Support Wolverhampton’s NHS Workers

Support Wolverhampton’s NHS Workers

Many of our club members and visitors work within the NHS, so we have launched a Just Giving site for anyone wishing to show their support at such a challenging time for their staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anyone able to make a donation would be much appreciated, especially if you have been enjoying the online fitness workouts and coaching drills.

Click here to make a direct donation to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and we wish all NHS staff, social care workers and everyone working on the front-line all the very best at such a difficult time.

Virtual Exercise: Part Two

Virtual Exercise: Part Two

Club staff are keen to ensure that members and visitors stay engaged and fit and healthy whilst WLTSC is closed during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to our excellent team of System Energize trainers, and coaching staff, and Simon Newell for putting the videos onto the club’s Youtube account, we will be able to provide a series of online workouts for members to take part in from the comfort of their own home.

Click here to access the club’s YouTube channel which you can also subscribe to, free of charge.

Here are a few of the workouts which have taken place since our previous post.

Dining Room Fitness Workout

Body Exercise Fun

Birdy Tennis Wall Tricks

Garden Workout

Exercise Don’t Socialise

Exercise Don’t Socialise

Staff at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club are aiming to keep members healthy and engaged during the current Covid-19 crisis by leading a series of online video workouts.

The club, based at Newbridge, has completely closed its doors in line with government advice but is continuing to offer both ‘physical and emotional’ support to members and visitors by encouraging people to take part in home-based exercise.

The four ‘System Energize’ personal trainers at the club are going to be leading the regular workouts, with Head of Fitness Paul Fothergill kicking things off on Monday with an AMRAP (As many reps as possible) based workout, and Brendon Turner leading a circuits-based workout on Tuesday.

Billy Hughes, along with his Dad and WLTSC Sports Manager Marc, were on screen for a weights-based workout on Wednesday and on Friday, from 9.30am-10am, Adam Guest will lead an abs-based session.

Hundreds of people have been viewing the online workouts, which are streamed live on the club’s Facebook group and then, where possible, added to the You Tube channel afterwards –  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_hTX-8fH0RIMjxchXVUGA

One of the club’s tennis coaches Clayton Edge has also posted a fun garden-based game which all the family can take part in.

“At times like these you realise the importance that clubs like ours have, providing great facilities to play sport and exercise,” says Marc.

“Clubs create an environment where friendships are made and provide a sense of belonging for young and old.

“Providing some virtual workouts will help us continue to engage with and provide physical and emotional support to all our members and visitors.

“As the club’s Welfare Officer, I am also very conscious that this period of self-isolation might be a challenge for some who are used to a set routine.

“For many, the club is a place of immense support both physical and mental in addition to the friendships we all rely on for support through good times and bad.

“Hopefully, by streaming these exercise classes at a similar time to which they were normally delivered at the club, will help people stay engaged and healthy while are doors are closed.”

Members have also been encouraged to stay in touch with each other via phone calls and messaging while they are unable to access the club.

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise Don’t Socialise

Virtual Exercise: Week One

Club staff are keen to ensure that members and visitors stay engaged and fit and healthy whilst WLTSC is closed during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to our excellent team of System Energize trainers, and coaching staff, and Simon Newell for putting the videos onto the club’s Youtube account, we will be able to provide a series of online workouts for members to take part in from the comfort of their own home.

Click here to access the club’s YouTube channel which you can also subscribe to, free of charge.

Here are a few of the workouts so far:

Paul and Mollie: AMRAP workout

Billy and Marc Hughes: Weights-based workout

Kitchen Chair Workout

Welshy’s Top Tennis Tips

Tennis Noughts and Crosses

 

Club Closed Until Further Notice

Club Closed Until Further Notice

Further to the announcement made this evening (Monday, March 23rd) by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, WLTSC and all of its facilities will be closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This includes outdoor tennis courts and outdoor training and follows the previous closure of the squash courts, gym and reception areas following previous advice from government.

Whilst WLTSC staff will not be working on site they will be continued to be paid in full.

Members have been informed as to how this closure will reflect their membership fees, and are thanked for their understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times.

Everyone is urged to refrain from visiting WLTSC until further notice and we look forward to seeing members return to enjoy their sport in the future whenever it is safe to do so.

While the club is closed, there will be fitness and other sports-related videos posted on the club’s You Tube and social media channels to keep members engaged and able to take part in exercise in the comfort of their own home or garden.

Click here to access and subscribe to the club’s You Tube channel.

Members are also encouraged to stay in touch with each other via telephone calls or text messages and look after each other during these testing times.

We send everyone our very best wishes and urge everyone to stay safe as we look forward to being back together at the club, fit and healthy in the future.

 

“A Lovely Atmosphere” For International Women’s Day

“A Lovely Atmosphere” For International Women’s Day

There was a great buzz around WLTSC on International Women’s Day as members and guests enjoyed a host of different activities.

The showpiece event was a free squash and racketball session, supported by England Squash, with club coaches leading a series of fun activities on court, followed by coffee and cake!

“We have been given some funding from England Squash and so decided to put on an event for International Women’s Day,” said coach Beth Grinsell, who is on the Squash and Racketball committee.

“We were looking to get as many people as possible on the squash court with lots of fun, lots of moving around and lots of coffee, cake and a goody bag to take away.

“It was all about introducing everyone to squash and to our club.”

As well as the squash and racketball, several ladies attended the early morning fitness session in the studio and the cardio tennis class, whilst the ladies team also held their practice on the indoor courts.

“It was great for us to engage with England Squash in trying to encourage more women to play the sport,” added WLTSC Sports Manager Marc Hughes.

“It was like a ‘Squash Girls Can’ event which they used to do, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“For me, this is what the club prides itself on.

“We are open to everybody, treats everyone fairly and is considerable to people.

“The role of women in sport is very important and it is great to see women represented positively in the news, great to see women getting equality in jobs and great to see women in sport.”

One of the visitors to the squash session, Louise, enjoyed it so much she is now keen to join the club and get involved with sport and fitness on a regular basis.

Louise, who came along with WLTSC staff member Ros, said: “I had been thinking about joining, but was really nervous about coming along.

“Ros twisted my arm, and now I have been to this event, everyone is so friendly and put me right at ease – there is a lovely atmosphere.

“I really enjoyed the squash which is something I would like to do more of, and would also do some of the fitness classes as well.

“I am really pleased that I decided to ‘go for it’, and get myself off the sofa!

“I would suggest to anyone else to come along and give the club a try – maybe come along with someone else, because once you are over the doorstep you can get a feel of the place and what is available.”