World Team Championships. The latter involved the construction of a glass squash court on the indoor tennis courts, which turned out to be quite a challenge!

Hedley stepped down as manager in 2002 and took over the running of the club shop, Hallam Sports, which was later moved to a larger and more visible location at the front of the club. He was later re-elected to The Board and served a brief spell as club Chairman.

The club members have been extremely well looked after over the years with sports clothing, shoes, equipment and of course, an extremely popular racket stringing service. Members will really miss the personal touch and advice that has been offered over the years.

Hedley’s aim is to retire from the shop over the course of this Summer. He hopes to spend a lot more time playing squash and racketball and of course enjoying more fun time with his granddaughter, Charlotte.

Hedley would very much like to see the shop continue to offer a personal service to all the members and has asked the Board to initially explore the possible option of a club member taking over the business.

If anyone has an interest in taking over Hallam Sports, please have a chat with Hedley and then submit a formal proposal to the Board by Monday 1st June via email board@hallamshire.net or by letter via reception marked for the attention Kate Guest and Annette Illidge.

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Squash & Racketball Summer Leagues section closed section open

Squash & Racketball Summer Leagues

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Squash & Racketball Summer League sign-up sheets are now on the notice boards in the bar area. For members that haven’t played before Summer League is a handicapped, team competition that runs from June to September each year. It is open to all of our squash / racketball members regardless of their age or ability. Once again the club would like to thank Paul Rushby from Direct Travel for generously sponsoring both leagues.

We have a number of ways in which you can get involved:-

·         Enter as a full team

·         Join an existing team for the whole season

·         Play as a ‘reserve’ for different teams when they are short of players

You can either complete the relevant sections on the notice board or e-mail jayne@hallamshire.net directly and we will add your details to the boards

The closing date for team sign-up is Tuesday 12 May 2015, depending on the number of entries the league will be starting at the beginning of June.

Attached to this e-mail you’ll find a copy of the rules for both the squash and racketball leagues.

It is imperative that you put your current handicap (if known) either on the signup sheets or via email. There will be a handicap committee meeting on Wednesday 13 May 2015 to ensure that the handicaps are correct and fair.

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Cancellation of outdoor tennis courts

Can members please make sure that if they are not able to use an outdoor court they have booked could they please cancel the court. This enables other members to rebook the court and ensures it doesn't go to waste.

Courts can be cancelled online, via reception or through the touch screen kiosks at the Club

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Free Tennis Open Day - Sunday 17th May section closed section open

Free Tennis Open Day - Sunday 17th May

After the huge success of last year's Tennis Open Day at Hallamshire, we will be trying to make sure this year's event is even better. There will be free tennis all day for all ages and abilities and special joining rates and coaching deals available.

To book please click here and choose which activities you would like to take part in. 

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Director of Squash and Racketball Recruitment Update

Members will be aware that a working group has been established to oversee the appointment of the Club’s Director of Squash and Racketball. The working group comprises:- Dan Lawrence (Chair of Squash and Racketball Committee) Mike Pearson (Squash and Racketball Committee) Annette Illidge (Board Member) Brandon Petty (Board Member) Matt Whitaker (Business Manager). Paul Carter (England Squash and Racketball Head of Coach Development) who will be acting as an adviser to the group.

We have received a number of high quality applications for the position and the group has now shortlisted four applicants who have been invited for interview. 

The interview process will take the form of a formal presentation and interview followed by two on court coaching sessions. These interviews are scheduled to take place at the end of April. 

The group will be looking for members to volunteer for the on court coaching sessions and further details in this respect will be advised shortly.


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Update Your Gym Programme Now

Are you bored of doing the same workout, week after week? Speak to one of our fitness team and they will build you a specific programme with the specific aim of reaching your targets.

Programme reviews are available free of charge to current gym members, speak to a member of the fitness team to book your time slot.


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Squash & Racketball Club Championships section closed section open

Squash & Racketball Club Championships

This year’s Squash & Racketball Club Championships has come to an end with three weeks of exciting finals. Thank you to all players for taking part, playing your matches and making the club champs a successful tournament. Please see below winners & runner ups for the plate and cup. There will be a collection of photo’s and winners/runner up’s on the notice boards.

Squash Club Championships (Winners Underlined, Runners-up underneath)

U13

Leon Mohsin-Marshal

Ben Crowson

U15

Sam Davey

Joel Gardiner

U17

Charlotte Jagger

Sam Davey

U19

Lucy Ward

Charlotte Jagger

Open A

Jack Alcock

Jack Ithell

Open B

Alan Brock

Rob Pawson

Open C

Stephen Clark

Andrew Swindells

Open D

James Boardwell

David Rayworth

Ladies A

Elaine Duncan

Susie Lupton

Ladies B

Elaine Dean

Holly Moore

Over 35

Richard Parker

Stephen Blacksell

Over 45

Brandon Petty

Bob Grayson

Over 55

Ed Winter

Simon Haigh


Racketball Club Championships  (Winners Underlined, Runners-up underneath)

U13

Leon Mohsin-Marshal

Georgia Wakely

U15

Jamie Gardiner

Joel Gardiner

U19

Isobel Chalmers

Joel Gardiner

Open A

Adam Langham

Ed Walker

Open B

Luke Haslam

Alan Camp

Open C

Adrian Jones

Roy Smith

Ladies A

Jude Langdon

Elaine Dean

Ladies B

Anna Muncaster

Sam Gardiner

Ladies C

Wendy Hammond

Susan Brownett

Over 45

Gordon Panter

Brandon Petty

Over 55

Alan Camp

Stuart McClure

Mens Doubles

Adam Langham/Chris Mills

Jim Muirhead/Gordon Panter

Ladies Doubles

Katie Briggs-Daniels /Jude Langdon

Emma Ketteringham/Sue Ketteringham

Mixed Doubles

Emma Mottram/Darren Guest

Katie Briggs-Daniels/Tom Murton



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Hallamshire AGM - Thursday 7th May 2015 section closed section open

Hallamshire AGM - Thursday 7th May 2015

The Club is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7th May at 7pm. Eligible members will have received information either via e-mail or through the post.

Members who meet the following criteria are entitled to attend and vote at this meeting: 

'A Member holding a full current subscription for one of the following categories of Membership – Premier, Premier Light, Gold, Silver or Bronze (Full, Under 23 or Student) at the date of the AGM'.

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New Squash & Racketball Beginner Sessions

We are delighted to announce the start of two Beginner Sessions in Squash and Racketball. The Squash session will take place on Saturdays from 1pm - 2.20pm in term time and the Racketball session will take place on Mondays from 6pm - 7.20pm also in term time. Payment can be made either for a full term course or as a drop in session. (The drop in session is subject to available space on the day)

These sessions are ideal for anyone who wants to learn either sport or who just wants a refresher course. 

If you have any further questions please contact Alex Cutts at alexcutts@live.co.uk
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Hallamshire named Yorkshire LTA Tennis Club of the Year section closed section open

Hallamshire named Yorkshire LTA Tennis Club of the Year

The Club was delighted to have achieved this prestigious award for the first time. The Yorkshire LTA has well over 200 clubs and Hallamshire was chosen by the Yorkshire LTA Board.

The areas highlighted for our success were the facility improvements we have been able to put in place as part of our Sport England grant; the level of community activities driven by the Academy; the huge success of the Club's Great British Tennis Weekend Open Day earlier this year and the continuous, steady increase in the number of tennis members at the Club.  The Board, the Tennis Committee, the Coaches, the staff and the tennis members  have all contributed to the achievement of this fantastic award. 

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New Outdoor LED Lights

As part of our Sport England grant we are currently upgrading our outdoor tennis lights with new LED lights. These lights will have significant benefits for our outdoor tennis players over the coming years.

The LED lights are instant meaning there is no need for warm up or cool down periods.  The lights have an expected life span of over 25,000 hours, so bulb replacement will be a rare occurrence. Lighting prices should remain the same due to the reduction in energy used.

We will be installing this new technology over the coming weeks on all our floodlit outdoor tennis courts.

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