Our First Night at the New Venue

Hi all,

Well, after almost 10 years, we have played our first session at a new venue, and do you know what? I think it was pretty good J.

But I’m just one person. What do you think? If you played at Botany last night, let me know what YOU thought.

I received various comments last night, mostly positive, but the most asked question was “are the courts smaller”? Personally, I doubt it, but I don’t know for sure. A couple of our members also play at Tempe on other days – maybe one of them could measure and compare the court sizes? Regardless, the Botany courts will be based on international badminton standards.

Personally, getting used to the non-slip surface was hardest for me, but I got used to it by the end of the night. And I guess other people found other things a bit different.

But like anything, we will all get used to the differences and adapt. The important thing is that we now have a long term booking for Monday nights only, so no more Sundays. And, no more netballers, volleyball or soccer lines, nets, or clashes J.

Anyway, fell free to respond to this email with your thoughts, comments or suggestions.

Cheers for now,

Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

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

 

 

Update for New Venue – Please Read!

Hi all,

Tomorrow evening is our first play session at the new venue. Here are some things that will help:

MAPS, PHOTOS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Our website has been updated with this stuff. Please go to our about page to view it.

ARRIVAL TIME

Because it’s our first time, please try to arrive a bit earlier than usual, so that you can check out the centre before play commences (toilets, etc, etc).

PARKING

After entering the driveway (there is a big “VICTOR” sign at the entrance), drive all the way to the rear to find parking.

·         We are likely to be arriving earlier than other groups, so avoid parking on the north side or you might get blocked in – it is double parking (cars parking behind other cars).

OUR COURTS

We have 7 out of the 14 courts at the venue. As you walk in, our courts are on the left hand side (we plan to stick a notice on the wall showing court numbers, etc).

THE COMPUTER AND MONEY COLLECTION

We will be set up on a table on the left hand side in the sitting area. Please pay there and get entered into the computer as usual.

NEW SESSION COST

As previously mentioned, the member cost is now $15 (up from $12 previously). Non-members are $18. Again, try to bring correct money if possible.

BE PATIENT

This is very important. We are sure to have some teething problems on our first night, so I ask that everyone be patient while we sort things out.

CALLING OUT NAMES & COURTS

When each game finishes (when the alarm goes off), please return to the sitting area quickly.

·         We will not be “shouting out” court assignments for the next game because we don’t want to disturb the other groups.

WARM-UP SHUTTLES

There are white bins located between the courts. These are for “warm-up” shuttles, and the shuttles are free for all groups to use (we will also bring some warm-up shuttles of our own just in case).

·         Please put your used shuttles into these bins. Rubbish shuttles will be regularly removed and disposed of by the centre staff.

·         Please make sure you bring any good shuttles back to the sitting area).

That’s it for now folks.

Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

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

 

 

Last Session at Temp Tomorrow

Hi all,

This is just a final reminder that tomorrow (Monday 29th May), will be our LAST session to be played at Tempe.

Starting next week (Monday 5th June), we will be playing at the new venue at Botany. Full details, times, maps, etc are on our website.

We only have contact details for current and past members, so if you have any friends (non-members) who only play occasionally, can you please let them know.

Cheers for now,
Bill

Sydney Shuttles Badminton Club

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

 

 

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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