It’s not an April Fools joke, but owing to a hiccup in the billing system, our 2017 League Players weren’t invoiced for their participation which came to our notice only when the 2018 billing became due. This has caused some severe headaches for our Club Treasurer who is battling to keep us afloat in times when our advertising revenue has disappeared. We are hoping that those of you who played league last year will honour the Club by paying the 2017 invoices which will shortly be going out. The Club paid the fees to Central Gauteng Squash on your behalf and are now feeling the pinch unless you come to the party.
It is often asked…….. “Where do our Membership Fees Go ?”….and the short answer is into maintenance of the courts (the Main Club has just spent R12,000 fixing-up various plaster holes and re-doing the match court floor) as well as lights, hot water etc etc. We are told that the floors of courts 5&6 are going to need replacing soon, and these costs will be borne by the Main Club out of Membership Fees. So please understand that our Squash Club is only 1 sport out of the 14 being supported by Membership Fees, all of which are vying for funds.
There is a misconception amongst us that tournaments make a lot of money for our Club, but the reality is that the organisers squeeze us down to R35/hr for the court hire, and rarely pay for the additional practice time. Then we have to offset the added cost of Gary who manages the facility, plus the cost of extra cleaners. So in the end, we hardly break even. The bar revenue goes to Silversales with a percentage to the Main Club which by-passes us completely. So, all in all, squash is the financial loser. We pay an annual affiliation fee of R11,000 to Squash SA so that we can be an official tournament venue, and naturally, we encourage tournaments at Wanderers so that our members can watch and participate in them, but they don’t come free. We are hosting Jarvis-Kaplan this year and the SA Nationals, which will bring some excitement to our courts.
Congratulations to Sheena Worwood for being selected to represent SA at the World Masters in the USA in July together with Margie Hunt-Kemp (an ex Wanderer).
Breaking News is that the 2020 World Masters will be in Wroclaw, Poland.
Social Squash continues on Sundays 16:00 to 17:30 when you can just pitch and play, and training on Tuesday evenings for all-comers.
If anyone would like to join the Squash Committee, please contact Gary or myself as we would welcome some fresh input from the members.
Yours in Squash, Dave Grant