Hello from old time dinosaur member me.. I have been a member of the VRC since the 90s. Joined as a summer member and have never looked back since. It was tough in the beginning..getting killed by all the good players when I originally played the Mixed Ladder night on Thurs, but if you are patient, and persverere, you will make friends and make up your own groups. There are nice people and not so nice people there , as there is everywhere. I think the " clique" tag is unfair in that most people arrange games and then get out there to have those pre-arranged games with a set of 4 people . For example on Tues nights, if you don't have a set group of 4, it is very difficult because that is doubles time and thats what everyone does. Again, it is getting to know people gradually and you will get your own groups. The best place to meet new people is to play on the MOn ladders and Wed social nights. Also, maybe introducing yourself to some of the directors, and asking for them to introduce you to some of the long time members would help. As for the club dying, I would say that would be true for a few years ago, but since the emergence of the new president this year, he has really done a good job with the membership drive and gotten the Badmintology Group of young people to join. These guys are very enthusiastic and good players. They have definitely re-invigorated the club. So much so that the Thur Mixed Ladder usually has a 5 court wait and the games are amazing. As for the head coach...havent seen him around..and we do need some new, good coaches.