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    MCC and Kew Heights Sports Club

    Aug 23, 2012

    Kew Heights Sports ClubThe Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is delighted to inform its members that the members of the Kew Heights Sports Club (KHSC) have formally approved a long-term partnership to be entered into between MCC and KHSC.

    An agreement has been reached between MCC and KHSC which reflects a shared vision for the upgrading of the KHSC facilities – including lawn bowls greens, tennis courts, function rooms and bar facilities – located at 397 Barkers Road, Kew.

    The key aspects of this agreement, which will assure the future of the Kew sporting facilities, are:

    • Through the MCC Foundation, MCC will invest approximately $3.5 million in upgrading the KHSC facilities.
    • The existing KHSC debt of approximately $150,000 will be discharged.
    • KHSC will be renamed MCC–Kew Sports Club, with the newly-named club being responsible for managing the improved facilities on a day to day basis.
    • Ownership of the Barkers Road site will be transferred to the MCC Foundation and a lease established between MCC Foundation and MCC-Kew Sports Club.

    As a result of the members of KHSC having voted tonight in favour of the arrangements reflected in the agreement, the MCC will now enter into a detail design process, estimated to take 8-10 weeks, with the works commencing on the upgrading of existing facilities in April 2013. 

    These works are expected to take 12 months to complete.

    The improvements to be implemented will be for the long-term benefit not only of existing KHSC members (many of whom are MCC members) but also for other MCC members and MCC waiting list candidates who are not currently members of KHSC and who will be able to use sporting and social facilities akin to those currently available at other MCC-controlled sites.

    “The MCC is investing in the long-term future of the club and providing sporting and social club opportunities for our members through a sensible acquisition and development,” said MCC president Paul Sheahan. 

    “The new facilities at MCC-Kew Sports Club, when completed, will be of great value to existing KHSC members and especially for MCC members and the wider community, many of whom are on the waiting list for MCC membership.”

    Mr Sheahan said that through the MCC Foundation, the club has a strong history of promoting sport in the community, with its MCC Sporting Sections, and support of initiatives with AFL Victoria.

    Mr Sheahan also confirmed that while acquiring KHSC, the club has no intention of selling the current bowls and croquet venue at Glen Street, Hawthorn.

    Members will be kept informed of developments in the months ahead, including details of membership packages for the MCC-Kew Sports Club.


    1 - 10 of 20 Comments

    Posted by: Michael Archdeacon on 24/08/2012 10:20:31 AM

    Great initiative! Anything on squash?

    Posted by: Peter Jolley on 24/08/2012 10:27:32 AM

    Are the MCC and KHSC joining together as one in the upcoming bowls season to become one club or will they remain seperate ?

    Posted by: Eugenio Iuliano on 24/08/2012 10:56:33 AM

    What a great outcome for sport and for both sporting clubs.
    Well done to all that have made this happen.

    MCC (Lacrosse Section) member

    Posted by: Ian Claridge on 24/08/2012 11:00:19 AM

    Does this arrangement give current members of the KHSC who are not current MCC members access to MCC member benefits? ie. MCC membership, access to the MCC members reserve etc.

    Posted by: Mark Seeckts on 24/08/2012 11:38:44 AM

    Any chance of looking into taking on management of a similar club for members in the leafy west, say, Geelong?

    Posted by: Melbourne Cricket Club on 24/08/2012 11:46:11 AM

    Thanks for your enquiry, Ian. No, Kew Heights Sports Club members who are not MCC members will not receive access to MCC membership or its benefits as part of this agreement.

    Posted by: Melbourne Cricket Club on 24/08/2012 11:50:19 AM

    Thanks for your feedback, Michael. No, at this stage the plans for the development of Kew Heights Sports Club do not incorporate squash facilities. We are separately investigating options for a home for the MCC Squash Section.

    Posted by: Daya Dayawansa on 24/08/2012 12:05:31 PM

    What is the date from which this agreement practically take effect, i.e. from when the MCC members who are not members of KHSC can have access to new MCC - Kew Sports Club facilities ??

    Posted by: Melbourne Cricket Club on 24/08/2012 12:44:12 PM

    Hi Peter. The two clubs will still compete as separate entities in bowls competitions.

    Posted by: Melbourne Cricket Club on 24/08/2012 12:49:58 PM

    Hi Daya. At this stage there is no firm date or detail surrounding when the new facility will be available. First comes the detailed design, followed by 12 months of construction. We will keep members informed as soon as we know more about membership access and packages.

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