President's Report 2018/19 Season

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Presidents Report 2018 – 2019

The end of season function at Marigolds back in April was well attended and a good evening talking tennis was had by all, with the Ladies mid-week doubles celebrating their success in winning their competition. The club has upgraded its kitchen facilities with a donated stove and fridge, and now is able to cater for activities going forward by having the ability to heat/cook food as well as chilling food and drink in the fridge. The tennis nets have been repaired and heights checked, with new centre straps bought and to be installed for the coming season. Over the winter quiet period Tuesday morning tennis has continued and Club Nights from 5:30 pm every Thursday will start again shortly. If anyone would like to offer their services and become part of the committee there is always a place for you.  With the Sports Hub lacking funding to meaningfully proceed at the moment, the club's committee immediate priority has shifted to upgrading the lighting with it being agreed to progress with a LED option after discounting the Opaki lights due to reliability issues. Winter tennis may become more accessible to those who get home late as a result.

Our tennis future is needing assistance in the junior area, specifically junior coaching as we attempt to find a junior coach. There was no response from a public request in the Carterton Crier, and there is a lack of professional coaches willing to take on this activity. We will continue to review all options in this area.  Administratively the club has been well served by its contracted administrator and has entered into an arrangement to keep this service going for the next season.  Again the club has found it difficult to resource this position from its own ranks and has had to expend funds to ensure this vital position is filled.

Looking forward to a ‘Goals for Season 2019/2020’ is attached which shares our Vision, Mission and Goals for the coming season as well as an outline programme to help achieve these.

Finally, thank you to the committee for their work last season and to all members for their assistance. I look forward to the coming season and hope to see all of you out there soon hitting that ball into the place you want it to go!

Yours in Tennis

Steve Wagner