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"Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean "
To set the game above renown,
To love the game beyond the prize,
To honour, while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes,
To count the life of battle good,
And dear the land that gave you birth,
And dearer yet the brotherhood,
That binds the brave of all the earth.
-Sir Henry Newbolt...
The IC Business Report is designed to provide the IC Council and all ICs of the World with a yearly update of the club’s members, events and general activities. It allows ICs to share best practices, to learn from each other, and to give feedback to the IC Council. Furthermore, the Council is then able to monitor ‘issues of major concerns and general improvements’ and to ascertain how it can help to improve these.
38 out of 42 ICs responded to the 2019 survey, which was distributed via Survey Monkey. The missing ICs were Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland and Romania. For completeness, the 2018 report for Finland and the member demographics for Bulgaria from previous years have been included in this analysis for a vis-à-vis comparison. This means we have data for a total of 40 ICs (out of 42), with missing data for Croatia and Romania. Last year we recorded data for 40 ICs (out of 40), including 36 template responses and four email messages.
It is really positive to see such high responses. Ideally, every single IC should be responding as this ensures that the information collected is more informative for both the Council, Regional Representatives and each individual IC.
Each ICs President and Honorary Secretary has already received a copy of their responses and an individual report.
Additionally, the Regional Representatives of the Executive Committee participated in a discussion on the findings and key issues in each region. We have included this analysis at the end of the report and are deeply grateful for their contribution.
For any questions or feedback, please email both Gustavo Herrero (Honorary Secretary) and Tash Starling (Website & Communications) at the IC Council:
IC Junior Challenge
Areas of concern and other comments
Regional Representatives Meeting
Vis-à-vis last year’s Business Returns (taking the 39 respondents which completed both years templates), there has been a modest 1.3% net increase in the total number of members (accounting for deceased members). Gender distribution remains fairly stable over the last seven years, with 71% male and 29% female members. It can be perceived that we are experiencing an aging effect of our membership, with approximately 65% of the total being ‘senior’ (i.e. over 55 for males and over 50 for females), with only 16% in the ‘younger’ category (i.e. under 45 for males and under 40 for females).
Activity remains stable year-on-year. This is still an area that could be improved. It is also a challenge cited by a few ICs.
There are some general consistent areas of concern and request for help cited.
Now in its 96th year, the IC continues to build and broaden members, to increase activity, to promote the objective of good sportsmanship and to enhance the lives of various disadvantaged young people. We continue to encourage new nations to join and are delighted to see the reinstatement of Hong Kong and the formation of the IC of Croatia, bringing up the total IC family to 42 ICs from all continents.
*Number of IC events/ activities, which the club participated in (excluding the IC Junior Challenge): Council events, IC international matches, bilateral matches, internal competitions, and social events..
The following table depicts the percentage of ICs that responded to the concerns listed, in each region.
The Total is the weighted average of each concern (weighed by number of ICs, not by number of Members)
GREEN represents the #1 concern, BLUE the #2 concern, and ORANGE the #3 concern. All regions share the first two concerns.
Australasia and South America differ in regard to the #3 concern.
South Africa/ USA/ Brazil: Vastness of country/ widespread regions
Japan/ Argentina: Remoteness from events
Ireland: Consider events U30
Russia: Consider events U44
Italy/ Luxembourg/ Bahamas: Younger players are unwilling to pay, and/ or expect to be paid#
Canada: Ageing members (37% over 75); combine golf/ tennis events; consider three-day events (two play, one leisure)
Argentina: Possibility of acquiring tickets for Grand Slams
Honorary Secretary Gustavo Herrero and Website and Communications Coordinator Tash Starling held a Zoom meeting with Regional Representatives on Sunday 21 June 2020. Relevant Business Reports information was shared with participants prior to the meeting, and further correspondence followed thereafter.
The group reached consensus in regard to recommendations to be considered by ICs upon addressing the various challenges identified:
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