Gymnastics Club pleads for assistance
A shortage of coaches and funding could mean the the Matamata Gymnastics Club club won’t be able to achieve enough registrations to meet operational costs.
The club treasurer Emma Harrison says money is vital in running the club, but its existence comes down to work put in by committed volunteers. Their volunteer coaches receive training, but the benefit of hiring a qualified coach to run seasonal training sessions would be a major advantage.
‘‘If we could afford to upskill our coaches by providing training sessions , we could gain more depth in our coaching.
‘‘The volunteer coaches do an amazing job however our ability to invest in them and develop this aspecthas been lacking due to limited finances in the past.’’
Harrison says the seasonal fees are $70, which covers two terms. The fees increased by $5 this year.
She says other Waikato clubs charge as much as $100 per season. But Harrison believes charging more could be a barrier for many athletes. . ‘‘This year we have 14 coaches each with a maximum of six kids per group. Ideally we would really like two coaches per group of six kids so for 70 kids we would like to have 24 coaches.’’
More coaches also mean they could run two sessionsand take more registrations.
A qualified coach is hired at the beginning of the season, but it’s a one-off due to the cost.
Harrison says what they really need is a voluntary buy-in from parents to help, which includes coaching, setting up and packing down and other administrative tasks.
‘‘It’s a huge job. We all work and we are here anyway. We know parents workbut with parents pitching in the job gets done so much faster.’’
To assist funding, the gymnastics club have registered with The Warehouse Bags for Good Neighbourhood funding programme. From now until January, people can grab a token at the checkout and deposit it into the collection booth. The more tokens they collect, the more funding they get.
Harrison says if the club has assistance towards operational costs like insurance and hall hirage, each totalling around $900 annually, it could use that earmarked money for upskilling and resources.
Kathy Baxendine with Isaac Baxendine, Paige Burnette and Ngaria Dinsdale-Faulkner and club president Mia Smith.