Dear Members

This is a short newsletter as we begin the 2013/14 season. Welcome to all members, new or not so new!

 Chairman’s Address

Welcome to the 2013/14 badminton season, and yes, it is that time of year already.  We are at the start of a new season and I hope that it brings you healthy competition and friendship – these are the two great strengths of our club!

The first thing I would like to bring to members’ attention is that it was decided at the club AGM that for the coming season we would use Mondays exclusively as a Club Night and that Mark King would be given the responsibility of organising Monday nights, ensuring all members have meaningful and competitive games. Home match nights would become Fridays though on some occasions there still may be club courts depending on the matches situation. We are therefore losing shuttle fees from Fridays so it is vital that as many members as possible attend on Mondays.

As a Committee we have also been informed that the Grammar School fees will be rising by a staggering 30% for the new season. The increase was to be 60% but Carol has skilfully negotiated on the club’s behalf – though we will have the full increase the following year  – costs that we cannot simply absorb. We did look into other facilities but no local place was available for Monday nights. Clearly we will need to think carefully about fees for 2014/15 and how we might survive and thrive as a club. Any suggestions are very welcome!

On a separate note the Secretary of the Charnwood Badminton Association wishes to step down – we save VAT on our Leisure Centre fees by being in the CBA  – if you would be prepared to join in with this valuable role please let me know by mail urgently.

At the club AGM in May the following officials were elected for the forthcoming season.

 

Title Elected Officer
Chairperson Sheryl Williams
Secretary John Sleath
Treasurer Babu Gohil
Fixtures Secretary Carol Harding
Junior Club Representative Mark King
CBA Representatives Mary Jessop

Sheryl Williams

 

 

Selection Committee

Mark King

Ross Halliwell

Phil Herbert

Anna Bertram

Babu Gohil

Carol Harding

Committee Members Joy Abedin

Zoe King

Ramesh Mistry

Please remember that all officials are volunteers and that we welcome the views of club members in improving our club.

At this point I would like to remind all members and prospective members of the club rules regarding new members. A member of the Committee should look after newcomers and explain the procedures for joining and a club night – such as the peg board. Visitors are encouraged to attend three club nights and make known their wish to join as a member.

A prospective club member should be issued with

  • A copy of a recent club newsletter
  • A relevant Loughborough Badminton Club Approval form with a list of Committee names.
  • All relevant Badminton England

The prospective member must gain the signatures of 3 Committee members to support their application.

Eligibility for Membership will be based on the statement below:-

  • The playing standard of the club and general conduct of members must be maintained or improved by the acceptance of the prospective member.

Once the three signatures are obtained then all relevant forms must be presented with due fees to the Treasurer or Secretary before the person shall be deemed to be a member of the club. The Secretary will then register the new member with Leicestershire Badminton Association and Badminton England and the player will be available for club teams.

I think we need to continue to recognise that all members have their own important part to play in the success of the club. An integral part of the clubs future, are our club nights, these should be both enjoyable and valuable to all, and consideration needs to be shown to all members.

September not only means the beginning of the new season but also selection nights!!!! If you wish to be considered for the teams please make yourself available for as many of the selection nights as possible, this really does help the selectors perform a very difficult job.

Finally, for the year 2013/14, may we have many enjoyable nights of badminton and as a result may we have many great successes!                                                                    Sheryl Williams

Dates for the Season –

Friday September 6th – Friday December 20th  8.00 to 10.00 – for matches from October

Monday September 3rd – Monday December 16th from 8.00 to 10.30 p.m.

Friday January 3rd – Friday March 21st            Monday January 6th – Monday March 31st

 We can have the courts on a Monday in April & I have provisionally booked these.

Fees for the Winter

At the Club AGM in May a small shortfall on monies from last season was identified. As a consequence the following fees were agreed for the new season:-

Full Members– £85,    Under 18s £40,               Students (over 18 in full-time education) £45

Match fees £4, except NHL where it is £3        Shuttle fees £2,          Visitors £3.50

Babu has asked people to pay at least £40 by October 1st to secure your League berth, the remainder to be paid by the end of November; otherwise there would be a surcharge of £5.  Anyone still owing fees from last year will NOT be considered for teams until they are fully paid up members of the club under any circumstances!

 PLEASE would ALL members email me to confirm whether you intend to join or not by MONDAY September 16th so Selectors can plan for teams etc. 

Team Selection Evenings 2013 –   will be held over two weeks:

Friday 13th September and Monday 16th September

Friday 20th September and Monday 23rd September

The following week, Friday 27th September and Monday 30th September will be reserved for fine tuning the selections. Please ensure that you attend all selection evenings if you are interested in playing for teams. If you are unable to attend, please contact one of the Selection Committee as soon as possible. On Selection Evenings, the Selection Committee will organise a number of games to help with team decisions and pairings, so unfortunately there may be some disruption to normal club night games, and a reduced opportunity to pick your own games; please bear with us.

Please also let us know your preferences for teams for this season. There is a form below. Print it off, fill it in and hand to a member of the Selection Committee, or email your preferences to phil.herbert@gmail.com.

I will be posting current Member’s details at each club night in September. PLEASE check them and fill in an Amendment Form where details need to be updated. I hope to issue updated lists for everyone early in October. Please also indicate an email address where possible and state your preferred way of receiving Newsletters etc in the future.

Remember to look at our website – www.loughboroughbadmintonclub.co.uk

And the County website  – www.lbabadminton.org

Have a profitable and successful season!     John Sleath (Secretary)