Entries by Jane Wood

Celebrating World Squash Day

10th October is World Squash Day and with restrictions eased on the squash courts, the coaching team are back in action with the Junior Squads restarting that day. Only two players at a time are permitted on court so squads are restricted to just six players across three courts but a fourth squad has been […]

AGM Zooms smoothly

“Welcome to another first for The Northern – it’s just taken us 138 years to get here!”  With those words Chairman Neville Hewer welcomed members to the Club’s first ever video conference AGM, held by Zoom on 30th September. “Covid has brought us many new experiences,” he said later. “And this one is truly historic!” […]

Pickleball launches at The Northern

Considering it’s nearly four times the size of a squash ball and it’s bright orange, you’d think a pickleball ball would be easier to hit wouldn’t you? But there you go … fun, infuriating (for a squash player), occasionally chaotic and fequently hilarious, pickleball made its debut at the Club on Saturday, with a social […]

Squash is back – inside and out!

The Northern’s squash players are finally able to play ‘proper’ squash with members of other households.  Manchester has announced an exemption to local lockdown rules to allow organised indoor sport and players are now allowed to: * Form registered bubbles of up to six players from different households, playing full squash with some restrictions on timing/ […]

Players in a pickle!

It’s played on a badminton court … with oversized table tennis bats … using (more or less) tennis rules. Welcome to Pickleball!  Said to be the fastest-growing sport in the US, pickleball is rapidly taking hold in the UK too. Suitable for all ages and all skill levels, playable inside or outside, the game is […]

Watch this space – Studio Classes return

Studio classes are back from Tuesday and bookable NOW online or via Reception. Current outdoor sessions are moving back inside, with extra classes added. And with the studio floor marked out to give everyone a 3-metre square space, class sizes can be boosted to 8 people (7 for spin). “Some classes can move back outside […]

Local Lockdown Update

The bunting has actually been taken down to be washed but don’t worry, despite the local lockdown we are still open!  A spike in COVID-19 infections in the region has led to tighter restrictions,                                       including a ban on meeting and socialising in homes, in bars and restaurants and in other public venues. People may still […]

Welcome Back to The Northern!

We’ve been mopped and polished from top to bottom, the floor signs are down, the sanitisers are up, the lights are on and the clocks are ticking again … We’re all ready for a SAFE return to indoor sport on Saturday 25th. So here’s some stuff you need to know:  Opening Times: 7am – 9pm, […]

Step this way – a guide to navigating the clubhouse safely

Four months ago, on the evening of Friday 20th March, Chairman Neville Hewer and General Manager Graham Brindley received the news that leisure facilities must close, sent a sad message of apology to the Club members, locked the front door and went home. Eighteen weeks and 12 hours later, at 9am on Saturday 25th July, […]

Squash is back on court!

It won’t be quite as we know it but it’s definitely squash – at last! Courts will reopen from next Saturday, the 25th, with important social distancing guidelines to ensure safe play. These include: * Match play with members of the same household or support bubble only; * Two people from different households playing ‘Sides’ […]