With everything heading in the right direction, I'm really pleased to confirm that St Columba's Tennis Club will be open for play again from Monday 29th March. I can't wait to get back on court, and I know I'm not the only one.
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It's been a membership year like no other, which has been extremely challenging for all members. We're now approaching the new membership year and the Committee has been discussing the best way forward.
Last year, we committed to reflecting the 2020/21 season Club closures in the membership fees for the coming 2021/22 season. We've looked at what other Clubs are doing and understand that they are not making any concessions. We have considered not only what might be equitable for the membership, but also what can reasonably be implemented from an administrative point of view, with so many members joining at different times of the year.
So, for 2021/22, we have decided not to implement the usual increase in membership fees, which will remain at 2020/21 levels. We recognise that some members have been severely impacted by the events of the past year and would ask these members to contact June, who runs the membership. Any other members who feel that the above measures do not go far enough should also contact June.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the maintenance and improvement of the facilities, the Committee will also be committing to getting Courts 3 & 4 cleaned and repainted, and we will be investigating the addition of floodlights for these courts.
I sincerely hope that the Club will now be able to remain open for the whole season and look forward to seeing you all back on court.
... UPDATE 11th March below
Following feedback from one of our members, I just wanted to provide a little background to my comments in the recent March newsletter.
COVID has caused us all a massive change in the way we lead our daily lives, both as a Club and as individuals. We fully appreciate what a difficult time this has been.
We have been looking at how we can best come out of this and provide members with a great Club as we emerge from lockdown. We are investing heavily in improvements, from floodlights, to nets, repainting courts and other facility renovations.
In parallel, as a Club we look to manage finances prudently. We made the decision not to increase the membership in light of the challenges over the last year and initially did look to offer a rebate to members. Our revised approach is now a request; if as a full adult member you would like a rebate (in the form of a discount on this year's membership), we are happy to arrange this (please contact June to do so). If, however, you are happy to forego a rebate and invest in the Club, we will very gratefully put these funds towards improving the Club for the benefit of all members.
We are really looking forward to the return to play on the 29th March. We will be booking slots for social play on the Monday, so do look out our call to action on this.