Management Committees progress update since February 2024


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The sun is finally making an appearance a month into our season so hopefully our Wednesday evenings will be warming up. The KPL leagues are well underway and the first rounds of the Cup and Plate have been played. 

As for KPA initiatives – the Gravesham Explorers coaching evenings were a success thanks to the efforts of several current players who organised and coached on the nights. Thanks all. Unfortunately the Adult / Junior tournament was a little short on teams but they had a good day on April 7.

We also have the Maidstone Schools initiative that Carolyn and I are committed to developing – a preliminary planing meeting is scheduled for May 16. The response to a ‘dinner/dance’ type event for early December didn’t attract enough interest from people able to commit so that has been withdrawn. 

There have been some major competitions already where Kent players have excelled. The Home Nations qualifier is on the horizon and we have good representation from Kent. The top 8 teams will be invited to represent England in a Home Nations tournament this year being held in Jersey the first weekend in August. The KPA doubles attracted 13 teams this year a large increase on previous years which is great to see. Prize money was increased by the KPA by 30% this year.
I have been contacted by a KPA member who has a mobility issue. He tries very hard to comply with the laws. In fact he does have one foot on the ground in the circle. Sometimes his back foot is raised but this is not intentional as he makes every effort to comply with the laws. It is both my view and that of KPL that the laws of our sport are very inclusive – we want to encourage ALL to play.  
On a much more exciting note the new website is progressing well. Anyone with something to shout about let the committee know. A good example is the Istead rise promotional event on 22nd August. (More details from Sheila King) 
We are now coming into the heart of our season. Let’s enjoy our sport and support each other. (Unless we are playing against them at the time of course).

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