January General Committee Minutes

Minutes of the General Committee of The Centurion Lacrosse Club held on 13th January 2016 at The Market Porter Public House, Stoney Street, London SE1.

Present: David Marsden (President), Ron Balls, Denis Hanks, Neil Forsyth, John Maynard, Peter Mundy, Roger Okill, Dave Slaughter, Steve Williams, Rob Collinge (Secretary).

  1. APOLOGIES were received from Clive Beaumont, Henning Schmidt, and Geoffrey Wilkinson

  2. MINUTES of the General Committee meeting held on 17th November 2015 were approved as a record of the statements made at the meeting.

  3. MATTERS ARISING

    It was agreed to present a Stan Smith Award of £200 to both Tracy Woodall and to Jacqui Hicks. £200 is to be funded by the Stan Smith Award fund and £200 by the club. Ideally we should award this at a junior festival.

  4. SECRETARY’S REPORT

    1. The secretary had written to the Irish Lacrosse Association drawing to its attention to our interest in supporting lacrosse development in Northern Ireland but received no reply.
    2. It was agreed to support the programmes for both the British National Championship and the Northern Flags Festival by advertising in both at a total cost of £200.
  5. TREASURER’S REPORT

    The Treasurer submitted a report on the current financial position. Assets now stood at £4,831. Expenditure to date was £9,275 and income £9,962.

    Subscriptions were coming in well with very few still outstanding.

  6. NORTHERN SUB-COMMITTEE

    A lunch was planned at Boardman & Eccles’ Monton Sports Club on 21st February. A further lunch had taken place at Davyhulme Golf Club in the autumn.

  7. DEVELOPMENT

    No activity to report over the Christmas holiday.

  8. RECRUITMENT

    The club now has 19 Life and Honorary members, 133 full members, 6 members on the discounted membership basis. Steady progress was being made to increase membership and to transfer discount members to full membership.

    The secretary was asked to circulate on E News update since this regarded as valuable by members.

  9. CENTURION AWARD

    Geoffrey Wilkinson was organising the nominations process. The ELA has posted details on their website. There are details on our own website and Facebook page. They have been circulated to all SEMLA clubs and posted on the SEMLA Facebook site. The closing date for nominations is 31st March 2016.

  10. HOUSE OF LORDS DINNER

    Lord Lee was now unable to attend the dinner and has arranged for Lord Addington to host the event on the night. Denis Hanks is finalising the arrangements and intends to write to members by the month end. It was agreed to fund 4 guests and to set the ticket price at £85.

  11. SOUTH LUNCH

    The committee welcomed Clive Beaumont’s initiative and were keen to continue the lunches at the Market Porter with a lunch in April. Steph Migchelsen, President of the European Lacrosse Federation, had agreed to address the meeting.

  12. FACEBOOK AND WEBSITE

    The Facebook page now has 396 followers and continues to develop steadily as a communication vehicle to reach younger players.

    David Slaughter had updated the website format and the opportunity has been taken to update some content. The meeting thanked David for keeping out technology in good order.

  13. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

    1. Both Hillcoft’s Summer League Tournament and the American School in London’s under 19 Tournament were welcomed as helpful initiatives. The meeting felt that exploiting these opportunities was a matter for SEMLA rather than for the club.
    2. The ELA was organising another refereeing course for students at Imperial College this month. So far around 60 trainees had already attended courses in the south this season. There remain issues in converting course attendees into referees on the pitch.
    3. The meeting discussed the role of BUCS which provides a league structure for a wide range of sports but has no interest in each sport’s development which is dealt with by individual university athletic unions.