The Club AGM was held on Tuesday 20 March 2018. As well as dealing with the required formalities, a review of the year was presented as well as the latest position with ongoing developments. Below is a summary for those who were unable to attend.
- Security – target of thieves on multiple occasions – break-ins out of hours, and theft from changing room during event. Keep doors closed, and challenge strangers.
- Stall in Talisman Square – 21st April 9am – 3pm to publicise the whole club. Booked by Shirley as one of her last acts as social secretary – please go along, even if only for an hour or so, to support her
- Further investment – squash – completion of work underway in squash gallery, with improved heating, and a second glass-backed court. Part-funded by considerable fund-raising efforts within the squash section, including Steve’s strenuous efforts.
- Further investment – tennis – clearly a shame to have been impacted by the weather to such an extent that courts had to be closed – but many other clubs affected, some significantly worse than us. Able to accelerate investment in two courts, so that we will shortly have all carpet courts floodlit.
- Finances – despite considerable investments, finances remain in good health, evidenced by ability to accelerate court spending. Thanks to Louise and Jay for making good use of external grants, notably the RUCIS scheme from WDC – some £70k [confirm?] received or approved.
- 200 Club – good growth in membership, but plenty of space for more – £3 per number per month, pay annually in advance if easier – forms behind bar – help the club, win prizes!
- Growth in Kenilworth – GC remains committed to continued improvement in all club facilities – as ever, playing surfaces take priority. Local Plan approval means over a thousand new homes in the town – and thus many more potential members.
- Membership – with that in mind, great to report that membership at its highest for at least ten years or so – more from Ian.
- GC itself – thanks to all who have served over the past year, and fond farewells to Shirley, Louise and Simon. Welcome Paul as Louise’s replacement – Simon happy to continue in role, but not on committee – need a replacement for Shirley in particular, but others welcome too. We have demonstrated how much progress we can make – requires continued energy and enthusiasm from a wide group to enable it to continue.
SUMMARY OF TENNIS REPORT from Louise Best (Tennis Secretary)
We hope you are all looking forward to a good season’s tennis and a calendar of our events can be found on the website and on the notice board.
On a very positive note I’m very excited to say that we officially heard today that we have been awarded £23,495 from WDC towards our refurbishment programme. This has enabled us to bring forward our refurbishment programme and two courts scheduled to be replaced in Spring 2019 will now be done this Spring. This means we will be spending £92,640 (gross) on courts surfaces this Spring.
Our summer club play sessions will resume on the week beginning April 23rd and once again the coaches will be leading Wednesday nights. Our Sunday Tournaments proved popular in 2017 and will be run again this year.
Again this year has seen a very successful Junior Section with team as well as many individual successes .We had a record 15 players taking part in Warwickshire County Closed in August. Kenilworth has 12 players in the County Training programme.Kenilworth junior teams did well with 14 teams entered in the Aegon Summer Tennis leagues from under 8 to under 14s. Five of the 14 teams won their divisions. Kenilworth Junior success is driven by a strong coaching programme managed by head coach James Roe who is the current captain of the Warwickshire Under 9 County Cup Team.
Ladies Teams: We had another good summer season putting out 4 teams every week and supported by 4 fantastic captains. At the end of last season Kenilworth Ladies Veterans 1st Team were recognised for their tremendous achievements and won WALTA team club of the year. We also had 3 winter league teams and two veteran teams this Winter.
Men’s Teams: This year we have again fielded 4 mens Summer teams and 3 Winter Teams. In addition 2017 saw Kenilworth once again, after along break, enter a men’s team to the AEGON tennis event.
The Wimbledon ticket sign-up sheets are up in the foyer until Friday 6th April at 8pm.