First of all, many thanks to all of you who have sent messages of support and good wishes, it means a lot to the Club’s staff and committee members to know that you value The Northern and all it stands for at this troubling time.
Some really good news to start with – Tennis Director Jonny Kinsella and his wife Lisa have welcomed their first baby, George, who weighed in at 7lbs 5oz on 29th March. Apparently Jonny is sleeping through the night already (or was that George?) and aceing those nappies …
Congratulations to all three Kinsellas, can’t wait to meet George when the Club reopens.
And another piece of good news is that, thanks to those of you who have been able to continue your subscriptions and support for the tennis programme, we have so far managed to maintain a positive cash balance at the bank.
Even those of you who have had to suspend contributions have reassured us that you’ll be back on board as soon as life returns to normal. That is really great to hear – thank you!
We are continuing to pursue the options for financial relief outlined in the last update:
* VAT and PAYE deferral;
* Business Rates relief;
* Government job retention scheme
* Insurance refunds;
* Grants/ funding from Sport England/ LTA/ England Squash, all of whom are working on support packages.
Meanwhile we are maintaining a skeleton staff, working from home and with support from Executive Committee members wherever possible. Head Groundsman Des Ruchwaldy is visiting the Club on a regular basis to carry out basic maintenance so that the courts and buildings will be ready to re-open as soon as we get the go-ahead from the Government.
Sadly, it has been confirmed today that the LTA has cancelled all of its summer grass court events – including Wimbledon – so our own Challenger event in June, The Manchester Trophy, will not go ahead.
Our squash Challenger event, The Northern Open, scheduled for May, has already been cancelled.
Both will return – even bigger and better – in 2021!
For all enquiries to the Club, please email email@example.com. All the Club’s email addresses are being monitored on a voluntary basis by the executive committee members but mail to ‘membership’ will take priority.
with best regards