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Squash committee minutes

Julie Cornell - Sun 13 Aug 2017

Northern FC Squash Committee Meeting

Monday 24th July, 2017

Present: Clive Lucas, Julie Cornell, Sarah Bedford, Allan Curry, Dave North, Richard Vitty

Apologies: Roger Tames

Minutes of last meeting.

Level 1 Coaching course re-imbursement- Clive reported that an invoice had been sent to Gosforth Academy and that once payment had been received the club would then make payments to the individuals involved.

Membership 2017-2018

Membership renewal continues. There was a suggestion to change the price structure for 16-21year old players, which will be discussed before next year’s renewals.

Team squash 2017-2018

After his email regarding inclusion in teams, Dave reported on responses.

Following posts on the club Facebook page, the issue of women playing on both ladies and men’s teams was discussed at length. A wide range of views were discussed in an attempt to be equally fair to all members of the club, both male and female. It was suggested that access to the page be restricted to members.


The club recognises the importance of safeguarding and advises that all coaches with the club access the NHS England APP on safeguarding. Sarah Bedford and Allan Curry have reviewed the club safeguarding policies which are considered robust.
Sarah reported that following the County AGM she had contacted Dave Barnett to offer her advice, as a Public Health Specialist, on safeguarding. She also reminded the committee that safeguarding is the responsibility of all coaches and concerns need to be acted on.

All coaches will renew their DBS clearance in the forthcoming season.

Junior Report

Clive reported that he had met with a parent of a junior to discuss the club junior coaching pathway. The committee are confident that the club is providing as much coaching support as possible in the form of group and individual in-house coaching and advice on accessing available coaching in the area. He also reassured the parent of the club’s safeguarding policies.

A new coach, Rob Pearce, who has level 1 coaching award will be joining the club to help with delivery of schools coaching and Sunday afternoon coaching, with a view to providing individual coaching once level 2 award is achieved.

Clive was pleased to report that Richard has exceeded his income target for the year 2016-2017.

Internal Leagues

Richard reported that there had been very little interest in a junior league system. The feasibility of trialling an over 55s league, whilst agreed in principle, could not be discussed as Wayne was not present.

Executive/ finance committees

Allan gave a brief report on the Finance committee.

Clive gave a brief report on the Executive committee.

Summer Maintenance Programme

Courts 1&4 have been sanded and relined and part of court 1 re-laid to remove dead spots. Replacement of the doors to court 2,3, 4 is underway at a cost of £1250 plus vat each- this was seen as a safeguarding and health and safety necessity.

There is a modesty shower curtain in the ladies changing room and towel hooks have now been fitted immediately outside the shower.

Still planned:- Decoration of men’s changing room

Update of the Honour’s Board.

New Mirror for the ladies changing room.

Remarking of the score board.

Any other business

Abigail Bedford and Katie Barker have requested that they attend the next meeting to present a proposal for a fun doubles tournament.

Following the recent stroke suffered by Gareth Davies, the committee recorded its best wishes for his recovery.

Numbers are still strong for Adult Club Play on a Saturday which will continue through August.

Date of next meeting

Monday 14th August 2017

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