The Chairman’s AGM Report 2021

14 02 2022

I am pleased to present a more positive report than I did this time last year. Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic the situation is much improved from that which we were in 12 months ago. We are indeed fortunate that all our sports have at last commenced and we can enjoy them to something like they were pre-pandemic.

There are of course some restrictions still in place and we must all remain vigilant. Our financial position remains strong thanks to prudent financial management and also due to the government grants that were available during the past year. Rest assured that your management committee explored all avenues of finance during this period. Our annual accounts reflect this work and we are able to report a healthy profit. We are also very much aware of the support afforded to us by our members which has helped tremendously during our recovery. Membership numbers are strong and, in particular, tennis playing membership has increased by over 30% in the last two years. We have also undertaken some major project work within tennis with a completely new playing surface for the four courts and the upgrade of floodlighting on two courts with the other two hopefully also being upgraded in the foreseeable future.

All of this work had been budgeted for within our development programme and no additional costs were incurred. There is now a buzz about the club which has been sorely missing, the squash courts are getting busier on a weekly basis, the fitness suite has increased in popularity, the tennis courts are heavily booked, the bar lounge has had increased numbers in recent weeks which has allowed us to extend some of the opening hours and our cricketers make good of all our facilities even outwith their playing season. It is also great to see our affiliated members in hockey and running returning once more to the club which adds to the overall ambience. Given the really difficult last two years and also our relatively healthy financial situation the management committee are please to recommend no increase in subscription fees this year.

Finally, may I take the opportunity to thank all those on the management committee for their tireless work on behalf of all our members.

Please enjoy your sport and remain safe

John Glendinning

Chairman


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