Matchpoint – February
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Padel is a fun game to play and appeals to a wide population. Children enjoy playing as it is easy to learn, promotes teamwork, whilst improving their hand-eye coordination.
It is a family game. Men and women and youth can compete together without physical strength being the sole determinate of the winner. The smaller court size brings everyone closer, making social conversation a much more integral part of the game. In short Padel is a great game for players of all ages and skills as it is both quick and easy to pick up and is less physically demanding than similar sports like squash. Most players get the grasp of the game within the first 20 minutes of playing and find it easy to achieve a level of proficiency so that they can enjoy it because the game is not as dominated by strength and serve as tennis.
Padel matches are very similar to tennis and with the same ball, but with a string less racket. It’s most commonly played in doubles, too. The court is ideally a rectangle 10m wide and 20m long, halved by a net and enclosed by 3m-high walls. Painted on are service lines. All serves are underarm, and must be played at or below waist level. Walls are part of the game, but other than that the scoring methods are the same as in tennis – including the denominations 15/0, 30/0 and so on. The ball can be hit as a volley, on the bounce or after hitting the wall. It can only be hit once before crossing the net again.
- Less physical effort is required than in tennis or racketball
- Longer rallies due to the small size of the court and fences
- More time playing and less time picking up ball
- 50mins of play per hour versus only 15mins of play for tennis!
- It’s a team sport, only played in doubles
- Having 4 people on a small court at the same time brings everyone closer, making social conversation between players an integral part of the game
- It is an entertaining sport to watch with spectacular points
- It is an intergenerational game, in which children, grandparents and parents can play all together
Some Key statistics
- 8 Million Players in the world and 250,000 New Players every year
- 4,000 Clubs in the world and 20 New Clubs every year
- Padel clubs per country; 3500 in Spain, 200 in Italy, 120 in France, 23 in Germany 33 in UK
Other interesting indicators:
- 750 Professional players WPT 2017, 1.7 Million Euros in tournament prizes in 2017
- 31 National federations around the world
Congratulations team Ryder!
Congratulations to head squash coach Chris Ryder and his wife Nicola on the birth of their second daughter Francesca Rose.
British Junior Open
The British Junior Open was a superb success and thank you to all who were involved in helping to organise the event, as well as all squash and racketball members for giving up courts to enable us to stage the event. As well as the great publicity for the Solihull Arden Club the event also brought in significant extra income, this year boosted by a number of national associations hiring courts prior to the event for practice and coaching.
Squash Club Championships
Solihull Arden Squash Club Championships are now open for entry but only until midnight on 3rd February and the competition will commence the following week after the draw has been made. Just go to MyCourts to enter.
County League Squash and Racketball
The Warwickshire leagues have now resumed after the mid-season break and our first team got off to a great start with an emphatic 5-0 win over Coventry & North Warwicks away, followed by another excellent 4-1 victory over Four Oaks 1 at home. They now have a 22 point lead over Birmingham Uni 1 at the top of division 1.
The next home match is against West Warwicks 1 on Monday 4th Feb and on Monday 18th Feb they play Sutton 1 at home. Please come and support the team and see top quality Squash. You can check out the position of our other teams on the Warwickshire Squash website:-
Half Term Coaching
February half-term coaching is available again this year from Ryder Squash, but specifically for aimed at novice juniors or juniors wanting to try squash for the first time in the age group of 6 to 11 years. Equipment is provided so those wanting to take part do not need to buy rackets or balls – just the right footwear (no-marking shoes). Register on the website:-
Opt-in for Wimbledon
With only 3 weeks to go we ask that even if you do not anticipate going into our own ballot for tickets, that you PLEASE ‘opt-in’ now so as many members as possible can have the opportunity of going to Wimbledon.
Fitness & Health
POUND uses the drumming in an effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music while exercising, you make the music in this exciting full-body workout. Combining cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.
A little something for everyone, POUND is designed for all fitness levels. Perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energised, toning up and rockin’ out!
Join in on Wednesdays @ 7.30pm Members only £3.50 a session.
Fitness Class with Ed
Our personal trainer Ed is doing a fitness class on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm
The class is targeting maximum fat burn and muscle tone. If you would like to know more please contact Ed on:-
Mobile – 07966448180
Email – email@example.com
Get the balance right this year
- We’ll help look after your body and mind in 2019.
- Treat those niggling aches and pains
- Keep loose and injury free to play to the best of your ability
- All injuries and parts of the body treated
- Treat the mind with a relaxing & de-stressing massage
Special discount for all members!
We have very experienced clinicians who will see you on site at The Club.
Call: 0121 707 2461
Guinness 6 Nations – Feb 1st – Mar 16th
We will be screening all of the 6 Nations Matches in the Member’s Bar throughout this years tournament. Please come along and feel free to bring friends and family to cheer on your team whilst enjoying a drink in the bar.
We will be putting another temporary flatscreen TV in the far corner of the bar so you should be guaranteed a great view of the action.
Also during the England games we will be running happy hour.
For details of match times please see posters around the club and check our Facebook page.
“Arden Fast” Comedy Night ft. MC Woody Woodfield – 22nd February
You are invited to come along to an evening of comedy featuring 5 of the best local Comedians as well as our very own Woody Woodfield as compere. Last time we ran this event it was a sell out so don’t delay – grab your tickets today from the Bar.
Tickets are £10 from the Bar and all money raised will go to the Firefighters Charity.
Please note that this event is Adults only, Members are welcome to bring invited guests to this event.
For more details see posters around the club or speak to Tim Woodfield.
I regularly get members telling me they were unaware of events going on at the club – our advertising strategy is Posters on the walls around the club and on display boards on the tables in the bar, our Facebook feed and also via mine and Jane Howe’s Text and WhatsApp messages.
We try to balance our Text and WhatsApp messages so that we don’t “bombard” members as we know this can be intrusive so we will send a message about 1 month before the event then another 1 week before and another 1 day before – in theory you should not receive more than 3 messages per month unless something has changed relating to the event that we feel we need to inform you about (eg time change or cancellation).
If you would like to be on the Group Text then please Text me your name and mobile number (07855 400566 – to Nigel Busby) or if you would prefer to be on Jane Howe’s Arden Social WhatApp group please send a WhatsApp message to Jane Howe.
By doing this you will be in the know about Quiz Nights, Disco’s, Tribute Band Nights, Christmas & New Year Events and any other Social Nights throughout the year.
As always, please keep an eye out on Facebook and the posters in the Bar and around the Club for full details of these events as they come up.
Beer Policy (handpull Ales)
As you may be aware we have two handpull ale pumps within the Members bar and we regularly rotate the ales on offer to try and give Members a good variety of real ales in the bar. At the time of writing we have Black Sheep and Golden Glow on for example.
Our policy is to have one “robust” Ale (ie: over 4%) and one “session” Ale (ie 4% or less) available.
Running alongside this policy we also try to cater for the tastes of our customers who like IPAs or Dark Winter Ales or Wye Valley Ales.
In addition we have given an undertaking the Moolson Coors to stock a certain amount of their “house” Ales in return for them contributing significantly to our Sky Sports Subscription.
As you can appreciate it is very difficult to always fulfil all of these requirements but please rest assured I am aware of the wishes of members and we are trying our very best to give you a good choice of quality beers at the club.
To this end we have recently met with Silhill Brewery and taken delivery of a barrel of Silhill Gold Star which should be on the taps in early February.
I am always willing to listen to Member’s views on the Ales we have on sale so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions.
If you have recently moved house or changed phone number or email address, please let Membership Services know so we can update your details on our system.
Dates for your diary
|Squash||1st team at home to West Warwicks||4 February 2019|
|1st team at home to Sutton 1||18 February 2019|
|Social||Charity Comedy Night||22 February 2019|
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