After celebrating Forty Years at The Gap, the Club is now undergoing a period of extensive redevelopment that will provide significant benefits for Members and staff.
Following extensive consultation over the Master Plan, building work started in September 2015. The swimming pool changing rooms have already been upgraded. Inevitably, various challenges have surfaced but we are very grateful for the understanding and support shown by Members during this disruptive time. I am confident that all these projects will provide better playing, training and social facilities within the Club for many years to come.
Our staff facilities, including offices, changing rooms and the staff canteen, were also upgraded in 2015, and have been well received by our hard working team. Congratulations to staff members Jason Chan and Rex Ho, led by Simon Evans, for winning second place out of the 21 finalist teams in the Dilmah Real High Tea Global Challenge and The Bernd Uber Judge’s Award.
The Club remains in a relatively healthy financial position, thanks to the hard work of Members of the General Committee, management and staff, who have helped to increase our income and control our running costs. The General Committee and staff members are working hard together to achieve the common goal of continued viability and growth of the Hong Kong Cricket Club.
Our Club continues in its vital role of supporting sports development in the Hong Kong community. Throughout the past year, in addition to promoting Sports Development in Hong Kong by lending our facilities to run local league matches, we offered sports coaching and facilities to local schools and other sporting groups in Hong Kong. Club volunteers and Coaches have visited participating schools to further this initiative offsite.
My thanks, as always, go to the Chairman, General Committee, Member Volunteers, Management and Staff for the hard work they put in to deliver a wide variety of sports and leisure services to Club Members at many levels. This is particularly the case this year with the specific challenges caused by the construction works in and around the main Club building.
The continuing growth of our Club can only be achieved by the support and patronage of our Members. I wish all Members and their families a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey.
Christopher D. Pratt, CBE