Having spoken to a number of you over recent months, it has become apparent that the communication between the General Committee and the Members needs to be improved. In particular, with regard to the main initiatives that the General Committee are examining at the moment, these being Charitable Status and Fill The Gap. I intend, therefore, to issue a brief update every three months covering these two areas and any other major developments we are considering.
Since the EGM, Marc Hughes, Graham Loader and I have visited Coventry and North Warwickshire Sports Club. This club has obtained Charitable Incorporated Organisation (C.I.O) status. The outcome of our visit, which was very informative, was that we became aware that the whole process would take significantly greater committee time and was more complex than we originally thought. In addition, the issue of the ownership of the land and buildings highlighted at the EGM would need to be resolved first. We have decided not to pursue this matter any further for the time being and will be focussing on Fill The Gap.
Fill The Gap:
Our application to the LTA for grant and loan assistance was not successful, despite having received the backing of the local LTA representatives. This was mainly due to the pots of money available being very small. Only two projects throughout the UK were approved.
The LTA have launched a new initiative called Transforming British Tennis Together (TBTT). This has the proceeds from the sale of Queens Club at its disposal and specifically includes club house development as one of the areas covered. This potentially provides major funding possibilities for the project.
We have appointed a sports funding consultant to assist us in researching funding opportunities and they are currently preparing a report for our consideration.
We are close to getting some budget costings for the project, which together with the report from the consultant will enable us to consider what parts of the project the club can afford without putting it under financial pressure. We will not commence any aspect of the project without your approval.
In view of the delay to The Fill The Gap project we have decided to look at other areas of the club that need improvement. We have decided that, with the Tennis Committee’s approval, we will look at replacing the two under used tarmac courts with artificial European Clay. This will make two courts available at all times and reduce the pressure on court availability.
We are also looking at improving the general state of the club, conscious that there are areas that need addressing, but also anxious not to spend money on areas that will be changed by Fill The Gap. It is a balancing act.
I am always available if you have any concerns about the club and you have my personal commitment that no major changes to our fantastic club will be made without your approval.
Your Fellow Member