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Executive committee update

New members have been growing quickly over the last three months and we now have a membership in excess of 420. The focus on reinvigorating the Friday night junior programmes has seen junior numbers grow rapidly, and in the process these nights have become a social focus for parents that is establishing Friday evenings at the club as a fun, family-friendly destination that should only become more attractive over longer summer evenings.

We have two new squash professionals  coaching at our club, have introduced a pilates instructor, have increased our popular tennis themed club-run events, and have an increased number of teams participating in tennis summer interclub, plus our top men's team are competing in Caro Bowl. 

We have expanded the range of products in our bar and continue to have a strong group of volunteers who generously donate their time as bar staff. We have also been running a gourmet kitchen on Friday nights, which has also been catering for our squash interclub and private events.

As part of a drive to simplify membership options we are making some changes to visitors fees and membership categories. Visitor fees are increasing from $10 to $20 per visit (capped at $40 for one court session). These are payable at the bar, in the honesty box, or can be invoiced by Jacqui in the office prior to court use.  The full senior membership remains unchanged, and the pay-as-you-go monthly membership option of $52 per month remains with no term commitment required. We think the increase in visitor fee is a more equitable rate for non-member use of club facilities and will make the monthly rate an attractive option to entice visitors and casual users to convert to full membership.

30 September saw the club’s financial year end, with our accounts payable under control, our loan repayments continuing to the Auckland City Council, and progress underway towards raising funds for maintenance and other initiatives around the facilities.  These fund raising activities and increased junior participation will hopefully put us in a good position to get grant contributions in the future.

We have welcomed new sponsors and supporters, DispenseWorX, Wilson Partners, Whaley & Garnett, Langton Hundson Butcher Lawyers and a new membership offer from Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby. We look forward to introducing more exciting initiatives to the club and as always welcome your feedback and suggestions.  

We are particularly looking forward to seeing you all at our High Rolla Casino fundraising night on 27 OctoberIf you have not yet purchased your tickets, please get in quickly as less than 10 are remaining!

Tennis this week:

Margaret Schot Memorial postponed to 29 October

To accommodate a request from the tournament sponsor we are having to reschedule the annual Margaret Schot Memorial women's doubles tournament from the scheduled date this Sunday to the rain date in two weeks' time, on Sunday, 29 October, so please diary that date to come down and watch our biggest annual club-hosted women's doubles tournament. As a result Sunday senior club day runs as normal this weekend.

Thursday night club night from 6.30pm.

Friday juniors night 4.30-6.30: will resume after the school holidays on 20 October.

Saturday: Senior interclub continues, Open Men's 3 play West Harbour at home, and Open Men's 5 are away to Papatoetoe. See new link on right-hand side of the club website for senior interclub draws and points tables.

Sunday: Senior club day runs from 1pm.

Junior tennis term programme: Junior coaching programmes begin Monday, 16 October. Classes run from 3.15 to 6pm Monday to Thursday and Saturday 8.15am to 10am. To book please contact David Mustard on 021476606 or mustardtennis@xtra.co.nz.

Squash this week:

Free individual coaching with Jarrod van Driel
On Saturday, 18 November, one of our new squash club pros, Jarrod, will be offering FREE 30–minute individual coaching sessions to HBPRC squash members. There are six spaces available between 1–4.30pm, so, if you would like one of these free sessions please visit the Double Dot Squash website and book to avoid missing out. Just click the 'Book Now' button above the Weekly Package column and follow the registration steps: https://www.doubledotsquash.com/coaching. for more info Jarrod can be contacted at jarrod@doubledotsquash.com or on 021 239 1353.

Squash Auckland doubles interclub: entries close 13 October

Senior Spring interclub starts Monday, 6 November from 7pm, with the five-week competition wrapping with finals night 4 December.
There are eight team divisions, with two matches per night. Entrants must be graded C2 or higher; mixed teams and divisions.
Email the Squash VP on hbprcsquash@gmail.com if you are interested with your name and partner's name.

Thursday night club night from 6.30pm Priscilla Wildsmith will be running club night each week with organised game play.

Women in Squash Coaching Program at HBPRC

The Women in Squash Coaching Program offered by Squash Auckland and Foundation North is now sold out. If you are interested please contact Jacqui in the office on 376 0681 or via email at service@hernebayrackets.co.nz to join the next group, which will run either directly after or on another day/time TBA.

Friday junior night

Junior club night will resume after the school holidays on 20 October.

2017 Squash Auckland Excellence Awards

Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets Club will host the 2017 Squash Auckland Excellence Awards on Saturday, 11 November from 5–7pm at the clubhouse.

This is where we recognise outstanding achievement, performance, and service in the Auckland squash community over the past 12 months (between 1 October 2016–30 September 2017).

Pilates on the court

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Pia will be holding Pilates Mat Classes on Squash Court 1 every Monday and Thursday morning at 9.30am with more times and dates to come. She has been trained through Polestar Pilates NZ and has been practicing for 7 years.
 
Pilates is a full-body exercise that will strengthen and balance your body. It is for everyone, including elite athletes, the injured, seniors, pregnant women and everyone in-between. All will be catered for in the class. 
 
Email, text, or call Pia to book your place in the class on pia@motherbase.net / 029 6277 437. For full details click here: http://hernebayrackets.co.nz/gym.cfm 
 
 

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