February 2018 newsletter
Message from Jeff Mayes, Club President
In my role as Club President, I was recently comforted to learn that Tennis Australia (the governing body of tennis clubs in Australia) has a zero tolerance approach to child abuse, as I am sure all club members will also be comforted.
Tennis Australia released a Member Protection Policy in 2016 with the purpose of protecting the health, safety and well-being of all tennis players. Protecting children is a key topic of this policy.
They have taken a further step in protecting children by releasing guidelines on safeguarding children in 2017 and have issued a checklist to help clubs meet their obligation in providing a child safe environment.
One of the first steps clubs need to take in providing a child safe environment is to appoint two or more Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO).
The role of an MPIO is to be the first point of contact for any enquiries, concerns, or complaints about inappropriate behaviour.
Your club is looking for members who are involved with the junior tennis competitions to nominate to be an MPIO.
The minimum requirements to be an MPIO is to have a current police check (the club will pay for this) and to satisfactorily complete an online training course conducted by the Australian Sports Commission.
Please contact myself, Dale Collins or Damian Graf if you are interested in nominating as an MPIO.
Nominations for Senior Teams
As we are still excited about tennis after watching the Australian Open, it’s that time again, for those interested, to put your hand up for winter comp.
Competition tennis is important to the Club and we hope to get a good number of players and teams for the winter comp, so if you are interested, please nominate.
As with previous winter seasons, we will be looking at fielding teams in both Bayside’s (“BRTA”) Winter comp and also in Tennis Victoria’s (“TV”) Winter Pennant comp. Both competitions run on Saturday afternoon, and play commences at 1-00pm. Please note that whilst other clubs competing in BRTA are normally located within 20 or so minutes’ drive from Highmoor, competing clubs in TV pennant can be located anywhere within the Melbourne metro area and even in Geelong – as such travel times to some venues may be significantly longer than normally experienced for Bayside comp.
BRTA options are– Men’s Singles/Double, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Ladies Doubles. For TV, we will be playing Men’s singles/doubles. Please advise your preference from these options.
We need to submit our proposed teams to the TV and to BRTA by early- March.
The BRTA seniors Saturday afternoon competition starts on 5 May and, if you make the finals, generally finishes before AFL Grand Final, whilst TV pennant commences 21 April, with finals commencing 11 August and finishing early September.
You don’t have to play every week (usually, players play 3 out of 4 weeks or thereabouts) or you can elect to put your name down as a part-time player or as an emergency; however, the more ‘full-time’ players the better.
Please clearly state whether or not you want to play BRTA or TV. If you have any other strong preferences (e.g. full time versus part time or singles/ doubles versus doubles) please let me know. We can’t guarantee that you will get the playing format you most prefer, but we will try to do our best to please everyone.
The deadline for submitting names for winter comp is Sunday, 18th February.
It is a requirement that players be financial members of the Club.
Please advise me by email of your preferences.
If you feel unsure or need to discuss anything, feel free to ask any of our selection panel (Jason Mahmoud, Melissa Gresle or me).
Senior Teams Officer
Highmoor Uniting TC
0408 494 031