Would Jubilieve it? Platinum Party swings in the rain

Long to reign over us took on a whole new meaning on Jubilee Day … but it takes more than a bit of drizzle to dampen the Northern’s party spirit.

 Every ticket was sold for the Jubilee Party and every ticket-holder turned up, ready to celebrate. There was lots of cake, lots of fizz (many thanks to the Bar team) and lots of suitably red, white and blue party kit.

Organisers Angela Corstorphine and Richard Rowe ran a cake sale and lined up the children for a traditional sports day. Tati (from Reception) and Tylah (from the Bar) discovered an unsuspected talent for face-painting and are now thinking of turning professional …

… AND it all raised nearly £130 for MacMillan Cancer Support. So a huge thankyou to everyone who supported us!


Ready to get down to business?

Then check out our meeting rates …

With the Trophy Room upgraded to include a screen and USB points, the Club is now capable of accommodating a range of conference needs from small study groups to meetings of up to 50 people – plus another 60 on the deck in fine weather!

And of course Chris and Jordan and the team in the Bar can provide anything from just tea and coffee to a full bespoke menu.

These facilities are available to Members at a special discounted rate – so if you need to get down to business in a fun but functional setting, just ask at Reception or email accounts@thenorthern.co.uk


Winter winners

It’s been a win-win-win and win again winter!

* In tennis The Northern 1st team (above top left) won a closely fought Division 1 to be crowned overall champions of the East Cheshire Winter Tennis League.

AND The  Northern 2nd team (above top right, celebrating with the 3rds) won ALL 11 of their fixtures to win Division 8 outright and gain promotion.

* In squash the Ladies 1st team (above centre) have taken the Cheshire Ladies’ League titlefor a record 6th consecutive year (barring ’21 when there was no league season).

PLUS the Ladies 2nd team have won Division 2a and will also be playing 1st Division next season.

(The NWCSL Men’s League still has a couple of matches to go but watch this space …)

Meanwhile there were more squash successes in March for Nichol Weatherston Jnr, winning the Boys U-13 trophy at the Hallamshire Bronze Event, and top junior players Finn Withington and Saran Nghiem, winning the Men’s and Ladies’ titles at the PSA Satellite Tour event in Northern Crosby.


Harder – Faster – Stronger

The new Strength + Conditioning facility has proved a major draw for members seeking both coached sessions and individual workouts.

And anyone who has ever tried to paint a neat number on the side of their wheelie bin with a spray can really ought to take a moment to admire the artwork on the end wall. 

Muralist Russell Meehan’s huge design mixes creativity with unbelievable precision. Apparently he achieves the fine detail by removing the nozzle and controlling the spray with his finger. (Please do not try this at home.)

Russ, street tag ‘Qubek”, has had almost no formal art training and started off spray-painting his name on railway sidings like a lot of other kids. “It’s been a basic human urge to leave your mark on your surroundings since prehistoric times,” he said.

Now he is one of Manchester’s most popular street artists, probably best known for his tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing – 22 Manchester worker bees swarming around a honey heart – painted on the side of The Koffee Pot in the Northern Quarter.

When co-Gym Manager Lisa Pilkington commissioned him to add colour – and inspiration – to the S+C room, he trawled the Club’s brochures and website to get a feel for The Northern.

“I started with the Club colours and then added different shades of blue,” he said. “My first colour mixes looked nice but too ‘happy’ – I had to rethink to convey effort and commitment and I hope I’ve achieved that.”

If you’ve not tried out the area yet then Reception can provide details, or any of the PTs will be happy to give guidance on using the equipment. (For info: the leg press is 45kg unweighted!)


Squash Adds up for Schools

You’ve heard of number crunching – now try number squashing!

The Northern has partnered with Rackets Cubed and Cavendish School to deliver a programme of weekly after-school sessions of sport and learning.

Rackets Cubed works with inner-city schools nationwide to support the health, well-being and aspirations of income-deprived youngsters. The children are introduced to an aspirational venue for weekly session including 1 hour of coaching, 1 hour of STEM education plus a nutritious meal.

“The kids are loving it and so are we!” said Jules, who welcomes the group of 20-plus youngsters every Tuesday afternoon.

“Not sure about the STEM part but the coaching is fun and the Bar are producing great food.”

Racketball league recruiting now

League racketball is back!

The North West Counties Squash League is launching a Squash 57/ Racketball League 21/22 – so the hunt is on for Northern players.

 There will be two divisions – East and West – with The Northern up against Bowdon, Brooklands, Tame Valley, Cheetham Hill, City of Manchester, Fairways and Marple.

“We’d love to enter at least two teams for The Northern,” said NWCSL teams rep Garth van der Wath. “There will be 3 players per team to start with but this may change if numbers demand it.

“We’re hoping to start playing in December, if clubs can get organised in time. Otherwise the league will commence in January. Fixtures will be arranged between the club captains on a day and time to suit everyone, so could change week by week.

 * If you’re interested in playing, call or text Garth on 07506 925702

 ** And if you need to brush up your racketball skills, Ian Powell (above right) is running Racketball Training on Friday evenings @ 6pm – book now on Mindbody!

£1m-plus proposal to boost Club facilities

A detailed plan to increase the number of tennis courts at The Northern, introduce padel tennis and bring more courts under cover, has been prepared by the Executive Committee and will be submitted for planning approval over the next few weeks.

 The full proposal includes the demolition of the old Indoor Court 3 (the grey rectangle on the plan above) which is in need of replacement, and bringing the court floodlighting up to recommended standards.

The development is supported by both Manchester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association and dialogue with the Club’s neighbours has been constructive and in the majority of cases positive exchanges have taken place.

“This is a hugely important expansion which will transform The Northern into a true multi-sport facility,” said Club Chairman Martijn de Lange.

“The extra court space is desperately needed to accommodate our growing membership and padel tennis will be an exciting addition for both squash and tennis players.

“Thanks to the increase in membership – plus the excellent work of our Management Team in bringing the Club’s finances back on track – we are now in a position to support the funding required for such a significant proposal.”

The Club is awaiting the outcome of the planning application for the upgraded floodlighting and the application to cover the remainder of the proposal is currently being finalised.

Further details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Gym’s new S+C facility

A new dedicated Strength & Conditioning facility is being built in the former tennis Half Court, to support the racquet programmes and individual members.

Equipment will include 4 squat racks which double up as deadlift platforms and a track for a sled – great for building leg and core strength – plus a large collection of weights and other S&C kit. New flooring will be laid throughout.

The facility will house a programme of strength and conditioning classes for both juniors and adults. It will also be bookable by the hour when not in use for classes, and PTs will use it for training sessions.

“We expect it to be busy as we have increased gym membership so successfully and this facility reflects the needs of our gym users,” said co-Gym Manager Lisa Pilkington.

“We aim to become a centre of excellence for S & C.”

Little Belters and big hitters …

… the new squash season starts here.

It’s hard to believe that a lot of people predicted COVID would be the death of squash!

The Northern is fielding more senior county league teams than any other Club in the region as nine men’s and four ladies’ squads start their league campaigns this week

Junior coaching – from Lisa’s Little Belters on a Sunday morning to the weekly improver, transition and performance squads plus Friday pay n play – is firmly back on track.

And phase one of the underfloor court heating is being installed next week.

All just in time for World Squash Day on Saturday October 9th. And to celebrate that Head Coach Jules Silvera is organising a doubles tournament, The Great Northern Doubles Mix.  £5 entry, he decides the pairings!

Sign up for all or any of the above – and more – on Mindbody.


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!!