Mon 15 Mar 2021 15:16

View From the Touchline

A year on since the first lockdown. The most disruptive period of time without parallel. However, there is cause for optimism. Firstly, the improving weather and longer days and seemingly, a roadmap to come out of Lockdown and a very successful vaccination programme. But let's not forget how tough the last 12 months have been. Covid has claimed loved ones, given a number of people health issues in their recovery, caused mental health problems, business and financial problems and for youngsters a lost year. It has been tough for many people. 

So the fact that as a club we are now looking forward to opening the club for training, we hope that we can play a part in getting everyone back to some sort of normality. The season  was cut short abruptly last March. We opened the doors in September with many parents telling me how important it was to their kids to be back at the club. There was great optimism at senior level with lots of new players signing and head coach Neil Gaffin looking forward to putting strong teams out. Then the next lock down and effectively the end of the competitive season. 

As a club we are now getting ready for next season. We didn’t ask Sponsors to contribute last summer as it didn’t seem right. We will be contacting all our old sponsors to hopefully get them on board for a September start. We have work to do to the club house including finally getting the drainage and Showers sorted which Covid has put on hold for so long. There is a lot to do. It has been tough for club finances with no income, but our treasurer, Tony Dorren, has managed our affairs superbly. It is a joy to be able to start making plans for the future. 


Steve Flood 
Many will have learnt the sad news that Steve passed away in January leaving his wife Jane and children. Steve will have been known to many farmers and Pet owners as one of the owners of Mercer and Hughes. He was also a keen supporter of the club, having helped with the coaching and certainly been a prominent Vice President, sponsoring the club and attending many meals where his singing voice was often put to good use. A great sense of humour, great company a sad loss to all who knew him. Our thoughts go out to Jane and her family. 

RE- OPENING FROM MARCH 29TH 
More details to follow, but training will start back at the club that week for various age groups
 
SENIOR RUGBY STARTS BACK AT THE CLUB ON TUESDAY MARCH 30th at 19:15 
more info to follow 

SAVE THE DATES MAY FRIDAY 21ST, SATURDAY 22ND AND SUNDAY 23RD 
We will be running a festival at all age groups, mini’s, juniors and seniors against other clubs subject to RFU and Covid rules. This will be a great event with the chance to get all parts of the club together. More information to follow. 

WHO WANTS TO GO YACHT RACING IN THE SUMMER?
Get in touch if interested 

Final Thoughts
It is great to be looking forward to some rugby at the club and there is hope we may be able to start a full season in September. After a year of lockdowns, you do find out what you really miss. We look forward to seeing you at the Tiny Curtis Rugby Ground. 

Best wishes 
 
Kevin Moll. President
kevin.moll@hotmail.co.uk    

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