COMMUNITY COACH COURSE
Wednesday 19th September
Once again this year has been another big year for KDBA.
In my role as President in 2009 I am in a unique position. For the first time in KDBAs history, the President does not have to relinquish the position. It is now a 2 year appointment. This circumstance allows me to reflect on the past year and also plan for the future.
As we grow we have to become more professional with what we do and how we do it. This can only mean the community gets a better service. Whereas once we were a group of unpaid volunteers providing a service to like minded sports people we are now a corporately responsible entity with quite a few legal requirements expected of us. We are not only entrusted with your money we are now much more responsible for your safety and wellbeing.
KDBA has assigned a person to ensure we comply with legal requirements concerning Working With Children. It is an important role for us to ensure we get it right and protection for all the younger people that this association relies on for its future. The State Government has provided workshops that allow us to understand our legal requirements and rights and we have expanded that to encompass Member Protection. A role that is occasionally crucial to the well being of us all. Should anyone have need of their services we can hopefully provide understanding and assistance.
Our website has grown and now features up-to-date information on games and premiership tables plus news from your association. It doesn’t matter which part you may be interested in we now have a one stop website for it all.
Our SUNS club have again promoted our association and Hills hospitality in a most organised and professional way.
Our WABL teams have shown the states basketball community we are a finals competitive club. Our SBL teams made finals and our girls gave Willetton a very big fight winning game 2 but lost in the third game for a place in the grand final. Our SBL second year was an improvement on our first year and 2010 looks to be an even bigger year. Some rearrangements of personnel and the addition of an Operations Manager has seen us get set for a very big 2010. Suns SBL have secured some big names in both Women and Mens teams and at the same time we have our home grown youngsters gaining experience with them. Financially SUNS are set to welcome a deal to be announced in January. Keep and eye out on January 18th for the details. As current chair for Suns I thank my committee for all their dedication and hard work.
Still with Suns we are actively seeking additional sponsorship and a deal with Kangaroo Photos and Promotions will certainly lift our professionalism and encourage more sponsors and advertisers to come on board. They will also help chronicle our history and provide quality photography to the association and members. Attracting sponsorship and advertising not only adds to income it brings us closer to the community.
Mixed basketball continues on Friday nights giving players and parents of players an opportunity to play as families or couples in a friendly competition. We had a long early 2009 season and now a short season to Christmas. We hope to offer mixed next year as well.
Our kiosk continues to prosper and put back monies into both netball and basketball whilst providing us with food and drink. Joint projects such as the new speakers and amplifiers are one great benefit from the kiosk. There should be no more excuses from some that they didn’t understand the messages.
The future committee will again look to improve the operation of the centre by purchasing equipment that will benefit or modernise the centre.
For the bigger picture it is becoming more obvious that we have reached capacity for 6 courts. Both Basketball and Netball are on the up so we are having to squeeze timeslots and events to cater for both codes. It won’t happen soon but not too far in the future we will need more indoor courts to cater for the same proportion of the population. There is a long lead time for that to occur so the first ideas of how to go about it are now being discussed.
Finally, we have younger committee members who are giving good service to the committee with fresh ideas and energy and who ably support the stalwarts who have given tirelessly over the years. I give my sincere thanks to all who are involved in running this centre and the games.
I hope my role has been a positive one and I look forward to another year at the helm of this great association.
24th November 2009