The Chairman's Message

From The Chairman

I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

It has been a great honour to be the Chairman of the Hong Kong Cricket Club in 2018. The role has offered me the opportunity to see the amazing efforts of our Members in supporting and developing our wonderful Club. I would like to thank the many Members who volunteer their time across multiple committees. I am extremely appreciative of their efforts and commitment to creating an environment which meets a broad range of membership requirements. I would also like to say thank you to all the Members and staff who took the time to participate in the Private Recreational Lease and Land Taskforce consultation processes.

My final thanks must go to Kieran, Clara and the rest of the staff for their continued dedication and commitment to the Club.

This year’s focus has been around developing our sporting programmes and social platforms for Members and making sure that the environment provided is one where they want to play sport and spend their recreational time. I believe that we have been successful in this aim and I am delighted with both the introduction of our junior pathway sporting programme and the performance of the new facilities in supporting Members’ recreational needs.

It appears that 2019 and the Year of the Pig will be a challenging, yet exciting year.

We anticipate the government releasing their conclusions on the consultation papers which focused on Private Recreational Leases and land supply and we will have to assess how the proposals impact our operations.

On a more positive note, Melbourne Cricket Club will be visiting us in April as part of a multi-sport tour. Our teams will be competing across almost all our sporting sections (cricket, tennis, squash, netball, lawn bowls, hockey, golf and, hopefully, croquet). This promises to be a fantastic experience for our players and will offer our Members an opportunity to watch sport of a very high standard.

We have started the detailed planning for upgrading the facilities on the first floor of the Annexe building. Our aim is to enlarge the gym, create more flexible space for hosting multiple indoor sporting and recreational activities and to create a wider range of facilities for children. The internal refurbishment will be far smaller in scale than the recent new build works, and we are planning to execute the work in phases to minimise disruption. Unfortunately, this will mean the closure of the video library, but I and the General Committee believe the facilities being provided will be more aligned to our Members’ longer term expectations.

It just leaves me to say Kung Hei Fat Choi and to wish you and your family health and wealth for the Year of the Pig!


Yours sincerely,
James Callow