Mike’s first update

So it’s three weeks since the AGM and I already feel fully ensconced in the role of Chairman. I thought I would share a quick ‘Blog’ with my thoughts and what we are working on to ensure we deliver on our mandate.

So here is a whistle stop tour of what’s going on:

  • The first Board meeting was held last week in the new format. I have slightly expanded the Board to ensure it represents every aspect of our club: Seniors; Ladies; Operations; Commercial; House/Grounds; and of course the Youth. I asked each member to give an overview of their area and their aims for the year. We also had a good look at the financial budget for the year ahead and we all felt we are able to achieve good progress this year despite the loss of long terms sponsors like Axa.
  • The Board is fully focussed on our three main aims for this year:
    • Increase the number of volunteers across the club
    • Diversify and increase visibility of revenues
    • Build a development plan that is realistic and achievable
  • In terms of other news:
    • Steve Wickenden and Stuart Montgomery are settling in well to their roles of Co-Chairs of Playing. They are working smoothly alongside Jim Scully as Director of Rugby.The Seniors are back training and we are seeing good numbers enjoying the best in class coaching of Simon and Aston. The squad have welcomed a healthy number of new players and have already had the first social of the year!! Three pre-season games are arranged with a super local derby vs TJ’s on 31st August. Should be a great day up the club.
    • The Ladies section are already back training and have their Rachel Burford summer camp coming up on 14th August.
    • The Youth section is in planning mode but has the big and very enjoyable Kiwi camp coming up on 5th August. Sign up for guaranteed fun!
    • Nick Van O is full steam ahead in his House and grounds role and hopefully you will see/feel a few changes around the clubhouse soon.
    • Michelle and Martin are working hard to get us ready for the new season with Playing shirts, Kit, Membership and newsletters
    • The next big event to have in your diary is the Summer Ball, please do get this in your diary and contact Michelle for tickets. https://twrfc.com/news/twrfc-summer-ball-28th-september-2019//
    • Lastly, we are working really hard on our commercial ambitions and if you have any one we should contact for sponsorship/partnerships do let me know.

Lastly, I am enjoying the challenge of getting us ready for the new season and whilst we have come up against a few challenges we are relishing them. Can’t wait to see you up the club soon. If you feel you can help us in any way then please let us know, all volunteers are welcome.

One Club, #oneTWRFC

Mike

New Season ahead…..

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the new Season for 2018/19. Pre-Season kicked off last Tuesday and will continue every Saturday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings up at St Marks with Simon and Hammy putting everyone through their paces. We looking forward to seeing a few new faces this Season as well as all the regulars and very much looking forward to another successful Season. Hopes are high as is the confidence and we will be targeting a top 4 place this year.

We had our first Rugby Club Senior Executive meeting last week, welcoming our newcomer in Mike Rigby, who has taken over as Youth Chairman and supported on the evening by Martin Croker who will be looking after Membership this year as well as our new look Website.

It was a long meeting but a very important and positive meeting. Finances are looking healthier with new sponsors coming on Board this Season, our success attracts new Business and more interest and its great to see more and more people wanting to be involved.

The big topic within the Club is still the Development Plans and as mentioned at the recent AGM we are no further down the line to date, however we are hoping that very soon we will be in a position to announce news and set a date for the proposals. We will keep you all updated as soon as we have any news so watch this space!

It’s great news that both Tek Seating and Axa PPP Healthcare have agreed to sponsor our 1st XV shirts again this year and Street Fuel Limited sponsoring the shorts.

This year also sees every side from U6’s through to the 1st XV running out in the same colours and same design, taken on the One Club ethos.

On September 29th I am organising a Black Tie Summer Ball which will be held in a marquee at St Marks, sit down 3 course dinner, plenty of drinks, music, raffle and auction. Details are on the website and please contact Michelle Greenall if you wish to come. It will be a great event and one that I hope we will hold on an Annual basis for the whole club!!

I wish you all well in Pre Season, train hard and make our great Club even more of a Success in all ages!!

Anyone wishing to put their hand up as a Volunteer this year in any form then please let me know. We desperately need more hands on deck!

COYW!!

John Crees

Chairman