Entries by Jane Wood

Three-month tennis taster membership offer

Starved of exercise? After ten weeks of lockdown, the return of outdoor tennis has been greeted by glorious weather and huge enthusiasm – and no more so than at The Northern. The Didsbury club has seven of its clay/synthetic courts open so far and with Head Groundsman Des Ruchwaldy working hard to get the grass courts […]

A Message from the Front Line

Christie nurse and Club member John Bardsley is self-isolating at home after testing positive for coronavirus – he sent us this message: ” Hi, and greetings from the front line! ” As a lot of you may know, I’m a nurse and work at The Christie. All staff are now screened on a weekly basis, […]

Tennis Timetable Update

Eight-year-old Stanley Calladine summed up everybody’s feelings in his home schooling sentence construction exercise (above). “Today I can play tennis at my amazing tennis club the Northern … I feel great!”  And it was great to see you too, Stanley, along with your sister Lulu, dad Phil and all the other members who quickly filled […]

Tennis start-up hits the spot!

With half a dozen sanitisers, 50 feet of barriers, a lot of signage and some last-minute hedge-cutting from Des … the outdoor tennis start-up worked! 42 players on seven courts across three playing sessions proved that the Club CAN make outdoor tennis safe to play in today’s extraordinary conditions. The Club aims to have the […]

Tennis is back! But PLEASE follow these guidelines ..

PLAY SAFE GUIDELINES – RETURN TO RESTRICTED PLAY These guidelines currently apply to England only, and have been produced in line with the Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read on the Gov.uk website. SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE […]

There’s no rest for squash players during lockdown …

* Head Professional Julianne Courtice (above left) launched her weekly online court fitness sessions for senior team players last Sunday 3rd: “It went really well,” she said. “Everyone worked really hard – including me!” For confirmation of further sessions watch the WhatsApp groups.  * Coming soon: Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins (above centre) is preparing an […]

Well we can’t give you the view from the studio just now …

… but we CAN give you the studio classes! FREE online classes are now available to Members on Zoom SIX days a week – Updated schedule for w/beg May 11th  Book on line using your MindBody App or the Club website OR  email membership@thenorthern.co.uk to book your place. MONDAY 9:15am CARDIOBOOST with DAVID CLARKE TUESDAY 12:45am […]

Lockdown Fitness Links

Whether it’s running or racquets you’re into, cycling or circuits – there’s plenty of free advice online to keep you limber during the lockdown. Here are just a few we’ve researched for you: LTA https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/lta-tennis-at-home-series-celebrated-for-helping-families-stay-active/ England Squash are publishing workouts/drills on their Facebook and Twitter feeds https://www.englandsquash.com/News Cycling Programmes and ideas for personal/family cycling activity […]

Katy bakes for the NHS

Flour, butter, sugar and a heartfelt “Thankyou” go into the mix when Northern chef Katy Torevell does her weekly bake these days.  Katy’s two-year-old son Frazer had to spend three nights in the isolation room at Stepping Hill Hospital’s Tree House children’s unit at the end of March. “It wasn’t coronavirus, it was pneumonia but […]

One man went to mow …

Well nobody told the grass about lockdown … Head Groundsman Des Ruchwaldy continues to keep the Club grounds in trim, at least for the time being. He has been carrying out deep compaction relief on the artificial surfaces, and scarified and mowed the grass. “The grass is really starting to grow strongly now, so I […]