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Player Memo Update – 17th August 2021

Annual General Meeting – 22nd August 2021

The Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 22nd August 2021, commencing at 2.00pm. For those want to play (free of charge) prior to the meeting the Club will be open from 11.00am.

For anyone interested there are Nomination Forms at the Club for the 2021-22 Management Committee, and the position of the Club’s Public Officer will also be declared vacant.

This is your Club so please make an extra effort to attend!

Please note that as the AGM will be conducted indoors to comply with SA Health COVID Directions face masks will be required by attending Members for the duration of the meeting. The Club will ensure that a supply of disposable face masks is available, as well as hand sanitiser.

COVID Restrictions Update

As announced at the recent SA Premiers briefing there were further easing of SA Lockdown restrictions, effective Thursday 12.01am 12th August 2021.

Some restrictions will remain, and the Club will remain open under the following conditions:

  • Each alternate hallway chair has been turned and is not available for use to ensure social distancing.
  • Players are required to use hand sanitiser provided by the Club upon entering the stadium.
  • Players are required to use the QR Code for checking in, as well as manually completing the attendance sheet (as per previous).
  • Toilet Areas are restricted to two persons at a time.
  • Kitchen Area can operate under previous conditions but only four people per time.
  • Emphasis on social distancing and one person per 2 sq metres must be adhered to.
  • Importantly the playing of doubles will be permitted.

Players waiting to play will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. Masks can be removed while playing. The Club has a supply of masks available, if required – please see the Group Leader. Please do not discard used face masks at the Club.

This is not negotiable under the directive of SA Health and supported by the PTTA Management Committee.

The Club is now accepting NEW Members with the easing of the SA Restrictions, effective immediate.

The Club can now accept non-playing spectators, one person per player – as space in the Club permits.

The TOTAL NUMBER of Persons in the Club at any one time will be LIMITED to 50.

(Despite our COVID Safe Management Plan, updated 12th August 2021 - allowing 202 persons.)

For the latest COVID updates, Player Memo’s, Group Leader Circulars, SA Health Club COVID Safe Plan updates etc., please refer to the Clubs COVID Noticeboard (formerly the old photo noticeboard).

Training Room Upgrade / New Court Barriers

The Club has been successful in securing an equipment upgrade grant (50%) from Table Tennis SA for the purchase of HiAce Flooring for the Training Room as well as 25 new barriers for the courts.

The Training Room will be set-up as a dedicated facility, using the training robotic machine. The Training Room will be cleared of surplus items (chairs, sofa, old table etc.) and the Committee will prepare guidelines for use by ALL Members.

Player Membership 2021-22

As previously advised the PTTA Management Committee inc. at its June 2021 meeting approved a motion to increase the Annual Membership to $10.00.

Our membership year is the same as the financial year in this case 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022, so renewals are now due.

Thanks & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Tuesday 17th August 2021

Player Memo Update – 4th August 2021

COVID Restrictions Update

As announced at the recent SA Premiers briefing there will be further easing of SA Lockdown restrictions, effective Midnight, Wednesday 4th August 2021.

Some restrictions will remain, and the Club will remain open under the following conditions:

  • Each alternate hallway chair has been turned and not available for use to ensure social distancing.
  • Players are required to use hand sanitiser provided by the Club upon entering the stadium.
  • Players are required to use the QR Code for checking in, as well as manually completing the attendance sheet (as per previous).
  • Toilet Areas will be limited to two persons at a time.
  • Kitchen Area can operate under previous conditions but only four people per time.
  • Emphasis on social distancing and one person per 2 sq metres must be adhered to.
  • Importantly the continued playing of doubles will be allowed.

Players waiting to play will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. Masks can be removed while playing. The Club has a supply of masks available, if required – please see the Group Leader. Please do not discard used face masks at the Club.

This is not negotiable under the directive of SA Health and supported by the PTTA Management Committee.

The TOTAL NUMBER of Persons in the Club at any one time will be LIMITED to 50.

(Despite our COVID Safe Management Plan allowing 202 persons.)

Annual General Meeting – 22nd August 2021

The Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 22nd August 2021, commencing at 2.00pm. For those want to play (free of charge) prior to the meeting the Club will be open from 11.00am.

For anyone interested there are Nomination Forms at the Club for the 2021-22 Management Committee, and the position of the Club’s Public Officer will also be declared vacant.

TTSA Winter Competition & NEHTTA Competition

With the easing of SA Restrictions applicable to competitive sport, both TTSA Winter Competition and NEHTTA will resume next week. TTSA Winter Competition will restart from Monday 9th August & Tuesday 10th August and the NEHTTA from Wednesday 11th August 2021.

For both competitions, players need to follow the original program for the schedule of games.

TTSA Winter Competition will play the ‘postponed’ games, by extending the season. New program will be available at the Club shortly.

For NEHTTA Competition the postponed games will be considered ‘cancelled’ and the season will continue exactly as per the original program without extension.

Change to Tuesday Opening Hours at Payneham

With the resumption of TTSA Winter Competition from Tuesday 10th August 2021, the Tuesday session will finish at 6.30pm. This will be the case for Tuesday until the finish of the TTSA Winter Competition season, at the end of September 2021.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Wednesday 4th August 2021

URGENT NOTICE – Club Reopening – Wednesday 28th July 2021

Player Memo – Tuesday 27th July 2021

As announced this morning at the SA Premiers briefing there will be an easing of SA Lockdown restrictions, effective 12.01am Wednesday 28th July 2021.

Some restrictions will remain, however with Club’s original capacity (100%) under the COVID Safe Management Plan of 407 persons, now reverted to 25% under the recent restrictions allows the Club to reopen with 101 persons for training, but not competition.

As of Wednesday 28th July 2021, morning session the Club will reopen under the following guidelines:

  • Each alternate hallway chair will be turned and not available for use to ensure social distancing.
  • Players will be required to use hand sanitiser provided by the Club upon entering the stadium.
  • Players will be required to use the QR Code for checking in, as well as manually completing the attendance sheet (as per previous).
  • Toilet Areas will be limited to 1 person at a time.
  • Kitchen Area can operate under previous conditions but only 2 people per time.
  • Players waiting to play will be required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth. Masks can be removed while playing. The Club will arrange for masks to be available, if required – please see the Group Leader.
  • Players are requested to only attend their usual sessions prior to the SA Lockdown.
  • Emphasis on social distancing and 1 person per 4 sq metres must be adhered to.

Importantly doubles will be allowed based on the following:

  • Our building court area is approximately 280 sq metres in total divided by 5 courts, so approximately 56 sq metres per playing court. This effectively equates to 14 sq metres per person. We can only ever have 20 persons in the 280 sq metre court playing area.
  • The hallway, lounge area and other rooms total approximately 127 sq metres so the PTTA Management Committee Inc. is willing to allow another 30 persons, thus achieving the 25% capacity in these areas.

The TOTAL NUMBER of Persons in the Club at any one time will be LIMITED to 50.

(Despite our COVID Safe Management Plan allowing 101 persons.)

The Club, for the interim will only accept returning members and NOT Any New Members – this is consistent with the notion of NO Competition Sport as these are new players to our playing group.

Thanks & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Tuesday 27th July 2021

URGENT NOTICE - SA Goes into 7 Day Lockdown

Player Memo – Tuesday 20th July 2021

As announced this morning at the SA Premiers briefing SA will go into a 7 Day Lockdown, effective from Tuesday 20th July 2021 commencing from 6.00pm.

The SA Premier has announced 5 reasons to leave home:

  • Care and compassion grounds
  • Essential work
  • Purchasing essential goods
  • Medical reasons including getting COVID tested or vaccinated.
  • Exercise with those in your household

Masks must be worn in public places.

Payneham Table Tennis Academy Inc. will be CLOSED for the next 7 days to comply with the SA Health directive.

The PTTA Management Committee will review the re-opening of the Club after 6.00pm on Tuesday 27th July 2021, after the initial 7 Day Lockdown concludes, pending further advice from SA Health.

Thanks & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Tuesday 20th July 2021

URGENT NOTICE

Player Memo – Monday 19th July 2021

As per the directive from the SA Premiers Conference held at 4.00pm (ACST) today, Payneham Table Tennis Club Inc. will be required to adhere to the new restrictions and CLOSE all Sessions from midnight, Monday 19th July 2021.

The Club will not be open for any playing and / or coaching sessions for the following days:

  • Tuesday 20th July 2021
  • Wednesday 21st July 2021
  • Thursday 22nd July 2021
  • Friday 23rd July 2021

Before making any decisions beyond this Friday 23rd July 2021 the PTTA Management Committee will await the outcome of the SA Premiers briefing scheduled for this Friday.

Thanks & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Monday 19th July 2021

Player Memo – 8th July 2021

2021-22 Annual Membership & Playing Fees

The PTTA Management Committee at its June 2021 meeting has reviewed the Annual Membership and Playing Fees for the 2021-22 Financial Year to be:

Annual Membership - $10.00 per person (1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022) – increased from $2.00.

Session Playing Fees - $2.00 per session, remaining the same as the previous charges.

The PTTA Management Committee has made this decision using the Club’s Constitution, ‘Section 10 – Fees’ as the guideline.

Item 10 a) – At the new rate of $10.00 Annual Membership and continued rate of $2.00 per Playing Session we are maintaining a low fee and high membership policy.

Item 10 b) – The current Management Committee has the power to determine all fees and charges and may vary them at any time.

Item 10 c) – All decisions regarding increases to fees and charges shall be consistent with the Associations estimated future operating costs and any recommendations made by the Associations Treasurer.

Rationale For the Increase to Annual Player Membership

  • The PTTA Management Committee’s over the past 18 months has had to deal with the ongoing CoVid-19 compliance and additional costs of keeping the facility open and in a safe, hygienic condition for playing social and competitive table tennis.
  • The Club has increased the cleaning contract from 3 hours per week to 6 hours per week.
  • The Club continues to ensure that there are sufficient paper hand towels, sanitisers for the tables, hand sanitiser and other cleaning products on-site for use.
  • This current Management Committee inherited a healthy financial position of +$200,000 in the Club’s trading account and term deposit. We feel it is our responsibility to the efforts of past Management Committee’s that the Club, in a difficult and more expensive trading period (due mainly to CoVid-19) at least maintain a status quo. We have considered the Club’s Constitution Section 19.1 d) – The Committee shall be responsible for the overall position of all accounts. This Management Committee has view that it has ‘guardianship’ over the Club’s healthy financial position that previous Committees and volunteers worked hard over many years to achieve.
  • It is the opinion of the current Management Committee, with all the additional operating costs plus improvements at the Club to at least maintain a health financial position and not squander or go backwards in the Club’s financial bank balance.

The current Management Committee has introduced many new initiatives to ensure the Club, in the new CoVid-19 world offers more to its members.

  • We spent approximately $12,500 on 5 new tables after receiving a CoVid-19 Reboot Grant for $3,000 and disposing of four of the five old tables for $1,000.
  • We introduced Wi-Fi to the building for the Members.
  • We changed the use of the quality of balls from one star to three star.
  • We regularly update the Club’s website, issuing Player Memo’s for registered Members through Mailchimp database.
  • We have worked co-operatively with the Council to arrange for hot water to both the female and male hand basins, further improvements to the building are being worked on.
  • Prepared the ‘No Smoking’ signage and designated area.
  • Both female and male toilets have had the floor and shower areas industrially cleaned to remove years of build-up of grime etc.
  • We have received another Grant, this time from Table Tennis SA to upgrade the Training Room with a new floor (rebound ace) to ensure that the room can be utilised by all members for personal development and individual training with the robotic machine.
  • In addition to the training room flooring, we are also in the process of sourcing new barriers for the court area.
  • The kitchen amenities, albeit under strict CoVid-19 restrictions have been improved as well as the Club providing the soda stream unit with free access to Bickford’s cordial.
  • We are in the process of having a Grant assessed that could see the Club install approximately $10,000 solar panel system, thus reducing / removing our future electricity costs.
  • We regularly arrange compliance matters that would go unnoticed to many such as the electrical tagging, the cleaning of the Club’s roof to comply with the Council lease requirement, annual servicing to the water filtration unit, the industrial cleaning of the toilets etc. These items all add significant and often unseen costs to operating the Club.

The Club currently has four Insurance policies, as follows:

  • General Public and Products Liability
  • Associations Liability
  • Personal Accident – Voluntary Workers
  • Commercial Business Pack Insurance

The Club does not have any personal insurance for persons injured while playing at the Club and we are now looking at introducing this subject to receiving a favourable quote / policy. We are also looking at the Club securing a blanket ambulance cover policy for injuries / medical conditions while sustained at the Club.

If we can achieve the above cover that will come from the Membership and Playing Fee funds – no further charges would be passed on to Members.

Safety Net

The Club has not increased the Annual Membership as a revenue ‘grab’ nor does the Club want to preclude any member who genuinely cannot afford the additional cost.

For persons who may be affected the Club is willing to maintain the Annual Membership of $2.00 and persons affected will be encouraged to talk to a Committee Member or Group Leader quietly and confidentially.

In Perspective

For those who can afford the increase we are talking $0.15 per week over the course of the year, or two take-away coffees, however the effect to Club’s finances is much more significant.

Note – for returning members in 2019-20 there was NO Annual Membership charged

If people still object to the increase in Annual Membership I encourage you to read the Constitution, copy available at the Group Leaders desk and consider options either under Section 8 – ‘Members Rights’ or Section 23 – ‘Special General Meeting’.

Also bear in mind that the Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 22nd August 2021 at 2.00pm in the Club.

It is your Club; the Management Committee are just 6 volunteers using best endeavours to manage the Club with the support of the Group Leaders who are also volunteers giving up their time and other ancillary volunteers.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Thursday 8th July 2021

Membership in June 2021

There are approximately 367 members of the club.

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