The ‘Seaview Sports Club’ first open its doors in 1936 providing Tennis, Badminton and the first Squash Courts outside of London. The owners in 1936 were the Williams family and the sports club was an additional facility for their adjacent small hotel at ‘Plas-Yn-Dre’ in Ryde Road.

In September 1998 Anne and Alan Blackburn purchased the sports club, by then known as the ‘Isle of Wight Sports Club’. Over the next 22 months a £1m refurbishment, upgrade and enhancement to the grounds, utilities services and buildings was carried out. These major works included replacement of the Badminton floor with a Maple, sprung flooring and triple glazing to the 10 metre high Badminton dome. In addition the asphalt Tennis court surface was replaced with a top of the range ‘Olympus’ all weather surface and floodlighting installed. Other major enhancements were the installation of an air-conditioned Gymnasium and indoor Swimming Pool with pool side Steam room.

Over the next 16 years these very special facilities, in the unique location in the heart of Seaview village, were available 7 days a week and were enjoyed to the full by many island residents and visitors to the island.

However, in June 2016 the doors to IWSC were closed to facilitate the retirement of Alan Blackburn.

In October 2016, Anne Blackburn announced that the Tennis Court at IWSC was once again available for hire and, subsequently, the Gymnasium (now located in the former Studio), Badminton and Squash Courts were also made available.

The new and current arrangement at IWSC is on a ‘Pay and Play’ basis with the gymnasium and courts hire all on a pre-booked basis only. It is hoped that this new procedure will respond to the many requests for the facilities at IWSC to be made available once again. Under the ownership of Anne and Alan, it is not intended to revert to the demands of the long hours, 7 days a week, fully staffed, sports and catering membership club that was appreciated by so many between the years 2000 to 2016.

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