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

George Leaney

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of George Leaney yesterday morning in The Tunbridge Wells and Pembury hospital after a short illness.
George was an uncompromising second row who played at High level in the Army during National Service and for London Irish as well as for Old Skinners’ in the 60’s and early 70’s. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Skip and his family.
Further details on his funeral arrangements will follow .

Roger Clarke

Pre Season Fixtures Announced

Wehave the following pre season fixtures confirmed:

 

Saturday 17th August – Westcombe Park (Away) – 1s and 2s

Saturday 24th August – Medway (Away) – 1s and 2s

Saturday 31st August – TJs (Home) – 1s

Pre-season training starts on Saturday 6th July

Pre-season training starts on Saturday 6th July. Come and train with dynamic coaches and enthusiastic players.

We have a great set up with the (almost) youngest head coach in Kent and a team of fitness and physio experts to put you through your paces and then put you back together. Come along. We want YOU!

Ladies Tag Festival

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the Tunbridge Wells Secondary School Ladies tag festival.

U13 Winners: TWGGS

U15 Winners: St Gregory’s

Many thanks to the refs, teachers and other volunteers for helping us put on this event.

During the season,  about 550 children (from age 6 to 18) play rugby at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club each Sunday. The Rugby season restarts on September 8th and anybody who wants to give it a go is very welcome to come along for a couple of free sessions to see how much they love playing rugby at TWRFC. For any players who (entirely understandably) can’t wait that long, the club are running a summer ‘Kiwi’ rugby camp and a Rachel Burford accademy over the school holidays.  More details about both can be found at https://twrfc.com/youth19

Primary School Tag Festival

Congratulations to all the boys and girls who took part in the slightly damp Tunbridge Wells Primary School tag festival.

Many thanks to the refs, teachers and other volunteers for helping us put on this event.

During the season,  about 550 children (from age 6 to 18) play rugby at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club each Sunday. The Rugby season restarts on September 8th and anybody who wants to give it a go is very welcome to come along for a couple of free sessions to see how much they love playing rugby at TWRFC. For any players who (entirely understandably) can’t wait that long, the club are running a summer ‘Kiwi’ rugby camp from Aug 5th-9th over the school holidays.  More details about both can be found at https://twrfc.com/youth19

TWRFC Summer Ball 28th September 2019

Join us for a fantastic evening at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club on Saturday 28th September 2019.  3 course meal, auction, raffle, dancing and a special guest MC.  Tickets £50/person.  Contact Michelle Greenall to book your place or table of 10.

Rachael Burford Academy 2019

The Rachael Burford academy is back at TWRFC.
Here is the flyer letting us know about the Early Sign Up price.
Last Year was an amazing day and we’d love to see it replicated with Rachael and her Red Rose mates.

Wooden Spoon Club Together Bike Ride

 

Tomorrow, Andy Child will be riding the  which is 100 miles around the rugby clubs of West Kent. This is a well supported bike ride organised by the Wooden Spoon to raise money for this fantastic charity and local rugby clubs. Andy is the only rider registered this year from TWRFC so would be grateful for any support. All money raised will benefit both the Wooden Spoon and TWRFC

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