The future for Alder Park Sports Club is an open book.
Despite being hit hard by the pandemic, the New Lambton-based club’s staff and board have made some exciting changes in a bid to move forward.
One of these is a new monthly event, which will benefit not only the club but also the community.
Alder Park Sports Club’s chief executive Chris Brain says the new Band On The Green series is about creating an opportunity for local bands or artists from surrounding high schools to perform.
“Band On The Green is all about engaging with the community,” he says.
“We’re going to do them every month, starting off this Sunday.
“Hopefully it will become a situation where it can be a battle of the bands type of thing and we can get some schools competing with each other.”
To accommodate these events, the club has transformed its outdoor space by repurposing one of its bowling greens into a beer garden.
“[We wanted] to have an outdoor area where people could sit and enjoy a drink and meal in a huge beer garden space in an environment where they are quite comfortable,” Chris says.
He adds the ample outdoor space is perfect for families to bring along their children.
The club is hopeful events like these will help carry the business into the future.
“Sports clubs are never going to be in a situation where they are going to compete with local pubs, the revenue is [not there] and what comes through the books are distributed back into the club and into the community,” Chris says.
“We want to make sure we keep the doors open, so for us the future is about ensuring that our membership numbers are up, our doors are open, and that we are considered a safe environment for people to go out and enjoy themselves regardless of what the future might hold pandemic-wise.”
The first Band On The Green event will feature a performance from St Pius X High School on Valentine’s Day (Sunday 14 February) from 3pm to 5pm.
Go to the event page on Facebook for more information.