Author: John Fannon

AGM 2021 – Tuesday 3rd August

I hope you’re all well and it’s been great to see some of you at our recent club nights.

Due to COVID, we have again delayed our AGM, which is usually in May. However, the committee has decided that we should now go ahead with this and therefore the Harborough Feathers AGM will take place on Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 7.30pm at 11 Woodgate Close, Market Harborough, LE16 8EX

The AGM is a great opportunity to have your say on how the club is run (including subscription fees, team entries, match nights etc). There should be plenty of discussion as we should hopefully be returning to a more normal club season with fewer restrictions. We would therefore absolutely welcome your attendance and input at the AGM, even if you do not wish to take on a more active role with the club.

Having said that, we are always looking for people to get involved and offer to help on the committee. All committee positions will be up for election at the AGM, including:

Chair

Secretary

Treasurer

Mens Captain

Ladies Captain

Doubles Captain

Welfare Officer(s)

Social Secretary

Fixtures Secretary

Most of the committee roles are not too time consuming and you are welcome to ask myself or one of the existing committee members what the roles involve. Note also that we cannot enter teams into the league(s) without team captains.

If you are interested in any of the roles on the committee or would like to add something to the agenda for discussion at the AGM, then please let me know by Friday 30th July. Likewise, if you are unable to attend and would like something raised, then please let me know at badminton@harborough-feathers.co.uk.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM and hopefully on the badminton court later in the summer.

Club Night Cancelled on 18th June

We have decided to cancel the club night planned for Friday 18th June due to this clashing with the England vs Scotland football match, meaning very few members being available to play.

The remaining sessions are now as follows:

  • Friday 11th June
  • Friday 25th June
  • Friday 2nd July

The club nights will be organised under Badminton England COVID-19 guidelines:

  • We are limited to 16 players on 3 courts with social distancing in place when off court.
  • Players must book via Playwaze by Thursday evening and each session will cost £7 to book.
  • Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow players to arrive on the night without pre-booking.
  • Players will be allocated to a court prior to play starting – on arrival please go directly to your allocated court.
  • New members should contact us before booking or attending.

Please see here for further information before attending.

We hope to see you on court soon.

Regards, The Harborough Feathers Committee

Club Nights Extended to Friday 2nd July

We have extended the season to Friday 2nd July so four more club nights have been added to Playwaze as follows:

  • Friday 11th June
  • Friday 18th June (Now cancelled due to football)
  • Friday 25th June
  • Friday 2nd July

The club nights will be organised under Badminton England COVID-19 guidelines:

  • We are limited to 16 players on 3 courts with social distancing in place when off court.
  • Players must book via Playwaze by Thursday evening and each session will cost £7 to book.
  • Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow players to arrive on the night without pre-booking.
  • Players will be allocated to a court prior to play starting – on arrival please go directly to your allocated court.
  • New members should contact us before booking or attending.

Please see here for further information before attending.

We hope to see you on court soon.

Regards, The Harborough Feathers Committee

Club Sessions Restart 21st May 2021

Covid-19 restrictions have eased and we have decided to book Welland Park initially for the three nights of

  • Friday 21st May
  • Friday 28th May and
  • Friday 4th June

to test demand for club nights. These club nights will start at the usual time of 7:30pm.

Initially the club nights will be organised the same as in October so:

  • We are limited to 12 players divided into two pods of 6 players with each pod social distanced from the other.
  • Players must book via Playwaze by Thursday evening and each session will cost £7 to book.
  • Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow players to arrive on the night without pre-booking.
  • Players will be allocated to a court prior to play starting – on arrival please go directly to your allocated court.

Please see here for further information before attending.

We hope to see you on court soon.

Regards, The Harborough Feathers Committee

New Lockdown – Sessions Cancelled

Due to the lockdown announced on 31st October, the next four club nights are now cancelled.

Provided the lockdown lasts the four weeks currently specified and the rules for Harborough revert to the previous rules, the next club night should be Friday 4th December.

We will keep you updated.

Proposed Return to Play – Fri 30th Oct

After consulting our members we’ve decided we have enough players interested to make club nights viable so…

Harborough Feathers will return to club play at Welland Park School on Friday 30th October.

But in these exceptional times club nights will be different. We must follow social distancing guidelines Badminton England have agreed with the Government. We will be giving out more information over the next few weeks but here are some highlights.

  • First club night Friday 30th October at 7:30pm.
  • No joining fee – we will have a pay before you play booking system.
  • To allow enough space for social distancing we will play on 2 courts only.
  • Our club nights will accommodate a maximum of 12 players.
  • It will be necessary to pre-book your slot.
  • Players will be split into two bubbles of 6.

Club members have been asking for information on what our club nights will look like. Badminton England have agreed two options for how club nights can be run:

  • Option 1 – Casual Club Play
  • Option 2 – Club Match Play

See here if you are interested in reading more detail.

The committee has decided to go with the “Casual Club Play” for our first club night on 30th October. With Casual Play (remember for social distancing reasons we are only playing on two courts):

  • Members will be divided into two pods of 6 players and you will be assigned to either “Pod A” or “Pod B” in advance of the night.
  • Players can partner anyone in their pod against any other pairing taken from their pod.
  • At any time 8 members will be playing and 2 members from each pod will be sitting off – each pod in their own sitting area. Players sitting off should remember to stay 2m apart as far as possible.

Please see the link below which shows courts, and seating areas for each pod:

We look forward to seeing many of you on court soon.

Harborough Feathers Committee

AGM Minutes & Update

We hope you are all well. As you may be aware, we belatedly held the Harborough Feathers AGM recently, the minutes of the meeting are available at the link below for your information.

Obviously one of the main items of discussion at the AGM was when the club may be able to restart our Friday night sessions, given the current situation, government restrictions and the availability of the sports hall. To keep you updated, the proposal agreed at the AGM is to consider restarting sessions under the current Badminton England guidance after the October half-term (i.e. 30th October).

The decision is not straightforward, as restarting the club in the current situation is likely to involve considerable effort. Therefore the committee will review this proposal in mid-October, considering the situation at that time, prior to any decision being made.

We will update you again when we have more details.

AGM – Thurs 20th August

We hope you’re all well and not missing Badminton too much. These are strange times and the lockdown meant that we missed our usual AGM slot in May. However, the committee has decided that we should now go ahead with this and therefore the Harborough Feathers AGM will take place on Thursday 20th August 2020 at 7.30pm online via voice/video conference (details will be provided nearer the time). 

The AGM is a great opportunity to have your say on how the club is run (including subscription fees, team entries, match nights etc). There should be much to discuss as we seek to understand when, where and how we get back to playing again as a club. We would therefore absolutely welcome your attendance and input at the AGM, even if you do not wish to take on a more active role with the club.

That being said, we are always looking for people to get involved and offer to help on the committee. All committee positions will be up for election at the AGM, including:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Men’s 1 Captain
  • Ladies Captain
  • Doubles Captain
  • Welfare Officer(s)
  • Social Secretary
  • Fixtures Secretary

In particular, the positions of Chair and Social Secretary need to be filled as Andrew and Frank respectively have indicated they no longer wish to continue, after many years of excellent service on the committee. Most of the committee roles are not too time consuming and you are welcome to ask myself or one of the existing committee members what the roles involve. Note also that we cannot enter teams into the league(s) without team captains.

If you are interested in any of the roles on the committee or would like to add something to the agenda for discussion at the AGM, then please let me know by Friday 14th August. Likewise, if you are unable to attend and would like something raised, then please let me know.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM and hopefully sometime soon on the badminton court.

Badminton Sessions Cancelled Until Further Notice

Sorry to have to do this, but the current advice from the UK government as of today is to avoid all but essential contact with others and this would definitely include our weekly badminton sessions and any matches scheduled with other clubs.

So until further notice, there will be no Harborough Feathers badminton sessions on Fridays.

Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you all back playing badminton when the situation improves.