Hillhead Sports Club
Sport and Social Members' Club Community Sport Hub
Cricket / Rugby / Tennis / Fitness / Classes / Restaurant / Bar
Memberships catered to everyone, with adults starting from just £21 a month
Who are we?
Hillhead Sports Club has been a multi-sport and social club at Hughenden since 1924. Today, with a Fitness Club and a restaurant, we serve the people of Glasgow and surrounding areas, as a Community Sport Hub.
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2022
The Sports Club will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2022, and again on 1st and 2nd January 2023. It will reopen following both closures (on 27th and 3rd) as normal at 7am for gym users and 9am for all other Sports. Cafe hours will be different, check the Cafe page for details.
We offer all Members and friends our Best Wishes for this festive Season.
Hillhead Sports Club and Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Hamish Locke, on May 15th in Sydney, Australia.
In his youth, Hamish was an outstanding all round athlete with prowess in swimming, athletics, rugby and cricket. He attended Jordanhill Primary in Glasgow, and then Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh. He graduated from Loughborough with an International Business Degree.
Hamish achieved U17 and U 19 representative cricket honours for Scotland, and post school/University, he represented Canada, his mother’s birthplace, in Rugby League. Latterly he had a fledging career as a professional boxer.
His home Clubs were Hillhead Jordanhill RFC and Hillhead Cricket, for whom he played with distinction when home from School and University.
Our condolences to his Mother, Sharon, and his sister,
Below are the new opening hours for Cafe Source Too, starting on the 1/3/22:
Read all about our Centenary Year at Hillhead. Happy 100th Birthday!
NOTICE RE NEW TENNIS MEMBERS
Due to high demand and over-subscription, new Memberships to play Tennis are currently Frozen. Please contact email@example.com for further details and to be advised when new memberships become available again. Membership for all other Sports and Activities is open for new joiners as normal
Check out the new Function Room Booking T&C’s
THE KITCH – “A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS “
Pictured at Hughenden today is Hills Club President, Gary “ the Kitch “ Kitchener.
Our thanks are due to Gary for his generosity in donating the match ball for the home 1st XV league game vs Lasswade, which the Hills won by 29-17.
Those, who may be concerned about Gary’s dress sense for such a prestigious photo shoot, might wish to consider Gary’s working day at Hughenden : clearing up after Storm Malik, getting the pitches ready, sweeping the tree debris off the tennis courts, acting as touch judge for the 1st XV and then clearing mud off the stairs to the first floor of the Clubhouse.
ALL and more besides in a days work for a VOLUNTEER.
New Year New You. Free Tai Chi Taster Session –
Monday 31st January at 11.45 am.
Happy New Year to all our Customers
Please note that Cafe Source Too West End is now open today. Opening Hours in January are:
Monday – Thursday – 10.30 am – 4 pm
Friday & Saturday – 10.30 am – 12 pm
Sunday – 10.20 – 6 pm
Breakfast menu, Lunch Menu & Reduced A La Carte available every day.
HILLS RFC & THE DRUMCHAPEL FOODBANK
Thanks to all our members, including mini rugb parents, junior girls, senior men & woman, who all contributed generously to the call for donations to the Drumchapel Foodbank.
Our Rugby President, Gary the “Kitch”, provided the transport which was very well filled and also, importantly, his labour, to ensure the donations were safely delivered to Drumchapel.
New Café Menu
Café Source Too recently launched a new menu offering a range of Sharing Tapas and small plate options. Check out their new menu options here and be sure to book in soon – they’re going to get busy before Christmas! https://www.cafesourcetoo.co.uk/contact
Function Bookings now Being Taken
We are delighted to be able to hold large functions again in the Bobby Low and Multi-Purpose rooms, as well as smaller events in the Yill Hoose Bar. Why not hold your next big party at the Club, which provides welcome income both to the Club and Café, as well as being a great venue for all types of parties. Contact the Café for full reservation and catering details. https://www.cafesourcetoo.co.uk/contact
We are pleased to report the Club will be fully re-open with effect from Friday morning and we thank our members for their patience and cooperation.
Due to unforeseen circumstances some essential maintenance work is required urgently within the clubhouse building. Unfortunately, with immediate effect, there will be no access to the gym, changing rooms or the toilets. We anticipate this essential maintenance work shall be complete by Thursday 18/11/21 and normal access to the clubhouse will be permitted thereafter. Outdoor playing and training areas are not affected and can be continued to be used.
The Board apologises for the short notice and thank all members & users for their cooperation.
To “upgrade” our existing facilities new flooring will be shortly installed in the “Bobby Low Room” with the work beginning on Monday 15 November. The room will be closed to ALL until at least Thursday 18 November – this will allow the work to be completed efficiently and safely.
HILLHEAD SPORTS CLUB AGM
The AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 1900 hrs. Zoom details will be sent to all members shortly.
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board would like to give Sports Club members and potential users of our facilities an update in light of reducing Covid-related restrictions. Whilst we are all encouraged by the return to some form of “normality”, the Board wish to ensure that those using the Club going forward do so in a safe manner.
As some will know, the toilets at the far end of the building (near the west access door) have been open for some time and recently the toilets in the tennis changing rooms (but not showers) were re-opened. Guidance from Rugby, Cricket and Tennis governing bodies is still that changing facilities should not be used other than in limited circumstances and only when issues such as social distancing/ventilation/enhanced cleaning can be safely observed. It is worth noting that the tennis changing rooms/toilets allow some natural ventilation via windows – the changing rooms for Rugby/Cricket have no such ventilation and based on guidance from sports governing bodies the Board believe that, currently, they are not safe for use. This would also apply to the shower areas – including those within tennis changing rooms.
It is our intention to have a survey of the current ventilation systems carried out, in the near future, by a firm of professional consultants to identify what changes may be necessary to allow safe use of all areas of the clubhouse including the upstairs function room (The Bobby Low Room). The upstairs areas will remain closed until the outcomes of the survey are known and any potential remedial actions are undertaken. The Board have also submitted a grant application in the last few weeks and part of the requested funding also relates to the complicated issues of ventilation throughout the building. We will, of course, keep members informed of the progress of the application.
The coming weeks are likely to see further changes to guidance regarding use of the Club and the Board will keep the membership abreast of any implications. In the meantime, we would remind members and other users of the facilities to adhere to appropriate social distancing, hand sanitising and the wearing of face coverings whilst moving around inside the Clubhouse – in those areas where access is currently permissible.
Finally, a date for the 2021 Sports Club AGM will be communicated imminently.
ROYAL BANK RUGBY FORCE – SUNDAY 8TH AUGUST
Come down to our club for our rugby community day – Royal Bank Rugby Force Day at Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (see link for details
HILLHEAD CRICKET CLUB – PRESENTATION
During the tea interval on Saturday 17th July, a presentation from John Maclean , former Club Chair and 1st X1 captain, to Bernie Mitchell, current Club secretary and 1st X1 scorer took place. The framed print, entitled “ The Scorer”, is taken from the MCC collection and features “William Davis of Sussex” painted by Thomas Henwood in 1842. The presentation was to mark the current Hillhead scorer’s commitment to cricket at Hughenden. The recipient was very quick to dismiss any similarities between himself and the said “ William Davis”, but nevertheless expressed his gratitude to John for his gift.
Pictured ( left to right ) : Ramzan Mohammed ( Sports Club Director and 1st X1 Coach), John Maclean, Bernie Mitchell, Kenny Macaldowie ( Cricket Club supporter and sponsor ) and John Ferguson ( Cricket Club Chair ).
The Board of Hillhead Sports Club would like to thank Industrial Pumps & Gearboxes for donating their technical skills, time, and the required partsfor overhauling our aged 25 (+) year old ground slitter.
Grounds Convenor, Gary Kitchener, explained that that in order to maintain healthy playing pitches, is essential for the grounds to be aerated regularly. This enables the grounds to breathe which in turn promoteshealthy, strong grass roots. This is where the slitter comes in, and is used
two to three times a week ( depending on the Glasgow weather (!) and ground conditions ). Gary added, the existing machine has had some tremendous use over the years and was now really needing to be replaced or substantially
overhauled. Initially Adam, our Head Grounds Contractor helped replace the worn out blades and carry out some patch up welding, but it was soon established that the bearings, shaft and chassis all needed serious attention and realignment for it to function without causing damage to the grounds. Fellow Board member Ramzan made a call to Finlay Davison, Director of Industrial Pumps & Gearboxes to explain the plight and Finlay was only too delighted to help. A meeting on site to agree the technical solution including a few upgrades, and a couple of weeks later Finlay and his team transformed the slitter. Finlay commented , its pleasing to see Community Hub facilities like Hillhead being run by volunteers to provide sporting opportunities, particularly under challenging circumstances ,and we at IPG were more than happy to donate our skills to help with the upkeep of the
vital grounds equipment. We’re confident the slitter now will last another 25 years.
Gary Kitchener ( HSC Grounds Convenor ) alongside Finlay Davison ( Director of Industrial Pumps & Gearboxes)
Members can purchase discounted parking tickets at the club reception – £2 for 6 hours 12.00-18.00. Tickets must be scratched before placing on your dashboard.
Newsletter – May 2021
Cafe Source Too – Members Discount
We are pleased that Café Source Too have now re-opened. There are some new members of staff at the Café (including Alan the new manager) and we welcome them to Hughenden. Members of the Sports Club are asked that, in order to ensure that they receive the appropriate discount on food/drink orders, they show their membership card to staff at the point of ordering. If you cannot show a card please do not assume that you will receive any discount – the Sports Club and the Café staff appreciate your co-operation and understanding.
With the easing of lockdown and the impending return of traffic wardens to the roads close to the Sports Club, members and club visitors are reminded that when there are no parking spaces available within the grounds, street parking nearby will be regulated. “Visitors’ parking tickets”, priced £ 2/for 6 hours i.e. 12.00 –18.00, can be purchased from the Café reception. Parking is regulated from 08.00 till 18.00 Monday – Saturday inclusive – there are no charges for Sunday.
We are pleased to announce that the Gym and access to toilets (in the west corridor) will re-open with effect from 09:00 on Monday 26 April. The Gym (and toilets) will be available from 07:00 from Tuesday 27 April and will close at 22:00 each day – including Monday 26 April. Gym members will be used to the booking system that was in place previously and this must be used again and will be available for bookings from 19 April.
Cafe Source Too plan to open from 12:00 on Monday 26 April and will close at 20:00 – the Cafe will be open 7 days a week. There might be some changes to hours of opening from 17 May – this will be confirmed in due course.
“UPGRADING OF THE GRASS TRAINING FACILITY AT HILLHEAD COMMUNITY SPORTS HUB“
“We are absolutely delighted that VIRIDOR CREDITS ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANY was able to contribute some £10,040 to our costs in upgrading our grass training facility here at Hughenden“, said the Community Sports Hub’s ground convener, Gary Kitchener. “This area attracts a high level of year-round usage from all our rugby playing members – men, women, boys and girls – and our Glasgow Life/Sportscotland partners : our local secondary schools – Hillhead High, Notre Dame and Hyndland – along with Glasgow Ultimate Frisbee and Glasgow Mid Argyll Shinty. The whole area was badly in need of some serious care and attention.“ That has now been provided and everyone using this facility in the future will benefit considerably with improved access from the grant provided by VIRIDOR CREDITS through THE LANDFILL COMMUNITIES FUND”
Pictured on the grounds of Hillhead Community Sports Hub are (L to R) : Gary Kitchener (Sports Hub Ground Convener), Bill Gillespie (Pitches consultant – Professional Sportsturf Design) and Colin Buchanan ( Carrick Sports Plant Operative).
Please note the training pitches will be out of bounds for 6-8 weeks due to maintenance and reseeding.
Hillhead Sports Club has halted membership to the Tennis Section for new members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list. New members to Cricket & Rugby can sign up as normal using the on-line process.
HILLHEAD COVID-19 CASE STUDY https://hillheadsportsclub.com/hillhead-csh-covid19-fund-case-study-december-2020-2/
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