AGM Meeting Reports and Minutes

Secretary’s Report 2017

Again last year we experienced some changes in the running of the club:

  • Our head coach Ciara left in July to work abroad. Also Tommy left us in September to go to University. However we now have Mark Hughes as head coach supported by Jordan Begley. Both these guys are now doing a great job on the coaching front
  • Also Roy Parker stepped down as club chairman – a big thank you for his great work in this role over a number of years. Mark Whitelegg has now taken on this role. One that is familiar to him as he was previously club chairman for a number of years and was responsible for a number of significant enhancements to the club facilities
  • For various reasons we also lost a couple of committee members. In particular Roy Buckler had been a committee member for many years and has made great contributions to the running of the club. However on the positive side we have gained Paul Merry and Leyton Ainslie-Huffer as a new committee members

Last year we had to pay contractors to remove contaminated sand infill from our astroturf courts and replace with new sand. This was a major unplanned expense of around £8000. However the good news is that this action has resolved the serious drainage problems that we had with these courts. This should give us another 6-7 years usage of these courts before they need resurfacing. This expense is the main reason for our £2300 loss in our 2016-2017 FY.

Our membership this year has got to 164. This is about the same as 2015 with 2016 being a bit lower. So our income has stayed just about the same over the past 3 years. This has been sufficient to maintain the club and to put £4000 into our new court sinking fund each year – although this may be tight this year due to the court expenditure mentioned above. However to take the club to the next level with significant improvements in facilities we would need a big increase in membership.

In particular the things that I have focused on over the last year were:

  • To put together committee meeting agendas and produce accurate meeting minutes
  • The management of the ClubSpark membership database for renewals and new memberships
  • To maintain communication out to members with regular updates by email and on the NTC web site

 Additionally over the past year we have made a number of improvements to the facilities of the club:

  • Completion of the benches behind courts 4 and 5 and repair of the bench by court 1. Thanks Phil for your work on this
  • Contracting Jason Middleton for grass cutting and ground work
  • Completing the Registration of our land with the Land Registry. Thanks Martin for seeing this through to a conclusion

Looking forward to the next year the priorities are:

  • To agree and implement a development plan for the club. Irene has done a lot of work on this
  • To increase NTC membership including building further links with local schools
  • To reach a position where all players on the coaching programmes are NTC club members
  • To organise more social/fund raising activities


AGM Coaching Report

2017 has been another year of changes for Nuneaton Tennis Club with Ciara leaving to go on her travels, making way for Mark Hughes to take over as Head Coach, and then again in September with Tommy leaving for University and Jordan Begley taking his place.

Over the past year, we had a high of 116 players on the programme in September, and ending with 106 players. Given all the changes to the coaching team over the last year, I think it is a great achievement we have managed to retain so many of our players.

The highlight for this year would be the introduction of the Friday Club Night. This has been great for all our junior, adult and parent members to come together in a fun and social environment, seeing over 40 players some weeks, and has also really helped to increase the membership numbers too. We have also seen a growth in our coaching assistant team, with many of the junior players, including Sam Parsons, Theo Lobee, Jack Wiles and Danan Dhami completing their Tennis Leaders Qualification and now help out reguluarly with the mini tennis programme. A special mention to Leyton Ainslie-Huffer who has continued to develop his role as an assistant at Nuneaton, this year completing and passing both his Level 1 and Level 2 Tennis Coaching Assistant Qualifications.

This year Nuneaton again took part in Tennis for Kids which is a scheme funded by the LTA. The scheme allowed for 60 new children aged between 5-8 years onto the programme which ran for 6 weeks and each child received a free racket at the end of the course. We managed to convert 18 players from this onto the programme, and are hoping to do even better again in 2018. Our holiday camps, ran by Mark, were also hugely successful in comparison with previous years, seeing between 10-20 children on each of our camp days.

For 2018 our aims will be to continue to grow and develop the existing coaching programme, focusing on developing our adult offering and getting our junior players playing more often. We’d also like to rebuild and strengthen our school links, and continue to work with the club to grow membership numbers.

 Becky Webb – Coventry Area Manager

Meeting Minutes

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