Coolhurst Members Support and Endeavours

Dear Fellow Members,

I cannot thank you enough for the universal support I have received from my GMC colleagues and the Coolhurst membership since my inauguration as the Club Chairman in such dark and difficult circumstances.

It has underlined for me the strength of the Coolhurst members community, an underlying togetherness and commitment to the Club that will see us rise like a phoenix when the time comes when we can reopen our doors.

I came across this photo of me signing the British number one squash player at the time, Phil Kenyon, to Fin racquets.    I owned Fin rackets in those days and it was the promotion of the brand that first brought me to Coolhurst in 1987.

It was a great club then; it’s a great club now.





The On-Line Coolhurst Book Club 

This great concept of engaging with members during lock-down in an on-line book club is being launched by two of my GMC colleagues, Michael O’Callaghan and Tzvetelina Dimitrova.

The first meeting takes place this coming Saturday, May 2nd at 3.30 on  this link:

The work to be discussed is

Of Walking In Ice by Werner Herzog.

 All Coolhurst members are very welcome. Please do contact the organisers if you are planning to attend.

The book is available for download on to an android device from the Google Play store.  Just search on “Walking On Ice Hertzog”.   Alternatively just google the title with the word ePub.


Member Entrepreneurial Endeavour –

I’m a great believer in supporting young entrepreneurial endeavours, particularly from a Coolhurst member launching a business in these very difficult times.

I was contacted by a member whose daughter, Georgie Abbott, has launched a very interesting new company selling a great looking range of CBD products.

For anyone who doesn’t know, it is the legal part of cannabis. It aids in management of pain, anxiety and many more things. The website explains it all –

Georgie is kindly offering a 10% discount to Coolhurst members.  Go to Georgie’s website and use the promo code coolhurst10.

If there are any other members that are launching sports related businesses, please let me know.   We could set up a members new business launch page on the website, just a thought.


 Coolhurst Road Development Concerns

 I was contacted by Julie and Rob Mackenzie who live at 21 Coolhurst Road, and as some may be aware, the house next door to them, No 23, which used to be Abbeyfield Old People’s Home, has been closed down and sold to a developer.

The developer is applying to Haringey to get agreement for what is believed to be a massive over-development of the site, which is in a Conservation Area.  As well as creating 7 flats in the main house, they’re proposing to build two large townhouses in the garden, with a basement area the size of Park Road Swimming Pool!  The impact on Coolhurst Road would be significant.

They are aiming to get this through whilst everyone is subject to lockdown, and there is less than two weeks to object!

In different circumstances Julie and Rob would be able to chat to people at the Club to ask for support by signing an online petition.  As they can’t do that, they wondered if I could make the Coolhurst members aware of it.

Julie and Rob simply need people to click on the link  It only takes a minute to sign up and it would help them so much in their fight.

They are in desperate need of support and their opportunities for gathering that support in such a short time is really limited.   They will be eternally grateful for any support they receive.

In my opinion, this proposed development would have a very negative impact on the Club and on the many members who live close to this location.    Julie and Robert have been Coolhurst members for many years and Robert is much appreciated for his dedicated contribution to the creation of the top tennis courts and new squash courts.

They have my support, I hope they will have yours.

I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well.


Stephen Nardelli


Coolhurst Tennis & Squash Club