New venue at Botany – Another Update

Hi again all,

Everything is now finalised for the new venue. Here are the details of the new courts and our booking again (our website has also been updated to show these details):

Location: Victor Badminton Centre, 30 Sir Joseph Banks St, Botany

Facilities: 14 courts (2 rows of 7 courts), LED side lighting, non-slip, sprung court surface, toilets & showers, sitting area, off street parking, shop with Victor range of products, racket stringing service. Note that there are no other types of sport played at this venue.

Our Courts: 7 courts (1 row of 7). We will be on the left side looking from the front of the venue, which will give us best access to the sitting area (and a table for our computer, etc). We have only booked 7 courts to start with because we rarely make good use of 8 courts at Tempe (and it helps keep the cost down for everyone). Of course, if our numbers grow, we would look at increasing the number of courts.

Booking Time: Monday nights, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, all year round, including most public holidays.

First Session: Our first session there will be Monday 5th June. That means our last session at Tempe will be Monday 29th May.

Session Cost: These courts are significantly more expensive than the courts at Tempe, but we have negotiated a fairly good rate and reduced the court numbers to 7, so we only need to increase the session cost from $12 to $15.

Public Transport: Public transport is not as good as Tempe. State Bus route 309 & 310 from Railway Square/Green Square and East Gardens would probably be the best public transport option. Closest bus stop to the centre is Botany Rd near Cranebrook St (309) & Swinbourne St near Queen St (310).

Transport Assistance: For those people who normally use public transport to come to badminton, could you please respond to this email and let me know. We’ve already had people offering to pickup other people and we will help put you in touch with them.
This can work in many different ways (pickup and/or drop off at various train stations for example). More on this once I’ve got a better idea on who uses public transport
J.

Cheers for now,
Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

www.sydneyshuttles.org.au
admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au

2017 Trans-Tasman Early Bird Registrations End Tommorow

Hi all,

The 2017 Trans-Tasman ‘early bird’ registrations will end tomorrow, so if you want to get the best price, you’d better get in quick.

Please read the following message from Auckland Feathers Badminton Club for more details.

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The 5th annual Trans-Tasman Tournament is now open to buy tickets.

Similar to last year, we are offering an ‘early bird’ discount which is NZD50 until 21 May. There are a limited number of ‘early bird’ tickets available so please advise your members to take advantage of this discount early. Once these are sold out the normal price is NZD60. As we don’t have a decent cafe on site, we will be providing a meal to all of the tournament players on 4th November at no additional cost. 

To make a purchase, please visit our website http://www.aucklandfeathers.com/tournament-2017 and click on the first blue banner. Payment can be made via credit card through Paypal. Once you have made a payment, you will be able to complete a registration form for the tournament.

Please note that the date of the event showing on the registration site can be rather confusing. Instead of 4 November, it is showing as 11/4/17 – the American style. Please ask your members to ignore that. The date of the tournament is 4 November 2017.

We will send out the details of the tournament later on this year. In the meanwhile, if your members have any questions, please ask them to email tournament@aucklandfeathers.com. The organisers are still welcome to talk to us on Facebook though.


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Cheers, Bill

New venue at Botany – Update

Hi all, this is just to give you a quick update on our progress for the new venue.

We have finalised our discussions with the manager of the badminton venue at Botany and have agreed on rates, booking times, court numbers, etc. We have also agreed and booked in a start date at the new venue.

The only thing left to do is to sort out the paperwork (which we expect to do in the next few days). Once the paperwork is done, it will be full steam ahead.

Here are the basic details of the new courts and our booking:

Location: Victor Badminton Centre, 30 Sir Joseph Banks St, Botany

Facilities: 14 courts (2 rows of 7 courts), LED side lighting, non-slip, sprung court surface, toilets & showers, sitting area, off street parking, shop with Victor range of products, racket stringing service. Note that there are no other types of sport played at this venue.

Our Courts: 7 courts (1 row of 7). We will be on the left side looking from the front of the venue, which will give us best access to the sitting area (and a table for our computer, etc). We have only booked 7 courts to start with because we rarely make good use of 8 courts at Tempe (and it helps keep the cost down for everyone). Of course, if our numbers grow, we would look at increasing the number of courts.

Booking Time: Monday nights, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, all year round, including most public holidays.

First Session: Our first session there will be Monday 5th June. That means our last session at Tempe will be Monday 29th May.

Session Cost: These courts are significantly more expensive than the courts at Tempe, but we have negotiated a fairly good rate and reduced the court numbers to 7, so we only need to increase the session cost from $12 to $15.

Public Transport: Public transport is not as good as Tempe. State Bus route 309 & 310 from Railway Square/Green Square and East Gardens would probably be the best public transport option. Closest bus stop to the centre is Botany Rd near Cranebrook St (309) & Swinbourne St near Queen St (310).

Transport Assistance: For those people who normally use public transport to come to badminton, could you please respond to this email and let me know. We’ve already had people offering to pickup other people and we will help put you in touch with them.
This can work in many different ways (pickup and/or drop off at various train stations for example). More on this once I’ve got a better idea on who uses public transport
J.

Here’s a few photos of the venue:

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Cheers for now,
Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

www.sydneyshuttles.org.au
admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au

 

 

 

Moving forward – looking at a new venue

Hi all,

Our Sunday sessions have had steadily declining numbers for the last couple of years. Reducing down to 4 courts helped for a while, but we are again losing money. The average turnout on Sundays this year was 12 people, which is simply not enough to keep it going.

So we are faced with a couple of choices.

CHOICE 1: Drop Sundays altogether, and just play on Monday nights for 6 months of the year at our current venue.

·         This is a simple option, but the concern is that some people won’t want to take 6 months off, and some might lose interest altogether.

 

CHOICE 2: Move to a new venue where we can get week night sessions all year round.

·         We have been looking for alternative venues for many years. One has finally come up. It is a new, purpose-built badminton centre in Botany, with 14 courts (see photo below).

·         There are a number of advantages and disadvantages with this venue.

·         Advantages:

o   Permanent, long term, stable booking.

o   Great courts (non-slip mats, LED side lighting)

o   Badminton only (no issues with wrong lines, net setup, hire conflicts, etc)

o   Sufficient car parking

o   Badminton gear shop, re-stringing service, toilets & showers, table & chair sitting area, snack and drink vending machines.

·         Disadvantages:

o   A bit further to travel for some people (but maybe closer for others).

o   More expensive. We would need to increase the 2-hour session cost from $12 to $15.

o   Lacking decent public transport. Nearest bus stops are Buses 309, L09, X09 – 7 min walk (600m) or Buses 310, X10 – 10 min walk (800m). For people who depend on public transport, getting picked up and dropped off by someone with a car would be worth looking into, even if it’s just from a train station that’s on the way. The club should be able to  help facilitate this by matching people’s locations and habits..

We need to make our decision by the end of this week or we will lose the opportunity. So, that gives everyone a few days to make any comments or suggestions. If you do have any comments or suggestions, please reply to this email (quickly).

That’s it for now,
Bill

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Badminton for next Monday 10 May

Hi all,

I have received confirmation that our booking for this coming Monday 10th May is 100% confirmed (all 8 courts from 7-9pm).

I’m also in the process of checking the Easter Monday booking – I’ll let you know about it soon.

We still don’t have an explanation of what went wrong last week (the booking guy is still on holidays).

Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

www.sydneyshuttles.org.au
admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au

 

 

FW: URGENT – READ NOW – Tonight’s badminton is CANCELLED – UPDATE

Hi again,

I managed to get an SMS sent out to about 50 people before my phone started “objecting”, so I’m hoping that everyone got the message before it was too late. For anyone who didn’t get a message in time, my apologies.

The person at Sydney Uni who manages the bookings is on holidays this week, so I don’t expect we will get an explanation any time soon. But I’ll let you know more when I know.

Bill

 

From: admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au [mailto:admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 3 April 2017 5:17 PM
To: info@sydneyshuttles.org.au
Subject: URGENT – READ NOW – Tonight’s badminton is CANCELLED
Importance: High

 

Sorry everyone, but I’ve just had a call from Sydney Uni that there has been a double booking at the venue tonight, so our booking is CANCELLED.

If you read this email in time, please ring your friends and tell them (in case they don’t get this email in time).

We will be investigating this and will let you know more ASAP.

Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

www.sydneyshuttles.org.au
admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au

 

URGENT – READ NOW – Tonight’s badminton is CANCELLED

Sorry everyone, but I’ve just had a call from Sydney Uni that there has been a double booking at the venue tonight, so our booking is CANCELLED.

If you read this email in time, please ring your friends and tell them (in case they don’t get this email in time).

We will be investigating this and will let you know more ASAP.

Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

www.sydneyshuttles.org.au
admin@sydneyshuttles.org.au

 

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