Gym­nas­tics Club pleads for as­sis­tance

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

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.

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