Minutes of Sport Richmond Exec Meeting Held at York House, 5th September 2019

Present: Andy Sutch, Chris Jones, Ken Chivers, Kevin Rice, Frances Wetherall

Apologies: Trevor Wetherall, Jimmy Wallace

  1. Recent Activity

a/ overview: Good attendance at meetings but limited day to day engagement, EG very few items submitted for website or social media. Vacancy for Secretary and media to be circulated to clubs ahead of both the safeguarding meeting and AGM. Will be 2 separate posts, possibly with a set term tenure to encourage more interest. A clearer indication of commitment/meetings also to be publicised. RCVS and St Marys to also to be approached re the media post (Andy to initiate). Also funding for improving digital media to be investigated. Some work on same sport meetings ongoing. Tennis already beginning to do this.

b/ Club Development Work: Kevin reported that having a single point of contact had been a big asset. Clubs informed October 2018 and 25 responded and priorities were established. Main areas were facilities, funding, floodlighting and community use

  • Knights Basketball looking for a permanent home
  • Richmond Baseball hoping to expand and improve existing facilities (2 diamonds to 3)
  • Football pitch issues for local clubs. Bushey Park one area. FA working on their local football facilities plan. Chris and Kevin have both contributed to this but no report published as yet.
  • Advice give as to how to start a project, finding funding sources

Currently 6 projects rolling into the future

Clubs currently dealing with the birthrate ‘bulge’ in the population which has caused some issues for schools in the past

U3A were looking to find a site within the borough for petanque but have had to relocate out of borough (although it was mentioned in one of the new architects plans for the Twickenham Riverside Development)

The development post confirmed to remain in place until the end of the financial year.

c/ Safeguarding session with Kingston on 14th October at RFU. Invitations to all clubs but only 10 responses so far. Very important that all clubs have adequate controls in place. The long-term benefit to clubs is huge. It was noted that the trial with Teddington Hockey club had ended because of GDPR issues which are, hopefully, now resolved. Also that several NGB’s, including gymnastics, have taken over the registration of participants from the clubs.

  1. Financial Position

a/ Ken presented the accounts (copy attached) which showed that the £4000 grant from LB Richmond had been received. The use of the development fund in a match funding situation was discussed and agreed in principal once the cultural strategy is published.

b/ a new athlete grant was approved (Karate)

  1. Report from LBRuT

Chris reported that the borough had come 4th in both the London Youth Games (1 point behind third) and the mini marathon. Both really good results.

Cricket – 2 strips in Old Deer Parka and one in Moormead have been upgraded

RISE ongoing

Tennis courts are now all gate access. Funds generated being used for refurbishment and upgrading. Currently 652 seniors and 758 juniors registered.

A weight loss programme will be starting soon in partnership with public health in Teddington Sports Centre

  1. AOB
  • Mortlake Brewery – Andy has responded to planning re the sports facilities, these are scheduled for phase 3 which is a concern.
  • Richmond Adult College – pitch has not been started nor the all weather floodlit pitch.
  • Udney Park – grounds have been maintained by the developer to date and the cricket club have been using the site. Planning has been refused and will be going out for re-consultation. Sport England view this a overdevelopment and Sport Richmond are supporting this view but are aware that use by sports clubs may be at risk if plans are completely rejected because of the financial commitment by the developers.
  • There is a potential loss of cricket facilities at St Mary’s during their redevelopment as the number of students taken part is very limited (largely due to summer term times)
  • Community use of academies needs to be monitored.