Hook Community Squash Club Constitution
The Club shall be called the Hook Community Squash Club, hereafter to be referred to as "the Club".
To foster and promote the sport of squash in the community of Hook, Hampshire and the local area, providing opportunities for recreation and competition.
The following are eligible for membership:
Membership of the Club shall be open to any person living, or working, in the vicinity of Hook, and paying the relevant subscription/joining fee as determined by the Annual General Meeting of the Club Members.
There shall be five classes of membership available. These are:
Family Member (a family is up to 2 adults sharing the same address, and any of their children or grandchildren under the age of 18);
Student Member (any person currently in full time education);
Day Member (eligible to play between 0700 and 1700, Monday to Friday); and
Honorary Life Member
Honorary Life Members
Any two Full or adult Family Members may propose and second any candidate for Honorary Life membership.
Any such proposal must be considered by the Committee of the Club. The Committee will only consider Honorary Life Membership in cases where there has been significant service to the Club by the candidate. The Committee must be unanimous in supporting any such proposal, before it is put to a General Meeting. The Committee must publish its reasons for supporting the candidate.
An Honorary Life Member must be elected by not less than 80% of those present at a General Meeting.
Only Full, adult Family, and Honorary Life Members are eligible to vote at meetings of the Club. Each Full member, each adult member of a Family Member, and each Honorary Member shall be a Voting Member.
Expulsion of members
Members of the Club whose conduct is inappropriate or who decline to abide by any of the Rules or Bylaws may be expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the Committee where their entrance fee and subscriptions may be forfeited. Members shall have the right to appeal in person to the Committee with regard to any decision affecting them, provided that notice of such appeal be submitted to the Secretary, in writing, within seven days of notification of the decision.
The Officers of the Club, who shall all be executive officers, shall be as follows:
Plus such other officers as may be agreed at an Annual General Meeting of the Club, or as may be co-opted by the elected Officers. The continuation of any co-opted officer shall be voted on, at the next Annual General Meeting following their co-option.
Election of Officers
Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club, from, and by, the Members of the Club.
Officers are elected for a period of one year, but may be re-elected to the same office or another office the following year.
The affairs of the Club shall be controlled by a Committee which comprises the Executive Officers of the Club. The Committee shall meet at agreed intervals and not less than three times per year.
The duties of the Committee shall be:
To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the Members.
To keep accurate accounts of the finances of the Club through the Treasurer. The Club shall maintain a bank current account and the following Officers shall be authorised to sign Club cheques: two from the Chairman, Treasurer, and Membership Secretary
To co-opt additional members of the Committee as the Committee feels this is necessary.
To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chairman shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held not later than the end of November each year. Fourteen clear days written notice shall be given to Members of the Annual General Meeting by email. Members must advise the Chairman in writing of any business to be moved at the Annual General Meeting at least seven days before a meeting. The Chairman shall give notice of the agenda for the meeting to Members not less than fourteen days before the meeting.
The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:
Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General Meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting.
Receive the accounts for the year from the Treasurer.
Receive the annual report of the Chairman.
Elect the Officers of the Club.
Review Club subscription rates, and agree them for the forthcoming year.
Transact such other business received in writing by the Chairman from Members seven days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda, and any other business raised at the meeting.
Special General Meetings may be convened by the Committee, or on receipt by the Chairman of a request in writing from not less than three Voting Members of the Club. At least fourteen days notice of the meeting shall be given.
Nomination of candidates for election as Officers shall be made in writing to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the Annual General Meeting date. Nominations can only be made by Voting Members and must be seconded by another Voting Member.
Nomination of a candidate for election as an Honorary member shall be made in writing to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of a General Meeting date, in a written proposal which includes the nominator’s justification for the proposal. Nominations can only be made by Voting Members and must be seconded by another Voting Member.
At all General Meetings, the chair will be taken by the Chairman or, in their absence, by a deputy appointed by the Club or by Voting Members attending the meeting.
Decisions made at a General Meeting shall be by a simple majority of votes from those Voting Members attending the meeting. In the event of equal votes, the Chairman shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
A quorum for a General Meeting shall be three Voting Members including at least two Officers from the Chairman, Treasurer, and Membership Secretary.
Each Voting Member of the Club shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings.
Alterations to the Constitution
Any proposed alterations to the Club Constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting, convened with the required written notice of the proposal. Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a Voting Member of the Club and seconded by another Voting Member. Such alterations shall be passed if supported by not less than two-thirds of those Voting Members present at the meeting, assuming that a quorum has been achieved.
If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Chairman shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Club to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.
A quorum for a Special General Meeting called to discuss the dissolution of the Club shall be two-thirds of the Voting Members, including at least three of the Executive Officers of the Club.
If at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least three-quarters of the Voting Members present at the meeting, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.
After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst any Members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to the Hook Community Centre, or to some other voluntary organisation having objects similar to those of the Club.
Latest AGM Minutes
AGM: Monday 17th January 2022, 8PM – 9.05PM, Zoom meeting
Committee Attendees: Mike Pitt, Karen Taylor, Debbie Jordan, Daniel Bruce, Nigel Kirkland, Paul Newman
Member Attendees: Nick Walters
Apologies: Gary Hales, Richard Pickard
Election of Officers
Reviewed minutes from 2020 AGM.
Another disrupted year starting in Lockdown, and with 2020 having been so badly affected, the committee took the decision to charge only 25% of normal fees for those renewing memberships, and since reopening we have continued to offer courts with no lights fees to encourage people back to playing. Clearly this has had an impact on our finances, and is unsustainable, so needed resolving, hence the survey sent to all members offering 3 choices: turn coin meters back on again; switch to contactless payment per court; switch to all inclusive fees. The result of the survey was conclusive – 60 people had voted (as at 9th January 2022), which represents nearly half of all our members, a great turnout. Of the 60 members, 43 (72%) said they would be happy with all-inclusive fees vs 19 (32%) for contactless and 6 (10%) for the coin based system. Many thanks to Nigel Kirkland for investigating contactless payment options and liaising with providers to find something suitable that we could have implemented if needed – it is a long and complex task which needed doing in order to have a viable alternative option.
As a committee we want what is best for the club and our members, while still being manageable to administer for the volunteer committee members – hence we will be implementing the all inclusive approach for all new members and membership renewals starting from 1st February 2022. The new fees will therefore be £135 for individual members, £185 for family members, £100 for day members and £80 for student members. We believe this is still great value for money compared to other venues that have much higher overall fees.
The finances have taken a bit of a hit in the last year due to our approach of offering very low membership renewal fees and not charging for lights yet, but this was expected and planned for and we remain in a fairly healthy position financially, albeit we have used up some of our reserves that we normally keep in readiness for major projects such as floors, walls etc.
Membership is also looking good, and we are welcoming new players, returning players, and parents of juniors in the coaching groups who have been inspired to pick up their old racquets – and all are welcome!
The leagues are growing again and matches being played, which is definitely good to see. The team has also been playing in the Berkshire Winter league, and doing well.
Noted and thanked Gary who has done an outstanding job for the club as our Covid 19 officer, in addition to his continuing work on Junior and Senior coaching as well as organising the squash leagues and generally supporting the club in everything we do.
Thanks to Nick Walters who stepped down from the Committee as our Social Secretary mid year. Nick brought many great ideas to the role, including curry nights, restarting our post club night drinks, post tournament event, anniversary dinner, a raffle, and a family day – a combination of Covid and general lack of interest from members meant many of these things didn’t happen, but Nick’s approach was awesome. Of course, his crowning glory was organising the 24 hour squashathon just before Covid Lockdown 1 came along, in March 2020 – it was an amazing event, supported by so many people, with lots of PR and of course it also raised £3,000 for Sport Relief – an amazing achievement that I will never forget – many thanks again Nick.
Debbie Jordan reported we have 126 members – 55 individual, 28 family groups (counted as 56), 2 day members, 3 student members, 4 life members and 6 committee members. More parents of children in junior coaching joining. GoCardless working well mostly, and rolling membership working well – extra work during the year for Debbie, but less concentrated in February.
3. Treasurer’s Report
Karen Taylor reported that we made a loss in 2021 due to lower fees and no lights fees, and paying for some Covid material. We are expecting the increase in membership fees to bring revenues back to where they were and therefore we should be getting back to level this year.
We also replaced the old fluorescent tubes with LED lighting over the Christmas holidays – using only about 10% as much energy, and hopefully lasting a lot longer between replacements.
We will continue to invest in the club facilities to make sure the courts are in good condition for playing.
4. Club activities
The leagues have kicked back into action again, and we now have 5 leagues again, after a slightly slow start after Covid, good to see people playing again!
Junior coaching has c. 40 regular attendees, going well, and Gary has extended some coaching slots to allow for demand.
The squash team has had a pretty successful Winter season so far, and is lying in 3rd position in the league just after the half way stage. Whilst there is a strong core of regular players -many thanks to Mike Dyer – played all 7 matches in no. 1 spot, taking one for the team, Daniel Bruce played 6 out of 7, and Roger Copeman, Richard Kibble and Mike Pitt who have all played 5 out of 7 – an important thanks should also go to those in the squad who put their names forward and contribute to the team – Dan Eaton has played twice, and Kevin Ashley, Phil Mikolajewski, Tony Hart and Mike Jobson have all played as well – 10 players in total used already in this season!
Also a big thanks to Paul Newman and Jenny at Hartletts Café – Paul both organises the food with Jenny and supports the home matches, and Jenny does amazing food for us!
A written report was submitted by Gary and replicated in full below:
Internal Squash Leagues
I continue to organise the internal squash leagues in hopefully a fair manner! A few months ago, more matches than possibly usual were not being played and so I sent a polite email reminder to all participants regarding what was expected of all league players! The result was that for the last two league periods the number of matches completed has increased considerably, so only a handful of matches are now not being played. The numbers entering the leagues has increased gradually over the last 6 months. In July 2021, when the leagues restarted after lockdown, there were just 20 players in the league. Each month usually 1 or 2 players join and some players leave the leagues (due to e.g., injury or lack of time) and so numbers in the league can remain static but they did increase gradually over the following months. However, this month saw 7 players enter the league so starting January 2022 there are 28 players in the leagues (5 leagues of 5 or 6 players).
For comparison: In January 2019 there were 29 players in the leagues and so it looks as though we are getting back to a level similar to pre-pandemic.
The overall standard of players playing in the leagues seems to have increased: Previously, I felt that there were large differences between playing standards in leagues 1, 2, 3 etc. and if you were promoted or relegated to a different league the difference in standard could be very pronounced and so players then had either very easy or very hard matches. However, now if you change leagues the chances are you will play players of a more similar standard.
I try to run the leagues fairly and welcome any suggestions for making them run better or encourage more participants.
Hopefully, more members will join the leagues over the coming months as the leagues are there for all standards of player.
Junior Squash Training Sessions
The number of juniors attending my “before- school” and “after-school” group coaching sessions is at about the same level as pre-pandemic. Total number of juniors = 51
The Tuesday (7.45am to 8.30am) session has 6 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Wednesday (7.45am to 8.30am) session has 8 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Monday (4.30pm to 5.30pm) session has 10 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Monday (5.30pm to 6.30pm) session has 2 juniors attend. Just 1 court used.
The Friday (3.30pm to 4.30pm) session has 9 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Friday (4.30pm to 5.30pm) session has 8 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Friday (5.30pm to 6.30pm) session has 5 juniors attend. Courts 1 & 2.
The Friday (6.30pm to 7.30pm) session has 3 juniors attend. 1 court used
The sessions are open to members and non-members. I offer juniors, who are part of a Hook CSC Family Membership, a discount on the cost of the sessions. Over the years this has encouraged some families to join.
I am grateful to the Hook CSC for allowing me to use the courts for free for these junior sessions and allowing me the use of some peak time courts. If I only need to use 1 court, then I ensure that the other court is made available, and I try to run the majority of my sessions at off-peak times.
Adult Squash Training Sessions
I have not restarted any of the adult group squash training sessions yet. Pre-pandemic I organised a weekly session on Tuesday mornings. Within the next 2/3 months I hope to start some sessions on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning and also possibly a Tuesday or Wednesday evening session. These sessions will be open to members and non-members and if I run a session in the evening, I would seek permission from the Hook CSC Committee regarding the acceptability of running these sessions, as it would involve using a peak time court. I will also look to canvas the members of their interest in attending any such adult group coaching sessions.
Individual Squash & Racketball Coaching & Racket Restringing
I would like to thank the club for allowing me to advertise and provide Individual Squash/Racketball lessons for the members (as well as my group coaching sessions) and the restringing of rackets. The majority of my lessons are at off-peak times with just the occasional lesson at a peak time.
Covid 19 Officer
As the club’s Covid 19 Officer I would like to thank the Hook CSC Committee for all they have done in getting the club back up and running after each of the various lockdown periods. They have followed the England Squash advice in incorporating virtually all their recommendations e.g., purchasing of hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, liaising with the Community Centre staff, communicating excellently with all club members, providing free courts, etc. Also, thank you to all the members for adhering to the various Covid 19 protocols which have continually changed throughout this period. Due to the Committee and the members working together the club is in a stronger position than it would have been otherwise. Please continue to follow the current club protocol e.g., use the hand sanitiser before and after playing and wipe down any touch points after playing, etc.
5. Election of Officers
The core committee roles of chairman, membership secretary and treasurer are required as a minimum. All of the current members are happy to continue in their role
Chairman Mike Pitt
Treasurer Karen Taylor
Membership Debbie Jordan
PR Paul Newman
Committee Member Nigel Kirkland
Committee Member Daniel Bruce
Nick Walters thanked the committee for navigating the club through Covid over the last 2 years.