2 [ CONTENTS ] HKFC ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14 Mission Statement... 2 President s Message... 3 Chairman s Report... 4 Honorary Secretary s Report... 6 Honorary Treasurer s Report... 9 Officers of the HKFC who held office from 1 June May Honorary Vice-Presidents Candidates Nominated for Election Notice of the Annual General Meeting for the Year Community Outreach SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS Constitutional Affairs Development Membership Sports and Recreation SECTION REPORTS Hockey Lawn Bowls Rugby Soccer Squash FINANCIAL REPORTS Report of the General Committee Independent Auditor s Report Balance Sheet Statement of Comprehensive Income Statement of Changes in Funds and Reserves Statement of Cash Flows Notes to the Financial Statements Operating Budget... 76
3 [ MISSION STATEMENT ] VISION to be recognised as one of the leading sports clubs in the world. MISSION to deliver quality services on the principles of accountability, consistency and transparency. to develop an organisational culture that recognises the importance of staff contribution and commitment. 2 to facilitate the development and participation of recognised sporting activities. VA LUES being accountable to communicate, consult and provide information. living within our means to plan ahead within available resources. developing a culture of service to encourage commitment, integrity, courtesy and responsiveness. managing for performance to set the direction and develop the necessary skills. AIMS to provide the services the membership needs. to improve the quality of club life. to uphold the constitution and bye-laws. to encourage members to play their part in the club.
4 [ PRESIDENT S MESSAGE ] PRESIDENT S MESSAGE Once again, another year has sped by and it has been one in which we have reached new levels of excellence among our various sports teams, as well as record levels in our financial achievements with both overall revenue and food and beverage revenue being at an all-time high. No doubt, Bobby Lawson will highlight some of these details in the Honorary Treasurer s report on pages 9-11 along with all other matters financial. I should add here that, sadly, David Howell our Honorary Treasurer fell ill during the past financial year so Bobby, who is an ex-honorary Treasurer of the Club, has filled in for David. We all wish David the very best and are very grateful for Bobby s input. Going back to things sporting, during the year our own international sports tournaments organised and put on by Members who volunteer their time once again shone through as being of an extremely high quality. The GFI HKFC Tens and Citibank Hong Kong Soccer Sevens are now recognised as being among the best if not THE best tournaments of their kind in the world, and the Hockey Sixes and Squash 3 s are also moving in that direction! It should be noted, too, that the Squash Section also organised PSA and WSA world ranking squash tournaments as well, so it has been quite a year for the squash members, who in July (which is just outside the 3
5 [ CHAIRMAN S REPORT ] 4 year in question) also hosted the World Masters Squash Championships! You will see in John Shanahan s report, which follows on these same pages, just how many more international and regional tournaments and international matches we hosted this year it s quite a list. And, with all this sport going on, it s important we recognise the contribution that food and beverage makes to the Club s wellbeing. Apart from the many functions that are run in parallel with the various sports tournaments we either put on ourselves, or host on behalf of National Sports Associations, there is always something going on in the Outlets to whet the appetite, and I am very appreciative of the hard work put in by the Management and Staff involved in this part of the Club s operation. On a personal note, thanks are due to John Shanahan, our Chairman, and all other General Committee members for their various contributions throughout the year. Special thanks are due to David Howell who, as noted above, stands down after six years as Honorary Treasurer because of illness, and to David Reeves who stands down after 10 years, eight of which were spent as the GC Representative for Squash. This year as well, Martyn Russell after six years as the Representative for Soccer and Nick Grimshaw after two years as the Representative for Bowls, also stand down. Thanks are due for the work they have done while in office. In closing, I must also thank all members of the Standing Sub-committees, Sub-groups and Sections/DSAs/Societies as well as the Management and Staff for their time and effort in helping to run the Club, and for working hard to help us realise our vision to be recognised as one of the leading sports clubs in the world. Dermot Agnew President CHAIR MAN S R EPORT At the time of writing, our lease from the Government has still not been renewed and we will probably be getting another holdover letter while they continue to process it. The new reporting scheme that the Government requires us to undertake in regard to access to the Club by recognised Outside Bodies, such as National Sports Associations, schools and community organisations, has been approved and the Home Affairs Bureau has given policy endorsement to the lease renewal. We now await Lands Department approval. A major reason for the delay seems to be the fact that the Government departments involved are dealing with the renewal of over 50 Private Recreational Leases at the same time and dealing with us as a group, rather than individually. Due to problems with some of these lease holders, the whole process is taking considerably more time than anticipated. As you will all be aware, our commitment to promoting sports in Hong Kong is second to none, as evidenced by the hundreds of children attending junior rugby, soccer and hockey at the Club, with the majority being non-members. This year we also formalised our relationship with the Port Adelaide Football Club of Aussie rules fame as part of our promotion of the Auskick programme that is run at the Club in the summer. We are probably the only sports club in Hong Kong to regularly organise and manage our own international sporting events such as the GFI HKFC Tens rugby tournament, the Citibank Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, the Hockey Sixes and International Squash 3 s. We also hosted a variety of other events such as the World Squash Masters tournament, PSA and WSA international squash tournaments, two matches in the ARFU Asian Five Nations series, the first leg of the ARFU Asian Sevens Series, the IRB Junior
6 [ CHAIRMAN S REPORT ] World Trophy and the International Tiger Bowls Library, add a centralised Sports Desk/Fitness tournament. In fact, this year has been extremely Centre reception area, and upgrade our three busy for sporting events and social functions, premier courts in the Squash Centre. You will with a record number of persons using the have noticed the installation of an LED screen at Club s facilities. the Main Pitch and Hockey Our commitment to promoting sports in Hong Kong is second to none Pitch, and the enhanced audio equipment at both facilities. The new screens and sound system are significant improvements over what we had before. This year, four Plans for redevelopment of Club premises, such as the Main Kitchen and other second-floor facilities, as well as the Infield Changing Rooms, continue to be progressed, but we are unable to commit to any members of the incumbent General Committee major construction projects until the lease has will be leaving us. Our Honorary Treasurer, been renewed. However, we have been able to David Howell, is stepping down after six years in renovate the Sports Hall and the Movie and Book that post due to serious health reasons. David 5
7 [ HONORARY SECRETARY S REPORT ] 6 has been an exemplary Honorary Treasurer and Officer of the Club, as well as an active sporting member he was a Rugby Section playing member some years ago and more recently became a member of the Swimming and Triathlon Society, regularly competing in triathlons overseas. He will be sorely missed on the General Committee, and I must sincerely thank David for his contribution to Club life over the years. I wish him the best of health for the future. General Officer Dave Reeves, another stalwart of the Committee who has served in varying capacities over the years as Squash Section representative, Chairman of the Disciplinary Standing Sub-committee and, latterly, as Chairman of the Constitutional Affairs Sub-committee is also stepping down to enjoy a well-earned retirement in France. Nick Grimshaw, the Lawns Bowls representative, and Martyn Russell, the Soccer Section representative, also leave the Committee this year. I thank Dave, Nick and Martyn for all the time and hard work they have put in. With a Club of this size, a good deal of unsung voluntary work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Club life is greatly enhanced by the voluntary contributions of Members who not only sit on the General Committee, but also the various Sub-committees, Sub-groups and Section/ Society/DSA committees. Without the active participation of such volunteers in the Club, we would not be the success that we are. I thank all of you who have given and continue to give your time to help us run what I consider to be one of the best sporting clubs in the world. My last thank you goes to the General Manager, Mark Pawley, his Senior Management team and all the Staff of the Club. They make my life as Chairman so much easier and I am grateful to all of them for their hard work, diligence and advice. John J Shanahan Chairman HONORARY SECRETARY S R EPORT I am very pleased to submit my second report to Members as Honorary Secretary. The Club continues to build on its success with a stable and growing membership catering to a broad and diverse demographic background. We long ago surpassed the milestone of 3,000 primary Members, which belies the fact that in total we are catering for some 9,000-plus people when considering spouses/partners and children. On this latter note, we have reminded all Members of the need to register their children and obtain a membership card for them when they reach 11 years of age and doing so enables the Club to plan ahead. You will observe from the various reports contained herein that a number of initiatives have been under way or completed despite the fact that we have still had to operate without the benefit of having the lease renewed. At the time of writing, we have been successful in obtaining approval from the Home Affairs Bureau to our submissions on the Opening Up Scheme, allowing greater access to Outside Bodies such as educational establishments and National Sports Associations. We continue to work with the Buildings Department (BD) and Lands Department (LD) to provide additional information required by them. Specifically this relates to various BD submissions during the tenor of the previous lease, and clarifications and approval on Use of Facilities for LD. Similarly, we have to submit a Report on Facilities to the Home Affairs Bureau. The current situation is that we are operating under our fourth holdover letter which expires on 25 October The practical effect of this has been that we are unable to engage in any significant refurbishment work to the premises of the Club, which is now approaching 20 years of age.
8 [ HONORARY SECRETARY S REPORT ] Nevertheless, we have undertaken many With so many Members and guests passing ad hoc improvements and have pushed ahead through, I would urge all Members to acquaint vigorously with detailed planning for the more themselves with, and observe, the Bye-laws comprehensive refurbishments that are felt to and rules covering behaviour while using the be necessary. These plans are reported on in Club. This ensures continued enjoyment for the Development Sub- all our Members. committee report on pages 18 and 19. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, demand for membership remains exceptionally strong and We have pushed ahead with planning for refurbishments that are felt to be necessary The Club s website ( contains copies of all of these rules, along with copies of the Articles and Policy Statements as well as Debentures are trading in the market at record host of other very useful information. On highs. This reflects the excellent reputation our this note, a number of areas relating to the Club holds in the community and the wonderful constitutional documents of the Club continue to facilities that are available. be reviewed with the aim of improving efficiency 7
9 [ HONORARY SECRETARY S REPORT ] GENERAL COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE RECORD (for meetings from November 2013 to September 2014) gc member nov 13 dec 13 jan 14 feb 14 mar 14 apr 14 may 14 jun 14 jul 14 aug 14 sep 14 total 8 D Agnew 6 F Chew 6 N Hunsworth 5 B Lawson 10 I Valentine 8 J Shanahan 10 M Wood 9 D Howell Unavailable to attend meetings due to ill health 1 J Niehorster 8 M O Brien 8 D Reeves 7 N Roberts 10 P Woolf 9 N Russo 7 D Babis 10 M Russell 5 A Wilson 8 N Grimshaw 10 NO MEETING Key: Attended; Absent. and enabling our Management to better serve the Members. We have received a number of communications relating to the requirement for Membership Cards to be produced at all times whenever usage of the Club s facilities is taking place. This relates mainly to F&B and is in place to ensure that there is transparency and clarity with respect to all transactions that take place. Given the size and diversity of the membership, we feel that this requirement aids the continuing good management of the Club. It is also timely to remind Members that the Club has a zero tolerance policy on the abuse of our Staff. Regretfully there have been a few instances of this in the past 12 months, which have been promptly handled by the Disciplinary Standing Sub-committee (DSSC) and by the various Disciplinary Panels. Showing proper respect towards our Staff, who perform an excellent job in a very busy environment, is a matter which is taken very seriously. On the subject of the DSSC, they are currently looking at the existing Articles and Bye-laws insofar as they relate to discipline and conduct, with the objective of ensuring best practices and regulatory compliance. While there are currently comprehensive policies in place, it is perhaps time to review and, if deemed necessary, incorporate some amendments. Finally, and on behalf of all Members I would like to thank the General Manager, Mark Pawley, and all the Management and Staff for their focus and dedication in making the Club such an enjoyable place to spend time and relax. Thanks are also due to my fellow Committee Members for their support and guidance on various matters surrounding management of the Club. Mike Wood Honorary Secretary
10 [ HONORARY TREASURER S REPORT ] HONORARY TREASURER S R EPORT The Club made a surplus of $19.8 million for the year ended 31 May 2014, which was in line with the budgeted surplus of $20 million. We budgeted a breakeven in operation although we ended with an operating deficit of $4.8 million, mainly due to the accelerated charge for depreciation on fixed assets up to the expiry of the lease holdover period and the increase, against budget, in the clubhouse repairs and maintenance expenditure. Following are the financial highlights for the year; detailed results can be seen in the accompanying audited accounts. The net surplus of $19.8 million for the year was mainly made up of entrance fee income of $10.1 million, Corporate Subscribership transfer fee income of $5.4 million and net investment income of $9.1 million, which was offset by an operating deficit of $4.8 million. Accelerated depreciation was provided for the fixed structure assets that will be fully written off upon the expiry of the lease holdover period in October 2014, as required by the accounting regulations, even though the General Committee expects that the holdover will be extended or the lease granted in the near future. Three major projects were completed last year LED screens and new sound systems were installed for the Main Pitch and Hockey Pitch, three of the seven squash courts were upgraded to glass panel courts, and the Movie and Book Library underwent a renovation. The total cost for these projects was approximately $16.6 million. Going forward, phases two and three of the Sports Hall renovation are ongoing at the time Any further major renovation projects are on hold until the Club lease renewal issue has been resolved of writing we are replacing the rebound and acoustic panels, installing a new ceiling system, and installing a new lighting and AV system (which includes LED screens and a new sound system) at a combined cost of approximately $17 million. Any further major renovation projects are on hold until the Club lease renewal issue has been resolved, although Members are aware from last year s report that the GC is strongly considering a re-development project under the Master Plan. Total operating income, year on year, increased by approximately $6.8 million, or 5.6%. This came mainly from an increase in food and beverage gross profit of $5.2 million due to the continuing popularity of our F&B facilities. Employee benefit expenses increased by $8.5 million, or 12%, due to additional head count being recruited, which was in line with the initiative to provide further rest days for Staff as part of a new Staff Retention Programme and the pay rise of 4.5% implemented last year. House and Grounds expenditure increased by $4.2 million, or 16.5%, because various repairs and maintenance works which were considered necessary for emergency reasons or statutory requirements had not been budgeted for. These works included the replacement of Infield fire services and irrigation pipes and waterproofing works undertaken at various sites on the premises of the Club. The entrance fee income of $10.1 million, which was around $334,000 more than last year, was also $3.7 million more than budgeted. The Finance Sub-committee (FSC) undertook a performance review in the year of Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited, the investment manager we appointed in 2011, and invited several 9
11 [ HONORARY TREASURER S REPORT ] 10 other reputable investment managers to put Senior Junior and Sports Debenture Associate forward a three-year proposal. FSC reviewed Members from January 2015 to partially cover all proposals and a recommendation was the impact of increasing operating costs. made and approved by the GC that we continue Operating expenses are expected to increase with Schroder to manage our investment by $6.9 million, mainly due to an average salary portfolio. A net positive return of $9.1 million increment of 5.5% given to Staff with effect from was achieved in 2013/14. The fund balance as June 2014 with a view to helping to retain our at the end of July was $172 million, a gain of Staff, who work at the Club against increasingly $27 million, or 18.6%, over the principal amount competitive rates and benefits now being of $145 million. FSC continues to monitor this offered in the local employment market. investment and I am thankful to my fellow FSC For non-operating income and expenditure, members for the time and effort they spent in we have budgeted entrance fee income at monitoring this portfolio and their advice on $8 million for 2014/15. This income is based other financial matters for the Club. on similar membership trends as in the past The following are highlights of some major and assuming that we accept and convert 146 financial issues/plans for the coming year. Sports Preferred Members into Full Members, The budget for the and that we accept 14 year ending 31 May 2015 new Social Members is included on page 76 of this Annual Report for Members review. We have budgeted for an operating surplus of $3.1 million before depreciation. Depreciation expenses of $10 million is provided, assuming the Club is operating on a normal going concern basis and that we will be granted the lease renewal before the end of the financial year. As regards the operating performance, it is expected that food and beverage turnover will have a moderate increase resulting from increased patronage. The GC is proposing a small increase in monthly subscriptions $50 per month for Ordinary Members and $20 for The GC is proposing a small increase in monthly subscriptions from January 2015 to partially cover the impact of increasing operating costs under the Accelerated Social Membership category. Transfer fees for Corporate Subscriberships are budgeted at $2 million for five transfers, which is similar to the average transactions over the past few years. Net investment income is budgeted at $10.3 million based on our benchmark of CPI +3% per annum over a three-year time horizon. Capital Expenditure in the 2014/15 financial year has been budgeted at $36.3 million, of which $18.3 million is for operational related capital expenditure while the remaining $18 million relates to current re-development
12 [ HONORARY TREASURER S REPORT ] 11 projects which are mainly the Sports Hall phase two and three renovations which, as noted earlier in this report, are yet to be completed. Finally, on a sad note I believe many Members may already be aware that our current Honorary Treasurer, David Howell, was taken seriously ill in late December 2013 and I have since taken on his duties as Acting Honorary Treasurer. David is retiring as Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting, having served in that role for six years, and I would like to pay great tribute to the considerable work he has put in over the years overseeing all aspects of the Club s financial affairs. Simply put, he has been an excellent Treasurer of the Club. I know I speak for everyone when I wish him well in his continuing fight against his illness. In addition I would like to express my sincere thanks to my fellow GC members, FSC members and the Management team, and in particular to Ricky Chan our Financial Controller, who has just received a very worthy promotion to Director of Finance. Robert Lawson Acting Honorary Treasurer
13 [ OFFICERS OF THE HKFC ] OFFICERS OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB WHO HELD OFFICE DURING THE PERIOD 1 JUNE MAY Dermot Agnew... President Nicholas Hunsworth... Vice-President James Collins-Taylor... Vice-President (June until November 2013) Robert Lawson... Vice-President Iain Valentine... Vice-President Fook Aun Chew... Vice-President (from November 2013) John Shanahan... Chairman Mike Wood... Honorary Secretary David Howell... Honorary Treasurer Roger Finnie... Constitutional Affairs (June until November 2013) David Reeves... Constitutional Affairs (from November 2013) Discipline (June until November 2013) James Niehorster... Discipline (from November 2013) Maurice O Brien... Membership Mark Clift... Development (June until November 2013) Neil Roberts... Development (from November 2013) Squash Officer (June until November 2013) Philip Woolf... Sports & Recreation Niccola Russo... Hockey Officer Nicholas Grimshaw... Lawn Bowls Officer John Molloy... Rugby Officer (June until November 2013) Damian Babis... Rugby Officer (from November 2013) Martyn Russell... Soccer Officer Adam Wilson... Squash Officer (from November 2013) HONORARY VICE-PRESIDENTS D K Newbigging T J Bedford J G Cartner J A B Duncan R Gaff A D A G Mosley A A Lister Sir W Purves, CBE, DSO, JP K J Marshall, MBE, JP B C Penman M Moir D Lamont MANAGEMENT Mark Pawley General Manager AUDITORS PricewaterhouseCoopers BANKERS The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd
14 [ CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR ELECTION ] CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR ELECTION AS OFFICERS OF THE CLUB FOR THE YEAR 2014/15 office candidate proposed by seconded by Chairman John Shanahan Robert Lawson Fook Aun Chew Honorary Secretary Mike Wood John Shanahan Robert Lawson Honorary Treasurer Alan Morgan Robert Lawson Fook Aun Chew Vice-Presidents Fook Aun Chew John Shanahan Robert Lawson Nicholas Hunsworth Mike Wood John Shanahan Robert Lawson John Shanahan Fook Aun Chew Iain Valentine John Shanahan Robert Lawson General Officers (five vacancies to be filled) Alex Lam David Reeves Jack Law Jeff Lane John Shanahan Mike Wood James Niehorster Mike Wood Neil Roberts Maurice O Brien John Shanahan Robert Lawson Neil Roberts Fook Aun Chew Mike Wood Tony Shield Kieran Flynn Neil Jensen Philip Woolf Mike Wood John Shanahan section nominees name proposed by Hockey Niccola Russo Hockey Section Lawn Bowls Mike Worth Lawn Bowls Section Rugby Damian Babis Rugby Section Soccer Neil Jensen Soccer Section Squash Adam Wilson Squash Section 13
15 [ NOTICE OF THE AGM ] NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR THE YEAR 2014 Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Hong Kong Football Club for the year 2014 will be held at the Clubhouse, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong at 19:00 on Thursday, 6 November 2014 for the purpose of conducting the following business: 1. To consider and, if thought fit, adopt the General Committee s Report and the Accounts of the Club for the year ended 31 May To re-elect PricewaterhouseCoopers as the Auditors of the Club at a fee to be fixed by the General Committee. 3. To elect Officers of the Club for the year (a list of the candidates nominated for election is set out on page 13 of the Annual Report.) 4. As special business: To consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following as an Ordinary Resolution: That the Monthly Subscription for Full Members, Corporate Members (including Nominees) and Associate Members be raised from HONG KONG DOLLARS ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED (HK$1,400) to HONG KONG DOLLARS ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY (HK$1,450) from January 2015 and that monthly subscription for Sports Debenture Associates and Senior Junior Associates (between the age of 21 28) be raised from HONG KONG DOLLARS FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY (HK$560) to HONG KONG DOLLARS FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY(HK$580).
16 [ NOTICE OF THE AGM ] NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR THE YEAR Any other business. Mike Wood Honorary Secretary By Order of the General Committee Hong Kong, 7 October 2014 Notes: 1. A Full Member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint a Proxy Holder to attend and vote in his or her stead. A Proxy Holder must be a Member of the Club. A Corporate Member entitled to vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint a Corporate Representative to attend and vote in respect of all the Corporate Subscriptions held by such Corporate Member. 2. The instrument appointing a Proxy Holder, or Corporate Representative, must be returned to the offices of the Club s Auditors, who have been appointed as scrutineers, by mail, delivery or by facsimile transmission, or you can place the completed form into the Drop Box provided at the G/F lobby of the Club. The Form of Appointment of Proxy, or Corporate Representative, is to be received by the scrutineers or put in the Drop Box not less than 48 hours before the time for holding the meeting. 3. Full Members and Corporate Members entitled to vote at the meeting may vote in the election of Officers by completing the Ballot Paper accompanying this Notice and returning it to the offices of the Club s Auditors, who have been appointed as scrutineers, by mail, delivery or by facsimile transmission, or you can place the completed form into the Drop Box provided at the G/F lobby of the Club. The Ballot Paper is to be received by the scrutineers or put in the Drop Box not less than 72 hours before the time of holding the meeting. 15
17 [ COMMUNITY OUTREACH ] 16 The Club s vision, as stated in our Articles of Association, is to be recognised as one of the leading sports clubs in the world and our mission includes facilitating the development and participation of recognised sporting activities. This commitment to the betterment of sport extends to the general community regardless of gender, race or nationality as well as to our 3,200 plus Members and their families. Major activities designed to encourage sports development, available to both Members and non-members, include mini and youth soccer, mini and youth rugby, mini and youth hockey, junior squash, and junior and youth tennis groups. Likewise, a plethora of gymnastics, dance, aerobics, aquatics and martial arts programmes and classes are offered. The YMCA Soccer/Adventure Camps held at the Club during school holidays have also proved very popular. Our facilities are also used for international fixtures, training, seminars and functions by many National Sports Associations (NSAs) such as the Hong Kong Football Association, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, Hong Kong Hockey Association, Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, Hong Kong Squash, Hong Kong Netball Association, Hong Kong Tennis Association and Hong Kong Golf Association, as well as the Yau Yee Football League and others. Additionally, our Club is virtually the only sports club in Hong Kong to host and manage international sporting events on a regular basis which we believe, with local participation and local spectators, helps to foster and advance a greater sporting culture across the community. In this respect, we have staged the GFI HKFC Tens, the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens, the Hong Kong Hockey Sixes and the International Squash 3 s. We also hosted a Professional Squash Association world ranking tournament, a Women s Squash Association world ranking tournament, the International Masters Squash Championships, the Asian Football Confederation under-16 age-group qualifying tournament and the IRB Junior World Trophy rugby tournament, as well as a number of ARFU Asian Five Nations and ARFU Asian Sevens Series matches, and the International Tiger Bowls tournament. The Club also makes its sports facilities available to many youth groups and community organisations on a gratis or concessionary basis. A playing area and coaching are provided free to the Hong Kong Vocational Centre for Children with Special Needs and a Soccer Programme for Children with Special Needs. We provide a number of sporting and recreational facilities for use by the Springboard Project and the Nesbitt Centre, and we also allow use of the facilities to children (with their teachers and/or supervisors) from the many educational establishments in Hong Kong. In addition, we hold an annual lunch for residents of the China Coast Community. In terms of the lease renewal, the Club is required to allow use of certain facilities by NSAs and Outside Bodies such as schools. In this respect, each month in season the Club averages well over a thousand hours of actual use by these entities. Our community outreach activities naturally revolve around sports, but donations to charities are also made both by the Club and the Sections/DSA/Societies, as well as groups of Members. Over the last year the Club has, in total, made charitable donations totalling more than $350,000.
19 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 18 CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS SUB-COMMITTEE (CASC) The CASC has continued to review, revise and update, where required, the Club s Bye-laws and Policy Statements at the direction of the General Committee, and as the need arose. Matters are also in hand, once again, to look into reviewing the Club s Articles of Association. During the year, CASC has spent time looking into reviewing the Bye-laws of the Sections, the Designated Sports Associations and the Societies. At the time of writing, CASC has reviewed and, where required, amended and presented for approval to the General Committee the Byelaws for the Soccer Section, the Squash Section, the Netball DSA and the Golf Society. Having been on the General Committee for 10 years and, as I will shortly be leaving Hong Kong, I will be standing down this year and will be making way for a successor. My thanks to Nick Hunsworth, Bobby Lawson, Niccola Russo, Colin Wong and Mark Pawley for their help and guidance during the year. David Reeves Chairman, CASC DEVELOPMENT SUB-COMMITTEE (DSC) Members will recall from last year s report that a number of development projects were in the pipeline. I am pleased to report that the majority of these projects have been completed, or will be completed before the AGM in November. Unfortunately the absence of a new lease has continued to prevent the implementation of certain projects planned by the DSC. Despite this, we are readying ourselves by proceeding with the planning and design activities to ensure we can make the earliest possible start once the lease has been renewed. The DSC has overseen the refurbishment and upgrading of a number of sports facilities during 2013/14. One of the most significant projects has been the refurbishment of Squash Courts 5, 6 and 7, the Club s show courts. The refurbishment included replacing the existing front and side walls with permanent glass walls. As a result, the Club s show courts now have the same playing characteristics as the glass show courts used at major international tournaments around the world. In May 2014 the Club staged PSA and WSA professional squash tournaments, and the new courts were very well received by the professional players. Rising Egyptian talent Heba El Torky, the women s world number 27 who reached the quarter-finals of the HKFC WSA International, said: It was a great tournament and honestly I ve never played on squash courts as good as the ones in your club. The renovation of the Club s Sports Hall has continued. Phase 2, which includes the replacement of the low-level rebound and high-level acoustic wall panels is well advanced and will be completed shortly after this report goes to print. The design and procurement of the final phase of the renovation, comprising the replacement of the ceiling, lighting, audio-visual installations and LED screens, is also well advanced and the work, which commenced in July, was scheduled to be completed by the end of September A new Sports Desk-cum-Fitness Centre Counter has been installed at the first floor lobby. Externally, the Main Pitch and Hockey Pitch scoreboards (which had been in place since 1996) have been replaced with larger multifunctional LED screens. The banner boards at the Forsgate and South Stands have also been replaced with LED screens and the sound system at the Main Pitch has also been upgraded. These enhancements have already directly benefited the international rugby, soccer and hockey tournaments organised by the Club, and have greatly enhanced the Club s ability to host international sports fixtures in the future. Regrettably, the renovation of the three Infield Changing Rooms is one of the projects which had to be deferred because of the lease situation, however the design work has been
20 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] completed and we will proceed with the procurement once we get a green light on the new lease. This will be a fairly large and lengthy project which will also incorporate the provision of a new Infield Servery, a new centralised Attendants Cabin, new Physiotherapy facilities and new Section storage areas in the South Stand. Subject to the timely renewal of the Club s lease, it is intended that this project will be carried out between June and the end of September In addition to the sports facilities, Members will have noticed that the Movie and Book Library has undergone a transformation. It is pleasing to report that Members have provided a good deal of positive feedback about this renovation project. Plans are now in hand to give the Club Shop a makeover in the near future. Finally, I would like to provide an update on the activities of the Master Plan Sub-group which was established in March Following the appointment of a design team, a Concept Design Study which focused on the refurbishment of the second floor facilities and the Sportsman s Bar, was undertaken in late 2013 and early While the General Committee has evaluated the design, cost and programme implications of the options, it is frustrating that we cannot proceed with the work until the lease has been renewed. Notwithstanding this, a briefing will be arranged as an integral part of the development process so Members can better understand what improvements are being planned for the Club s facilities. It should also be noted that the refurbishment process will inevitably require the closure of certain facilities to allow the work to be carried out in the shortest possible time. Although this will be an inconvenience to Members, they will surely be excited by the renovated facilities that will be available for their enjoyment as soon as the projects have been completed. The activities of DSC in 2013/14 have been guided by the Club s Vision, as can be seen on page 2 of this report: To be recognised as one of the leading sports clubs in the world. Furthermore, it is aligned with two of the aims of the Club, namely: To provide the services the Membership needs and To improve the quality of Club life. I trust Members will agree that the activities of DSC are supporting the achievement of the Vision and the fulfilment of those aims. To close, I would like to thank my fellow DSC members, Damian Babis, Kenneth Ng, Alf Yeung, Kieran Flynn and Martin King for their hard work and sound advice during this busy year. I would also like to thank Mark Pawley, General Manager, and Evan Tao, Facilities Manager, for their invaluable support and their assistance in helping to plan and implement the various projects. Neil Roberts Chairman, DSC MEMBERSHIP SUB-COMMITTEE (MSC) As of June 2014 there were 3,256 Members (an increase of 46 over the corresponding period last year) plus 3,000 spouses/partners and around 3,280 children, though not all children are registered with the Club so the actual number is very likely higher. The General Committee considers that this number of Members is within the capacity of the Club, but will regularly review membership numbers and types of membership to ensure a healthy balance is maintained. There were 137 newly joined Sports Preferred Members, of whom 57 were juniors under 28 years of age. There are now 520 Sports Preferred Members who are under a four-year commitment period within their respective Sections/ DSA/Societies. Some 16 Sports Debentures were issued during the year and 36 Accelerated Social Members children of Full Members and ex-corporate Nominees joined the Club. A further 45 Temporary Preferred Members converted to Full Membership, with another 37 Temporary Preferred Members confirmed as Junior Associates. Some 141 Members resigned and 122 Members took out Absent Membership. A further 31 Members returned to Hong 19
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23 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 22 Kong and reactivated their memberships on a full-time basis. More than 800 Absent Members visited the Club and temporarily reactivated their memberships during the period June 2013 to end May I would like to advise all Members that if they ever leave Hong Kong they should take out Absent Membership as clearly it is heavily used by many Full Members throughout the year when they return for a visit. As always, MSC relies upon the Sections, Designated Sports Association (DSA) and Societies to ensure that they only put forward Sports Preferred Members who are genuinely able to contribute to the Sections/DSAs/Societies and the Club. As we are primarily a sporting club, we do need to ensure that, as with the above, our competitive teams have the necessary talent to represent the Club in the various leagues and competitions in which they participate. MSC has an important role to play in vetting applications for membership in order to ensure that the number of Members is commensurate with the facilities that the Club has to offer and that we avoid the danger of unacceptable overuse of these facilities, be they sporting or social. I would sincerely like to thank the members of the MSC, namely Alistair Macleod, Bob Lloyd, Russell Lousich, Fook Aun Chew, Mark Pawley and Kerry Ogle, for their advice and assistance throughout the year. With the increase in membership levels, a huge commitment was made by a pool of senior Members who regularly volunteer their time for interview panels where Temporary Members seeking conversion to Full Membership and where prospective Accelerated Social Members are first seen. I am also grateful to all the Membership Officers in the various Sections/DSAs/Societies as well as the members of the Sports and Recreation Subcommittee for their work in monitoring Members under commitment; an important but not always acknowledged job that requires considerable time and effort. Lastly, and by no means least I am, as always, especially indebted to the Membership Services Manager Kerry Ogle and her assistant Rebecca Chiu, for all their hard work and expertise where membership is concerned. Maurice O Brien Chairman, MSC SPORTS AND RECREATION SUB-COMMITTEE (S&RSC) And so to the close of my third year as Chairman of the S&RSC, and a review of the past 12 months. Firstly, I would like to thank Bobby Lawson, Iain Valentine, Niccola Russo, Nick Grimshaw, Adam Wilson, Chris Plowman and Tony Sealy the executive members of the S&RSC Committee for their hard work and support. I would also like to thank the committees of the Netball DSA, Tennis Society, Golf Society, Badminton Society, Swimming and Triathlon Society, and Bowling Interest Group for their assistance and dedication to developing their sporting groups. Over the past year we have seen the passing of the chairman s baton in two of the S&RSC groups. In the Tennis Society Kevin McNamara is retiring as acting Chairman to be replaced by Tony Shield, while in the Badminton Society Brian Lovell was replaced by Ben Chan. We wish all the best to the retiring Chairmen and are now enjoying working with the new. I am pleased that the S&RSC has made significant headway during the year, having listened to each of the sporting groups and understood their ambitions. The executive has focused its efforts on finding ways to help each one to achieve its specific goals and to create a platform for further development in the coming years. Core projects have included: Meeting all the sporting groups, reviewing their current strategies and agreeing key development issues; Agreeing the wording of new Bye-laws with all the sporting groups (based on a standard template) with a view to the new wordings of each group being adopted at their respective Annual General Meetings;
24 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] A detailed review of monitoring new Members of S&RSC groups under commitment with the Membership Sub-committee; Continuing to focus on ways that the S&RSC can assist each sporting group with its development and associated activities to support: a) sponsorships and other forms of funding; b) improvements to sporting facilities; c) raising the profile of each group within the Club, the local community and regionally (including through hosting more competitions and tournaments); d) bringing new sporting talent to the Club; and e) expanding Youth Programmes. As you will see from the individual reports that follow from each of the sporting groups, there have been some significant achievements throughout the year, and the committees and members of each of the sporting groups should be lauded for their efforts and congratulated for their successes. Philip Woolf Chairman, S&RSC netball designated sports association (dsa) For the 2013/14 netball season, the Netball DSA operated with a Chairwoman, Karin Looram, and Vice-chairwoman, Natacha Cuvelier. This was due to the DSA wanting to share the workload as well as give others experience in the role with a view to the Vice-chairwoman taking over in the future. This season, the Netball DSA switched to an electronic registration and database. This has been one of the aims of the DSA for some time and going from a full paper hardcopy system to a paperless soft copy system is a major transition for any organisation, and for the DSA it wasn t without its teething problems. The DSA is working hard to improve the set-up to ensure a freeflow system is in place for the coming season. The DSA was fortunate to have Margaret Angove from South Australia Netball (former coach of the Adelaide Thunderbirds) to work with us prior to and during the trials. Margaret shared her extensive experience and knowledge of coaching, team selection and junior team management. Margaret ran several courses exclusively for the DSA, and an open course which was attended by more than 25 people from different clubs and which received excellent feedback. The HKFC Netball DSA aims to be able to provide many more courses of this kind and ensure that all Members of the DSA are able to benefit from them. HKNA League There were 59 teams in the HKNA league this season, spread across six divisions. The DSA had six teams in the HKNA league: HKFC Club Club went through to the finals undefeated. There have been very few seasons in which this has happened, so it is quite an achievement. Club were strengthened by the addition of Victoria Smith, Natasia Tassi Hill-Ling, Sasha Falloon and Pauline O Kane, and were lucky to have a team of experienced and talented players. They came up against HKCC in the final and finished the season first in Division 1. HKFC Typhoons Typhoons saw the addition of several players moving up from Whirlies this season. They also welcomed some new players in the shape of Kathryn Parker and Kathryn Ashley. As always with Typhoons, it came down to the wire against Hang Tang to see who would go through in fourth place for the semis. Typhoons placed fifth to reach the Plate semi-finals. HKFC Whirlwinds This season Whirlies found themselves with some new members as some of their players had moved up into Typhoons. For the first time, HKFC had three members of one family Georgie, Ella and Michelle Cairns in the same team. It was truly a difficult season but they gave it their all and won some tough matches against strong opposition. Whirlies earned their place in the 23
25 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 24 Plate final series by beating HKCC Dragons in the semis, and then went on to play in the Plate final, eventually finishing first Plate in Division 2. HKFC Monsoons The Monsoons had a mixed season, producing some well-fought victories and also experiencing some rather crushing defeats. A special mention goes out to newcomers Shona Martin, Jen Hill and Brenda Cook who were regulars on the team sheet and delivered many determined performances throughout the season. Monsoons, who finished eighth in Division 2, also congratulate our Players Player and next season s captain, Katy Chandler. HKFC Tornadoes The Tornadoes had mixed results during the season, with some of the turbulence caused by them having a very large squad at the beginning of the season before losing several players to long term injuries, pregnancy and overseas moves. However, when the core team got together they played some amazing games, including victories over those on the top of the league ladder. Tornadoes were strengthened by the addition of Eloise Fardon, Victoria Pye and Queenie Wong, and finished eighth in Division 3 HKFC Cyclones Cyclones were into their second year as the Club s second social team. With their numbers bolstered this season, compared to last, they were able to field strong lineups to make it through to the finals series for the first time. With last-minute training sessions, Cyclones went into their final match feeling positive and ready. They played a hard fought match against Aussie Geckos and were unlucky to lose by only five points at the end, earning the proud team second place in Division in division 5. Hong Kong and International Netball This season many of our players took part in the Tri-Nations Tournament playing in both the Hong Kong team and the Invitational team, which was made up of players who didn t qualify for Hong Kong. Representing Hong Kong were Vanessa Cuvelier, Jessica McCauley, Melissa Atkins, while representing Hong Kong in the Invitational team were Victoria Smith, Natacha Cuvelier, Claire Quigley and Jennifer McKay. The Hong Kong team were very strong this year and beat Sri Lanka for the first time. Many of these players will go on to represent Hong Kong at the Asian Championships which were to be held in Singapore in September Coaching This season the teams were coached by Natacha Cuvelier, Eloise Fardon and myself, Karin Looram, with the occasional guest coaching session from Pam Ryan. As mentioned previously, the DSA was able to bring up an expert coach from Australia to run courses and assist with operations. The DSA is currently looking into dates for another visit by that coach, Margaret Angove. During the 2014 Tri-Nations, all HKFC coaches attended the courses offered by the HKNA and run by top-level coach and former New Zealand player Margaret Foster. Lastly, HKFC expressed their disappointment to the HKNA over their reluctance to run a Level 1 coaching course, even after the DSA had agreed to our facilities usage and had guaranteed several members to join the course. The DSA is looking into attempting to run this course next season for their members. Results Division 1: HKFC Club 1st Typhoons 5th Division 2: Whirlwinds Plate 1st Monsoons 8th Division 3: Tornadoes 8th Division 5: Cyclones 2nd Website As mentioned, this season the Netball DSA went digital. The website, which is now directly linked to a database, was revamped and set up by Kate Kattar and Natacha Cuvelier, allowing for online registrations for new/existing players. This new database was an initiative to help easily capture
26 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] the relevant information of new/existing players for HKNA registrations. Additionally, the DSA expanded its online presence by setting up a Facebook page, website and weekly newsletter to help promote community across the Juniors/ Seniors groups and increase our name exposure positively as a club. Next season, the DSA plans to further enhance the database with all existing membership data (from all previous seasons) and will maintain a frequent flow of content on all of our online platforms through our members input. Juniors There were over 100 registered members of the Junior netball programme this season, making it larger than the senior section. The members play in the JNL (Junior Netball League) operated by HKNA, with games taking place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. It was very much a transitional year for the junior section. The coaching team are constantly looking at ways of restructuring the programme since taking it over. It has taken some time for the team to decide on what type of programme we want it to be in relation to taking on members and promoting netball. Also this season, the HKNA added the Nettas section for players aged 10 and below. The HKFC entered seven teams in the JNL competition, registered across age groups and divisions: team age group HKFC Pulsars... U10 HKFC Shooting Stars... U10 HKFC Galaxies...13s HKFC Constellation...13s HKFC Rockets...13s HKFC Meteors...19s Junior Development Squads/Representatives Throughout the junior season, players competed in the Dragon s Cup held during the Tri-Nations. This competition is between the HKFC and the HKCC. The players get a chance to play on a major stage such as the Tri-Nations and this is great for development. Five HKFC Junior Netball players Anson Chan, Aliya Tupper, Ella Cairns, Georgina Cairns and Lindsey Kim were selected to train in the HK Regional 16s Academy. Aliya and Ella were both selected in the touring team that competed in Bukit Jalil Sports School U16 International Tournament in Malaysia in November The tournament featured teams from Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, and the HK Academy team finished fourth. In addition, eight HKFC Junior Netball players Aliya Tupper, Alannah Dale, Imogen Shute, Evie Richardson, Robyn Lee, Lucy Mackenzie, Sarah Page and Kodi Tupper were selected to train in the HK Regional 14s Academy. Moving Forward The Netball DSA is constantly evolving and progressing every season. It is through the hard work of the committee that the DSA is able to implement ideas and goals for the future. The new committee will do a great job in executing the following goals for next season: 1. Maintain and improve the electronic database and registration system 2. Invite another expert coach to visit in the 2014/15 season 3. Hold a Level 1 coaching course 4. Tour 5. Establish a good long-term relationship with uniform supplier 6. Re-establish support for a charity through netball related activities Thank you to the outgoing members of the committee, the coaches, captains. and supporters. Karin Looram Chairwoman, Netball DSA tennis society Summary The Tennis Society has enjoyed its most successful year ever. From league matches, to 25
27 26 social tournaments and inter-club friendlies, we went from strength to strength. Two of the major highlights include the success of our relatively new ladies A team. Last year they narrowly missed out on promotion to A+ but they came back strongly to win both their group and the play-offs of the summer league, and we expect them to be promoted to the pinnacle of ladies tennis in Hong Kong the A+ division. With the help of some new sporting members, the men s B team had their best ever season, finishing joint second, while the men s C team, in only their second season, also finished runners-up. The ladies B team had a great season in finishing third, while our mixed doubles team finished second. Our first ever veterans team finished mid-table in the 100+ category, so named because each pair must have a combined age of at least 100 years. We hosted our very popular Invitational Challenge for the second year and managed to win the event this time, beating three of Hong Kong s leading sports clubs. Finally, we arranged our first overseas trip to Taiwan, where many of our members had the chance to play on clay courts for the first time. The Tennis Society is now 14 years old and we maintain a steady 240 members. League Tennis Over the past 12 months, HKFC teams have competed in the HKTA Summer, Winter, Mixed and Veterans leagues for adults, as well as two teams (divisions B and C) in the Junior League. Furthermore, two ladies teams competed in the Hong Kong Ladies Tennis league, a day competition that is played in spring and autumn. At the highest level of Hong Kong tennis the HKTA s A+ division our men s A+ team, captained by Simon Cheung, secured their place once again, winning enough matches in both the winter and summer leagues to maintain their position. It was a remarkable achievement given that teams at this level are comprised of professional tennis coaches, Davis Cup players and members of the Hong Kong national squad.
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29 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 28 After languishing at the bottom of the men s B league year after year, we brought in two new sports members, Tim Plunkett and Eric Hanneman, who helped propel the team to joint second place in the summer league, our best ever performance. In only their second season, the men s C team also finished strongly, winning seven out of nine matches to end up joint second. Meanwhile, the men s D team struggled with availability during the season, but did enough to maintain their position mid-table. The highlight of the year was the success of our ladies A team. With captain Tanya Master at the helm, they are poised for promotion to A+ after winning their group and the play-offs in the summer league, despite missing some key players through injury and travel commitments. The ladies B team also capped off an excellent season, finishing in third place overall. The junior development programme continues to make steady progress and it is pleasing to see that some of the juniors have now moved into the men s D squad, which is exactly what we had hoped for developing juniors for the senior tennis teams. Club Championships The annual Club Championships in March and April attracted our highest number of entries to date. Once again, all of the finals were played during one weekend to ensure as much support as possible, followed by a prize presentation BBQ in the evening. Nathan Booth beat Andrew Town in the men s singles final, while Tanya Master defeated Rachel Loosemore in an exciting ladies singles final. Nathan Booth and Joe Vasoontara won the Graham Ormerod Cup in the men s doubles. Eric Hanneman won the closed singles and plate singles, Nick Hawkins and Eric Hanneman won the men s closed doubles, and in the ladies doubles Tanya Master and Rachel Loosemore took the crown. Completing their clean sweep of titles, Nathan Booth and Tanya Master also won the mixed doubles. In the junior events there was exciting sibling rivalry with newcomers to the Club, Sam and Tim Gauntlett, battling it out in the final. In the end, Sam came out on top and the brothers went on to win the junior doubles competition. In May we hosted our Invitational Challenge Cup for the second time and it was a tremendous success with teams from Clearwater Bay, Kowloon Cricket Club and Hong Kong Cricket Club taking part. This time we managed to come out on top, winning the event comfortably. Off the courts we arranged our first overseas tour to Taiwan for around 40 people in November, and played matches against the National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi and the Tainan Tennis Training Centre. And on the social front we continue to have support for a wide range of social tournaments including the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. For the fourth successive year, Kevin McNamara ran the annual Charity Cup for the Ugandan Orphanage, Jordan House and to date we have raised more than HK$120,000 for this worthy cause. We also arranged a start-of-season BBQ at the pool side and our annual Gala Ball was well supported, as ever. We challenged our arch rivals from the Squash Section to another golf competition, which was a much closer affair than in previous years, but unfortunately the Squash Section came out on top by a single point. We are fortunate to have fantastic support from our sponsor, Treasury Wines, and the team kits and the court-side windbreaks proudly display their best-known brand, Wolf Blass. The funds have helped to provide subsidised team coaching, team kits and subsidised overseas tours for Society members. We have also been able to provide subsidised bus transportation for juniors and an elite coaching programme to nurture our stars of the future. We are also very grateful to the General Committee and Club Management for providing us with Sporting Memberships. This has enabled us to become much more competitive across the various
30 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] divisions and we hope we can continue to attract and retain top talent through this scheme. Visiting Team from Royal Bangkok Sports Club In May, we once again welcomed our friends from the Royal Bangkok Sports Club to play in a friendly tournament followed by a BBQ dinner. Having lost to the Thai team both at home and away on previous occasions, we finally managed our first victory. The Tennis Society has continued to work closely with Australasian Tennis Aces to enhance and promote tennis at the Club. A big thanks to Kristin Godridge and her team for the effort they have put in, especially as regards to junior development, organising and running our annual Club Championships for adults and juniors, and for the provision of social tournaments throughout the year. Tennis Society AGM The AGM was held on 19 June thanks to all those who supported. The Tennis Society would like to thank retiring Committee member Kevin McNamara, who is leaving Hong Kong for the UK. Kevin has been a driving force in the Committee and has helped lay out a three-year road map for the continued growth and success of the Society. We would also like to thank Colin Butterfield, Helen Ormerod, Eric Tsea and Mary Soo for their years of hard work and support. And we welcome new Committee members Tony Shield (Chairman), Gilles Bonnier (Sporting Memberships) and Katherine Heyler. Greg Brutus Chairman, Tennis Society golf society The year 2013/14 has, in fact, been a short seven month period of further progress for the Society, which continues to be one of the biggest golf societies in Hong Kong, maintaining a membership of just under a thousand members. As members may recall, our Society approved amendments to our Bye-laws at our last AGM to align them with those of HKFC s other Societies at the request of the General Committee. We are now obliged to hold our AGMs by 30 June each year. As a consequence we have also changed our financial years to run from 1 April to 31 March each year. The Society is currently organising two competitive events per month in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, in addition to matches against several other Golf Societies. Building on this, our Golf Captain, Duncan Spooner, recently arranged our first inter-port tour to Singapore where our Society played the Singapore Cricket Club, the British Club and an ANZAC society. Regular competitions, including the Annual Club Championship and Dinner, the Summer Cup, the Walmsley Trophy, the Christmas Cup and the Christmas Gathering, continue to be held. In addition, the Golf Society Chairman versus Golf Society President four-ball match will be held and the Golf Society Committee will also take on the Club s General Committee. We now regularly play matches against the American Club, Hong Kong Cricket Club, Chinese Recreation Club, Hong Kong Club and Hong Kong Country Club, Discovery Bay Residents Association, Foreign Correspondents Club and United Services Recreation Club. We also participate in competitions such as the TaylorMade Challenge, as or when they arise. We encourage our members to participate in events organised by the Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA). We also encourage our better golfers to put themselves forward for selection for our matches so that we can field the strongest possible teams. In order to assist our members and to enable them to compete both in the competitions which the Society organises and for the Society in matches, the Society facilitates and encourages all of our members to join the HKGA via the Society or directly in order to obtain handicaps and handicap cards. Such cards are very useful when 29
31 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 30 visiting golf clubs as many clubs require proof of handicaps as a condition of being allowed to play. Only members who have valid HKGA handicaps are eligible to compete in competitions or represent the Society in matches, unless they have verifiable and up-to-date handicaps from individual golf clubs or other recognised golf associations. Members without any such official handicaps are welcome to join our events to play socially, but cannot compete. While on the subject of handicaps, I am pleased to report that, in order to enable more of our higher handicap players to enjoy competing in our competitions, the Committee has decided to raise the maximum official handicaps allowed for the Society s events to 30 for men and 36 for ladies. Usage of the Club s golf debentures at Macau Golf and Country Club and Lotus Hill Golf Resort remains strong. Our Society has eight sets of TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping golf clubs available for use by debenture holders in Macau and four sets available in Lotus Hill. The Committee has continued to improve the user friendliness and value of our website for our members. To this end, we have added further information about golf insurance, which we encourage all members to take out. We have reviewed all of HKFC s reciprocal clubs and have placed information on the website about those which have golf facilities. Again, we encourage members to use these facilities when they travel overseas. We have added a helpful video about how to avoid slow play and thereby increase your enjoyment of golf. Our website contains information about golf not only with the Society but also with the HKGA. Forms for membership, debentures and events can all be downloaded. Members should familiarise themselves with the Bye-laws of the Society, as well as the rules for usage of debentures and participation in events, and other matters of golfing interest, including golf safety and etiquette. So please do visit the website and keep yourselves up-to-date by clicking on News and Notes, Rules and Fixtures and Useful Links. The GS Committee continues to explore the possibility of holding different types of golf related events for our members and we welcome constructive suggestions for such events. We have arranged a successful sponsorship and training programme with itrainer. We have obtained donations of prizes from TaylorMade and Golf Corner, and our members can enjoy 30 percent discounts on golf equipment purchased from TaylorMade outlets in Hong Kong. At the last AGM, I reported that we had obtained our first grant of financial support from the S&RSC to fund part of the cost of our matchday kit and expenses. I am now able to report that S&RSC has agreed to increase the amount of support we receive to reflect the increase in the number of competitive matches we are playing against other societies. Through prudent management, we have been able to keep our annual Society membership fees at the same low level of $600 per year, which we have maintained for several years. Given that membership provides access to golf debentures and sets of golf clubs in Macau and at Lotus Hill in China, as well as subsidising the costs of participating in the many events, matches and tours the Society organises, this is surely the best value golf membership available anywhere. In this way, we emulate the Club as a whole, which is the best all-round sports club anywhere. To add further value, variety and verve to our Society, in March and May 2014 we arranged successful French and Italian wine dinners under the sponsorship of the Gourmet Wine Club. We also planned to offer a sponsored Spanish wine dinner in early September Our Society has in the past benefited from the support of some major sponsors and, in order to continue the development of our Society, we continue to seek new sponsors. We are interested in hearing from potential new spon-
32 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] sors who would like to work with the Society to benefit its 1,000 members by providing financial and possibly other support. Given the profiles and contacts of our members, this represents a good opportunity for a business to raise its profile within the Club, the Society and Hong Kong in general. A further incentive for sponsors is that, in cases where on the level of sponsorship is sufficient, the sponsor may be offered membership of the Club. I would like to take this opportunity to express the thanks of everyone in our Society for all the hard work and contributions throughout the year of the HKFC Management team, as well as Maggie Ng, Carbo Chang, Karen Mulvenna, Winki Ho, Shirley Lo and all the other Staff who work behind the scenes to assist our Society. On 1 November 2013, Margaret Tsai took over from Bruce Chan as our Event Organiser. She has done an excellent job, as I am sure everyone will agree and appreciate, however as Margaret now wishes to spend more time travelling and relaxing, she stepped down from the role in September We are now looking for a replacement to take over this role and, among other options, we would be pleased to hear from any members of our Society who wish to be considered for this position by the Committee. Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank all of the members of the Committee for their hard work and support. Looking ahead, I hope that while 2013/14 has been good for the Golf Society, the Committee and members can all work together to make 2014/15 an even better year! Ian Petersen Chairman, Golf Society badminton society 2013/14 had been an exciting and inspiring year for the Badminton Society. Noteworthy matters include new junior development programmes as well as the success of Club teams in various tournaments and leagues. Junior Development The Society supported a pilot programme for high performance elite juniors. The players received training with ICC (Torq International) head coach John Leung, for an elite performance project. Evidence of the effectiveness of the programme is given in their tournament results submitted to the Committee previously, including final 8 and 16 in singles events. The Society also subsidised group junior development sessions from 2013 until April All of the shuttles being used in junior development and performance programmes were provided by the Society and included recycling of used shuttles. The highlight of junior training during 2013 was the collaboration between the Society and ICC (Torq International), who invited Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Constable to perform in an Open Day exhibition game, as well as to conduct badminton sessions for Club Members and juniors. Mark proved to be a popular and inspiring coach, and he connected very well with the junior players. In order to broaden the juniors horizons, the Society arranged for Daniel Chan, a parabadminton player, to give a tutorial and demonstration of wheelchair badminton in May Daniel was a bronze medallist at the World Disabled Championships and his visit was very well received, serving to demonstrate dedication and strength in spite of disability. An annual tournament for Club juniors and juniors attending ICC (Torq International) badminton sessions was held in May 2014 with great success. The tournament provided an opportunity for the youngsters to get some proper match experience. Club Team Competition Performance Three teams Men s Double C and E grades, and Mixed Doubles D grade participated in the HKBA Doubles Leagues Our Men s Double team C grade reached the final 16 and will be promoted to B grade next year. On 29 June 2014, the Society team participat- 31
33 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 32 ed in the 120th Anniversary Cup at the Craigengower Cricket Club. The Society team emerged as the overall winner of the tournament, which featured four teams. Eight of our Sports Preferred Members were in the HKFC team, including the two junior players who are being trained under the Society s high performance elite programme. Both provided crucial victories in their respective rubbers in very tight matches. An inter-club tournament was held in 2013 and an invitational tournament with the Law Society was staged in In addition, the Inter- Club League will expand to include three more clubs HIT, LRC and KCC and was due to commence in July One of the main focuses of the Society is to form a Ladies Doubles Team to enter the HKBA s Doubles League next year. Society Activities The AGM was held successfully in April 2014 after the annual internal tournament.
34 Society Finance Report A total of $50,000 in sponsorship funding was raised with the aim of promoting the Club as a centre of excellence in badminton. The sponsorship was used primarily for junior development and Society team tournaments. Also, a contract with a reputable equipment supplier as one of the Society s sponsors is near completion. I would like to express my appreciation to all members of the Society, including the Committee members for their hard work in promoting badminton at the Club. Benjamin Chan Chairman, Badminton Society swimming and triathlon society The regular badminton sessions on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings continue to be extremely popular. The new Sports Hall floor installed last year provides extra courts and has resulted in higher turn-out rates for Society sessions. We have also commenced a first-team badminton night on Thursdays for performance level Society members to receive quality sparring sessions. These sessions have gone very well. The Swimming and Triathlon Society has had a good year in terms of performance and growth. HKFC came second overall team in this year s competitive Splash n Dash (ocean swimming and running) series. Since its establishment in May 2002, the Swimming and Triathlon Society has grown and has established itself as a Society with long-term potential to attract new members interested in competitive swimming, triathlon or fitness improvement. In 2013 the Society became a Hong Kong triathlon association affiliated club. The Society has 68 adult members and 31 youth members. We have taken positive steps by expanding our performance in open water swimming with a larger more committed adult race squad and our performance in triathlon remains strong. Swimming Since November 2009, we have employed Lloyd McBean as the Swimming Coach, with coached sessions on Monday and Friday mornings (06:30-08:00) and Tuesday and Thursday nights (19:30-21:00). Lanes are graded with beginners through to advanced swimmers. 33
35 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] 34 Triathlon The Society has a core of strong performing triathletes, and we and the Club are currently taking measures to improve our triathlon training. Regular bike sessions are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, and a running programme has been put in place. The target races for members to train for remain the HK International Triathlon in October and the ever popular Laguna Phuket Triathlon in November. HKFC Tri Kids In April 2012 we launched a youth training squad to be coached by ex-hong Kong Olympian Arthur Li. This year we have expanded this into a Tri Kids programme offering swim training on Mondays and Wednesdays, and run training on Fridays. A total of 31 children enrolled and performed well in the Splash n Dash race series, helping the Society to second place overall. Our goal is to continue to grow the Youth section. Competition The Society competed as a team in this year s Splash n Dash series and finished impressively in second place overall. Society members participated in numerous major competitions ironman, triathlon, aquathon and swimming in 11 different countries representing HKFC and competing in HKFC kit. Key events were: The Clean Half Extreme Marathon 15km Open Water Race, in which the Society entered four teams of five swimmers each, plus one solo swimmer. The Hong Kong Triathlon, in which we had 20 members, including juniors, competing. The Splash n Dash race series, in which we had up to 30 members, including juniors, competing. Society members significant results Richard Hall finished in first place in his age group in the individual triathlon results of Hong Kong Triathlon Association events. Impressively, he qualified and competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas and Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Craig Nortje won his age group in the Cross Harbour Swim and impressively did the 15km Clean Half Extreme Marathon swim as a solo swimmer. Goals To provide an opportunity for adult swimmers to develop technique and stamina through frequent and disciplined training currently five sessions per week. To participate in Masters swim galas, Open Water Swim races and multi-sport events such as triathlon that involve swimming, thereby raising the profile of HKFC. To expand our performance in Open Water swimming (distance 1km-5km) with a larger more committed adult race squad. To maintain and promote a junior youth age group swimming squad for 9-to-16- year-olds with at least two swim training sessions per week from May-November. Events in which Society athletes compete Deepwater Bay 1.5km Ocean Swim Shek O-Big Wave Bay 2.2km Ocean Swim Open Water Swimmers Series Action Asia Race Series Aquawiz Race Series Open Water Swimmers of HK Race Series King of the Hills Mountain Running Pier-to-Pier Classic: Stanley to Deepwater Bay 5km Clean Half 15km relay swim Hong Kong International Triathlon Asia Pacific 70.3 Triathlon Championships Laguna Phuket Triathlon Bintan and Bangkok Triathlon Ironman New Zealand Ironman World Championship, Hawaii Michael Sadler Chairman, Swimming and Triathlon Society
36 [ SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ] bowling interest group (big) The Bowling Interest Group has been established for seven years and its main objective is to promote the game of Tenpin Bowling within the Club, both socially and competitively. BIG bowlers gather every Thursday evening at the Club to enhance their bowling skills as well as to exchange useful ideas. From time to time, BIG also organises practices at major bowling alleys for members to adapt to different lane conditions. BIG is a member of the Hong Kong Inter Club Tenpin Bowling Association. HKICTB matches are held throughout the year with BIG participation. Active members also have the opportunity to represent the Club in competitions such as the Hong Kong Open. HKICTB League and Team Challenge The HKICTB 2013/14 league only has a handicap series and BIG has been performing very well under our team Captain Emy Clarke, as BIG finished third this year. The official results will be announced by the Convener Committee during the awards night in September Committee Henry Luy...Chairman Semon Cheung...Secretary Emy Clarke...Treasurer Marian Leung...General Officer Raymond Chan... Interclub Convener Bill Nader... Intra league Convener Membership This year we have recruited one new member which brings our membership to 33, of which 14 are active bowlers. Internal Competition During the year, BIG has played against the Lawn Bowls Section and will continue to compete with other sporting groups within the Club to promote bowling interest. Henry Luy Chairman, Bowling Interest Group Other competitions Summer league Men s section with Henry Luy winning the trophy with 387 points and with Raymond Chan taking up the 1st runner up with 349 points for 2 games. Ladies s section with Semon Cheung scoring 341 taking the trophy and with Emy Clarke scoring 320 taking the 2nd place for 2 games. 40th Hong Kong International Tenpin Bowling Championships at South China Sports Association. In this Annual Open Event, three BIG members participated and the team had a good time playing amongst 37 professional teams. 35
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38 [ SECTION REPORTS ] HOCKEY SECTION The season was generally a strong season for the Section and especially our premiership sides, with Ladies A winning both the league and the Holland Cup and Ladies B finishing fifth. Men s A finished third in the league and runnersup in the Holland Cup, while Men s B finished top of the lower half of the table in seventh place, though officially they seemed to have finished fifth due to quirky statistical interpretations. Overall performance from the Ladies section was strong with Ladies C winning the first division convincingly. The Es had a top-three finish and all other teams avoided relegation. The Men s section outside the first division struggled a little bit this season for, I believe, a number of reasons. Firstly, a couple of teams were promoted into divisions unwarranted by their squads, due to the need to equalise divisions for this season s format. Secondly, hockey at all levels is getting more competitive and the Men s section is not getting any younger. The first issues have already been dealt with as a couple of the teams have been relegated back down to divisions where they may be more comfortable. The second issue is more complex. With the section s restriction of new players to the top three teams, we have relied on moving players down to improve the lower teams. However this does not seem to be happening as well as it should as there is a reluctance to move by the players. Teams below the premiership level have always had a strong social element about them and members of the section enjoy turning up on Sundays to play hockey and socialise with their friends. But if we are to remain competitive we need to get a better balance between performance and the social aspect. For this to happen we need to ensure better movement between teams and allow a flow of players from the top to the bottom. Players who are no longer contributing to one team are likely to be significant contributors to another team, which inevitably leads to more game time and generally greater enjoyment. Our other solution has been to develop our junior programme, taking children from under-8s and preparing them for senior section hockey through our normal Friday and Saturday sessions, as well as our elite sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays. As a result we are getting a generation of children moving up through the section who have grown up with top-level modern coaching and who, therefore, regard high-level hockey skills as second nature. As the juniors move into the senior section, just because they may not be as strong as older players, they are likely to be more skilled and time will bring them the strength. Therefore by better downward movement and by integrating more of the juniors into the both the Ladies and Men s sections, we will start to lower the average of the teams. However we can only really successfully do this if we are able to provide an outlet for our senior players to continue to compete. The Hockey Association has announced a Men s Vets League, which would operate mid-week and would be run separate to the main Sunday League. For the new league we have proposed, subject to General Committee approval, two teams consisting of existing Club Members and we hope that this will free up some space in the squads on Sundays for the younger players. In our efforts to broaden the responsibility and impact of the section, we have begun looking into a community out-reach programme. Our plan is to bring hockey to children who do not have easy access to sport, and through our programme we hope to expose them to the values of team sport. Our intention is to either provide coaches for PE lessons at schools, as well as provide sessions at the Club. In addition, we are planning to introduce a scholarship for local children who show hockey promise, to fund their hockey development and equipment, and eventually their junior membership. One of the 37
39 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 38 reasons we have been keen to raise funds for the section is to help fund these programmes. I am keen to ensure that we can provide everyone in the section access to high level coaching. Simon Chapman continues to do an excellent job for the section on all fronts and I hope he will continue to do so for some time to come. The team coaches in the Ladies section are working very well and we owe a big thanks to all of them all. And well done Gus Allan and Simon Bach for an assist on the silverware. Between the junior section and senior section we probably have over 500 players, which is becoming too much for one full-time coach and it may be time to consider increasing our coaching staff. We are very grateful to HFW and Senon, who have been our section sponsors and without whom we would not have been able to achieve many of the things that we take for granted, such as coaching and providing kit. We have recently signed-up Clifford Chance for a threeyear sponsorship deal and are grateful to Mat Truman and Lynsey Edgar for the support they are showing the section. In addition I am pleased to say that HFW will continue to support us and we owe a debt of gratitude to Peter Murphy for his loyalty. I sincerely hope that we do our sponsors proud by providing them good publicity through their association with us. It is crucial that we display exemplary sporting behaviour at all times as a first step to rewarding the loyalty of our sponsors. As a result of our change in sponsorship, we will get new kit for next year. Many thanks to all the committee, who have all been responsible for driving the section forward. I would like to say a special thanks to Tony White, Neil Galloway and Patrick Watts who are stepping down from senior committee positions. They have all had incredible success over the past four years as Section Treasurer, Chairman of the Juniors and Chairman of the Sixes. Each of these individuals has taken their respective areas to whole new levels, so let s hope we can continue to build on their achievements. In addition many thanks to Martin Harris who is stepping down as Men s section captain. He has done a great job mobilising the Men s A-H s every Sunday. In conclusion, I would suggest that the section is looking fairly robust, both on and off the field. The Men s and Ladies sections have two competitive premiership sides. Teams have large active squads. The junior section has reached record numbers, has one of the top teams in all age groups and is starting to feed into the senior section with material numbers. Through our sponsors, we have raised a record amount of money. We have started our community projects and are working on a scholarship programme. I strongly believe that we, as a section, can make a difference to our sport and to the community if we continue to aspire to make a difference. Niccola Russo Representative, Hockey Section LAWN BOWLS SECTION As any seasoned bowler will tell you the most coveted award in the HKLBA trophy cabinet is the Premier League Division One Championship. In this competition our ladies A team have excelled themselves. They have now won the Division One title for seven consecutive seasons, beating the previous record held by Tai Koo Recreational Club which was achieved more than a hundred years ago. Thanks are due particularly to the stalwart performance of Emmie Wong, whose rink was staring defeat in the face when she came to bowl her final wood in the last game of the season against a side from Sea Bird Sports Club (SBSC). To Emmie s credit she held her nerve and drew the perfect shot ensuring victory for her rink, overall victory for the A team and, a historical record that is unlikely to ever be beaten. Congratulations are also due to all the ladies who have played their part over the past seven years. The ladies have strength in depth in Division
40 [ SECTION REPORTS ] One. The B team finished a very creditable fourth. Incidentally they are responsible for one of the consecutive victories mentioned in the previous paragraph. Not everything has gone according to plan, however, as the ladies C team were relegated from Division Two. But at the time of writing they are second in Division Three and as such look almost certain to win promotion back from whence they came at the end of the current Premier League season. It seems that the ladies can do no wrong where bowls is concerned. The ladies B team won the Winter Triples League in Division One, finishing just a nose in front of their second placed opponents by shots difference. The A team, also in Division One, were not able to achieve the same result that they had managed in the Premier League but nonetheless finished very strongly in third place. The C team had a quiet season and finished middle of the table in Division Three. I think it is quite safe to admit that the HKFC men do not share the same level of success as the ladies. There is no shortage of effort or lack of experience in the teams some would say that it is all down to luck, or the lack of it. Attempting to buck this trend, our B team finished a very promising third in the 2013 Premier League, which was a very good performance on their part and one of the best in recent years. On the other end of the scale our A team had a difficult season, finishing seventh in the same division. The C team had a close call in Division Two but managed to eke out a draw in their last game, against similar lowly opposition, to earn just enough points to survive. The D team put up a spirited fight in Division Five and finished comfortably in fourth position. The E team were unfortunately relegated and are now enjoying their bowls in Division Seven. It was also not the best of years for the men in the Winter Triples League. In the final game of the season, both A and C teams were looking likely candidates for relegation. Miracles do happen, however, and without being able to explain it things went their way, ensuring that both teams maintained their current status for the next year with the A team in Division One and the C team in Division Three. The B team, also in Division One, had a good season by comparison, finishing fourth. It is at this point that the purists among our bowlers may comment by saying, Such is the advantage of playing on an indoor [artificial] surface. The remaining D, E and F teams played well in divisions Four, Seven and Ten, respectively, all ending up comfortably in mid-table positions. Phyllis Wong and Camilla Leung reached the final of the Women s National Pairs after beating another HKFC pairing consisting of Anne Gately and Emmie Wong. The final took place on 23 February 2014 at United Services Recreation Club (USRC), where unfortunately they lost against a strong pair from the Sha Tin Sports Association. However in the afternoon of the same day Camilla was able to make some amends when she paired with Danny Ho in the National Mixed Pairs to overcome a very competitive team from the Hong Kong Police Bowls Club. This date proved to be quite a historic one for the HKFC as both our men and ladies National Fours Teams won the final of their events. A strong combination consisting of Rita Tsui, Grace Chu, Priscilla Lam and Hannah Ha put on a prodigious display of bowling skills and easily overcame their opponents from the Kowloon Cricket Club. On the other hand, the men had a real ding-dong battle against a very experienced side from the Kowloon Bowling Green Club. Kenny Tam, Terry Kung, CT Wong and SK Ng finally overcame their opponents by the closest of margins on the final end of the game. The Champion of Champions was held on various dates throughout the month of March, with HKFC singles champions Derek Wyllie and Emmie Wong our representatives in the competition. Unfortunately, Derek was not able to progress beyond the group stage 39
41 40 of play, but Emmie did herself, and the Club, proud by making it through to the final at the Craigengower Cricket Club against a very in-form Vivian Yip from the Hong Kong Youth Development Team. Their game was a pleasure to watch with both players drawing well throughout the proceedings. The match-up was so close that a tie-breaker had to be played, and it was only decided when Vivian played a bold shot taking the jack into the ditch leaving Emmie in an impossible situation. I am pleased to report that shortly after this victory Vivian made a very
42 good decision by applying to join the HKFC as a Junior Associate member. The 57th Festival of Sports Aitkenhead Fours took place on 2 and 9 March at Tseung Kwan O artificial green. A Club team consisting of Edmund Leung, Stephen Chan, CS Suen and Stanley Luk, with substitute Bernard Young, made it through to the final, but unfortunately lost in a close game against Tuen Mun Sports Association. Much the same scenario took place at the Filipino Club on 2 June when the HKFC team of Winnie Au, Camilla Leung, SK Ng and Danny Ho lost in the final of the Ronson Au Memorial Mixed Fours against a team from USRC. The Hong Kong International Bowls Classic took place 9-17 November at various Kowloon venues. All HKFC players pairs and singles had a very good competition against top bowlers from around the world. The men s pairing of Derek Wyllie and Chan Shu Wing finished fifth out of 12 in their grouping and only just missed out on a play-off place. Exactly the same story can be said of our ladies pairing, Rita Shek and Wanis Sze. In the men s singles Jesse Bradford almost caused an upset against eventual finalist Stanley Lai while, for the ladies, Phyllis Wong made it to round four before losing to New Zealander Val Smith who is, without doubt, one of the world s best lady bowlers. I am pleased to report that five Club bowlers (one man and four ladies) have been selected for the Hong Kong squad for 2014/15. They are CT Wong, Dorothy Yu, Emmie Wong, Celena Kwok and Vivian Yip. Saturday, 23 November 2013, saw HKFC host the Hong Kong Cricket Club to compete for the Eve Duncan Apple Trophy. This social event was last played in 1995, but has now been reinstated in the calendars at both clubs. On this occasion HKFC came out on top, making full use of home green advantage. Arrangements are already in hand to continue this tradition, with the game this year being played up the hill at HKCC. On the same date, the End of Season Party was held with 65 members making short shrift of an excellent buffet. During the party several awards were made, most notably to the Most Improved Player (MIP) and Most Valuable Player (MVP) from both our men and lady bowlers. For the ladies, Dorothy Yu was named MIP and Wanis 41
43 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 42 Sze won the MVP award. Raphael Chan won MIP on the men s side, while the MVP award went to SK Ng. Several other social events took place during the year. All were fun occasions at which the standard of bowls was of secondary consideration. The most notable of these were: a Unisex Triples event the Boxing Day Social game the traditional CNY Rooster Cup entertaining the Melbourne Cricket Club along with co-hosts HKCC the Good Friday Changing Partners Challenge the pig-cutting ceremony prior to the commencement of the Premier League a friendly against Hong Kong Cricket Club a friendly against Craigengower Cricket Club a friendly against Royal Bangkok Sports Club Nick Grimshaw Representative, Lawn Bowls Section RUGBY SECTION Hong Kong Football Club performed strongly in the domestic 2013/14 season with top-three finishes for all senior men s teams. Dragons and Bulls made it all the way to the Grand Championship finals and, in two very close games, Bulls lost to a strong DeA side while Dragons managed to claim another league and cup double. Club finished third in the Premiership, while Dragons and Scorpions were first and second in National League One, Select and Bulls first and second in National League Two, and Sequins third in National League Three. We also won the inaugural King of Sevens series and hold the Broony Quaich, having wrested it from Hong Kong Scottish at the end of the Premiership season. It was a packed season arranged by the HKRFU and facilitated by the referees every week. All of our endeavours cost money and we have been very fortunate to have the financial support of Newedge, DHL, QNet, CBRE and Guinness in the senior section; NAB, Williams Lea, Kennedys, CLSA, Reid and EC Harris in the junior section; and GFI for the HKFC Tens. The strength in depth shown by the Club teams has resulted in five of the present six teams being forced into the top three domestic leagues. While good for prestige it has presented many challenges with intra-club derby matches and selection headaches; and it has resulted in some of the older players being left out of selection and not getting the game time they desire. To address this, action is in hand to form a seventh men s team to compete in the fifth tier of Hong Kong rugby, and we look forward to watching the Expendables take the field next season. Also, on the expansion front, the Ice initiative to host the HKRFU s Summer Development Programme has resulted in new talent being discovered and we plan to field women s 15s and 10s teams next season. In the season under review, we benefited from a full season under our new Director of Rugby, Kevin West, who has had many issues to address and policies to implement; and over 1,200 men, women and children to co-ordinate in the blue-and-white hoops. He has benefited from the assistance given by the small army of coaches, managers and captains who struggle manfully, and womanfully, to ensure that the games are played and people are in the right places. The most important change has been to our youth policy where promising Colts players have been given every opportunity to play for our top three teams. Through this policy several promising players have been identified and are now regulars in these grades; the most notable being Raef Morrison and Mike Coverdale, who have become reliable performers in Club and Dragons, and Callum McFeat-Smith, Pierce MacKinlay-West, Jordan Cooper-Ellis and Ryan Herbert claiming regular places in Dragons. The Women s team, Ice, had a tough season as they suffered from the retirement of some
44 [ SECTION REPORTS ] experienced regulars and lost the services of players called up to Hong Kong s national squads. This season we hope to bolster the numbers in our ladies team by again hosting HKRFU s Summer Development Programme. Our Girls Under-10s, U12s and U14s have a total of 89 players and we look forward to them progressing to the senior level after some encouraging performance and results this past season. On the social side, Contemptibles yet again showed a complete disregard for sanity and doctor s orders by playing as many games as their old frames would allow, fully entering into the spirit of the game. HKFC U19s fielded two teams, one each Division 1 and 2. The Division 1 side were league Plate winners and also won the Division 1 Sevens tournament, beating the Division 1 15s league champions in the final. The Division 2 team were runners-up in the Grand Championship Cup final going down to a very strong DeA side. Of the 37 active players in this age group, eight tasted life in the senior grades during the season, and operating two competitive teams at this age group with such a small pool was a great achievement showing huge commitment from the players. HKFC U16s fielded three teams, one each in Division 1, 2 and 3. They won the league in Division 1 and narrowly lost the Cup Final to Valley Fort. In Division 2 they finished third in the league and were runners-up in the Cup final going down to Sai Kung Stingrays. In Division 3 they finished third in the league and won the Cup Final. Seven HKFC U16 players were selected for the Hong Kong age-group representative squad, which is a great achievement. The U16s also did well in the Sevens tournament, taking home the Division 1 Plate Championship, finishing runners-up in the Division 2 Cup final, and winning the Division 3 Plate Championship. It has been a tough, but ultimately successful 2014 season for the U14 Colts, illustrating the resilience, determination and commitment of all the players involved. We fielded two teams, HKFC 1 and HKFC 2, in Divisions 1 and 2 of the U14 Colts League. Both teams made it through to the Grand Finals of their leagues, with HKFC 1 being pipped at the post by SKS 1 after leading for most of the match. HKFC 2 took home the silverware from Division 2 after beating DeA 2 in a close-fought encounter with a golden try in extra-time to win The HKFC Colts have been well represented in the Hong Kong U14s representative team, with nine players selected for the upcoming Sevens festival. HKFC fielded two teams in the U13 grade this season. Our White squad (FC2) performed extremely well, often against teams boosted by first-team players, winning several games and battling away in some very narrow losses as well. The Blue squad (FC1) performed well to go through the U13 league unbeaten and win the League Cup with some excellent, mature rugby in a lot of closely contested matches. The quality of rugby from players in their first year of 15-a-side on a full pitch was extremely pleasing to see. An U13 team comprised of players from both squads also contested the U14 Division 3 League. Fielding this team allowed a lot of our U13 players to get far more competitive rugby than they would otherwise have had. While the intention was purely to get the boys more rugby experience, the players combined so well that they managed to win the U14 Division 3 Grand Final in a close contest against DBP2. February also saw a U13 side sweep aside all before them at the KLS Tens in Kuala Lumpur and bring the trophy back to Hong Kong. The team won six games out of six without a point being scored against them in a great weekend of open, running rugby. At our end of season May Ball the players awards were handed out and taking the MVP honours for the various teams were Jamie Chapman (Club), Nick Smith (Dragons), James Hooper (Scorpions), Dave Cook (Select), Alex Boggis (Bulls), Scott Lindsay (Sequins) and Marie Gaschignard (Ice). 43
45 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 44 Pete Spizzirri won the Brian Huddleston Trophy for Best and Fairest Player in the section, and Raef Morrison won the Paul Gibbs Trophy for Most Improved Player section-wide. Kim Kan won the Jack Kelly Award for Club Rugby Person of the Year. Some 13 HKFC players were selected for Hong Kong men s representative honours in 2013/14, including Jamie Hood, Raef Morrison, Adam Raby, Mike Coverdale, Tom McColl, Lloyd Jones, Jake Phelps, Pete McKee, Charles French, Will Hunt, Steve Nolan, Tom Bolland and James Annabell. We also had six HKFC players Royce Chan, Daniella Means, Fiona Atkinson, Allison Lee, Aileen Ryan and Hannah Turley selected for women s national honours. In the youth section we also achieved good numbers in terms of representative honours as six boys made the U18 HKRFU sevens squad which won the Gold medal at the Asian Youth Games. They were Andrew Purton, Hugo Chui, Oscar Kurten, James Christie, Cameron Smith and Elliot Webb. In addition, three of our young men Raef Morrison, Mike Coverdale and Andrew Purton made the Hong Kong U20s squad for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in April and were joined by Richard Lewis and James Christie coming back from overseas university studies. Raef Morrison was also selected for the senior Hong Kong men s sevens squad. Notable achievements in the young female teams were Cathy Wong Sze-man, who was selected by the HKRFU to join an elite squad for a week s training in the UK, while during the season we had three representatives playing for the Island side in a 15-a-side showcase, including our captain and player of the season Libby Moser. On the sevens pitch three HKFC players were selected for the Island in a showcase game during the Women s IRB Sevens tournament at the Club. They were Kyra Johnston, Lily Walker and Natasha Lee. Mini-rugby is an integral part of the section with over 35 teams this season that won tournaments domestically and on tour abroad. The Minis continued competitive girls rugby at U12 and U10 levels this year. A crowd of approximately 3,000 enjoyed the HKFC Minirugby festival held at the Club in March. The future of HKFC rugby looks bright with a record number of coaches at IRB L1 and IRB L1.5 standard getting involved at the early stages of these rugby careers. The Taipan s fixture, first played in 1951 and resurrected in 2011, was played again this year with Rob Blain s Taipan s XV taking on Trevor Gregory s Challenger s XV and producing some exciting and fantastic rugby. The Challenger s XV finished as victors and the day continues to develop apace, becoming a very fitting finale to the Hong Kong domestic rugby season. The Club again organised the 2014 GFI HKFC Tens held on the Main Pitch. The twoday tournament, described as the best tens tournament in the world, was won by the starstudded BGC Dragons who defeated Tradition YCAC in a fantastic final. Po Leung Kuk was the official charity this year. The HKFC Staff, yet again, have shown patience and understanding when dealing with the more robust elements of the rugby social scene which our Members enjoy, and their continued helpfulness and cheerful nature really do make for some wonderful after-match evenings to be remembered or perhaps not? Rugby, and the Rugby Section, continues to make friends in Hong Kong and around the world with our generous nature and continued support of good causes and charities when touring. The Footie Club reputation continues to develop in a positive way. Who knows, one day even the referees might like us! Finally, on a very sad note, we mourn the passing of Bill Burgess. A former Chairman and a true rugby gentleman. The HKFC Tens was one of Billy s initiatives and he was one of the major instigators in getting the tournament up and running. Therefore, in honour of the man and his efforts, the Tens trophy is to be renamed the
46 [ SECTION REPORTS ] Bill Burgess Trophy. We sincerely hope that Suzie Burgess will be in Hong Kong next March to present it to the 2015 champions. Dave Slater Chairman, Rugby Section SOCCER SECTION Reflecting on the season past, it was a relatively successful one with strong turnouts from all teams across the Section. Starting with the competitive teams; the First Team finished a highly creditable third in Division 2 of the HKFA league. There was an increased incentive for second division teams to hit the promotion places, due to the impending HKFA Premier League being formed, and therefore retaining our 100 per cent amateur status was always going to make competition tough in this year s Division 2. On that basis, a narrow thirdplace finish was a good performance from the team and they should be proud of their efforts. This year marks Allan Fraser s last with the First Team and I d like to recognise his positive contribution within the group. Tony Sealy and Paul Foster have again produced a strong and unified group that we can be proud of. Tony has decided that after 15 years around the First Team and as Section Coach, it is time to take a back seat. He leaves with my immense thanks and his ongoing presence and support for the Section is something we should be grateful for. Lucky Mile came into the second division and had to not only rely on the bulk of the previous year s promotion-winning squad, but were restricted by the ruling of no more than three foreigners within the squad. Coach Richard Ewart brought in experience in the shape of Stewart McInness and, despite the odd bad day, they punched above their weight by retaining their Division 2 status. Next season we hope to recruit a stronger team to allow them to compete further up the league, however the Section needs to keep both the First Team and Lucky Mile in the second division as a minimum. Richard has spent an immense amount of time improving the team and he has my utmost respect. Turning to the Yau Yee League, Wanderers led the way with a second-place finish in the league and followed up in the cup final with a win on penalties over German All Stars. This is the fifth consecutive year that Wanderers have won either the league title or the cup, which is a notable achievement. Albion finished mid-table and paid the price for a few off days during the season, however their squad was transitional during the year and if one or two goals had gone their way especially in the cup semi-final they could well have been reflecting on an altogether different season. Colts enjoyed a far better turnout of players than they have in previous years and are now possibly starting to see the benefits of the youth pathway coming through. They comfortably consolidated Division 1 status and remain a force to be reckoned with. Before moving on I d just like to highlight the importance of the Yau Yee League teams to the Club and the wider football community in Hong Kong. This is a league with 48 amateur teams and over a thousand players participating. It has played a major part in the lives of the majority of Soccer Section members past and present, to the point that many old boys were down at the Club on the last league game of the season supporting a Dad s Army Wanderers team who defeated the all-conquering USRC team 3-0; thereby preventing USRC from equaling the old Club A record from 20 years earlier of going a whole season undefeated. Seeing the likes of Tom Henderson from that team down to support and celebrate after the game evidenced the importance of our Yau Yee teams. The HKFA is a huge priority to the Section, but the Yau Yee also offers major rewards for us in Hong Kong football. Finally from the competitive teams, the ladies saw a major shift forward this season 45
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49 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 48 under Genevieve Burke s stewardship, and won their first of hopefully many trophies by picking up the Plate. I was there when the ladies were first accepted into the Section and after a stuttering start, Genevieve has really galvanised things and they should be proud of the season they have just had, which concluded with a social game in May against our own Rovers. Turning to social football, Rovers had a very successful year by their standards with one player scoring more than 40 goals. The highlight of the Dynamics season was surely the game against Toy Trade in January when over 200 people attended the game (and the restaurant afterwards), with more than 30,000 raised for charity and a great HKFC win evidencing our place within the wider community. Gazelles lost as many games as Rovers won, however Kieran Flynn never had an easy job considering in certain games there was a 50-year age gap between his right fullback and right midfielder and the older guy sometimes had the better game. Good luck in making sense of that one. There is a new Vet s League coming up in Hong Kong and while a number of us would raise an eyebrow at over-35 being construed as being veterans football, I sincerely hope that we can incorporate a best of social football into this league and that all of us support this initiative on the pitch and in the stands in our traditionally strong social way. I ve said it before and will say it again, social football is a cornerstone of this Section and there is no appetite within the current Section Committee to marginalise pitch time for any teams. The youth pathway under Anto Grabo s guidance, and the wider view of junior soccer, is something we can be very proud of, as is our ability as a Section to say to any player at U14 or above that if they are good enough they can play for HKFC for free. This is attracting the best local players and expats, and should hopefully be the platform for our senior teams in the years to come. The junior section is again over-subscribed and Nam Nguyen has taken over the great job that Chris Plowman had done previously. Fees have been increased for next season and demand remains strong. There is now an appetite from the junior section to upskill coaches and increase the number of sessions for the elite players, which means the programme goes from strength to strength. The real success of junior soccer, though, is all those who give up their time to help out week in, week out. Even more pleasing is seeing current and former players getting involved and adding value. Finally, from a team perspective, our Crusaders had another great season, which included the Cambodia tour and another A-list performance in front of a packed public stand at the Citibank Hong Kong Soccer Sevens. We are fortunate to have the energy of Nigel Merritt and the backing of Prudential, not to mention numerous others, who give up their valuable time to put on a truly admirable service for the special needs community in Hong Kong, and prove that football can integrate and be the ultimate leveller. Turning to the Soccer Sevens, I may be biased but I d suggest that Tony Bratsanos and his committee put on the best tournament to date this year. Certainly the pro teams in the tournament were glowing in their praise, and the amount of coverage on websites such as those of the Barclays Premier League and champions Manchester City, evidences that our event is surely the most prestigious sevens tournament in the world. The Sportsman s Dinner was well attended and I am grateful to the Section members for their support in this. On that note, whilst we should recognise the backing of our sponsors, the Club and the HKFA in assisting with staging the tournament, I was overwhelmed by the time and effort made by many people in the Section in getting the tournament up and running. To those unsung heroes like Godwin Yan and many others
50 [ SECTION REPORTS ] from the Section who stood in the heat all weekend to make it a success, you all have my utmost thanks. Turning to the Soccer Section committee, I can report that attendances for meetings have been excellent across the year. This year s committee have my sincere thanks. They are Genevieve Burke, Tony Hamilton, Pete Hurst, Bobby Lawson, Richard Ewart, Nigel Merritt, Barry Hoy, Allan Fraser, Kieran Flynn, Pat Burns, Mark Devonshire, Michael Campion, Les Collett, Scott Semple, Nam Nguyen, Andy Bentote and Martyn Russell. Beyond this, we have guys like Tony Bratsanos driving an ever bigger Soccer Sevens tournament, Allan Jackson an unsung hero, Chris Plowman, and the backbenchers of the Section such as John Charleston, Mike Bentley, Mike Ashton and others whose opinions and views have been well received by me during my tenure. There have been many more sorry if I ve missed your name. It would be wrong of me not to highlight the contribution of Scott Semple, who has done a fabulous job as Soccer Section Captain for the past three years, and Martyn Russell, who leaves the committee having been most recently General Committee Rep but also Soccer Section Chairman prior to that. As you all know, this is my final report as Soccer Section Chairman, a role that I took on three years ago. The place where this Section sits now is very different from We had lost a sponsor for our premier tournament the Soccer Sevens and were sitting on a negative bank balance as a Section. In my view, committee positions in certain cases were often seen as a sufferance rather than being something to be proud of, the First Team had been relegated from the top division, we had membership issues, poor quality kit (in many people s view), and a deep division as to where social football sat within our Section with nobody really prepared to grasp the nettle and tackle the situation. In 2014, we have ongoing sponsorship deals with Executive Centre and Displaytech. We have a tour subsidy for every Section member, a training kit for players and match-day polo shirts, which I m always proud to see the players wearing on match days around the Club, a website and a strong kit deal with Canterbury. The Soccer Sevens has enjoyed a multi-million dollar sponsorship from Citibank and the junior section has increased revenues. In short, the Section has built up cash reserves and gained far greater stability. Neil Jensen Chairman, Soccer Section SQUASH SECTION Amid a year of some change for the Squash Section new courts and new sponsors, for example other aspects remained pleasingly constant: we enjoyed another fantastic 12 months both on and off court and we continued to welcome world-class players, past and present, to the Club. We had a busy start to 2013/14 with our seventh International Squash 3 s competition running alongside our second PSA Tour event, which was headlined and won by Botswana s Alister Walker. We dovetailed these two tournaments so that the amateurs contesting the 3 s would also have the chance to watch some world-class professional stars in action. The concept was a huge success and gave the 3 s an added buzz as the Club became a hive of squash activity. Naturally, all this required expert organisation and I m grateful particularly to David Murray, Phil Head and Lee Robinson for their central roles. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Heather Deayton, vice-president of the World Squash Federation, for helping with the prize presentations. In October, the Club awarded Australian squash great Sarah Fitz-Gerald Honorary Membership. Sarah, with five World Open titles and a Commonwealth Games gold medal, 49
51 is the first woman in the Club s history to be given this award a reflection of her status, not just as a fantastic squash player but as one of the greatest athletes in any sport. We were delighted she was able to attend a cocktail evening at the Club given in her honour and this event was graced by another Australian squash legend, four-time World Open champion Geoff Hunt, who is also an Honorary Member of the Club. 50 league season The 2013/14 season was even more competitive than the previous year s, meaning overall division and play-off wins were harder to come by. Nevertheless, HKFC teams remained firmly in touch with the general level of play, with 13 of the 19 men s teams finishing in the top four of their respective division. Congratulations to the following teams: League winners: HKFC4A, HKFC9B, HKFC15B League runners-up: HKFC 2, HKFC3, HKFC7, HKFCM1B and HKFCM2B Play-off winners: HKFC 2, HKFC9B, HKFCM1B, HKFC4A Play-off runners-up: HKFC3, HKFCM2B, HKFC4B Ultimately, the goal is to improve overall Squash League performances while maintaining the social dynamic and community spirit which drives the Squash Section. Vice-captain Kien Ng, with his vast experience and knowledge, did a superb job in organising trials and teams and his efforts were much appreciated by all. Special thanks should go to Mabel Mak, Jeff Ng and the rest of the team at Hong Kong Squash for their efforts in running the league, managing our court allocation requests and resolving various issues that arose during the season. It would be fair to say the season was a challenging one for our ladies teams, especially after divisions 2 and 3 merged just before the
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53 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 52 opening matches. At the end of the season, the five HKFC ladies teams finished as follows: Division 1: Bottom, in what was an extremely tough competition Division 2: L2A were winners; L2C came sixth; L2B were seventh Our congratulations go to L2A and Team 15B and thanks to Pat Choong and Lita Fan for organising these successful teams. In addition, I would like to acknowledge Elliot Froidevaux, Rachel Sutcliffe and Kien Ng for their hard work throughout the season. sponsorship We welcomed on board two new Squash League sponsors Laracy and Co, and King and Wood Mallesons. In each case they signed for three years, taking us through to the end of the 2016 season. The Meco Group once again sponsored our aforementioned International 3 s tournament, albeit under a different banner, Club Arcadia Group. Meco have been a huge supporter of the Section down the years and from 2014 onwards have agreed a three-year contract to sponsor our PSA and WSA tournaments. Further, East Park Investments recently agreed a one-year contract, to sponsor our new Junior Squash Development Programme, which will be implemented under the careful watch of chairman Fred Teng and starts in October 2014 Of course, sponsorship is crucial to the progress and development of the Squash Section and I would like to thank Damien Laracy of Laracy and Co, David Bateson of King and Wood Mallesons, Anson au Yeung of the Meco Group, Mark Hong and Kartik Dohar of CH Robinson, and James Niehorster and Morgan Sze for their support. socials Vinod Harjani worked hard on bringing a crowd to our three main events, all of which were thoroughly enjoyable evenings. The start of season party was pool side at the Club on 14 September We had a strong turnout of 118 people complete with belly dancers, an excellent DJ and some great prizes. The Christmas party was on 14 December 2014 at a restaurant outside the Club in Wanchai. A total of 88 guests attended and were rewarded with a memorable night highlighted by a performance from the incredible band Ninth State. The end-of-season party convened on 10 May 2014 at a restaurant outside the Club in Causeway Bay. This was another well attended event, with 115 people closing out the season in style, and the following awards were given out: Newcomer of the Year: Michael Shilton League Player of the Year: Dinesh Hathiramani Masters Player of the Year: Malcolm Kerr Convenor of the Year: Fredric Teng Team of the Year: HKFC9B Player of the Year: Jonathan Pipe My thanks go to Vinod for all his hard work throughout the year. tours Maarten Van der Steen has once again done an excellent job organising our overseas trips. Guangzhou Day Trip: This took place on 26 May with five players signing up and HKFC winning 4-1. Jumbo Doubles in Kuala Lumpur: Phil Head and Glenn Hitch represented the Club in this event from 4-6 October. Singapore Tour: Eight players took part in this trip. On 29 November, HKFC succumbed 7-5 in Jumbo Doubles matches at Tanglin Club; and on 30 November HKFC went down 13-5 in a series of 18 individual matches at Singapore Cricket Club. Macau Tour: Eight players signed up for this even on 11 January, with HKFC narrowly losing 5-3 to Macau Squash. Jumbo Doubles in Singapore: A total of 10 players represented the Club in this
54 [ SECTION REPORTS ] tournament, from February, with Phil Head and Glenn Hitch finishing as runners-up. Bangkok Doubles: HKFC was again represented by 10 players for this 2-4 May event and, once more, Phil Head and Glenn Hitch were our top performers, reaching the semi-finals. matches Steve Gollop has performed a sterling task in arranging four matches against other clubs. Masters Sixes: 1st HKCC, 2nd HKFC, 3rd KCC KCC v HKFC: HKCC v HKFC: HKFC v Royal Bangkok SC/Shenzhen Snakes: 12-4 These events were hugely enjoyable affairs for all involved, with matches played in the right spirit and Members enjoying the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. I am grateful to Steve for his hard work in making it happen. coaching Blade has a team of four coaches teaching at the club Phil Head, Chad Sunde, Matt Robinson and Greg Christison. juniors We have 41 players in the junior ladder and training for a total of five hours every Wednesday and Friday. The Junior Club Championship results were as follows: U8s: Winner, James Barton; 2nd, Alysa Ho; 3rd, Jaz Head. U10s: Winner, Scott Norman; Runner-up, Jaden Head; Plate winner, Christopher Robertson; Plate runner-up, Olivia Barton. U12s: Winner, Lewis Kerr; Runner-up, Thana Fearn; Plate winner, Harrison Niehorster; Plate runner-up, Zach Measures. U16s: Winner, Josh Atwell; Runner up, Neil Sadarangani; Plate winner, Zach Ho; Plate runner-up, Harrison Niehorster. U18s: Winner, Josh Atwell; Runner up, Neil Sadarangani; Plate winner, Alex Chew; Plate runner-up, Aaron Niehorster. Elliot Froidevaux, Rachel Sutcliffe, and Phil Head have been working together to field some of the better junior players into men s and ladies teams next season. ladies Ladies beginners and intermediate training has been going well. We have had between six and eight promising ladies take up the sport in the past year and they are continuing to participate in the weekly Monday ladies training course. club night This is still very popular, with an average of 20 members participating each Friday. tournaments Domestically, Simon Ho has worked hard to arrange another full calendar of tournaments. The Summer League was run over eight weeks in July and August and attracted a total of 97 players 48 regular players in eight teams plus a pool of 49 reserve players. After weeks of gruelling competition, Tom Rhodes and Eli Bitan s team Energiser Bunnies managed to win a double championship for both the Summer League and Final Series. In September the Handicap Tournament drew 64 entries. Tim Fan successfully defended his title by beating Peter Tsang in the Cup final while Terry Lo defeated Henry Ng in the Plate final. February once again saw the World Cup, with eight countries each being represented by eight players. This was two competitions in one, with defending champions Team England again winning the Cup and Team China winning the Handicap element of the event. Highest scorer of the day was Jon Pipe with 91 points. I am grateful to Simon Ho for his fantastic work in organising all these tournaments. 53
55 [ SECTION REPORTS ] 54 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS category winner runner-up Men s Cup Chad Sunde Phil Head Men s Plate Alex Hartley Jason Lam Men s Bowl Julian Tanner Andrew Wood Ladies Cup Carmen Lee Karen Lau Ladies Plate Dodo Kwong Myrna Jivraj Ladies Bowl Gemma Sung Lita Lee Men s Masters Cup Phil Head Malcolm Kerr Men s Masters Plate Ajay Hazari Simon Ho Men s Super James Hugh Dyus Masters Cup Barrington Men s Super Ajay Hazari Harold Low Masters Plate Ladies Masters Cup Julie Savoie Iris Sung Last November we hosted the 15th annual Wing Ding tournament, arranged by a number of people under the supervision of Tim Everest and Rovanna Lai, supported by a sub-committee from the Squash Section. The tournament raised funds for the South China Morning Post s Operation Santa, which helps charitable causes which do not receive any financial support from the government. Many of the Section members put in an incredible amount of work and their efforts resulted in more than HK$1.5 million being raised. men and 52 ladies. My sincere thanks go to David for his work throughout the year in a role that is very time consuming. I would also like to thank all those people who have given their time in various ways to assist with the numerous matches, tournaments and ad hoc events over the past 12 months, including those not mentioned from the Squash Committee Secretary Rob Jones, Treasurer Lee Robinson, General Committee Representative Neil Roberts and Paul Errington, who has done an excellent job as Publicity Officer this year. Outgoing from the Squash Committee are Simon Ho, Maarten van der Steen and Paul Errington and I would like to place on record my gratitude for their hard work. Adam Wilson Chairman, Squash Section facilities In keeping with the Club s status as a world-class sporting facility, three new PermanentGlassCourts from pioneering German manufacturer ASB have recently been installed. The court walls are made from white coated, non-clear glass and have a matt finish which means there are no reflections to distract players. The walls can be maintained in pristine condition with common glass cleaning products and ball marks can be removed at a stroke. The new courts have received fantastic feedback from Members and guests alike. membership David Murray has been looking after membership and reports 269 members (including 55 who are Sports Preferred Associate Members and are still under commitment), comprising 217
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57 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB REPORT OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE The General Committee submits its report together with the audited financial statements of the Hong Kong Football Club (the Club ) for the year ended 31 May principal activities The Club s principal activity is the promotion of rugby, hockey, lawn bowls, soccer, squash and other sporting and leisure activities to its Members and to others, including schools, societies and similar organisations. It also provides social amenities such as food and beverage, meeting and function facilities to its Members and their guests. results 56 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. The results of the Club for the year are set out in the statement of comprehensive income on page 60. property, plant and equipment Details of the movements in property, plant and equipment of the Club are set out in note 5 to the financial statements. reserves Movements in the reserves of the Club during the year are set out on page 61. donations Financial contributions to charity made by the Club and its Sections/Associations/Societies as well as groups of members during the financial year amounted to HK$353,840 (2013: HK$272,778). Of this total HK$100,000 (2013: HK$50,000) was directly donated by the Club. general committee members The General Committee Members during the year were: Dermot Agnew President John Joseph Shanahan Chairman Nicholas David Hunsworth Vice-President Charles Robert Lawson Vice-President James Desmond Collins-Taylor Vice-President (retired on 7 November 2013) Francis Iain Valentine Vice-President Fook Aun Chew Vice-President (appointed on 7 November 2013) Michael John Wood Honorary Secretary David Charles Wilfred Howell Honorary Treasurer Philip Duncan Lewis Woolf Mark Owen Clift (retired on 7 November 2013) David Anthony Reeves Roger James Finnie (retired on 7 November 2013) Maurice John O Brien Niccola Luisa Russo Nicholas Simon Grimshaw John Bernard Molloy (retired on 7 November 2013) Robert Martyn Russell Neil Lloyd Roberts Damian Carmelo Babis (appointed on 7 November 2013) James William Niehorster (appointed on 7 November 2013) Adam Wilson (appointed on 7 November 2013)
58 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB REPORT OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE In accordance with Article 10.8(A) and (B) of the Club s Articles of Association, all General Committee Members hold office until the next annual general meeting, except the President who holds office for three years, and the Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer who hold office for two years. All officers, being eligible, can offer themselves for reelection. general committee members interests No contracts of significance in relation to the Club s business to which the Club was a party and in which a General Committee Member had a material interest, whether directly or indirectly, subsisted at the end of the year or at any time during the year. At no time during the year was the Club a party to any arrangement to enable the General Committee Members to hold interests or short positions in the shares or underlying shares in, or debentures of, the Club or its associated corporations. management contracts No contracts concerning the management and administration of the whole or any substantial part of the business of the Club were entered into or existed during the year. auditor The financial statements have been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers who retire and, being eligible, offer themselves for re-appointment. On behalf of the General Committee Chairman Hong Kong, 18 August 2014 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 57
59 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] INDEPENDENT AUDITOR S REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB (Incorporated in Hong Kong and limited by guarantee) We have audited the financial statements of Hong Kong Football Club set out on pages 59 to 75, which comprise the balance sheet as at 31 May 2014, and the statement of comprehensive income, the statement of changes in funds and reserves and the statement of cash flows for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. general committee s responsibility for the financial statements 58 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. The General Committee is responsible for the preparation of financial statements that give a true and fair view in accordance with Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards issued by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance, and for such internal control as the General Committee determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. auditor s responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit and to report our opinion solely to you, as a body, in accordance with section 80 of Schedule 11 to the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance and for no other purpose. We do not assume responsibility towards or accept liability to any other person for the contents of this report. We conducted our audit in accordance with Hong Kong Standards on Auditing issued by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor s judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity s preparation of financial statements that give a true and fair view in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by the General Committee, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion. opinion In our opinion, the financial statements give a true and fair view of the state of the Club s affairs as at 31 May 2014, and of its surplus and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards and have been properly prepared in accordance with the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance. PricewaterhouseCoopers Certified Public Accountants Hong Kong, 18 August 2014
60 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] BALANCE SHEET As at 31 May Note ASSETS Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment 5 30,333,354 19,845,917 Intangible assets 6 4,815,000 4,815,000 35,148,354 24,660,917 Current assets Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss 8 168,538, ,471,164 Inventories 9 2,430,253 2,317,930 Debtors and prepayments 10 17,342,640 16,063,012 Cash and cash equivalents 11 35,160,910 29,981, ,472, ,833,616 Total assets 258,620, ,494,533 FUNDS AND RESERVES Members funds ,236, ,450,021 LIABILITIES Current liabilities Creditors, accruals and other payables 13 39,384,445 32,044,512 Total liabilities 39,384,445 32,044,512 Total funds and liabilities 258,620, ,494,533 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 59 John J Shanahan Mike Wood Robert Lawson Chairman Honorary Secretary Acting Honorary Treasurer The financial statements on pages 59 to 75 were approved by General Committee on 18 August 2014 and were signed on its behalf.
61 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 60 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. Year ended 31 May Note Revenue from operations ,093, ,371,257 Income Fees and subscriptions 15 51,705,505 50,013,645 Food and beverage sales ,926,448 90,989,069 Food and beverage cost of sales 16 (46,006,483) (41,286,334) Food and beverage gross profit 16 54,919,965 49,702,735 Sports shop sales 2,282,449 2,215,718 Sports shop cost of sales (1,317,244) (1,297,830) Commission income from consignment sales 780, ,943 Sports shop gross profit 1,745,583 1,665,831 Carpark income 10,398,775 10,404,882 Other net income 17 9,269,770 9,400, ,039, ,187,899 Expenditure Administration and general 18 (5,451,601) (5,480,127) Bar, restaurant and sports shop (4,764,483) (4,074,706) Depreciation 5 (12,353,495) (10,738,017) Employee benefit expense 19 (79,560,542) (71,001,053) House and grounds 21 (29,340,633) (25,168,311) Sports sections/associations/societies expenses (1,370,372) (1,136,757) (132,841,126) (117,598,971) Operating (deficit)/surplus for the year (4,801,528) 3,588,928 Non-operating income/(expenses) Bank interest income Entrance fees 10,057,650 9,723,200 Investment gain 22 10,067,580 20,948,786 Management and administrative fee on investment (931,500) (875,482) Loss/(gain) on disposals of property, plant and equipment (6,349) 5,402 Transfer fees for corporate nominee subscriberships 5,400,000 2,100,000 Surplus for the year 19,786,435 35,491,124 Other comprehensive income for the year - - Total comprehensive income for the year 19,786,435 35,491,124
62 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN FUNDS AND RESERVES Members funds Balance as at 1 June ,958,897 Total comprehensive income - Surplus for the year 35,491,124 Balances as at 31 May 2013 and 1 June ,450,021 Total comprehensive income - Surplus for the year 19,786,435 Balance as at 31 May ,236,456 The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 61
63 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS Year ended 31 May Note Cash flows from operating activities Cash generated from operations 26 18,899,949 16,691,928 Cash flows from investing activities Sales of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss - 41,542,192 Purchases of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss - (41,542,192) Management and administrative fee on investments (931,500) (875,482) Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment 10,000 44,600 Purchases of property, plant and equipment 5 (22,857,281) (13,397,075) Interest received The notes on pages 63 to 75 are an integral part of these financial statements. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. Net cash used in investing activities (23,778,199) (14,227,667) Cash flows from financing activities Entrance fees received 10,057,650 9,723,200 Net cash generated from financing activities 10,057,650 9,723,200 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 5,179,400 12,187,461 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 29,981,510 17,794,049 Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 11 35,160,910 29,981,510
64 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 1 General information The Hong Kong Football Club s (the Club s ) principal activity is the promotion of rugby, hockey, lawn bowls, soccer, squash and other sporting and leisure activities to its Members and to others, including schools, societies and similar organisations. It also provides social amenities such as food and beverage, meeting and function facilities to its Members and their guests. The Club is incorporated under the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance and limited by guarantee. The address of its registered office is 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. The Club occupies its premises and operates under a lease from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the HKSAR ). The last lease officially expired on the 25 December 2011, but as part of the negotiations for its renewal has been held over to the 25 September 2012 and subsequently the 25 June 2013 and the 25 February 2014 then again until the 25 October Under the provisions of the Club s Memorandum of Association, every member shall, in the event of the Club being wound up, contribute to the assets of the Club an amount not exceeding HK$10. At 31 May 2014, the Club had 3,267 (2013: 3,243) members. These financial statements are presented in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. These financial statements have been approved for issue by the General Committee on 18 August All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 2 Basis of preparation and summary of significant accounting policies The basis and principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years presented, unless otherwise stated. 2.1 Basis of preparation The financial statements of the Club have been prepared in accordance with Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards ( HKFRS ). The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the revaluation of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with HKFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Club s accounting policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgement or complexity, and areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the financial statements, are disclosed in note 3. (a) New standards, amendments and interpretations to existing HKFRS effective as of 1 June 2013 The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants has issued a number of new standards, amendments and interpretations to existing HKFRS which have been mandatory for the Club s accounting periods commencing on or after 1 June These new standards, amendments and interpretations have not had any impact on the Club s financial statements for year ended 31 May 2014 since they are not relevant to the Club s operation. (b) Amendments that are not yet effective and have not been early adopted by the Club Certain Amendments have been published that are mandatory for the Club s accounting periods commencing on or after 1 June The following Amendments are relevant and applicable to the Club; however, they have not been early adopted in these financial statements: 63 HKAS 32 (Amendment) Financial instruments: Presentation - Offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities 1 HKAS 36 (Amendment) Recoverable amount disclosures for non-financial assets 1 HKFRS 9 Financial instruments - Financial liabilities 2 Note: (1) Effective for financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014 (2) Effective for financial periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015 The Club has commenced, but not yet completed, an assessment of the impact of the applicable Amendments on its results of operations and financial position. 2.2 Foreign currency translation (a) Functional and presentation currency Items included in the financial statements of the Club are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Club operates (the functional currency ). The financial statements are presented in Hong Kong dollars, which is the Club s functional and presentation currency. (b) Transactions and balances Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of
65 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] the transactions or valuation where items are re-measured. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at year-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. 2.3 Property, plant and equipment The assets donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club were, upon the initial adoption of HKAS 16 in an earlier accounting period, recorded at a cost of nil, in accordance with the transitional provisions of HKAS 16. Property, plant and equipment are stated at historical cost less depreciation and impairment losses. Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of the items. Subsequent costs are included in the asset s carrying amount or recognised as a separate asset, as appropriate, only when it is probable that future economic benefits associated with the item will flow to the Club and the cost of the item can be measured reliably. The carrying amount of the replaced part is de-recognised. All other repairs and maintenance are charged in the statement of comprehensive income during the financial period in which they are incurred. Leasehold improvements are depreciated to write off their costs less accumulated impairment losses over the unexpired periods of the leases or their expected useful lives to the Club, whichever is shorter. Depreciation of other property, plant and equipment is calculated using the straight-line method to allocate their costs to their residual values over their estimated useful lives, as follows: Computer equipment Furniture, equipment and motor vehicles 3-5 years 3-6 years 64 The assets residual values and useful lives are reviewed, and adjusted if appropriate, at the end of each reporting period. An asset s carrying amount is written down immediately to its recoverable amount if the asset s carrying amount is greater than its estimated recoverable amount (note 2.5). Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. 2.4 Intangible assets Intangible assets represent the golf club memberships with indefinite useful lives and are stated at cost less any provision for impairment losses. 2.5 Impairment of non-financial assets Assets that have an indefinite useful life are not subject to amortisation and are tested annually for impairment. Assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. An impairment loss is recognised for the amount by which the asset s carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount is the higher of an asset s fair value less costs to sell and value in use. Non-financial assets other than goodwill that suffered impairment are reviewed for possible reversal of the impairment at each reporting date. 2.6 Financial assets Classification The Club classifies its financial assets in the following categories: at fair value through profit or loss and loans and receivables. The classification depends on the purpose for which the financial assets were acquired. Management determines the classification of its financial assets at initial recognition. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. (a) (b) Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are financial assets held for trading. A financial asset is classified in this category if acquired principally for the purpose of selling in the short-term. Derivatives are also categorised as held for trading unless they are designated as hedges. Assets in this category are classified as current assets if expected to be settled within 12 months, otherwise, they are classified as non-current. Loans and receivables Loans and receivables are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. They are included in current assets, except for the amounts that are settled or expected to be settled more than 12 months after the end of the reporting period. These are classified as non-current assets. The Club s loans and receivables comprise debtors and cash and cash equivalents in the balance sheet (notes 2.10 and 2.11) Recognition and measurement Regular purchases and sales of financial assets are recognised on the trade-date - the date on which the Club commits to purchase or sell the asset. Investments are initially recognised at fair value plus transaction costs for all financial assets not carried at fair value through profit or loss. Financial assets carried at fair value through profit or loss are initially recognised at fair value, and transaction costs are expensed in the statement of comprehensive income. Financial assets are de-recognised
66 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] when the rights to receive cash flows from the investments have expired or have been transferred and the Club has transferred substantially all risks and rewards of ownership. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are subsequently carried at fair value. Loans and receivables are subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method. Gains or losses arising from changes in the fair value of the financial assets at fair value through profit or loss category are presented in the statement of comprehensive income within Investment gains/(losses) in the period in which they arise. Dividend income from financial assets at fair value through profit or loss is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income as part of investment income when the Club s right to receive payments is established. 2.7 Offsetting financial instruments Financial assets and liabilities are offset and the net amount reported in the balance sheet when there is a legally enforceable right to offset the recognised amounts and there is an intention to settle on a net basis or realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously. 2.8 Impairment of financial assets carried at amortised cost The Club assesses at the end of each reporting period whether there is objective evidence that a financial asset or group of financial assets is impaired. A financial asset or a group of financial assets is impaired and impairment losses are incurred only if there is objective evidence of impairment as a result of one or more events that occurred after the initial recognition of the asset (a loss event ) and that loss event (or events) has an impact on the estimated future cash flows of the financial asset or group of financial assets that can be reliably estimated. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. Evidence of impairment may include indications that the debtor or a group of debtors is experiencing significant financial difficulty, default or delinquency in interest or principal payments, the probability that they will enter bankruptcy or other financial reorganisation, and where observable data indicate that there is a measurable decrease in the estimated future cash flows, such as changes in arrears or economic conditions that correlate with defaults. For the loans and receivables category, the amount of the loss is measured as the difference between the asset s carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cash flows (excluding future credit losses that have not been incurred) discounted at the financial asset s original effective interest rate. The carrying amount of the asset is reduced and the amount of the loss is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. If, in a subsequent period, the amount of the impairment loss decreases and the decrease can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised (such as an improvement in the debtor s credit rating), the reversal of the previously recognised impairment loss is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. 2.9 Inventories Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method and represents the invoiced cost. Net realisable value is the estimated selling price in the ordinary course of business, less applicable variable selling expenses Debtors Debtors are amounts due from members and others for merchandise sold or services performed in the ordinary course of business. If collection of receivables is expected in one year or less (or in the normal operating cycle of the business if longer), they are classified as current assets. If not, they are presented as non-current assets. Debtors are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method, less provision for impairment Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents include cash in hand, deposits held at call with banks and other short-term highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less Creditors and other payables Creditors are obligations to pay for goods or services that have been acquired in the ordinary course of business from suppliers. Creditors and other payables are classified as current liabilities if payment is due within one year or less (or in the normal operating cycle of the business if longer). If not, they are presented as non-current liabilities. Creditors and other payables are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method Employee benefits (a) Retirement benefit costs The Club contributes to a defined contribution retirement scheme and a mandatory provident fund scheme ( MPF ). (i) The HSBC Provident Fund (ORSO) scheme is for employees who joined on or before 30th November The scheme is operated by HSBC Life (International) Limited.
67 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] (ii) The HSBC Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme is available to the employees who joined from 1 December The assets of this scheme are managed by HSBC Supertrust. Both schemes are funded by payments from employees and the Club. The Club s contributions to the defined contribution retirement scheme and mandatory provident fund scheme are based on a fixed percentage of the employees basic salaries and relevant income respectively and the Club has no further payment obligations once the contributions have been paid. The Club s contributions to both schemes are recognised as employee benefit expense when they are due. Prepaid contributions are recognised as an asset to the extent that a cash refund or a reduction in the future payments is available. (b) Employee leave entitlements Employee entitlements to annual leave are recognised when they accrue to employees. A provision is made for the estimated liability for annual leave as a result of services rendered by employees up to the balance sheet date. Employee entitlements to sick leave and maternity leave are not recognised until the time of leave. (c) Bonus plans 66 (d) Bonus payments are recognised as a liability when the Club has a present legal or constructive obligation as a result of services rendered by employees and a reliable estimate of the obligation can be made. Liabilities for bonus plans are expected to be settled within 12 months and are measured at the amounts expected to be paid when they are settled. Long service payments Certain of the Club s employees have completed the required number of years of service to the Club and are eligible for long service payments under the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance in the event of the termination of their employment. The Club is liable to make such payments in the event that such termination of employment meets the circumstances specified in the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance. A provision is recognised in respect of the probable future long service payments expected to be made. The provision is based on the best estimate of the probable future payments which have been earned by the employees from their service to the Club to the balance sheet date Revenue recognition Revenue comprises the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for the sale of goods and services in the ordinary course of the Club s activities. Revenue is recognised as follows: (a) Subscriptions, carpark income and sports coaching commissions Income is accounted for on an accruals basis. (b) Income from restaurants, bars, the sports shop and other club facilities Income from restaurants, bars, the sports shop and other club facilities is recognised when the service is rendered or the sale effected. (c) Entrance fees and transfer fees Entrance fees and transfer fees for corporate nominee subscriberships are recognised when the membership/transfer is approved by the General Committee. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. (d) (e) Interest income Interest income is recognised on a time proportion basis, using the effective interest rate method. Dividend income 2.15 Members funds Dividend income is recognised when the right to receive payment is established. All the income and expenses of these funds are accounted for in the statement of comprehensive income. 3 Critical accounting estimate and judgments The Club makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.
68 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] Renewal of the Club s lease and useful lives of property, plant and equipment The continued operation of the Club is dependent upon the renewal by the Government of the HKSAR of the Club s lease. On the basis of past experience, and having made appropriate enquiries, the General Committee expects that the Club s lease should be either renewed on or before the expiry of the current hold over in October 2014, or held over again, and accordingly has adopted the going concern basis of accounting in preparing these financial statements. Management determines the estimated useful lives and related depreciation charges for the Club s property, plant and equipment. Management will revise the depreciation charges where useful lives are different to previously estimated, or will write-off or write-down technically obsolete or non-strategic assets that have been abandoned or sold. Capital expenditure is approved based upon full estimated useful lives and on the assumption that the Club s lease will be renewed. However, in accordance with relevant accounting requirements, the Club s capital assets are required to be depreciated over periods which do not extend beyond the current lease term. This results in high depreciation charges as recently acquired assets are required effectively to be expensed immediately even though they are expected to remain in use for many years. 4 Financial risk and capital risk management 4.1 Financial risk factors The Club s activities expose it to a variety of financial risks. The Club s overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the Club s financial performance. Risk management is carried out by the finance department in accordance with guidelines provided by the General Committee. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. (a) Foreign exchange risk Foreign exchange risk arises where future commercial transactions, recognised assets and liabilities are denominated in a currency that is not the Club s functional currency. The Club is not exposed to significant foreign exchange risk, as transactions are substantially all entered into in the functional currency, which is the Hong Kong dollars. As there is no material foreign exchange risk, no sensitivity analysis is provided. (b) Market price risk Market price risk is the risk that the value of a financial instrument will fluctuate as a result of changes in market prices whether those changes are caused by factors specific to the individual instrument or by factors affecting all instruments in the market. By the investment in the Schroder Stable Growth Fund (the Fund ), a fund managed by a substantial international fund management group, the market price risk relating to the Club s financial assets at fair value through profit or loss has been largely delegated to that professional fund manager. The performance of the fund manager is monitored by the Club. The Club investment comprise units of Schroder Stable Growth Fund, which is a mutual fund with underlying positions principally of publicly traded equities and fixed income bonds across global markets. As at 31 May 2014, if the price of this fund investment goes up/down by 10% (2013: 10%) with all other variables held constant, the Club s surplus for the year and net assets would have been increased/decreased HK$16,853,874 (2013: HK$15,847,116). (c) Credit risk Credit risk is the risk that one party to a financial instrument will fail to discharge its obligation and cause the other party to incur a financial loss. 67 The Club has exposures to credit risk, which is the risk that a counterparty will be unable to pay amounts in full when due. Credit risk arises from debtors and deposits with banks of HK$47,999,678 (2013: HK$44,149,488). In respect of receivables from its members, the Club has policies in place for the control and monitoring of its credit risk. In the opinion of the General Committee members, the credit risk is considered to be low. Overdue member debtors and other receivables are disclosed in note 10. The credit risk on liquid funds is limited because the counterparty is a reputable and creditworthy bank with good credit ratings rated by independent rating parties. The maximum exposure to credit risk is represented by the carrying amount of each financial asset on the balance sheet. (d) Liquidity risk Prudent liquidity risk management implies maintaining sufficient cash. The Club ensures that it maintains sufficient cash and bank balances, which are available to meet its liquidity. The table on the following page analyses the Club s financial liabilities into relevant maturity groupings based on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity date. The amounts disclosed in the table are the contractual undiscounted cash flows. Balances due within 12 months approximate their carrying values, as the impact of discounting is not significant.
69 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] Less than one year Creditors, accruals and other payables (note 13) 32,927,911 24,428,095 (e) Cash flow and fair value interest rate risk Apart from the bank balances which earn interest at market rates, the Club has no other significant interest-bearing assets and liabilities, and its income and operating cash flows, which are mainly funded by receipts from members, are substantially independent of changes in market interest rates. Accordingly, the General Committee Members are of the opinion that the Club does not have significant cash flow and fair value interest rate risk and no sensitivity analysis is presented. 4.2 Capital risk management The Club s objectives when managing capital are to safeguard the Club s ability to continue as a going concern in order to procure adequate financial resources from the members and to adjust the level of its investments. The Club s overall strategy remains unchanged from prior years. 4.3 Fair value estimation 68 The table below analyses financial instruments carried at fair value by valuation method. The different methods of valuation are defined as follows: (a) Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1). The Fund is authorised by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and is daily traded, with market price publicly disclosed. (b) Inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices) (level 2). (c) Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs) (level 3). The following table presents the Club s assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value at 31 May 2014 and Level Assets Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (note 8) 168,538, ,471,164 The fair value of financial instruments traded in active markets is based on quoted market prices at the balance sheet date. A market is regarded as active if quoted prices are readily and regularly available from an exchange, dealer, broker, industry group, pricing service, or regulatory agency, and those prices represent actual and regularly occurring market transactions on an arm s length basis. The quoted market price used for financial assets held by the Club is the current bid price. The Club carried no financial instruments at fair values assessed using level 2 or level 3 methodologies at 31 May 2014 or All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated.
70 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 5 Property, plant and equipment Project in progress Leasehold improvements Furniture, equipment and computers Motor vehicles At 1 June 2012 Cost - 108,027,807 70,870, , ,405,874 Accumulated depreciation - (102,697,674) (58,974,949) (507,194) (162,179,817) Net book amount - 5,330,133 11,895,924-17,226,057 Year ended 31 May 2013 Opening net book amount - 5,330,133 11,895,924-17,226,057 Additions - 5,398,459 7,729, ,964 13,397,075 Disposals - - (39,198) - (39,198) - Cost - - (752,546) (221,194) (973,740) - Accumulated depreciation , , ,542 Depreciation - (4,955,573) (5,715,203) (67,241) (10,738,017) Closing net book amount - 5,773,019 13,871, ,723 19,845,917 Total All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. At 31 May 2013 Cost - 113,426,266 77,847, , ,829,209 Accumulated depreciation - (107,653,247) (63,976,804) (353,241) (171,983,292) Net book amount - 5,773,019 13,871, ,723 19,845,917 Year ended 31 May 2014 Opening net book amount - 5,773,019 13,871, ,723 19,845,917 Additions 1,458,260 2,115,396 19,283,625-22,857,281 Disposals - - (16,349) - (16,349) - Cost - - (936,907) - (936,907) - Accumulated depreciation , ,558 Depreciation - (5,094,301) (7,191,953) (67,241) (12,353,495) Closing net book amount 1,458,260 2,794,114 25,946, ,482 30,333,354 At 31 May 2014 Cost 1,458, ,541,662 96,194, , ,749,583 Accumulated depreciation - (112,747,548) (70,248,199) (420,482) (183,416,229) Net book amount 1,458,260 2,794,114 25,946, ,482 30,333, Under the terms of the Development Agreement between the Club and the Hong Kong Jockey Club dated 21 May 1993, the clubhouse and a substantial portion of the fixtures and fittings were contributed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and are accounted for at nil cost. The General Committee is unaware of the cost of the contributed assets. The clubhouse and the associated structures was valued at HK$615 million by Knight Frank Petty Limited as at 1 August Intangible assets Intangible assets comprise ten golf club revolving memberships in Lotus Hill Golf Resort in the People s Republic of China and one golf club membership allowing eight revolving member privileges in the Macau Golf and Country Club in Macau. These are stated at cost as follows: Lotus Hill Golf Resort 3,000,000 3,000,000 Macau Golf and Country Club 1,815,000 1,815,000 4,815,000 4,815,000
71 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 7 Financial instruments by category The Club s financial instruments comprise the following: Assets at fair value through the profit or loss Loans and receivables Total Financial assets At 31 May 2014 Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (note 8) 168,538, ,538,744 Debtors (note 10) - 12,874,268 12,874,268 Cash and cash equivalents (note 11) - 35,160,910 35,160, ,538,744 48,035, ,573,922 At 31 May 2013 Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (note 8) 158,471, ,471,164 Debtors (note 10) - 14,198,478 14,198, Cash and cash equivalents (note 11) - 29,981,510 29,981, ,471,164 44,179, ,651,152 Other financial liabilities at amortised cost Financial liabilities At 31 May 2014 Creditors, accruals and other payables (note 13) 32,927,911 At 31 May 2013 Creditors, accruals and other payables (note 13) 24,428,095 8 Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss Schroder Stable Growth Fund 168,538, ,471,164 Changes in fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are recorded in non-operating expenses in the statement of comprehensive income. The fair value of the above fund is based on its current bid price issued by the Fund s administrator. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. The carrying amount of the financial assets at fair value through profit or loss is denominated in Hong Kong dollars. 9 Inventories Consumables and Club shop stock 2,430,253 2,317,930 The cost of inventories recognised as expenses and included in cost of goods sold amounted to HK$47,323,726 (2013: HK$42,584,164).
72 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 10 Debtors and prepayments Member debtors 11,459,292 12,741,568 Less: Provision for impairment (59,399) (67,000) Member debtors net 11,399,893 12,674,568 Sundry debtors 1,474,375 1,523,910 Debtors 12,874,268 14,198,478 Prepayments 4,468,372 1,864,534 17,342,640 16,063,012 The carrying value of debtors and prepayments approximates their fair value at 31 May 2014 and 2013 and is denominated in Hong Kong dollars. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. As at 31 May 2014, member debtors of HK$486,371 (2013: HK$449,554) were past due but not considered impaired. These relate to a number of independent members for whom there is no recent history of default. Based on past experience, management believes that no impairment allowance is necessary in respect of these balances as there has not been a significant change in credit quality and the balances are still considered fully recoverable. The Club does not hold any collateral over these balances. The ageing of these member debtors is as follows: Past due but not impaired Up to 90 days 483, ,554 Over 90 days 2, , ,554 As of 31 May 2014, member debtors of HK$59,399 (2013: HK$67,000) were considered impaired. The amount of the provision established was HK$59,399 as of 31 May 2014 (2013: HK$67,000). The ageing of these debtors is as follows: Ageing of impaired trade receivables Up to 90 days - 4,434 Over 90 days 59,399 62,566 During the year, debtors of HK$30,121 (2013: HK$30,346) were directly written off as bad debts. 59,399 67, Debtors and prepayments other than member debtors do not contain assets which are viewed by management as impaired. The maximum exposure to credit risk at the reporting date is the fair value of each class of debtors mentioned above. The Club does not hold any collateral as security. 11 Cash and cash equivalents Bank balances 35,125,410 29,951,010 Cash in hand 35,500 30,500 35,160,910 29,981,510 Maximum exposure to credit risk 35,125,410 29,951,010 Cash and cash equivalents are denominated in Hong Kong dollars.
73 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 12 Members funds Within members funds are HK$12,690,879 (2013: HK$10,189,872) which belong to the Club s sports sections/associations/societies, and for which the use of funds are determined by individual sports sections/associations/societies, within the Club s overall approval policies. 13 Creditors, accruals and other payables Creditors and other payables 26,255,726 19,206,406 Accruals 6,672,185 5,221,689 Financial liabilities 32,927,911 24,428,095 Provision for long service payment and unutilised annual leave 1,149,000 1,059,000 Entrance fees and other income received in advance 5,307,534 6,557,417 39,384,445 32,044,512 The carrying values of creditors, accruals and other payables approximate their fair values at 31 May 2014 and 2013 and are denominated in Hong Kong dollars. 14 Revenue from operations Subscriptions 49,424,835 47,754,920 Temporary members subscriptions 1,740,200 1,763,505 Other fees (includes absent memberships fees) 540, ,220 Food and beverage operations 100,926,448 90,989,069 Sports shop operations 3,062,827 2,963,661 Carpark income 10,398,775 10,404, ,093, ,371, Fees and subscriptions Subscriptions 49,424,835 47,754,920 Temporary members subscriptions 1,740,200 1,763,505 Other fees (includes absent memberships fees) 540, ,220 51,705,505 50,013, Food and beverage sales and cost of sales All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. Beverage sales 22,082,003 20,492,738 Beverage cost of sales (7,139,367) (6,434,940) Beverage gross profit 14,942,636 14,057,798 Food sales 63,431,519 57,753,179 Food cost of sales (28,274,442) (26,087,728) Food gross profit 35,157,077 31,665,451 Other food and beverage sales (including sales counter, wine delivery, cigarettes, corkage and banners, etc) 15,412,926 12,743,152 Other food and beverage cost of sales (10,592,674) (8,763,666) Other food and beverage gross profit 4,820,252 3,979,486 Food and beverage gross profit 54,919,965 49,702,735
74 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 17 Other net income Income Sports coaching commissions 2,805,617 2,687,661 Racebox rental 686, ,470 Meeting room and facilities rental 1,975,198 2,595,556 Video/book library income 1,077,314 1,108,335 Sports sections/associations/societies income 21,950,889 22,258,662 Others 1,243,264 1,083,215 29,738,712 30,537,899 Expenses Racebox rental (659,045) (775,750) Video/book library expenses (360,015) (360,000) Sports sections/associations/societies expenses (19,449,882) (20,001,343) (20,468,942) (21,137,093) Other net income 9,269,770 9,400,806 All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 18 Administration and general expenditure Auditor s remuneration - Audit service 292, ,000 - Non-audit service 13,500 27,675 Bad debts written off 30,121 30,346 Club magazine 273, ,081 Computer and equipment maintenance 723, ,392 Entertainment 101, ,152 General (includes licence fees, transportation costs) 1,178,628 1,156,581 Insurance 832, ,525 Legal and professional fees 335, ,586 Printing, stationery and postage 768, ,737 (Reversal of provision)/provision for impairment of debtors (7,601) 28,608 Social functions 135, ,589 Staff activities 107, ,166 Staff annual party expenses 352, ,001 Staff recruitment 189, ,153 Staff training 124, ,535 5,451,601 5,480,127 73
75 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 19 Employee benefit expense Wages and salaries 72,794,905 65,242,257 Pension fund contributions 2,930,956 2,713,042 Others (includes staff meals and medical insurance) 3,834,681 3,045,754 79,560,542 71,001,053 Analysis of salaries and related expenses by department: Bars and restaurants 40,723,330 36,425,943 House and grounds 24,347,276 21,671,678 Administration and general 13,517,294 12,027,285 Sports shop 972, ,147 79,560,542 71,001,053 Number of employees (excluding General Committee Members): 74 Annual benefits (including overtime) of employees fall into the following bands: HK$0 - HK$500, HK$500,001 - HK$1,000, HK$1,000,001 - HK$1,500, HK$1,500,001 - HK$2,000,000-1 HK$2,000,001 - HK$2,500, As at 31 May General Committee Members emoluments (equivalent to key management compensation) None of the General Committee Members, who are considered as key management of the Club, received or will receive any fees or other emoluments during the year for their services as General Committee Members during the year (2013: Nil). 21 House and grounds expenditure Cleaning 1,682,033 1,737,202 Electricity, gas and water 13,324,023 12,689,712 General (includes linen, towel and uniform expenses) 1,395, ,732 Rent and rates 2,878,800 2,707,467 Repairs and maintenance 10,060,589 7,105,198 All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 29,340,633 25,168, Investment gains Unrealised investment gains 10,067,580 18,928,718 Gain on disposal of investment - 2,020,068 10,067,580 20,948, Taxation The Club is exempt from Hong Kong profits tax under Section 24 (1) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.
76 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] 24 Capital commitments Capital commitments for property, plant and equipment Contracted but not provided for 4,555, ,000 Authorised but not contracted for 1,417,400 11,827,300 5,972,790 12,147,300 Authorised capital commitments at 31 May 2014 represent the budgeted redevelopment costs of the clubhouse and sports facilities and the budgeted capital expenditure for the financial year 2014/ Banking facility The Club has an unsecured corporate cards facility of HK$600,000 (2013: HK$600,000). As at 31 May 2014, HK$46,631 (2013: HK$115,696) was utilised by the Club. All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. 26 Cash generated from operations Operating (deficit)/surplus for the year (4,801,528) 3,588,928 Adjustments for: - Transfer fee for corporate nominee subscriberships 5,400,000 2,100,000 - Depreciation 12,353,495 10,738,017 - Bad debts written off 30,121 30,346 - Provision for impairment of debtors (7,601) 28,608 Changes in working capital: - Inventories (112,323) (318,485) - Debtors and prepayments (1,302,148) (3,318,922) - Creditors, accruals and other payables 7,339,933 3,843,436 Cash generated from operations 18,899,949 16,691,928 In the statement of cash flows, proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment comprise: Net book amount 16,349 39,198 (Loss)/gain on disposals of property, plant and equipment (6,349) 5,402 Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment 10,000 44,600 75
77 [ FINANCIAL REPORTS ] OPERATING BUDGET Budget 2014/2015 (HK$ 000) Actual 2013/2014 (HK$ 000) Budget 2013/2014 (HK$ 000) INCOME Sales 107, ,989 92,490 Cost of sales (49,511) (47,323) (40,739) Gross profit 58,068 56,666 51,751 Subscriptions 53,730 51,705 52,257 Other income 18,655 19,669 17,672 Total income 130, , ,680 EXPENDITURE Salaries and related expenses 86,524 79,561 79, House and grounds 28,768 29,340 26,134 Administration and general 6,275 5,452 6,178 Bars and restaurants and sports shop 4,508 4,764 4,218 Sports sections 1,287 1,370 1,242 Total expenditure 127, , ,250 Surplus before depreciation 3,091 7,553 4,430 Depreciation (10,174) (12,354) (4,197) Surplus/(Deficit) after depreciation (7,083) (4,801) 233 Entrance fees 8,026 10,058 6,319 Investment and interest income 11,299 10,067 12,400 Investment Management Fee (1,020) (932) (900) Gain/(loss) on disposal of fixed assets - (6) - Transfer fees for corporate nominee subscriberships 2,000 5,400 2,000 Surplus for the year 13,222 19,786 20,052 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BUDGET All amounts in Hong Kong dollars unless otherwise stated. Administrative & general 2, ,400 Food & beverage 2,808 1,426 3,909 Sports 2, ,375 Engineering 6, ,803 Housekeeping Other operating departments 2, Major repair & maintenance 1, ,291 4,376 10,827 Prospective re-development projects 18,000 17,023 30,600 36,291 21,399 41,427
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