President’s Report:

Oatley RSL Youth Club Inc.

Annual Report for 2011

This has been another good year for the Youth Club. We have offered activities to the youth of the district in 3 divisions: gymsports, netball and football and have over 800 members.

Gymsports had around 300 children attending classes across men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, trampoline sports, sport aerobics, kindy gym, and recreational gym including Gym Mix program, fully occupying the Youth Club Hall 6 days a week as well as the Sub Branch hall on several days. In competitions this year Oatley achieved some great results in both individual and team events at the NSW RSL YC State Novice Championships, the MAG Gym NSW state championships and a large contingent of athletes competed at the National Sport Aerobics Championships in Melbourne. This year’s trophy presentation day was combined with a display at the Marana Hall at Hurstville. The event was very well attended and provided a great opportunity for parents to see how their children had progressed during the year. Congratulations to coaches and managers for putting on such a great event. Janelle Bulmer was recognised at the Hurstville City Council International Volunteers Day reception for her volunteer work over many years with our Youth Club. Well done Janelle.

In Netball there were 18 teams, around 140 players and down a bit on last year, registered for the competition in St George District this year. We had a successful season on the courts with 12 teams making it into semi finals and 7 into finals, 4 into grand finals with one eventual competition winner. We received much needed funds boosts from presentation day hampers, BBQs at the Association courts, cake stalls, Mothers Day raffle and a Holden Sports sponsor’s grant.

Oatley RSLYC Football, with 34 teams and around 400 players registered in the St George competitions, was down in numbers from a few years ago, but continues to be one of the largest clubs in the District. Football began the year with a number of critical committee positions remaining vacant, and as registration day got closer things were looking pretty dire. However a number of people stepped forward to fill these roles, and the year finished with a strong, cohesive committee, many of whom will be remaining on for 2012. A new Club Coach was introduced who has the role of holding coaching sessions for any team, of any age group, who could do with some extra assistance. With the non competition format introduced by FFA this season for up to U9s, we had 20 teams in the points competition. Out of these teams, the Club had 6 teams making it into the finals with one eventual competition winner, the U16As. A new coffee machine has contributed to increased income through the Renown Park canteen.

The Youth Club participated well at the local Oatley ANZAC Day commemoration with a good roll up and several young members delivering the readings. This year the RSL Southern Metropolitan District Council’s Remembrance Day service was hosted by Oatley and once again our youth members delivered a number of the readings.

We again awarded Youth Club major trophies. These awards promote the culture and ethics of the Youth Club movement among the members. There is certainly a great crop of young people in the Club who are enjoying their sports and who will grow to be responsible citizens and future community leaders. The trophies awarded were:

Youth of the Year

Female –– Samantha Crawford - Netball

Male – not awarded

President’s Trophy

Female - Melissa Nicholson – Netball

Malenot awarded

Russell Clow Memorial

Adrienne Scott Football

Jones & Beevors

Senior – not awarded

Junior – Bianca Nikolovski – Gymsports and Netball

Len Reynolds

Senior Lucy Connell – Netball

JuniorLilie Joseph – Football and Gymsports

Atherton Tate

Senior – Ashleigh Donovan - Gymsports

Junior – Keira Hajek - Gymsports

ORSLYC Team Awards

Pam Bevan Senior - Football Under 16As

Rayma Papworth Junior - Mens Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Boys 5-7 years team

Late in 2010 the Youth Club received two grants from the NSW Government under the Community Building Partnership Program – one for refurbishment of the Youth Club building and the other towards drainage, levelling and re-grassing Renown Park.

The refurbishment work is very close to complete and has made a big difference to the youth Club Hall. Storage areas have been upgraded for football and netball’s gear, a new office has been created freeing up space on the gym floor, a viewing window has been installed for parents and the hall has been painted inside and out. Many thanks to Janelle Bulmer for project managing the whole grant and construction process in such an enthusiastic and professional manner.

The Renown Park upgrade, now complete and ready for the 2012 season, was made possible by the more than 50% contribution of Kogarah Council towards the total cost and their direct management of the construction. Joe Mazza managed the grant process on behalf of the Youth Club. Many thanks to Joe and to the Council and their officers in seeing this project through to its successful completion. The benefits to our Club’s football activities and indeed the whole local community will be substantial.

We now have a Youth Club website up and running with links to the sites of each of the divisions. It contains a modest amount of information at present but hopefully this will grow in time to be a key communication and marketing tool for the Youth Club. Many thanks to committee member Duane Yates for establishing this site.

Clearly the activities of the Youth Club take a huge amount of organisation. Over 200 parents, friends and members themselves are involved in running the activities and I would like to thank all of these people for their generous contribution of time, hard work and emotional support that has made the year a good one. In particular the 3 divisional committees:

Gymsports - Sue Liu as long serving President and a small and dedicated team has done a great job in managing the gymsports division this year and culminating in a great display at the Marana Hall in Hurstville. Sue has now handed over the reins to Janelle Bulmer but will continue to be involved in gymsports administration for a while. Sue has put an enormous amount of work into the Club and I thank her very much on the whole Club’s behalf.

Football – Jim Hamilton and many more. The team continued the great work of building the management group’s and the Club’s spirit and streamlining and improving systems.

Netball – Carol Bresnahan with the small and dedicated team has done a great job again this year as President. Carol has handed over to Robyn Ellis to take the netball division into 2012.

To all the coaches and managers well done too.

I would like to also thank the Youth Club committee members for their great support throughout the year keeping the overall management of the Club running smoothly. On this note I congratulate Tina Graham current Youth Club secretary and gymsports committee member for her National Volunteer award from Daryl Melham MP Federal Member for Banks, for long and dedicated service through Oatley RSL Youth Club to the wider youth community. Well done Tina.

I was very pleased to accept, on behalf of Oatley RSL Youth Club, a St George Community award from Mark Coure MP, State Member for Oatley, for services to youth of the St George area. The Club and its volunteer committees was recognised for “overseeing sporting programs.... football, netball and gym sports..... which are valuable to the youth not only in keeping physically healthy but also in promoting leadership and life skills.” We can all be very proud of this award.

Thanks for generous support, encouragement and assistance go to the Oatley RSL Sub Branch. I'd also like to acknowledge the RSL & Community Club for their support during the year hosting meetings and a range of youth club functions.

And finally thanks to the many local business sponsors whose generous support we greatly appreciate.

We look forward to a great year in 2012.

Kim Wagstaff