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We cater for the young and older players to come and have fun, exercise and companionship.

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The club has adopted new practises for COVID-19. Please see our COVID-19 Safe Plan (Effective from 25 Feb 2022) and Player Rules (Updated 19 Nov 2020) that apply to all who attend.

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Player Memo - 17th April 2022

NEHTTA Summer Competition

Last week the Summer Competition for the North-Eastern Hills (NEHTTA) concluded, with many players attending Payneham participating.

Final Results

A Grade
PG2 bt TTG2
B Grade (Yellow)
TTG5 bt TTG 7
Phil White Yanan Wang
Marsh Zhang
Vincent Zhang
B Grade (Navy)
PG4 bt TTG 3
Eagon Cheong
Leon Siu
Peggie Xu
C Grade
HTN4 bt TTG8
Tony Camponale
Bernie Kaminski
Josh Pang
D Grade
PG9 bt TTG10
E Grade
StAgnes4 bt TTG11
Fiona Wald
Jill Marshall
Judy Connor

Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all other Payneham members who played in the NEHTTA Summer competition.

NEHTTA Winter competition starts in mid-May 2022, good luck to all participating.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Sunday 17th April 2022

Player Memo - 17th April 2022

COVID-19 Update

  • With COVID-19 cases still high in SA, please note the following before attending the Club.
  • With recent easing of restrictions, the wearing of face masks between games is now optional.
  • QR code scanning is optional but you must complete the Daily Attendance Form so the money can be reconciled.

*** A CHECKLIST FOR EVERYONE ***

ENTERING OUR CLUB

Confirm you DON'T have any of the following symptoms:

Fever Loss of taste or smell
Sore throat Cough
Vomitting or diarrohea Runny nose
Shortness of breath Fatigue

Confirm that you HAVE NOT been to any COVID-19 Hotspots or Areas of Concern in the past 2 weeks

Confirm you ARE NOT a close or casual contact of someone with COVID-19

You must be fully VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 to enter our Club

The wearing of a Face Mask is now optional between games

Upon entry you will need to check-in by:

  • Fill in the Attendance Sheet (incl. ph details)

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Sunday 17th April 2022

Player Memo – 7th April 2022

Club Opening Times - Easter Long Weekend

The PTTA Management Committee would like to advise ALL members that the Easter Long Weekend opening times are as follows:

Friday 15th April 2022 9:30am to 12:00pm OPEN
1:00pm to 5:00pm OPEN
7:00pm to 10:30pm OPEN
Saturday 16th April 2022 8:30am to 12:00pm OPEN
1:00pm to 5:00pm OPEN
Sunday 17th April 2022 8:30am to 12:30pm OPEN
1:00pm to 4:00pm CLOSED
Monday 18th April 2022 9:30am to 3:00pm OPEN
7:00pm to 11:00pm OPEN
Easter Bunny

Wishing all the Members a safe and happy Easter period.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Thursday 7th April 2022

Player Memo – 17th March 2022

Changes to Social Activities Funding Arrangements

Open Letter to all Payneham Social Players

Background

With regards to social sessions, you may or may not be aware that, for every $2.00 paid in attendance fees the Group Leader reconciles $1.50 to the Club and keeps $0.50 for social events.

The $0.50 kept by the Group Leaders will be referred to as SOCIAL FEES.

In the past, the Group Leader would use SOCIAL FEES to buy milk, table tennis balls from the Club and arrange activities such as ‘party days’ and/or consumables such as biscuits, chips etc.

This was an arrangement that worked well pre-COVID-19, and that some of you will remember the distant days of chips, biscuits, and the party days.

The dynamics of the Club, including the Management Committee, the new world of COVID-19 and the Club membership have all changed significantly over the past two years.

Changes & Rationale

Confirming that PTTA Inc. Management Committee at the January and February 2022 meetings discussed the ongoing implications of the COVID-19 restrictions, with emphasis to the Club’s social activities.

We have been living with COVID-19 for the past 2 years, with varying degrees of restrictions and closures imposed on Indoor Activities and our community. The concerns for the Management Committee in relation to social activities are:

  • There are 7 weekly sessions that fall under the guise of ‘social’ play, and as per Section 15.2 of the Constitution we are adhering and exceeding all requirements.
  • Across the 7 weekly sessions, conducted by different Group Leaders there is disparity in terms of how the SOCIAL FEES collected have been paid, spent, retained, or allocated to the Club etc.
  • We are concerned that the funds are technically ‘Association’ funds and should go through the Club’s books, this is not occurring.
  • Several groups for most of the 2 years of living with COVID-19 have simply paid the Club, the full $2.00 playing fee, rather than retain the SOCIAL FEES, while other Group L1eaders have, when possible, arranged social events using their accumulated SOCIAL FEES.

To bring equity, consistency, transparency, and fairness across the social sessions, the Management Committee, noting in the ‘new COVID-19 world’ we live in, has decided:

  • All Social Sessions are to pay the full $2.00 player fee to the Club, effective immediately (reaffirmed at the Management Committee meeting of Thursday 17th February 2022).
  • All Social Sessions Group Leaders are to account for accumulated SOCIAL FEES and sort out reconciling and reimbursing the Club, via either Brian or Marilyn their balances.
  • Once reconciled, Group Leaders will pay the Club the full $2.00 playing fee going forward, and no further accounting is required.
  • Social activities, until further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in SA are on hold, however the Management Committee going forward will encourage social activities, which will be funded by the Club on an equitable basis across the 7 weekly social sessions.

The Management Committee wants to adapt to the new COVID-19 world we live in and create equity and transparency, while removing any financial risk to Members funds across the playing sessions.

Payneham is in a healthy financial position, and we will continue our endeavours to improve the playing environment. Future social activities will be funded by the Club, which since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, covered all the additional operating and compliance costs.

The Competition and Coaching Social Sessions have always paid the full $2.00 to the Club (without any party days etc.). Social sessions will now be doing the same but with periodic social activities funded using Club funds.

We have researched the ‘history’ of the SOCIAL FEES, noting that when session fees were $1.50 the social component was $0.10/player/session. With the increase of fees some years ago to $2.00, the social component increased to $0.50/player/session.

The Management Committee note that several Group Leaders have conducted social activities in line with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 guidelines but is concerned this has created an inequity across the social sessions.

Lastly to highlight our rationale of the inequity, collectively if the Monday, Tuesday, and Friday sessions had retained their funds a further $7,000-8,000 would be ‘out’ in the system, with minimal accounting. This could bring the total of Members money in the ‘ether’ to between $12,000 and $14,000 which is unacceptable.

The Club buys everything – table tennis balls, coffee, tea, sugar milk, soda stream gas, cordial, hand sanitiser, face masks, cleaning products, arranges and pays the cleaner and everything else that is required to run and maintain the Club.

In closing we reiterate two critical comments:

  1. The Management Committee's decision was unanimous and effective immediately, 17th February 2022 and has used the Clubs Constitution - Section 13.2 – Authority of the Management Committee, items a) and b) to make this decision.
  2. The Management Committee considers that the old system could contravene the Club’s Constitution under Section 19 - Financial Management items b) and c)

Section 19. b) The Committee shall exercise rigorous due diligence to ensure that all Association funds are in Australian banks.

On Section 19 b) – the Management Committee does not recognise Members funds in a personal bank account as being acceptable risk management. Also, in the past, funds were kept in a biscuit tin in the office by a Group Leader who did not want the hassle of collecting SOCIAL FEES imposed upon them. We only recognise the Club’s official BankSA banking accounts.

and

Section 19. c) The Committee shall exercise rigorous due diligence to ensure that all transactions in all accounts, whether conducted personally or online, do not expose Association funds to any risk.

On Section 19 c) – the Management Committee considers this to be an unacceptable risk to Members funds, the Club and Management Committee is now formally expressing our concern and now find this an unacceptable risk. We consider the funds held in trust by Group Leaders to be Association funds.

The Management Committee wants the Members funds currently retained by Group Leaders paid back to the Club, without delay to avoid contravening the Club’s Constitution, bringing transparency and equity across the Clubs membership, and eliminating ALL financial risk and then we can move forward

We trust that the Management Committee has your support in making this decision.

PTTA Inc. Management Committee,
Thursday 17th March 2022

Player Memo Update – 7th March 2022

COVID-19 Restrictions

We have confirmed with SA Health today and the following is still applicable

  • Wearing of face masks for indoor activities while not playing table tennis.
  • Scanning the QR Code or check-in manually when attending the Club.

The Club has received a new COVID-Safe Plan, dated 25th February 2022, a copy of which is available on the Club’s noticeboard and the Club’s web page.

The Club has also received a new QR Code for scanning, again laminated copies are at the Club.

Resumption of Session Times

After the temporary January 2022 closure, the Club has now re-opened with all sessions except the Wednesday afternoon (2pm to 6pm) time slot due to Bill’s absence. The Management Committee is reviewing options for this session.

A thank you to Fabio who assisted with the interim re-opening looking after Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions until the usual Group Leaders returned. Also, a thank you to Charlie who has been covering on Tuesday and Friday morning sessions.

Eagan is now covering as Group Leader on Friday afternoons and Bill will be attending the session when he is free.

Change in PTTA Inc. Management Committee

After 18 months Michael Tran, representing the competition side of the Club has resigned from the Committee to resume tertiary studies which will also require regional placements. We thank Michael for his efforts and dedication, noting that the February 2022 meeting was his last. The Club wishes Michael all the best with his endeavours.

At the February 2022 meeting the PTTA Inc. Management Committee accepted a nomination from Stephy Ngu – nominated by outgoing competition committee member Michael Tran, seconded by Chris Phung. The nomination was unanimously accepted, and we look forward to Stephy’s input.

The vacancy was filled under Section 16 – Election of Committee, item c) and the replacement of Michael with Stephy will ensure good representation from the competition side of Payneham continues.

No Shrapnel Please

The Group Leaders and Treasurer have noted that we are getting a lot of silver, at most sessions and on a frequent basis. Please just bring gold coins or notes (small) and exchange. Also, to avoid any confusion, please sign in and pay before taking the court to play.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee,
Monday 7th March 2022

Player Memo Update – 12th January 2022

*** Reopening of the Club ***

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee can confirm that the Club will reopen from Thursday 13th January 2022 for some of the sessions. Please refer to an interim timetable below, which is applicable for the remainder of January 2022, unless Indoor Activities are subject to any SA Health lockdown or closure.

We expect numbers returning to slowly increase, but for those who want to play and can meet the Club’s expectations then we are open daily from tomorrow.

Expectations:

All those attending must be Double Vaccinated (minimum) and provide evidence of their vaccination status either via hardcopy Vaccination Certificate or via the government approved App.

Simply put, if you are not Double Vaccinated or cannot provide evidence DO NOT COME to the Club you will not be allowed to play.

As we have said previously Verbal Advice WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED under any circumstances.

You will be required to complete the Confirmation of Vaccination Form at the time you provide the proof, and now this can be signed off by any of the Club’s authorised representatives – Committee Member, Group Leader or Public Officer (Gary Stiliano).

You will be asked only once to provide the proof and we will prepare a registered list of Vaccinated Players, which will be updated on a regular basis.

By attending the Club, you confirm that you will adhere to the Club’s COVID-19 Safe Playing Rules, a copy of which will be provided to you at the time of completing the Confirmation of Vaccination form. Soon it will also be uploaded to the Club’s webpage.

Compliance is compulsory to attend, if you do not comply you may be asked to leave the session by the Group Leader.

The Management Committee acknowledges that a few Group Leaders and several Players have not chosen / will not choose to return to the Club in the interim and we respect their decisions.


Interim Club Opening Times – until further notice, commencing 13th January 2022

Day Session Time Group Leader(s) Commencement Date
Monday 9.30am to 3.00pm Fabio Valoppi / Gary Stiliano Starting 17th January 2022
Tuesday 9.00am to 12.00pm John Cox / Charlie Vignale Starting 18th January 2022
Tuesday 1.00pm to 10.00pm Xiao Zhigang Starting 18th January 2022
Wednesday 9.30am to 3.00pm Fabio Valoppi Starting 19th January 2022
Wednesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm Ling Tan Starting 19th January 2022
Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm Fabio Valoppi / Gary Stiliano Starting 13th January 2022
Thursday 7.00pm to 11.00pm Ling Tan ** Starting 20th January 2022 **
Friday 7.00pm to 10.30pm Xiao Zhigang Starting 14th January 2022
Saturday 8.30am to 12.00pm Arun Aryan Starting 15th January 2022
Saturday 1.00pm to 5.00pm Arun Aryan Starting 15th January 2022
Sunday 8.30am to 12.30pm Xiao Zhigang Starting 16th January 2022
Sunday 1.00pm to 4.00pm Tony Campanale / Bernie Kaminski Starting 16th January 2022

Some critical points:

  • Confirmation of Vaccination is mandatory
  • Face Masks when not playing are ALWAYS mandatory
  • There will be no drinking or eating in the Club, which therefore eliminates the excuse of not wearing a face mask. This loophole / excuse for not wearing your mask has now been removed.
  • QR Code check-in / Manual sign-in is mandatory, in legible writing

So, welcome back, lets start fresh in 2022 as we continue to learn to live with the virus.

PTTA Inc. Management Committee,
Wednesday 12th January 2022

*** URGENT *** Player Memo #3 Update – 9th January 2022

When the Club reopens you will be required to complete this Confirmation of Vaccination declaration the first time you return to the Club.

DO NOT print the form, we will have copies at the Club.

You will need to bring evidence of your vaccination status when attending the Club, verbal advice will not be accepted.

We are sharing the form with you, so you know what to expect.

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Example

Confirmation of Vaccination (COVID-19) Status

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee at the meeting of the 3rd of January 2022, cancelled the Special General Meeting scheduled for 9th of January 2022 due to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 positive cases in South Australia.

At the same meeting, the Management Committee approved the following Vaccination Policy for people to play table tennis at Payneham.

  1. All persons playing and visiting Payneham Table Tennis Academy, over the age of twelve years must have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination. Original evidence either thru a government managed App or hard copy of the Vaccination Certificates must be sighted (only once) by a Committee Member.
  2. To continue playing or visiting Payneham the person must receive a third dose / booster within 6 months of the date of the second dose, otherwise their approval status to play at Payneham will lapse. Again, proof of the third dose / booster must be sighted (only once) by a Committee Member.

Player Name: _______________________________________________________
(If you are known at the Club by another name, please insert both)

Date of Vaccination:         1st Dose: __________________________
2nd Dose: __________________________
3rd Dose: __________________________
4th Dose: __________________________ (if required)

Signed by the Player/Visitor as being understood: _______________________

Sighted & Dated by Committee Member: _______________________________

Please Note – To respect your privacy this document will be kept on file and only available to the PTTA Inc. Management Committee. The Club will provide only an updated list of persons to Group Leaders of players / visitors who have had their Vaccination Status Confirmed.<

Once evidence is sighted you will not be required to provide proof of vaccination at each session.




PTTA Inc. Management Committee
9th January 2022

*** URGENT *** - Player Memo #2 Update – 9th January 2022

** Vaccination Policy for Payneham Table Tennis Academy **

  1. All persons playing and visiting Payneham Table Tennis Academy, over the age of twelve years must have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination. Original evidence either thru a government managed App or hard copy of the Vaccination Certificates must be sighted (only once) by a Committee Member.
  2. To continue playing or visiting Payneham the person must receive a third dose / booster within 6 months of the date of the second dose, otherwise their approval status to play at Payneham will lapse. Again, proof of the third dose / booster must be sighted (only once) by a Committee Member.
  3. Players are to complete the ‘Confirmation of Vaccination Form’ prior to playing table tennis at Payneham and are required to initially show evidence of having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination. Before six months has passed from the date of the second dose the member is to show evidence of a third / booster dose. Provision for future booster doses will also apply based on best known medical research.
  4. All players completing their ‘Confirmation of Vaccination Form’ will be provided with a copy of COVID-19 Safe Playing Rules, prepared by the Club which will incorporate mandatory SA Health conditions for ‘indoor activities’ plus additional requirements deemed necessary by the PTTA Inc. Management Committee.
  5. To play table tennis at Payneham once the Club reopens, points 1 to 4 are not negotiable and the Club will not, under any circumstances accept verbal advice of various stages of vaccination. If you can’t receive any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons, then the Club will need to see your immunisation statement and COVID-19 Digital Certificate, providing confirmation that your condition has been listed on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

It is our aim to ensure that Payneham provides a safe, hygienic and COVID-19 mindful facility for the playing of table tennis and for the wellbeing of all our members as we learn to live with the virus.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
9th January 2022

*** URGENT *** Player Memo #1 Update – 9th January 2022

** Background for Vaccination Policy for Payneham Table Tennis Academy **

The PTTA inc. Management Committee, notes the following timeline:

Management Committee – 6th December 2021, concerns over rising cases of COVID-19 in SA including new Omicron variant since the SA Border has been reopened.

Management Committee – 6th December 2021, approved calling a Special General Meeting to put a motion to introduce a Vaccination Policy to the Membership, scheduled for 9th January 2022.

Management Committee – 13th December 2021, cancelled all proposed and scheduled Social Activities leading up to the Xmas / New Year Festive period due to COVID-19 positive cases increasing.

Management Committee – 20th December 2021, raised concerns over complacency in adhering to COVID-19 Safe protocols during some sessions, reiterating the restrictions concerning face masks, drinking, social distancing, and use of hand sanitiser etc.

Management Committee – 29th December 2021, closed the Club in response to the surging number of COVID-19 positive cases in SA, plus the continued level of complacency and the advice that a small group that were blatantly defying the COVID-19 Safe protocols.

Management Committee – 31st December 2021, reaffirmed its position on closure of the Club as the number of positive COVID-19 cases surged in SA, hospitalisations were on the rise, advice while at times conflicting from the SA Government was to minimise mobility in the community.

Management Committee – 3rd January 2022, voted on the cancellation of the Special General Meeting scheduled for 9th January 2022 as it would be unwise to call for a large gathering while SA COVID-19 cases and community transmission continued to rise alarmingly in the SA.

Management Committee – 3rd January 2022, voted on the introduction of a Vaccination Policy, using the parameters within the Club’s Constitution allowing the Management Committee to conduct the Clubs’ affairs in a responsible manner.

Management Committee – 3rd January 2022, voted on a careful and orderly reopening of the Club as indications by SA Government is that indoor activities would not go into lockdown. It was acknowledged that some members want the opportunity to continue to play table tennis. The reopening will be under strict guidelines of a Vaccination Policy, and the introduction of new strict COVID-19 Safe Rules.

For any further background members can re-read previous Player Memo’s issued by the PTTA Inc. Management Committee - all listed on the Club’s website.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
9th January 2022

URGENT - *** SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING – CANCELLED ***

Please be advised that the PTTA Inc. Management Committee held its recent meeting on 3rd January 2022 and has decided the following:

  1. Due to the continuing increase in COVID-19 positive cases in SA, and the heightened risk of exposure to the virus in a large group gathering the Management Committee has cancelled the Special General Meeting scheduled for Sunday 9th January 2022 at 1.00pm.
  2. The Special General Meeting will not be rescheduled, instead the PTTA Inc. Management Committee has taken upon itself to implement a ‘Vaccination Policy’ modelled around the original motion, but further extended as scientific evidence confirms the significant health benefits and reduced risk to those that have been double vaccinated. A ‘booster’ or third dose condition will be included.
  3. The PTTA Inc. Management Committee is developing a new set of COVID-19 Safe Guidelines for the Club, which will incorporate those mandated by SA Health and already outlined in the Club’s COVID-Safe-Plan, plus additional restrictions the Management Committee deem necessary. If you come to play table tennis at Payneham you will be required to adhere to them, they will be non-negotiable as compliance will be paramount.
  4. We are being asked to live with COVID-19 as the ‘new norm’, and although positive COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase at a concerning rate in SA the Government, at this stage seems unwilling to put ‘indoor activities’ into a lockdown. In response to this the temporary closure of the Club has allowed the Management Committee to implement:
    • A Vaccination Policy for the Club
    • Stricter COVID-19 Safe Guidelines for playing table tennis at the Club
  5. The Management Committee is now looking at the timing for implementation of the above and then to re-open the Club for those who want to play table tennis in the new COVID-19 environment.

So, we ask that you remain patient while we complete our documentation, while continuing to review the Club’s webpage, and encourage anyone not registered on the Club’s emailing database to sign-up.

We also need time to work with the Group Leaders, ensuring we have sufficient qualified persons willing to attend and manage the sessions within the expectations of the Management Committee, noting that is a divided and difficult decision as we have many vulnerable members.

We also suggest for those Members that have been double vaccinated to get your documentation in order, once the Club re-opens you will be required to provide evidence of double vaccination (only once) from an appropriate authority – Certificate in hard copy or Government App.

*** Verbal advice of being double vaccinated will not be accepted under any circumstances.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Tuesday 4th January 2022

*** URGENT *** Player Memo Update – 31st December 2021

To further elaborate the PTTA Inc. Management Committee closed the Club for the interim for two main reasons:

  1. Safety and the wellbeing of our Members, Group Leaders, and other Volunteers, while we receive clear advice from SA Health and the SA Government, which has been constantly conflicting and changing, but also, until we have a clear understanding of the impact of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in SA.

    On this point many issues were outlined in the Player Memo 29th December 2021, however since taking the decision to close the Club when SA COVID daily positive case numbers were recorded at 995, we have had a continue rise in the case numbers of 1,472, 1,374 and now a record breaking 2,093.

    There are more than 11,000 active cases of COVID-19 currently in SA.

    SA has now experienced 4 deaths of people having tested positive to COVID-19 in the recent outbreak. A number which is expected to grow in coming days / weeks.

    At the time of taking the decision the most recent modelling indicated that daily infected cases numbers could rise to 4,000 per day, this is now likely to increase to 6,000 daily and within the next 7-10 days based on new modelling.

    Hospitalisation is increasing and the queues for people wanting to have a COVID-19 test, and then to receive the result of the test continues to be long and unacceptable.

  2. Compliance – simply put we are failing at many sessions to adhere to the strict COVID-19 restrictions placed on the Club as part of our COVID-SAFE-PLAN, due to two factors – complacency and defiance.

    The Player Memo issued 20th December 2021, clearly identified the responsibilities of Members attending Payneham in relation to COVID-19 restrictions, the Club’s expectations, and our obligations under the COVID-SAFE-PLAN. People are becoming complacent in following the rules.

    However, more disturbing to the Committee has been the discovery that a small group of attending players are in blatant defiance of the COVID-19 rules. Now a message to you from the Committee. We know who you are, we know your tactics and the Committee is appalled that someone would fraudulently give incorrect names, contact numbers, not check-in with QR codes, fail to wear masks, write ineligible details on the attendance sheet etc.

    You are showing a total disrespect for the Club and your fellow members so to those few – take this on board, if your selfish, irresponsible defiance continues you will be asked to leave, and the Committee will revoke your membership. Do not test our resolve on this or you will be exited from Payneham permanently.

    A breach of COVID-19 regulations by an organisation can result in a penalty of $5,000.

    A copy of the Club’s latest COVID-SAFE-PLAN 28 December 2021 is at the Club for your perusal – the most recent copy is ALWAYS available. The latest version is also on the Club’s web page.

Lastly, the Committee acknowledges the following.

  • The SA Government has not put ‘indoor activities’ into lockdown, the closure of Payneham has been a decision taken solely by the Management Committee and we stand by that path.
  • For some reason, unbeknown to the masses and while the SA Health Chief Officer is spruiking ‘stay at home’ during NYE, Adelaide Oval is schedule to hold a Big Bash cricket match tonight with a maximum of 25,000 people able to attend. For the life of us – WHY?

There will be NO playing of table tennis at Payneham until further notice.

If people are still unhappy, you have either not understood the situation SA is facing or are happy to take your chances by still wanting to play and move around the community. Some have questioned the Committee’s authority to impose such as decision for the Club.

So, to remove any question about the legitimacy about the PTTA Inc. Management Committee’s decision I refer to Sections 13.1 a) and b) as well as 13.2 a) and b) of the Club’s Constitution.

We are simply acting in a responsible manner in conducting the Club’s affairs on the basis that which we were elected to perform.

The Management Committee will be meeting on Monday 3rd January 2022 and will advise of further updates as decisions are taken.

Wishing everyone a Safe New Year & Better 2022!

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Friday 31st December 2021

URGENT NOTICE

No playing Table Tennis until further notice

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee has taken the decision today to effectively close the Club, effective, from Thursday 30th December 2021 (no sessions this Thursday).

There will be NO playing of table tennis at Payneham until further notice.

We have taken this decision based on the following:

  • The rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases in SA, including the new Omicron variant which is now the dominant strain in SA. SA Health has predicted that the effect of the more contagious Omicron variant will result in a doubling of case numbers every 3-4 days in SA,
  • The SA Government is requesting the community to reduce their mobility, encouraging people to work from home where possible, cancelling much of the elective surgery in anticipation of an influx in hospitalisation, introducing mandatory third dose / booster shots for all frontline workers, implementing further density / activity restrictions – we see the writing on the wall with the new wave of COVID-19 infections for indoor activities,
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 is now high and increasing daily in SA, from previously only having cases from returned overseas travellers,
  • Increasing number of exposure sites in Adelaide, with the delay in COVID-19 testing and acknowledgment of returned results causing concern that people are active in the community while infected, and without their knowledge,
  • There are members attending the Club who have elected not to receive a vaccination, and the Club is reviewing its position on vaccination at the Special General Meeting scheduled for 9th January 2022,
  • We have a large group of vulnerable members attending the Club and we are not wanting to unnecessarily put those members, the Group Leaders, and other volunteers at risk as SA enters a period of continued uncertainty,
  • With the current situation of COVID-19 in SA members are electing to voluntarily stay away from the Club, attendance at recent sessions has been 30-50% compared to previous numbers, and together with the Festive period / school holidays, imminent heat period we continue to expect attendance to remain low.

Simply put, the PTTA Inc. Management Committee is taking a cautious ‘wait and see’ approach with how the new COVID-19 wave of infection in SA will impact the community and believe that the playing of table tennis while enjoyable and an integral part of our lives should not be the immediate focus.

Thanks for your understanding & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Wednesday 29th December 2021

Player Memo – 22nd December 2021

Festive Period Opening Times

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee would like to confirm the opening times for the Festive / New Year period.

The club will remain OPEN for ALL sessions throughout the Festive / New Year period, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Merry Christmas

The Management Committee would like to sincerely thank the Group Leaders for their time and dedication throughout 2021 as well as other Club Volunteers for their continued support, in what has been an interesting and challenging year for everyone.

Please take care over the Festive Period and stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone for a safer, kinder and a prosperous 2022.

If you have any queries over the coming period, please email [email protected] or call the Club (08) 8332 3676.

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Player Memo Update – 20th December 2021

COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Confirming that PTTA Inc. Management Committee at the meeting of Monday 6th December 2021 discussed the ongoing implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions. Our concerns remain high as the COVID-19 cases and exposures sites increase in SA.

Please take the below as a timely reminder how we ALL need to contribute to the Club remaining safe and open:

  • Each alternate hallway chair has been turned and is not available for use to ensure social distancing, please DO NOT rearrange the furniture.
  • Please DO NOT place your bags / clothing on ‘available’ chairs for sitting.
  • Players are required to use hand sanitiser provided by the Club upon entering the stadium and frequently throughout their playing session.
  • Players are required to use the QR Code for checking in, as well as manually completing the attendance sheet, ensuring that your name is legible (and correct).
  • 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 of 1.5metres must be adhered to, where practical.
  • There is to be NO hand shaking at the conclusion of games.

QR check-in or Manual check-in is NOT OPTIONAL, if you deliberately choose not to check-in, you will be asked to leave.

Face Masks – Are Mandatory

  • 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.
  • All players not wearing a face mask while drinking or eating are required to be seated. This is NOT optional.

So, to be very clear – standing, holding a water bottle, and not wearing a face mask DOES NOT CONSTITUTE DRINKING.

Please support the Management Committee and Group Leaders and do the ‘right thing’, if people fail to adhere to the above requirements they may be asked to leave, if there is ongoing flouting of the COVID-19 rules then the Committee may review players membership.

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

Thanks & Stay Safe

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Monday 20th December 2021

Membership in December 2021

There are approximately 300 active members of the club.



Player Memo Update – 13th December 2021

ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

Confirming that PTTA Inc. Management Committee at the meeting of Monday 6th December 2021 discussed the ongoing implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions. Our concerns are:
  • The recent opening of the SA border to interstate travellers, including those in regions / cities where COVID outbreaks are still under management and new cases confirmed daily.
  • The advice of the new Omicron variant of COVID arriving in Australia, and that possible COVID-19 cases under investigation in SA may also be the new variant.
  • The lack of information released by WHO and SA Health about the new Omicron variant and what is known about the new strain.
  • The number of new daily cases in SA advised by SA Health since the border re-opened and the fact that we now have community transmission in SA.
  • The number of exposure sites in SA, and close to the Club is of a major concern in particular the Norwood cluster.

Based on the above information, the PTTA Inc. Management Committee has confirmed and agreed, via email over the weekend that the following is to occur:

On this basis the PTTA Inc. Management Committee advises that NO Social Events / Activities are to be organised for the near future, including and specifically Xmas’s break-ups. The decision is effective immediately.

This is not a decision that has been made by the Group Leaders, it has been taken by the PTTA Inc. Management Committee.

It includes activities in the Club, in the adjacent park or elsewhere.

The Management Committee focus is keeping the Club open and compliant with current SA Health restrictions, providing a safe playing environment for its member’s.

PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Monday 13th December 2021

Player Memo Update – 12th December 2021

NOTICE of Special General Meeting
on Sunday 9th January 2022 at 1.00pm, at the Club

The PTTA Inc. Management Committee confirms its decision to call a Special General Meeting for 9th January 2022 at 1.00pm

Under Section 23, Point b) members must be given 28 days’ notice of the meeting and the notice must explain the purpose of the meeting, and Under Section 23, Point c) if an unexpected and urgent issue arises the Committee may reduce notification period to a minimum of 14 days – the notification must explain the purpose of the meeting.

Motion supported unanimously by the PTTA Inc. Management Committee at its meeting of Monday 6th December 2021 and to be voted for:

“Payneham Table Tennis Academy Incorporated Management Committee is proposing that only financial members that have received two doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine and provide appropriate evidence either through a physical copy of the vaccination certificate or through the MyGov or SAGov App to personnel nominated by the Committee can attend the Club, effective Monday 17th January 2022.”

Note – If the above motion is approved, there will one week’s grace for Members to provide the required evidence, noting that verbal advice will not suffice.

Agenda

  • Confirmation of Attendees
  • Confirmation of Number 2021-22 Membership (only +18yo)
  • Confirmation of Quorum Numbers
  • Vote and Decision on the Motion

This is your Club and an especially prominent issue, so ALL members are encouraged to attend the Special General Meeting and cast their vote.

There will be NO discussion - the motion will simply be put to a vote by a show of hands.

Quorum for a Special General Meeting is 5% of the membership (aged above 18 years).

No proxy vote or postal vote can be accepted.

PTTA Inc. Management Committee
Sunday 12th December 2021



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

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