April is the new January !

The Gym has been deep-cleaned, rearranged and is ready to help you with your summer body … book your slot now.

Safety screens have been put up to bring more equipment into use and some new weight plates have arrived. The new deadlift platform is now in place and a squat rack is on order.

* Numbers must remain limited so users must book their place (last entry 8pm) and social distancing is important so individual training only please.

“We just can’t wait to see everyone again next week,” said Gym Manager Lisa Pilkington. “Please help us stay Covid-secure and stay open – no more lockdowns PLEASE!”


** From next Monday 12th, the Clubhouse will be open as normal every day from 7am until 10pm for Reception services, access to the outdoor tennis courts, the gym and the toilets.**

**The Lawn Room’s takeaway service will launch on Wednesday 14th **

** Masks must be worn- and the hand sanitiser used – by all members when entering and leaving the clubhouse, courts and gym.**

** Spectators not participating in sport should wear masks throughout. **

Classes? We’ve got them covered!

The new marquees are up (and they’ll have side panels by next week!) so whatever the weather … Josie is coming out of the box to take Total Tone in person on the deck at 9.15 next Monday 29th!

The class will be repeated at 10.15, followed by Studio Cycling at 12.15, then Kettlebell Bootcamp at 6.30, both with Rick.

A total of 20 outdoor classes a week are currently on the timetable, with 14 – including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Barre Burn – still running on Zoom.

“Until either the weather warms up, or we have the Studio back mid-May, some classes will have to remain on Zoom only,” said Rick. “The full timetable, taking us up to mid-May, is now ready on our booking system.”

And don’t forget – classes are FREE to Club members!

NB Outdoor tennis courts and classes can now be booked for March 29th onwards via the booking app or by using the booking option on this website.

Every member can claim one free guest pass – so bring a friend down to celebrate the return of sport!

Ready for a pizza? With friends??

From April 12th up to six people from different households can share a meal together outdoors. And Bar Manager Lee Wilde is celebrating that breakthrough with the return of Pizza Fridays.

Tickets will be £8 for a pizza + drink (bottle of beer/ 175ml house wine) for adults and £5 for pizza + soft drink for children.

Tables will have to be safely spaced so places will be limited – book yours now at bar@thenorthern.co.uk


Meanwhile, the Lawn Room’s regular daily takeaway service will open from April 14th on Wednesdays – Sundays, 12.00 – 20.00.

“I can cover those hours with just myself and a chef while we test out demand,” said Lee.

“But if the service takes off, we will increase the hours and the days straight away – it’s up to the members to make us work harder!”


March 29th – Save the Date!

  • Outdoor courts AND outdoor spin back on the 29th …
  • Social tennis starts 30th …
  • Court/ class booking opens 22nd …
  • The Food Bank run is back …
  • Gym opens April 12th …
  • Pizza Fridays launch April 16th – book now!

 It’s been a lo-o-o-ong lockdown but –

Outdoor tennis and selected outdoor classes will restart on Monday March 29th – only two weeks away now. And don’t forget. all classes – outdoor/ indoor/ Zoom/ whatever – are FREE for members.

Court booking opens next Monday – only ONE week away – and every member can claim one free guest pass – so bring a friend down to celebrate the return of sport.

The grounds team are giving the courts their final wash and brush-up – deep brushing in the case of the artificial surfaces (above) to relieve compaction – while the moss from a wet winter is being cleared from the American Clay …

The grass courts have been scarified and cut in preparation for seeding as soon as weather conditions allow …

The deck has been pressure-washed and …

… the petunias are on order.

We look forward to seeing you VERY soon!

Head Squash Coach position – more time to apply!

The Northern is seeking to recruit a

Head of Squash


Build participation in both squash and racketball/ Deliver Junior and Senior coaching programmes/ Develop programmes for Schools and Community Groups/ Offer individual coaching to Club members/ Encourage a multi-sport culture within the Club.


The Northern is one of the largest squash clubs in the region, with 6 courts, including an exhibition area of two glassback courts with tiered seating.

Pre-pandemic, the Club fielded nine men’s teams and four women’s teams – more than any other UK club – in the senior leagues, plus five junior teams in the Manchester Junior League. The women’s first team has won the Cheshire County League for five consecutive years.

The Club hosted a PSA Women’s Challenger event in 2018 and 2019 as well as regular ES accredited Copper, Bronze and Silver tournaments.

Despite repeated closures and restricted play over the last year, the Club retains a substantial core of enthusiastic senior and junior squash players, eager to get back into action.

The Northern is now seeking a Head of Squash to manage the return to full play, to re-launch junior and senior coaching activities and to help take The Northern forward in the post-pandemic era.

The successful candidate will be:

* ES Qualified, ideally to Level 3 but Level 2 candidates will be considered, dependent on their experience;

*A good people manager, able to motivate the Club’s team of professional and part-time coaches;

* A ‘club person’, spending time with the members and acting as an ambassador for Squash within the Club;

* A team player – not just in the national/ county league sense (although that would be desirable) but able to work alongside the Club’s Management Team and Executive Committee in promoting the Club as a whole.

For full Job Description go to: https://www.thenorthern.co.uk/employment-opportunities-head-of-squash

Closing date for applications: Monday May 24th 2021

 Applications to: accounts@thenorthern.co.uk

The Northern may look closed …

… but behind the scenes it’s all action!

* The Gym team are planning some new strength equipment, including a squat rack, for when they can reopen.

And meanwhile, the layout is being adjusted to improve safety and bring more equipment into use – up to now, alternate treadmills have had to be taped off to maintain a safe distance between users –  now one will be moved altogether, leaving room for safety screens between the remainder.

* The Squash court walls and floors are being cleaned, sanded and re-lined for a sparkling return to play and …

* … applications will be invited soon for a new Head Squash Coach to relaunch coaching and team activities.

* The Tennis Committee are currently investigating options and costs for floodlighting to the outdoor courts so that a decision can be made well ahead of the next winter season.

* Five men’s tennis teams and four ladies’ teams have been entered for the 2021 NECL season and match dates have already been confirmed.

And don’t forget Zoom fitness classes and recordings are available every day and FREE to members!

Welcome back to the Northern!

Deadline 2.12.20: The Northern reopens today for tennis, squash and fitness!

The Lawn Room bar has to remain closed for now, while we are still in Tier 3, but elsewhere:

  • Outdoor tennis is open for singles, doubles and both junior and senior group coaching;
  • Indoor tennis is open for social play by members of the same household/ support bubble, one-to-one coaching and junior group coaching;
  • Squash is open for solo practice, social play by members of the same household/ support bubble, one-to-one coaching and junior group coaching;
  • The Gym is open – plus four new sets of weights + barbells have been placed in well distanced areas in the Studio for extra workout space until such time as indoor classes can resume.
  • Studio classes may not be held in the studio just yet but welcome back to Outdoor Spin – also outdoor Tai Chi, In the Box and Monday Total Tone.
  • All yoga, pilates and dance classes will stay on Zoom along with the evening Resistance/ Bands/ Weights classes. Plus a new weights class – Reps and Sets – is being trialled outside, during the Tuesday Legs, Tums & Bums slot (5.30-6.15pm). This will come indoors as soon as lockdown regulations allow.

Lockdown Fitness Links

… if for no other reason that it’s November now and you need to keep moving to keep warm!

The Club is closed until December 2nd in line with the current lockdown requirements but we can still help you to stay fit:

  • We have been able to move most of our studio classes online – Yoga/ Tai Chi/ Total Tone/ Barre Burn/ DDMix/ Kettlebell Bootcamp/ Pilates/ Zumba/ Band Toning/ HIIT – they’re all in there!

Classes bookable on MindBody: please book at least 24 hrs in advance and you will be sent a link in time for the class.


  • PLUS the LTA has launched a Tennis at Home hub offering coaching and educational content to keep children and families busy, along with fitness routines, physio and yoga programmes – even nutritional advice – to support your physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown.

Just click on https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/# 

Food Bank Thanks

Our Half Term Food Bank Appeal brought a terrific response from members so many, many thanks to everyone who donated so generously.

We are supporting the Bideford Community Centre in Wythenshawe – part of the Wythenshawe Foodbank organisation – which operates a food bank, clothing bank, charity shop, community cafe, free computer access and much, much more in Baguley. (For more information go to bidefordemail.wixsite.com)

And congratulations to Bideford volunteer KirstyTaylor (pictured above) who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community. “It’s really all a team effort,” said Kirsty.

We will be collecting again next week, please bring donations to the club by 6pm Monday 2nd – party treats for Bonfire Night would be good🙏!

Perk up a Pumpkin!

Tier 3 doesn’t have to be dreary – pumpkins are still permitted so it’s time to get creative and help us put on a spooktacular display around the Club for Hallowe’en!

Carve it spooky – sweet – or just silly – but bring it into the Club by Thursday 29th and you could win a £20 Bar Voucher.

All the entries will be on display around the Lawn Room and the winner will be chosen on Saturday 31st .