Windsor RSL Club approaches Windsor Leagues Club about 'synergies'

The Windsor RSL Club Board has approached the Windsor Leagues Club Board to find common ground between the two local Clubs, through open discussions, according to a media release from Windsor RSL Club.

The Gazette contacted Windsor Leagues Club, however they declined to comment.

Local club: Windsor Leagues Club, the Board of which has reportedly been approached by the Windsor RSL Club Board to find "common ground" between the clubs. Picture: Geoff Jones

Local club: Windsor Leagues Club, the Board of which has reportedly been approached by the Windsor RSL Club Board to find "common ground" between the clubs. Picture: Geoff Jones

RSL Club President David Ingram told the Gazette that the RSL Club currently partners with a number of local entities including a myriad of sporting Clubs in the Hawkesbury region.

These include Netball, Australian Rules, Soccer, Basketball, Horse Riding, Little Athletics, Golf, Water Skiing, Wakeboarding and Rugby League Clubs that also include the Windsor Wolves.

Supporting local sport (particularly junior sport) is a strong focus of the RSL Clubs' Board, the media release said.

Windsor RSL's Mr Ingram said the synergies between the Leagues Club and the RSL Club were significant.

"Off the top of my head, we would share thousands of members, we both provide hospitality facilities in Windsor, we both support local sport and we are both located in South Windsor," he said.

"Discussing the possibility of the two local Clubs coming together, makes perfect sense to me and my fellow Directors."

Windsor RSL said the concept of two clubs coming together has been in place in NSW for about twenty years.

"History has shown the most fruitful combinations of Clubs coming together in regional areas, is when two local Clubs sharing the same members and local ideologies come together," said Windsor RSL.

"As our two Clubs are only two kilometres apart, it seems logical to discuss future possibilities within the local community."

Shared community: Windsor RSL Club President David Ingram outside the Windsor RSL. Picture: Geoff Jones

Shared community: Windsor RSL Club President David Ingram outside the Windsor RSL. Picture: Geoff Jones

The Windsor RSL Club has been operating for over 60 years and currently has over 25,000 members representing the Hawkesbury and surrounding areas.

The RSL Club media release said the Club went through a difficult time about eight-to-ten years ago when membership dropped to 4,000 and the Club was forced to seek assistance from other Clubs.

"Fortunately, the local Sub-Branch was able to assist the RSL Club in its darkest hour with the rest being history. After that the Club was able to trade out of the difficult times and is now in a position to assist other Clubs in our region," the RSL said.

Mr Ingram said that within the last two years, Windsor RSL Club reached out to the Leagues Club to discuss future cooperation between the two clubs.

"The RSL Club Board would welcome open discussions with the Board and Members of the Leagues Club about the future of our two clubs whenever the Leagues Club is prepared to do so," Mr Ingram said.