Chairman's Newsletter September 2019

Chairman's Newsletter - September 2019
 
The summer holidays seem to have raced past, with the Audrey Hughes Tournament and tennis camps the club has been very busy and the new Squash season is about to begin.

Work has been progressing on the men’s changing rooms, if all goes well I believe that it will be finished by the end of next week. Thank you to everyone for their patience whilst this major project has been underway.

I am not sure whether many of you are aware that it is now possible to attend a yoga class at the club. Classes are held on Mondays and Saturdays contact Nicola nicolabarnardyoga@icloud.com for details.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Look out for information about the following two events: 16th November Quiz Night with supper and on 15th our December our Christmas party with delicious canapés from the Social committee.

SAFEGUARDING AND BYELAWS

From time to time the Board and I feel that it is necessary to remind members that our policies for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, our Codes of Conduct and Byelaws are reviewed and, if necessary, updated.

The LTA, in particular, have very  clear views about Safeguarding based on NSPCC guidelines and we use these criteria to adjust our own policies. Short policies are available on the notice board in the foyer along with contact details for our Welfare Officers. Full policies can be found on the club website and in the purple folder in the foyer.

The LTA suggest that no child under 13 should be left unaccompanied. As a board we do our best to;

•    Provide a safe environment but cannot guard against unwanted visitors without having to install gates and other security measures

•    Ensure that best practices are employed when we engage the services of coaches, volunteers etc

We wholeheartedly agree that sport should be encouraged and love to see our juniors practicing so please may I ask you to look at our policies and remember that no adult players should be expected to ‘look out’ for children left to play tennis or squash or in the clubhouse whilst parents are in the gym or off the premises altogether.

Tricia Jubert