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Matchpoint – January 2020

British Junior Squash Open

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From the 2 January to the 5 January we will have some of the opportunity to see some of the world’s top junior players as they compete in this premier junior tournament.

Members are free to come down and watch some top quality competitive squash from early morning to mid evening each day, we will even have food on offer!

Access to courts will be restricted due to World Juniors practising (28th December – 1st January ) and during the open. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


If you would like to volunteer for the event, please speak to Michelle Moore or Chris Isaacs.


Squash & Racketball

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Warwickshire Squash Leagues are now halfway through the 2019/20 season and our 1st team are in 2nd place just 11 points behind Birmingham Uni.

Other team positions are:-
● Squash 2nd Team – 5th in Division 2
● Squash 3rd Team – 6th in Division 3
● Squash 4th Team – 2nd in Division 5
● Squash Ladies – 1st in Division 1
● Racketball – 5th in Division

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Cappendell Memorial Squash Tournament final was held on 22nd December and congratulations to Tony Howe, beating Steve Lloyd 3-1 in a close match.

Tony’s pace about the court gave him the edge, but he needed all his skills to dig the ball out with Steve playing well into the back corners.

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Racketball Club Championships were held late November and big congratulations to Luke Friend who beat Justyn Claydon in the Open final.

To win the Racketball Open Category at 16 years old was a tremendous accomplishment. Well done Luke!

Other results were:-
● Ladies Open: Michelle Courtney beat Helen Rollinson
● Mens 35 to 45 Age Group: Andrew Cohu beat Pete Averill
● Mens 55 and over Age Group: Peter Kingston beat Charlie Mockble
● Leagues 4 to 9: Tim Forsyth beat Paul Fisher

The 2020 Squash Championships

Enties open in early January, so watch out for an email to all squash members for dates that entries must be made by and when the draw will be made for matches to commence.

It will be the same format as the last two years with the finals in late April.

Wimbledon Ballot ‘Opt-In’

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Thank you to those of you who have already ‘opted-in’ to the Wimbledon ballot.

Having spoken to the LTA, it appears that many of the e-mail reminders were (this year) were directed to trash folders and we are aware that many of you respond to that email. 

Please take a few minutes to opt-in NOW to help thes club receive as many Wimbledon tickets as possible, to put into our own ballot to be held at the beginning of May?

You can either:
● call the LTA – 0208 487 7000  or
● log on to

If you require your LTA registration number please contact Pat Cropper who can help you with this.

Mini Green 10&U tennis team

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Congratulations to the team who are currently topping their respective league in the LTA National winter league for Warwickshire and to the 8&U Red Team who are currently sitting in 3rd place with some important matches to play.

FREE Cardio Tennis

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7.30-8.30pm on Monday 6 January

Come and Join Coaches Alex and Matt for a FREE Promotional cardio tennis session.

Kickstart your new year fitness regime with a high energy tennis session, burn unto 600 calories whilst improving your Tennis skills.

Spaces are limited for the promotional session so please email your interest to Alex’s EMAIL as soon as possible and we will add you to the list.

Fitness & Health

6 Week Body Transformation

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6 February

Ed’s 6 week body transformation starts in January. If you want to make a real change to your health body and lifestyle then this is perfect course to get you started. 

Involved in the course is:- 

  • Measurements and weighing 
  • Tailored food plans so you can lose body fat and learn how to keep it off 
  • Bespoke personal training plans
  • Group training sessions

For more details please contact Ed directly on EMAIL

Arden Hit Pound

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Join the class on Thursday at 6.30pm !!

Members: FREE
Non-members: £6 per person.

For more information contact Membership Services.

Hope to see you there!

The Physio Company

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The office is now closed until 9am on Thursday 2nd January.

Have a wonderful festive break.

Club news

GM Update

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Firstly I would like to thank all of the Solihull Arden Management Committee, Staff, Coaches, Volunteers and of course our members for a fantastic 2019. I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful 2020.

If you have any generic feedback which you would like to share with any members of the management team : Myself, Chantelle Davey, John Galpin or Darren Eustace – please come and speak to any one of us in the club.

Chantelle is overseeing the membership team & the bar operations. Darren is overseeing the day to day running of the bar and I am sure you are all aware that John is overseeing our facilities.

I have been concentrating on delivering our 5 year strategic plan for the club, managing the overall business and supporting our Padel Project fundraising and operational teams.

Myself and the management team are extremely excited for 2020. We will be getting together in January to discuss a marketing plan to help grow our membership base, which will contribute to making the club more sustainable. We will be ensuring that Solihull Arden has a presence in the borough so that we can really showcase what our club has to offer.

Again, if you have any ideas or are experienced in this area – please just come and speak to us or arrange a meeting with myself. Any support from members is always greatly appreciated.

Michelle Moore
General Manager

Member’s Events – A Thank You!!

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As the year draws to an end I would like to thank a few people who have helped me with member’s events throughout the year:-

Firstly a massive thank you goes to Mandy Dale who has done a fantastic job in organising and planning every event throughout this year. I honestly couldn’t have done this without you Mandy and a large number of our members have enjoyed a full calendar of events thanks to your hard work.

There have also been a number of Members who have given their time to run or help run events namely Jane Howe (Day at the Races, Mother’s Day & Xmas Carvery), Dean McLeod (Cheese & Wine), Nick Reynolds (DJ on Cheese & Wine and Free & Easy Night), Colin McCauley (Free & Easy Night), Tim Woodfield (various Comedy Nights) and Michelle Courtney (various Comedy Nights).

These events take quite a bit of organising and I am grateful for all the help that the above people have given in 2019.

Nigel Busby
Bar Chairman

Member’s & Guest’s Quiz Night

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Saturday 22 February

YES! Our popular quiz night is back in February with our usual quizmasters Kelvin & Chris Jones in charge of proceedings.

Please put this date in your diaries and look out for more details nearer the time. Details will be posted on posters around the club and on the tables in the bar as well as on Facebook and in January’s newsletter.

New Year! New Beers!

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A number of Members have indicated they are off the beer in January. We have a range of soft drinks as well as teas and coffees however the Becks Blue was proving unpopular. We have therefore decided to replace this with Heineken Zero and will monitor whether this is acceptable.

Bar Food

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We trialled selling Cobs during November/December and our Caterers Partridges currently deliver 10 Cobs on Tuesdays and 10 Cobs on Thursdays (various fillings). 

These are proving popular with members wanting a quick bite to eat after their matches so I am pleased to say that we will continue to order the Cobs until further notice.

Member’s “Big” Birthdays

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Where we have details of Member’s Date of Birth on the system we have written out to those who have a “Big” birthday in 2020 (i.e. 40th/50th/60th, etc.) to invite them to hold their celebration at the club. 

For those of you who have not given us your date of birth and who are having a big birthday in 2020 please contact Mandy Dale. Mandy will let you know the details of the offer should you wish to celebrate your birthday at the Arden.

Please let Mandy know via the CONTACT US page

Dates for your diary

2 January 6 January ……British Junior Squash Open
6 February 6 Week Body Transformation
22 FebruaryQuiz Night