SUSSEX SRA COMMITTEE MEETING
Present: Simon Tunley (ST) (Secretary), Fiona Western (FW), Mike Tonge (MT), Paul Millman (PM) (Chair), Chris Markham (CM) Karl Manning (KM), Mick Sheeran (MS) Karla Pett (KP)and Ian Robinson (IR)
1.††††††† Apologies for absence†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
†John Parr (JP), Justyn Price (JUP) and Mike Philips (MP)
2.†††††††† Minutes of previous meeting/Matters Arising
††††††††††† The minutes from the 10/06/2008 were accepted as an accurate record.
KM to add newsletter to website as a PDF so it can be downloaded.
MT did not manage to persuade Sarah Naish to take on the role of Treasurer.
produce next newsletter for November/ December. Deadline to be the 31st
October 2008 for copy. ST suggested junior count closed and the
4. Senior/Junior County Closed
ST is to meet MP in October to
discuss options/format for the senior county closed in January/February next
Junior county closed going ahead
on the 27/28th September 2008 at Corals squash club. ST raised the
fact there had been an email from
5. †††††Hon. Treasurerís report †††
JP sent updated accounts to ST, which were distributed to the committee. All ok and budget now in place for both the main account and the junior account.† Subsidy from main account has been transferred to support the running of the junior county squads and these are all now tied in with the junior development account.
6. ††††††Senior and Junior League Reports
confirmed menís league now underway and all seemed ok. However only real
concern is concerning
were had on re-looking at the pro-league as it was felt it was detrimental to
stated all was going well with the ladies leagues apart form
MS confirmed he wanted to have the junior leagues in place by the 11th October. Twenty three teams confirmed, although three clubs struggling. Looking to have five divisions of five teams. £20 entry per team and would play matches in a triangular format.
ST confirmed the relevant teams had been entered for 2008/09 and the captains agreed upon and informed.
JUP could not attend the meeting, however ST confirmed that JUP had sent around an email to provide an update on what had been happening in the county. John Millardís new† role seems to be having a positive impact county wide.
MT confirmed he had met with all the county squad coaches for the juniors and had also finalised a junior budget with Vanessa Prosser. He stated that Tim Vail and MP had agreed on the new coaching fees of £30 an hour plus expenses for lead coaches and £20 and hour for assistant coaches. They had also agreed to send all squad fees from each session† through to Vanessa Prosser (VP) who would then pay all expenses from the junior account, making the process much more auditable/transparent. It was also agreed to increase squad fees to £5 an hour. ST did have concerns on potentially pricing juniors out of attending training especially when costs are looked at over a season.
Discussions were had over Graham
Stevenson and the fact he was not as flexible as the others on how the money
was to be collected/distributed. GS implied he would want to be paid a much
higher rate if he was to send fees to VP and not collect/pay himself. Concerns
were raised about how equitable this was considering GS was no more qualified
than other coaches, plus there were concerns about the fact it was not best
practice for money to be managed outside of
It was also raised† that England Squash have no record of GS having a current England Squash coaching licence which is really a requirement of any coach working in a chartered club or for a county association.† The committee agreed that MT should speak to GS and ensure he gets a license ASAP.
ST mentioned the letter sent
through from Mike Harris about hosting a coaches workshop. It was agreed we
should try to host in
KM stated website all set for the season and would include junior fixtures and rankings. KM raised the fact that par 11 can be added to the system and Hants are using it for their juniors on their system. KM asked about others loading info onto the web once he has sorted out relevant pages for each area. All agreed to learn to do this. Km to clarify rules for the menís and ladies leagues on the website.
Kevin Higginsons paper discussed and all felt it was a positive approach but would be good to include seniors as well as juniors. MT agreed more discussion was needed with KH to see where to take it.
KM discussed adding date of births to players on the ranking lists, however all felt there were issues with the data protection act and we might need to get peoples permissions. It was agreed the info would be useful for selection for county teams.
to enter a team into the
Dunnings Mill looking to develop a 5 court facility and at present are continuing to playing at their old venue.
MT suggested we should look at trying to establish a racketball league. All agreed this would be a good idea but there was a need to try and get a person to set it up and organise.
Date for next committee meeting the 16th December 2008 at the Black Lion Pub, Patcham.† ST to book.
All to note