Presidents Report 2021

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Dear Willunga Tennis Club Members,

 

The 2020/2021 season has been a difficult and to use the 2020 hot word, unprecedented, period in our clubs long history. Albeit, with some challenges this year the club has overcome these adversities and had one of it’s most successful and rewarding years in recent memory.

At the start of this season we were excited to introduce Broderick Dyke. Bringing in Brods wealth of skills and experience as an elite coach to our small community has been massive for our club. Brod is now running private coaching, Hot Shots and has been integral in the growth of our juniors. Having such a highly regarded name in tennis at our club can not only improve our club membership but benefit tennis within the region as a whole. We thank Brod for coming on board and look forward to working together into the future.

Also at the beginning of this season the club decided to transition from the SDTA to the Great Southern Tennis Association. It was the belief of the club and players that this was better suited not only for travel but as a country club environment. Feedback from parents and players have been positive and the club plans to remain in this league while we also note that SDTA are happy for us to enter teams.

This season saw the most successful junior season in recent memory. With a strong number of orange and green ball teams and our first yellow ball team in a few years. Congratulations to all our players on a great season. This year saw two of our green ball teams make finals with our division 5 girls taking out the premiership. I would also like to congratulate Tim Birchmore on winning most consistent player for division 5. This success would not be without the hard work of Helen Fonfe as junior coordinator. We would sincerely like to thank her for her contributions at the club and are sad to see you go. More so, we would also like to thank Adam Fonfe for his hard work running the orange ball competitions each Saturday. These competitions are the cornerstone for grass-roots tennis.

Book a court has been installed at the club. This provides the club with an extra source of income through a court booking system. It also provides easy access to members and a competitive advantage over clubs in the area without it.

The club remains financially strong throughout the year as with more detail in the treasurers report, but we saw a couple successful fundraising events. Fundraising this year was hit substantially due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the cancellation of some big community events. Thankfully Beer Fest and Chilli Fest were able to go ahead and saw great success with our ice cream stall. I want to thank all those who came along and helped out on the day it was great fun.

Last year saw the bulk of the club redevelopments but this year we were able to finish off the club rooms with a fresh coat of paint. We would like to thank Pete Mir for painting the inside and Craig for painting the outside of the new extension. We still have a few essential facility upgrades to complete which we have addressed within our infrastructure plan for 2021/2022. Some upgrades to look forward to are the completion of the fence, court lighting and resurfacing.

Social tennis has continued throughout the year and will continue going forward. Though numbers have been intermittent, we have welcomed some new faces and continued to enjoy some great tennis. Social tennis has fostered many great friendships and is showing positive signs for growth into next season. This is a key part of our club not only through constant income for the club but for our culture as a whole.

While this season has seen great success it has not been without its challenges. The club has sadly seen a decline in volunteer numbers. With the loss of a few key committee members we now face a difficult season ahead. Volunteers are key to the survival of clubs such as ourselves and we are unable to operate without their support. We hope that today we can find a few new faces to help continue the club on the its positive journey. Not only does volunteering help out your local community but it provides valuable experience and many other benefits. I would like to point out to anyone considering a role that is really not a large commitment. We aim to share tasks around diligently and don’t require much of your time. Every little bit helps, oh the few meetings we have usually involve a few vinos that go a long way to making them enjoyable. I would also like to thank those who put forward their continued support in their roles and to our outgoing members, Helen Fonfe, Chelsea Holmes and Robyn Groffen.

End of Presidents Report.