Come to the tennis finals party

The Closed Tennis Championship is reaching a peak of excitement with some tense matches and top quality tennis expected on Finals Day, September 18th.

 Play starts at 11.30am, through to 6.30pm, with the grand presentation planned for 7pm. There will be a BBQ from 4 until late and special offers on drinks all night.

All members are welcome – so even if you’ve not been involved in the competition, just come on down, have a drink, and support your local tennis player!!

Juniors rule in squash Club Closed

For the first time ever, junior players won both the men’s and ladies’ titles at the squash closed championships last month.

 Finn Withington (17) scored a comprehensive victory over 2019 winner Josh Taylor to take the Ian Stewart Memorial Trophy, named in honour of  the Northern’s much missed past President Ian Stewart and presented (above) by James Stewart.

And Miriam Mulla (14) never dropped a game on her way to winning the newly revived Ladies’ Shield event, meeting another junior – Yara Soliman – in the final.

Yet another junior player, Will Gregson (18), took the Trophy B Event and Miriam featured again, winning the B event plate. “Northern squash has bounced back from the pandemic stronger than ever,” said Squash Chair Jane Wood. “And the future looks bright with such awesome young players coming through.”

Club Reception is a Glass Act

Looking for somewhere to hold a mini-conference – talk pre-match tactics – or just a space to work away from the bustle of the bar??

The new glass walling in the Club entrance area has created exactly that. The main alcove, which previously provided a home for the Trophy Cabinet but not much else, is now available for all Members to use for work or meetings.

* Depending on take-up a formal booking system may need to be introduced but for now, please just check with Reception staff before you settle in.

Meanwhile on the other side of the staircase, the stringing machine is the start of a small but perfectly formed pro shop which will shortly be fitted out to display a selection of sports kit and equipment available to order through Reception.

Squash is up and running – are you??

 

The great squash comeback has started – and our coaches are on the ball with expert advice to help players keep up the pace …

The internal team league is halfway through, NWCSL Summer League started on Thursday (great win for Northern 3 btw, well played Sam, Richard and Emily!)  and the Box Leagues relaunch on July 5th, so squash competition is well and truly back on the agenda.

Now Head Squash Coach Jules Silvera has released a training video to help players take their training to the next level and rebuild their game after a year and a half of disruption.

Filmed with fellow coach Nathan Mayers, the video is streaming now on the Northern Squash YouTube channel  ttps://youtube.com/channel/UCzq9YqG5mq22Djg3nie4tfQ

Meet Laura Massaro at The Northern

Former Squash Women’s World No 1 Laura Massaro will be signing copies of her new autobiography at The Northern on June 8th.

 All In:Becoming World Champion charts Laura’s journey from being a shy young athlete often crippled by self-doubt, to World No 1 and World Champion in an intense, gruelling sport.

Laura – seen above with some of the Club’s squash juniors at a Squash Girls Can event – has been a regular visitor to the Club over the years. She retired from the professional tour in 2019 and is now Junior Head Coach for Lancashire.

* The book signing event will run alongside a HEAD racket demo evening for both squash and tennis players so save the date – June 8th from 6pm – and come down for a hit with the racket that took Laura to the top!

New Head of Squash for The Northern

The Northern is delighted to announce the appointment of Jules Silvera as our new Head of Squash.

 Many members will already know Jules, who has been around The Northern almost since he could walk – he played here as a junior for many years before going off to University to study Psychology, followed by a Masters in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

More recently, he has been working as Head Coach at Grove Park Squash Club and Knutsford Squash Club, as well as writing on health and fitness for various websites.

Jules is already working on relaunching the Junior Programme, Family Squash, Team Training, Beginners’ Squash and Squash for Tennis Players – who should bear in mind it almost NEVER rains on a squash court. (I say almost because there has been the occasional blip when the gutters blocked …)

Jules said: “I am really looking forward to getting started as we look to grow the different pathways within the club.

“It’s been a tough year for squash all round the country, but I am confident that we can bounce back and bring success back to the Northern across senior, womens, and junior teams.”

Jules is busy finalising the timetable but meanwhile …

* Thursday May 27th & June 3rd: 7 – 8pm/ Squash Fitness;

* Thursday June 10th/ 18th & 24th: 7 – 8pm/ Team Training;

* Tuesday June 1st: 6 – 9pm/ Social Squash is Back!

* July 5th: Box Leagues relaunch – new members sign up now.

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!”

PLEASE NOTE:

** 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!