President’s Report:

Oatley RSL Youth Club Inc.

Annual Report for 2012

This has been another good year for the Youth Club. We have offered activities to the youth of the district in three divisions: gymsports, netball and football and have over 900 members.

Gymsports had over 300 children attending classes across a wide range of activities over six days a week. The newly renovated hall facilities were well utilised with the waiting room proving to be very popular in the early afternoons and Saturday mornings. Purchases included two new crash mats and small soft equipment while the old double mini tramp was donated to a club in western Sydney. The new gymsports website went live in June - it contains everything parents and prospective members would want to know. A gym clinic was held in the July school holidays to provide fun activities over the break for members and non-members. The second half of 2012 saw a significant investment of time and resources in coach development and the training of four trainee coaches from amongst the member ranks who will commence in 2013.

In competitions this year Oatley achieved some great results in both individual and team events at the NSW RSL Youth Club State Novice Championships, the MAG Gym NSW state championships and ten of our athletes competed at the National Sport Aerobics Championships in Brisbane.

Open week was held in November with classes doing a display/performance at the hall followed by presentation of participation and class awards. These were well attended and provided a great opportunity for parents to see how their children had progressed during the year.

In Netball there were 14 teams, down a bit on last year, registered for the competition in St George District Netball Association this year. We had a successful season on the courts with six teams making it into semi finals, three into grand finals and two eventual competition winners.

A number of our players attended umpire development courses to gain accreditation and so help fulfil our commitment of umpire supply during the season. Two received their National C badge in umpiring and four completed their basic umpiring course and umpired every week in the season.

On the coaching side, Andrew Mok was awarded the Don Rowland Coaching trophy by the St George Association on grand final day. Four of our coaches completed the Foundation Coaching course while another completed the Development Coaching course - all run by the Association. Thank you to all the coaches of our teams who worked so well with our girls.

We received much needed funds boosts from presentation day hampers and BBQs at the Association courts, including one organised at very short notice. A great night was had by all at a disco organised by Gold Team members. It was an overwhelming success in both participation and fund raising results. We also actively participated in the St George Association fundraiser for breast cancer with everyone looking pretty in pink.

Oatley RSLYC Football, fielding 40 teams and registering over 520 players - an increase of about 140 players over 2011- continues to be one of the largest clubs in the District. We welcomed new players in many age groups, however it was particularly heartening to see a large increase in player numbers in the younger age groups. A non-competition format was introduced by FFA last year for up to U9s.

In the competitive age groups, the Club had some outstanding results during the season. The 10 Girls, 12 Girls, and the 18 Girls teams made the semi-finals. The 14 Girls made the finals, and the 10B team and U17-18A1 team were the 2012 Premiers in their age groups. In fact the U 17 -18A 1 team remained undefeated all season, and this year's win was their sixth Premiership in the past nine years.

Renown Park again proved problematic for the Club. After the extensive work that was done on the main pitch, it was disheartening to see its condition deteriorate quite quickly as the season progressed. It just reinforces that a Club of our size requires more than one training ground.

Football welcomed an additional sponsor during the year, which allowed most teams to be issued with new playing tops. We undertook a couple of fundraising activities including a very successful barbeque fund raiser and trivia night at the Oatley RSL Club. We also successfully applied for a grant for new equipment, and we raised a considerable amount of money as part of a charity fundraising drive to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

The Youth Club participated well at the local Oatley ANZAC Day commemoration with a good roll up and several young members delivering the readings. Three of our teenage footballers represented the youth club well by marching with the RSL Youth Club contingent in the Sydney city march on ANZAC Day this year.

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 - Corinne Rixon - Netball

Male – not awarded

Russell Clow Memorial

Melissa Nicholson - Netball

Jones & Beevors

Senior – not awarded

Junior – Joint winners:

Lilie Joseph – Gymsports and Football

Amy Chow - Gymsports and Netball

Len Reynolds

Senior – Stephanie Blancquart - Gymsports

Junior – Jessica Mok - Netball

Atherton Tate

Senior – Tracey Crawford - Netball

Junior – not awarded

ORSLYC Team Awards

Pam Bevan Senior - Oatley Gold Netball (21-23 yo)

Rayma Papworth Junior – joint award

- Oatley Crystal netball team (Under 12 yo)

- U/10 girls Football

The Youth Club hall refurbishment, using a grant from the State Government, was finished off earlier this year. We have received another small grant under the same Community Building Partnership Program which was continued by the current NSW Government. This grant is for fitting new emergency exit type doors and locks to improve the security of the hall and safety of the members using it. We thank our local member Mark Coure for his support of this program.

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 – Janelle Bulmer took on presidency this year - and others. This small group has done a great job in managing the gymsports division this year, bedding in the refurbished hall and keeping all the activities and classes for the young members going.

Football – Jim Hamilton and many more. Jim has retired from the committee now and I thank Peter Jones and the others who have come forward and wish them success for the coming season. The football division is once again steadily growing.

Netball – Robyn Ellis – who stepped forward to take on the President’s role this year - and the small and dedicated team – has done a great job. Oatley continues to be a major part of the St George District Netball Association competition.

To all the coaches and managers well done too.

I would like to also thank the Youth Club committee members, many of whom are on the divisional committees, for their great support throughout the year keeping the overall management of the Club running smoothly. Tina Graham, Lilian Tse, Lyn Johnston, Duane Yates, Sue Liu, Cathy Mercer, Robyn Ellis, Janelle Bulmer, Jim Hamilton are all owed many thanks.

I would also like to mention some particular acknowledgements:

Could I just say that the commitment to the Youth Club and its members of these three women goes way beyond what might normally be expected of a volunteer.

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, to parents for attending and supporting kids throughout the year, and especially to the Youth members who have played the game in the right spirit not only competing well but respecting opponents and having fun at the same time.

We look forward to a great year in 2013.

Kim Wagstaff