Perth Table Tennis Club – We are Moving!
Why are you moving?
When we started PTTC, the plan was always to eventually get a full time venue of our own. While the current gym is a good location, we are restricted in the days and hours we can hire, it is difficult to make improvements such as upgrading the lighting, and we have to set up and take down the tables every time.
When are you moving?
As soon as we find the right location and fit it out with new lighting and sports flooring.
Where are you moving to?
To a venue within 10km of the Perth CBD. So not very far away from our current location.
What will happen if you can’t find a new place?
Then we will be taking a break from running the club as of June 2019.
What is your vision for the new place?
- A full time venue that is permanently set up.
- Club members will have access keys so that they can open up and lock up themselves.
- Group and individual coaching sessions for interested members without affecting peak hours.
- Top quality playing conditions. We already have the DONIC tables and nets, but we will also have national standard 10m x 5m playing courts, sports flooring, painted walls, and competition standard lighting.
What would be the playing times?
Something like 7am-Midnight. 24 hours a day is a possibility if there is sufficient demand.
Peak Memberships & Off Peak Memberships
The hours 7pm-10pm on Mon-Fri, and 2pm-6pm on Sat/Sun, are the most popular times for people to want to come and play. We would classify these as peak hours.
We would offer two types of membership:
- a Full membership, which gives access to all club hours; and
- an Off Peak membership, which gives access to all club hours except for peak hours. The off peak membership would be at a discounted rate.
In both full and off peak memberships, members can decide on how many days a week they wish to come. So we would have 1 day a week members, 2 day a week members, etc.
How would you allocate tables?
With a full time venue, we should be able to give all club members plenty of available table time. But we will need a good way to handle the demand for peak times, and we will be looking for feedback from potential club members on the preferred way to do this.
Possible ways to handle table allocation in busy times include:
- Use table bookings – e.g. members each get a 1 hour booking available during peak times.
- Use shifts – e.g. have two shifts on Mon-Fri: 7pm-8.30pm and 8.30pm-10pm. Sat & Sun could be 2pm-4pm and 4pm-6pm. Members can nominate for which shift they want on their allocated days when they sign up, based on availability.
- Use a rotating system, such as players having 45min play time before they must vacate the table go to the bottom of the list of players waiting for tables.
How many tables are you planning to have at the new place?
That depends on the interest from current PTTC players and other TTWA members. We are looking to have a venue that could hold four to six courts, but we might consider a larger venue if there is enough demand from players.
What are the playing fees?
This is not set in stone yet, because setting the playing fees will depend on the size and cost of leasing the venue, which we don’t know exactly, and the maximum number of members we can handle, which depends on what table allocation method proves popular.
But as a starting point, here is what we think would be viable considering the leasing costs for venues.
|Days Per Week||1 Year Full Membership||1 Year Off-peak Membership|
I’m new, and I don’t know anybody at the club. How will I find players to play with?
We would plan on having a member list available on our website and in the club, where members can put their first name, contact details, playing standard and availability. That way new members should be able to find other players to play with while they are settling in.
We are also thinking about having a social night, such as Friday each week, where prospective new members can mix with our club players and make friends before becoming club members.
What about table hire bookings people?
We plan to offer table bookings for non-members on a per hour basis.
I only want to come to the club now and then. Can I still play?
What about if I want to play with a friend who is not a member?
We would allow members to invite non-members on a limited basis. How that would work will depend on what table allocation method members are happy with.
Please talk to Greg (or email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any other questions about the new venue, if you would like to give some feedback, or if you have any recommendations for tradies involved with LED lighting, painting, sports flooring, and security. Thanks.