The Club has enjoyed a lot of support from our members and their guests during the weeks of 2015 Rugby World Cup and a Currie Cup Final that competed with the huge expectations of the big match against New Zealand. We sadly did not get too close to the Webb Ellis trophy and our 2015 Rugby World Cup hopes were ended by our old rivals New Zealand but our young Currie Cup finalists showed a lot of promise for the future!
As we all aware The Western Province Sports Club better known as Kelvin Grove is 90 years old this year not quite as old as our Rugby and Cricket neighbours and although we do not chase trophies every year, our challenge lies in balancing the scorecard by maintaining a robust membership base and offerings for our members and their guests that will remain relevant and appropriate for the next 90 years!
On the sporting side, we have the exciting prospect of a 5 day cricket Test match against England at Newlands at the beginning of next year and anticipate that the Club will be well supported during the five days albeit with the inconvenience of some road closures at the time.
As always there are a number of events at the Club during the fast approaching holiday season one of the highlights being the very popular New Year’s Eve functions. One event that needs special mention, although an invitation only function is the annual luncheon for our Gold Card members all of whom have been members of the Club for 50 years and longer and, have not only played an important part of the Clubs ethos but have also seen many changes over those years, a special group of members indeed!
We previously reassured members that Kelvin Grove had not “stepped into contracts which are ensuring the preferential treatment of a small minority of members…” as suggested by a member at the Club`s AGM and whereas the remarks made at the time were unfortunate, the matter which in summary arose out of a misunderstanding relating to the general use of the grand piano in the Grill Room has been fully investigated. No instance of improper behavior by Club Management or any member of the Committee was found and the matter is now regarded as closed.
Our swimming pool and Pool Bar area is very well used during the summer months but we hope to implement some small changes ahead of the holiday season that will comfortably accommodate parents and their young children away from the immediate Pool Bar area itself to avoid infringement of the Club`s Liquor License requirements.
Improvements and additions to the gymnasium have been refined and the current plan is to implement those changes which will add value to this popular and well used facility and the Pool Bar during 2016.
As members may be aware, we have been working with The Western Province Cricket Association regarding their rezoning proposals for the cricket ground which will facilitate the development of some office space around the existing cricket field and whereas we have reached in principle agreement, the matter from the Club`s perspective will not be finalized until our concerns relating to traffic impact have been resolved.
Your Committee has recently received several complaints from members relating to frequent guests utilizing the Club`s facilities and in a specific instance, a tennis playing guest using the facilities four times in eleven days. Aside from being unfair to members this also causes unnecessary friction between members. Frequent guests should be encouraged and are most welcome to become members!
After seven months of trading in our current financial year, we are happy to report that our bottom line is R53K better than budget. Functions turnover was under pressure for the first, six months but are catching up fast and we are positive that they will make up the shortfall by year-end. Restaurant figures are still above budget and nearly 7% up on last years with huge growth in the Waterside and Coffee Shop.
Club expenses are well contained by management and we forecast a saving in expenses by year end.
We are members of a wonderful Club, collectively in one small way or another we can all make it an even better experience. Please continue your support, enjoy the facilities and as always remember that constructive feedback is welcome.