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Matchpoint – September 2020

Chairman Update

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Just a brief update as I am sure you have all heard enough about Covid-19 by now! Good news is that the Club is in a stable position with the tennis and squash courts open for use, the gym is available again and the Bar open every day.

We have received feedback from a number of members about not being able to use the changing rooms and showers and the position with this is still subject to Government instructions which remain as “Use of changing rooms and showering facilities should in general be avoided where possible…”. We are aware of local gyms opening their changing rooms and showers, but this is permitted under the rules where they have swimming pools.

In terms of racquet sports, there are now minimal restrictions for playing tennis. For squash the guidance from England Squash is still that two players from the same household can play unrestricted squash, but that those from separate households should play a version of the game known as ‘sides’, guidelines for which are on all court doors. Please follow the instructions by each court for use of the sanitizers.

Thank you for all members for following the ‘one-way’ system in the club to maintain distancing, although I am sure now and again we have all suffered ‘auto-pilot’ overrides! The ‘one-way routes’ will change slightly in early September, so please watch out for information on this.

We are very pleased to announce that we have secured funding to build 3 Padel Tennis courts. Although the tender process was significantly drawn out by Covid-19, we are now very close to concluding this and appointing our chosen supplier for groundworks and court construction. The plan is to commence work as soon as feasible in order to have the courts open within the next 3 to 6 months. As soon as Project Plans are base-lined we will circulate more information. In the meantime, please consider the ‘buy a brick’ sponsorship offer and the special Padel 10 year member deal, leaflets for both being available on Reception.


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Mini Tennis clubnight

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Ages 5-10yrs / no tennis experience required

September sees the return of our popular Mini Tennis clubnight every Friday 4-5pm, fun games on court with coach Josh and the bar is open for parents and guardians to enjoy a drink at the end of the week.

All players attending mini tennis club night must be mini junior members of the Solihull Arden club. for more information on the session or to come for a trial please message coach Josh on 07909 743784

Junior Tennis Matchplay

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11+ / Improver and advanced standard

Sign up for our new internal Junior matchplay event on Sunday 13th September at 2pm. The event is free to Junior members of the Solihull Arden club, Juniors can expect to play competitive matches against each other in fun formats.

The event will be run by one of the club coaches. To sign up for our first internal Junior matchplay on September 13th please contact head coach Alex via the Contact Us page.  

There will be one junior matchplay held every month.

Junior coaching programme 

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The new junior coaching programme starts 31st August for a 15 week block of weekly coaching. We have something for everyone from beginner to advanced team player. from ages 4 to 17yrs.

If you want to make an enquiry about any of our poplar junior sessions and to organise a free trial please contact head coach Alex via the Contact Us page

Adult coaching programme

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We have weekly Adult tennis sessions running at the club with beginner / beginner plus / improver and team standard sessions. for any more information on adult group tennis as well as 1 to 1 sessions, please contact Alex via the Contact Us page.

Resumption of Squash and Racketball

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Fantastic news to get the squash courts re-opened on Saturday July 25th after nearly 4 months off-court! We can all start playing again.

Personal note

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On a personal level I (Richard Lowe) am glad to be back as Squash and Racketball Chairman again – to continue making the club one of the best Squash and Racketball clubs in the Midlands and always improving the facilities and programmes for both existing and new members

Squash Team News

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4 months of lockdown due to Coronavirus has meant we haven’t had the chance to celebrate our teams amazing success in the 2019/20 season.

Congratulations to the 1st Team who won the prestigious Warwickshire Division One title for the second year running, when they beat Kenilworth in the last game of the season – March 20th 2020. A massive thank you to all the captains for another great season.



As soon as we can get together as groups we will be organising and re-starting the Annual end-of-season Exhibition Match and Curry night event so we can celebrate properly.

Other News

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The Club’s assistant squash coach Ali Jafari has left the club in August. I thank him for all his coaching programmes for members and for his contribution to the 1st Team in winning the Division One title and wish him well for the future.


40th birthday card

Finally congratulations to Chris Ryder, our Head Coach, who celebrated the big 40 at the end of August. This is Chris’s 7th year at the club and his Academy and elite squads, his England Squash Junior work and his India junior squad work are proof of his talent and dedication to the sport. ‘Happy Birthday Chris’ from the Club and members.

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General Manager Update

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A big thank you to Keith & Pat, our Bar Supervisor’s parents, Pat Cropper, Peter Sutton and Delphine Sutton for taking up their time to help maintain our grounds during the last few months. Myself, John and the team really appreciate the time and effort you have put in to making the club look presentable and a welcoming place to come. John and the team currently have a back log of maintenance work to be carried out within the club and the grounds to catch up with so all the help and support offered is appreciated.

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As you will have noticed we now have invested in a new AED (Auto emergency defibrillator) cabinet situated at the front of our clubhouse. This will store one of our AED’s so that when the clubhouse is closed, if any of our members were to suffer a cardiac arrest – you will have access to the AED by inserting the code. If you do not have the code to hand, you can call 999 and will be given the code. We thought this was paramount in this ever changing ‘new world’ in case of any future lockdowns of the club, where tennis was the only accessible sport during May this year. Our AED is also now registered within the community, so Solihull Arden Club could now also help save lives in our neighbouring streets.

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Please could all members store their sports equipment and bags in their cars for the foreseeable future to minimise the amount of space taken up in the bar area and to support social distancing/risks. If you do not have a car to store your bag/equipment in, you can store it in the function room. We are looking into some suitable storage for members to place their belongings in the club, at their own risk.

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We have recently hired our disused tennis courts out to Solihull Karate club, they are utilising the courts during week day evenings and Saturday mornings currently. I have asked the organiser to ensure the parents are using the top end of our car park, saving the closer spaces for members.

air conditioning unit

We have now installed air conditioning in the Gym and Function room. The main units recirculate, launder the air through filters and either chill or heat according to the temperature it’s set at. In both areas fresh air is introduced from outside and after being used it is expelled back to outside on the opposite side of the building. The filters are being sanitised as part of our rigourous cleaning programme.

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Unfortunately one of our members came to me last week to give me the sad news that his wife has recently passed away with Oesophageal cancer. Kathy had no idea she had this cancer until she was already at stage 4. There can be very little warning signs of this cancer until you stop being able to swallow. Kathy’s husband is a member of our club and is now putting all of his energy into sharing his experience to hopefully raise awareness and help others. The family have set up a just giving page on which you can find more information on and make a donation to help others.

we want your feedback

I am very conscious that we did not run an AGM this year in a ‘normal’ manner. We still have some 2020 AGM packs available should you wish to have a copy. However, if you have any direct feedback you would like the management committee to take on board – please do pop and see me in the office or arrange an appointment where I would be more than happy to listen.


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Dates for your diary

Fridays…..4 – 5 pm…….…..Mini Tennis club night
13 September…..2 pmJunior Tennis Matchplay