Clubs New Zealand 2019 Conference, AGM + EXPO - Introducing Nick Brabham

27 February 2019

Registrations for the Clubs New Zealand 2019 Conference, AGM + EXPO have closed. Clubs New Zealand team at the Tauranga Citizens Club look forward to catching up with all those who have registered in just a few short weeks.

If you have not yet confirmed your elective sessions or transport details for the conference, please get in touch with ASAP, we are now preparing the transport lists for conference and will be unable to provide airport transfers etc if we do not know when you are arriving.

This years conference is packed with opportunities to learn, let your hair down and chew the fat with like minded clubs.  The programme is almost finalised (with a few details to be ironed out).  To view the draft Conference, AGM + EXPO agenda please click the link below;

Clubs New Zealand 2019 Conference, AGM + EXPO Agenda

As always in the lead up to conference we like to shine the spot light on the fantastic line up of speakers who will be joining us. This week we would like to introduce Nick Brabham, General Manager, Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club.

Nick Brabham started in Australian clubs like most people in the Tweed at the power house of Twin Towns after completing a Diploma in Hospitality Management.  There he spent five years working through nearly all departments including the clubs accommodation services.  Nick them crossed over to the dark side and worked in the local hotel for a period of three years before returning to the club scene at Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club.

Here at Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club Nick worked in a Marketing and Functions role, something that he hadn’t experienced in his time at Twin Towns. At the ripe old age of 25 he was presented with an opportunity in Queensland as the General Manager of a small Rugby Club in Palm Beach-Currumbin. This club has 16 gaming machines and a very seasonal trade. During his time there the team were able to implement a variety of offerings both on and off the field including 7 a side summer rugby, higher quality canteen food and better promotions for both sporting and social members. The club was also successful in gaining a facilities upgrade grant from the QLD government which now has the club firing on all cylinders. One of the stressed criteria in the grant was the significant increase in sports participation and that the membership base had outgrown its clubhouse.

Back at Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club in 2013 as the General Manager, familiar faces and surroundings which made for a quick and easy honeymoon period. Since 2013 the team at Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club have added alternate food offerings to the clubs Chinese Restaurant which is leased, built an outdoor kids playground, successfully hosted Food Truck Festivals all of which has resulted in a 12.5% increase in membership since 2017 taking them to 4,000 social members in 2018. The most pleasing stat is that the average age of a member has dropped from 62.48 years to 56.72. This result has come about from being relative to the community and the changes that were happening around the club. Housing prices have soared meaning the baby boomers have sold out and young families have moved in. They couldn’t keep selling $9.90 roasts, families don’t care for it.

Nick will be joining us at the Clubs New Zealand 2019 Conference and will be able to share how they have identified the need for change, put plans in place and monitored the outcome. 


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