Membership / Club Update 2019

Good Morning Auckland Feathers

Firstly, thank you to everyone who participated in our AGM. We appreciate your attendance and your interest in the running of the club. We also thank those committee members from 2018 for all of their work.

I would like to welcome your new committee for 2019:

  • Jamie Gardner - President,

  • Samuel Holloway - Secretary,

  • Richard Pereira - Treasurer,

  • Steven Morgan - Club Captain,

  • Luis Curiel - Social Chair,

  • Hayden Young,

  • Andrew Mullins,

  • , Sumit Oberoi,

  • Kevin Qiao,

  • Wayne Beverley

I would like to apologies for the lack of communication in the last 3 weeks. Your new committee has been doing some great work to land the necessary changes for this club to have a sustainable future.

1. ABA Affiliation Process

I am pleased to confirm that the ‘Auckland Feathers Badminton Club’ affiliation application has been accepted and that we are now officially a club of the Auckland Badminton Association. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this process.

2. Membership Fees

We need to be financially secure as a club, which we were not in 2018, so we do need to increase membership rates this year. This is still very good value in comparison to other clubs.

Once the new court cost structure comes into effect as of the 1st April we will be able to do the necessary financial planning for this year.

This year will we slightly change the structure to the below:

- The membership year of the Club will run in 2019 from the 1st March till the end of November.
- Summer Club will run from December 2019 to February 2020.

Our Fee Structure will be as follows:

- Membership for 2019. Can join at any time. Half yearly fee will commence 1st August: $75 for a full year. $40 half year. 
- Weekly play: Cost $5 per hour for Members. Therefore Thursday at $10 and Saturdays at $15. Weeknight play will be 2 hours and Saturday for 3 hours. This will increase for non-members to $15 for Thursday and $20 for Saturday.

Please deposit your membership fee into the Bank Account 12-3034-0524287-00 and use your name as a reference. (This is the only way to pay the membership fee—please don't pay by cash). Memberships are due by the 17th March. After this date we will treat you as a non-member and these fees will be applied.

All members will need to fill in the form online. https://www.aucklandfeathers.com/membership


3. Court Bookings

We are delighted that we will be at Gillies Avenue this year for both weeknight and weekend games. These have been confirmed as follows for 2019:

- 6 Courts for Wednesday or Thursday. This is still TBC which night we will get. 
- 6-8 Courts for Saturday 12-3 with option for more if we build numbers up again.

4. Shuttlecock Supply

We will return to RSL shuttles this year. The committee received feedback from members that they were not enjoying playing with the Chai Pai Shuttles. So the committee had a long evaluated discussion over this.

Cost Per shuttles:
- Chao Pai cost per Shuttles $1.82 ($21.85 per Tube for 12 Shuttles) (Cost per tube has increase from $18 to $19 ex GST for 2019)
- RSL Standard cost per Shuttle $1.85 ($24.15 per tub for 13 Shuttles)

As you can see the difference is cost per shuttle is 3c, so we felt this was worth moving back to a more durable quality shuttle, with speeds in the range of 77-79, for a better quality game.

It is important that we only use one per game. Please do what you can to preserve the life of each shuttle, and make sure you are returning the shuttle after the games.

5. Tournaments

This year there will be three tournaments:

- 8th June - Courts 1-10 from 12-5pm for Mid-Winter Tournament
- 18th August - Courts 1-10 1-6pm for Feathers vs Pinoy Tournament
- 26th October - Trans-Tasman Tournament in Melbourne

6. Communication

We will go back to weekly emails, plus notifications on Facebook. Social Events will also be communicated in the weekly email.

Thanks all for your commitment to the club; we are looking forward to a great 2019.

Jamie and the Auckland Feathers Committee

Auckland Feathers Important Update

For the past 15 years the cost for members to play badminton on a Saturday afternoon has been $10. 

Originally the club played for two hours each Saturday although this was subsequently increased to three hours on a Saturday as part of the annual membership fee introduction. Effectively, this meant that members were then paying $10 for three hours play each week. As the Club has grown we've introduced an additional weeknight playday at Gillies Ave, though we were recently forced to move to St. Cuths School on a Wednesday. 

Over the same 15 years, the court hire and shuttle costs have been increased year on year. Initially these increases were simply absorbed by the Club and then the introduction of the annual membership helped to reduce the impact of these cost increases. The Club would receive membership fee income at the start the playing year and this would offset any losses incurred on particular playdays, pay for the Christmas Party, the website costs etc.

Over the year the Club would essentially then break-even. This was sustainable as player numbers increased and the Saturday and Wednesday playdays proved popular. However the last few months there has been an additional and unexpected increase in court hire costs together with a significant reduction in attendance on the Wednesday night. As a result the Club is no long able to guarantee that it will break-even at the end of the year using the current financial model. 

The Club has a long history and is an important part of the LGBTQI community. It is therefore important that the Committee maintains its financial viability so that it is still going strong in another 15 years. To that end, the Committee has been working at containing costs and progressing our formal affiliation with ABA (the badminton governing body for Auckland) whilst we developed a new financial model. This work has clearly demonstrated that we need to increase playing fees, increase attendance numbers especially on a Wednesday night, manage our costs including the numbers of shuttles we use and look to secure external funding once our affiliation as has been finalised.

Therefore, as from 1 September, playing fees on Saturday will increase from

  • $10 to $15 for members for 3 hour play. $5 per Hour
  • $15 to $20 for non-members and visitors for 3 hours play. $7 per Hour

There will be no increase on the cost to play on a Wednesday night at this point and this will remain $10. 

I do not take this step lightly and recognise that members may be unhappy. I can assure you that the Committee has looked at various options and that this fee increase is the only way that the Club can maintain its financial viability over the medium term. Longer term, we will be looking to secure external funding but this can only happen once we have become affiliated and as yet we do not have a timeline for this.

Doing nothing would be financially irresponsible as the Club would almost certainly run out of money to pay for courts and shuttles before the end of the financial year

For those that play at other clubs, it is important to note that they are most likely fully affiliated clubs that have a different cost structure for their court hire and ABA fees and importantly also receive external grant funding. It is therefore difficult to compare what you pay at another club with the cost of playing at Auckland Feathers. 

I am happy to talk to people and discuss the Clubs financial situation and our plans for the future in person on Saturday or via Messenger or cellphone. The rest of the Committee will also be available to talk to members. 

Thank you for your support of our Club

Dave Bellamy
President
Auckland Feathers Badminton Club  Inc.

Auckland Feathers First Internal Tournament 2018

On July 14th, we held our first internal tournament. We had 56 entrants competing in a long day of challenging games for everyone. Congratulations to all our winners and participants. 

 

B Grade

1st Place: Alvis & Paul

2nd Place: Orlie & Too (Chaichana)

3rd Place: Henry & Tofie

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C Grade

1st Place: Andrew & Richard

2nd Place: Hayden & Kitt

Shared 3rd: Dipesh & Vanda + Branagh & Raymond

 

 

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See you all at the next tournament in 2019!

 

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Newsletter July

Newsletter May is now available to view online. Click this link to read more:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/idu6k5n2c4h06t3/Newsletter%20July.pdf?dl=0

 

If you would like to be the next Social Chair of the club, please contact Morro or Dave.

Don't forget club championship is happening this coming Saturday, also the mid Xmas party on Saturday night :) 

Newsletter - May

Newsletter May is now available to view online. Click this link to read more:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4mjvvg2ecsnzv1n/Newsletter%20May.pdf?dl=0

 

Don't forget to sign up our July club tournament!

https://www.aucklandfeathers.com/july-tournament/

Newsletter May

New location for Wednesday night play

The club play has moved to St Cuthbert’s College on Wednesday Nights.

The best place to park is off Wapiti Avenue (Off Market Road).

The car park is marked 41 on the map below. (Green)

We will then be playing in the building marked 16 which is the John Wigglesworth Sports Centre. (Pink)

Please feel free to contact the Feathers committees for more information. 

 

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Results of the 2017 Trans-Tasman Tournament

A grade gold: Craig/Jeff (Melbourne)
A grade silver: Ian/Larry (Auckland)
A grade bronze: Shah/Tumpal (Sydney)

B grade gold: Mark F/Orlie (Auckland)
B grade silver: Chris(Tolfie)/Maria (Auckland)
B grade bronze: David/Stephen (Sydney)

C grade division 1 gold: Andy/Evan (Melbourne)
C grade division 1 silver: Joe/Ying Ying (Melbourne)
C grade division 1 bronze: Ardhi/Mark (Sydney)

C grade division 2 gold: Peter/Todd (Sydney)
C grade division 2 silver: Aalok/Sonny (Auckland)
C grade division 2 bronze: Kyle/Wayne (Auckland)

As you can see, Auckland won 5 out of the 12 medals so congratulations to all the winners of Auckland Feathers, we are very very proud of you. And for the rest of us who didn't get a medal, amazing effort and I hope you all had a good time.

Sydney will be hosting the next Trans-Tasman Tournament so let's start getting ready!! Coaching? Team t-shirt? Inter-club? Before you get too excited, the Committee will be running a Christmas dinner in early December so watch this space!