posted on May 05, 2007 17:37
Secretary's Report 2006-07
At the end of this
season we have 27 members. I know that some of them are 'dormant' and we
are unlikely to see them again. I put the active membership of the club
I made the same
estimate at the end of last season, when I put the active membership at
19. On this measure the club has expended this season.
I intend to use the same process next year.
Recruitment and Publicity
The club web site now
ranks number three in Google for a search on Volleyball Swindon. The
number one hit is a site that links to us. We are the top two hits in
Microsoft Live Search. I am satisfied that anyone in the Swindon, who
wants to play, can find us via the Internet.
In April I changed the
technology behind the club web site to make it much easier to maintain.
It is now possible to provide individual login accounts and to pass
responsibility for pages out to members. The forums are slowly
increasing their take up and traffic.
The site is getting about 400 visits per month(130 last year). I expect most of that will be from the members and our huge fan base.
We get about 20 visits per month from other sites that link to us (15 last year),
and about 100 from the search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN)(20 last
year). I consider these visits to be of highest value in terms of
recruiting new members. They are more likely to be people who have not
heard of us already.
I get a steady trickle
of emails, via the web site, from people expressing interest in
playing. I estimate about half of those turn into real faces.
The Wednesday evening
sessions at Lydiard/Coate Water are popular. Personally I have only been
to one but I have seen new faces there.
Our recent involvement
in the Challenge Swindon initiative at Coate Water has brought the club
useful publicity; a new place to play; and might bring us some new
We registered six
players for the Premier League - the minimum we can get away with. We
registered 24 (17 last year) players for the Division 2. Again we were
able to run the 'B' team (substantially) without sharing players with
the 'A' team. However we did have some surprising instances when we
struggled to get a team we did not have to concede any matches.
The email list is a
significant contributor to communication within the club. The email list
was started in Jan 2004. In the first six months it carried 7 messages.
In the first full year it carried 86. In the second full year it
carried 260. In the third full year 466. In the last 12 month it has
carried 633. The list currently has 39 (34 last year) members. It's my
intention to turn off the mailing list in favour of the web site forums
to bring club communication under one centre. The main barrier to this
is that so far only 14 people are registered on the web site. If you
have not done so please register.
We get three copies of
the Volleyball England official magazine '3-touch' I pass these round
the members with a circulation list on the front. Please make every
effort to read it quickly and pass it on to another member as quickly as
Richard Howells - Secretary June 2007