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IPSWICH AND DISTRICT BADMINTON LEAGUE

CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS TO AGM SEPTEMBER 2019

Unfortunately, this year I’m starting my remarks by reiterating the Secretary’s comments about our disappointment in having to cancel the Championships and Veterans Events, particularly as they had appeared to be gaining wider support in recent years.  We are seeking views to help us when considering options for the future – as Glenn has mentioned, there is an item under Any Other Business on tonight’s agenda.  A further disappointment was the cancellation of the end of season party, despite the best efforts of Stuart and Thorpeness – thank you – and we still have draw prizes in reserve, all of which were donated. 

On a more positive note, Glenn has referred to the relatively smooth running of the League with few problems for the Committee to address – however, as he has said, we are supporting the plea for players to serve within the rules, and a reminder will be circulated shortly.  Tactful interventions are required.  I’m also thanking the Committee members for their hard work in contributing to the administration of the League and for organising the Playford trophy and Junior tournaments which we were able to hold this year.  Thank you also to Paul Finbow for once again examining the accounts. 

The lack of support for the Championships, and the need to break even with the Junior events, mean that the Committee has work to do in looking at the future running of these events.  We continue to monitor the League’s finances and to seek additional sources of funding – your suggestions for potential sponsors would be welcome. 

During the year we lost Chris Goodman and Paul Brinkley, both longstanding supporters of local badminton.  The Committee was represented at services held in their memory.

Julie Pike continues as our BE relationship manager.  Clubs are encouraged to contact her if they wish to apply for funding, and some have already been successful in obtaining grants towards qualifying projects. 

In conclusion, thank you for your hard work on behalf of your clubs.  Please continue to put your concerns and suggestions to us so that we can try and progress them where we are in a position to do so.  Your assistance in encouraging your members to support League activities would be appreciated.  Best wishes for an enjoyable season.

Linda Sheppard          September 2019

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