Leigh St. George Table Tennis Club AGM
Held 7.30 pm 14th August 2019 at Leigh Miners Welfare Club
The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting with 30 members present, there was one apology.
The following committee was appointed,
C Garfin Chairman
Peter Ainsworth Vice Chairman
Gary Chadwick Secretary
Gill Bannister Treasurer
David Haines Welfare Officer
David Hollingsworth Seniors Co-ordinator
Adam Davies Youth Rep’
David Mawdesley Webmaster
Kevin Meredith Press Officer
Geoff Hayes Rules/Umpire
Peter Libbey Sponsorship
Neil Sunderland Support Sponsorship
Scott Crielly Level 2 Coach
2019/2020 Membership Fees
The following fees were approved commencing 1 September 2019.
Adult full Playing Member £68
Junior full Playing Member £50
Senior Membership £50
Training Sessions for non-club members at the Mill £2 per session.
Training sessions for members are free, but any voluntary donations would be appreciated.
It was noted that the fees for TTE remained at £16 and £8 for juniors, an additional cost of £7 was necessary to maintain the TT365 website for all league clubs, these costs are included in the member’s annual fees.
The balance sheet provided showed a Bank balance of £4494.01 and cash in hand of £139.07, it was explained by the Treasurer that there had been further transactions since the report and that approximately £1500 would be taken from the account, a final balance sheet for end of year 31 August 2019 would be available soon for inspection. A query was raised regarding the figure for Age Concern of income and expenditure of £1319.83, it was explained that this was the Grant from Age Concern for the new match tables for use at the Mill. The Treasurer promoted all members to join the Easy Fundraising website were the club would receive a small percentage of the total cost spent by Members, this would provide the club with additional income without any effort, the Treasurer was thanked for the report.
Wigan and District Table Tennis League Re-Organisation for Season 2019/2020
It was explained by the Chairman to the members that the League had re-formulated into a Premier division and three other divisions, as opposed to the three divisions of last season. Each division would consist of eight clubs who would play against each other three times during the season that would commence on 16 September 2019. The season would be slightly shorter but would be complimented by a Cup competition subject to approval by the League.
The LSG Club would be represented as follows in the new League structure.
Div.1 Titans and Dragons
Div. 2 Slayers and Knights
Div. 3 Crusaders and Raiders
The Chairman went on to name the players in each team and answered queries that arose from these changes with the majority of members in agreement with the new league set up.
All matches will be played at the Leigh Miners with Saints/Raiders, Dragons/Crusaders and playing home fixtures on Monday evenings with Titans/Slayers and Knights playing on Wednesday evenings.
It was noted that a new League rule change will be in operation this season, this allows each team to postpone one fixture when in agreement with the opposing captain without permission from the League but it is essential that the home captain contact D Mawdesley to record the postponement.
As in previous seasons members were informed that they could access scorecards and league tables etc. onTT365 website with all club Captains for the season having approved permission for telephone details to be included on the website.
The club have decided to register two teams, LSG A and LSG B, to in play in the Warrington League this season, with one team in each of the divisions, Div. 1 having 12 teams and Div. 2, having 11 teams, it is the intention for the club to field an additional team in the Div. 2 after Christmas, this being made up hopefully from our more advanced Senior members to allow each division to have the same number of teams. The season commences on the 23 September 2019 with all home games being played at the Mill on Thursday evenings, members were requested to contact the Team Captains Lee Smith and Neil Sunderland if they wished to play, and there is no maximum number of players that can be registered in any team.
LSG Seniors Group
Another successful year was reported with further new members welcomed into the group, which averages between 25/28 in attendance each week every Thursday between 1.0pm and 3.0pm. Thanks were expressed to club playing members who attend the sessions and help with the organisation/coaching of members. The group has light refreshment in the mid-session interval and good fellowship is had by all. It is an inclusive group and growing, we now have two members who play from wheel chairs .The Seniors moved from the Leigh Miners to the Mill at the beginning of April this year and have quickly settled in at the new venue that allows all present to play simultaneously without the need to wait for an available table as was the case at the Miners.
The Junior Section is going well with 6 under 11’s attending for coaching each week, they are all attaining a good standard and all enjoyed a recently held Mini Tournament to showcase their new skills. Additionally, there are a further 4 juniors in development complimented by our first disabled junior who is enjoying developing his skills.
The club has plans to contact local schools in order to set up a local schools league, a competition to be held at the Mill. A request was made from the Chairman for more volunteers to help with this ever growing section of the club, the club will reap the benefits of the effort of volunteers who can dedicate time to our young members.
The members were informed of the training/coaching days and times at the Mill, these were as follows.
Juniors: Monday: Beginners 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Intermediate/Advanced 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Adults: Monday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm Seniors
Adults: Tuesday: 6.30pm – 9.00pm Beginners/Intermediate
Ladies: Wednesday: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Seniors: Thursday: 1.00pm – 3,00pm
Adults: Thursday: 6.45pm – 9.00pm Intermediate/Advanced
Parent and Child: Saturday 9.30am – 11.30am
From 1 September there will be individual and team training, these will be specifically structured via planned timescales by the clubs coaches to suit the particular needs/skill set of the members who attend the sessions.
The club is to organise a Sponsor Day on 7 September 2019 at 11.00am inviting all current and potential sponsors to view the now completed training and match room’s facilities and to see how their contributions to the club have enhanced the club development. The Chairman requested all members to attend in kit to showcase their skills during this event so to encourage further sponsorship in November when the current contracts expire. Light refreshments will be provided during the event.
There were a number of items raised; briefly these were brought up as follows:
A job list will be provided with specific jobs for members to volunteer and to spread the work load more evenly across the club, members were encouraged to sign up to do jobs.
At Leigh Spinning Gate Shopping Mall a “ Ping Pong Parlour “ is being set up with 3 tables at the former Argos outlet, club members were encouraged to support this venture by the local community.
Club Tee shirts will shortly be for sale at a cost of £7, purchase at the Mill.
Good housekeeping at the Mill, all members were asked to ensure when leaving the building all areas are left clean and tidy and in readiness for the next session, especially around the robot and serving area.
Disabled parking availability of spaces was sometimes was problem.
Coaching badges, this will be followed up with Andrea Holt for accreditation.
The Robot has now been returned after repair, certain members will be identified who can operate this device and will be provided with training re operation to ensure a recurrence of the problem.
The Chairman and Gary Chadwick were thanked on behalf of Bedford Hall Primary School for organising two consecutive Friday afternoons to show 30 + Year 6 children how to play the game.
A vote of thanks was passed by the meeting to club chairman Chris Garfin for the work done on behalf of the club for the past twelve months.
The meeting closed at 9.15pm
15 August 2019