Firstly I would like to congratulate our 1st team squad, all the coaches and management team for the result on Saturday and securing London & SE Premier League status for next Season. It has been a tough Season with a lot of injuries and unavailabilities, so the 2’s have been stretched far and wide and yet both Mav & Jim have still managed to produce a team on most occasions, so hats off to them for all their hard work this year as well.
It is with regret and sadness that I have decided to step down as Chairman at the end of this Season. It has not been an easy decision to make, as I had hoped to stay on for a few more Seasons, however due to a change in my circumstances at work, I am no longer able to afford the time needed for such a role within the Club.
I have been at TWRFC for 27 years now and been involved every year in one role or another from playing, to managing, Tour organiser, House & Grounds and of course more recently as Chairman. I am very proud of our Club and what we have achieved and even more so for scaling the heights into National League status, not just surviving but competing and being a force to be reckoned with. My goal was always to become Chairman one day and I am very proud to have done so and enjoyed my role immensely, however one thing that I have learned is that you cannot please everyone all the time and no doubt have upset a few people on the way. Everything that I have done over the last few years has always been, I believe, in the best interest of the Club and never for personal gain. The same goes for the whole Ltd Board and Exec, all who put in their time voluntarily, for no personal gain but merely for the love of the Club and the best for the Club.
We are a large club, with a vast membership and yet we have less volunteers that is required. This means that a small number of people do a large amount of work and that is extremely demanding of a volunteer. There are many in the Club who come to the Exec with problems yet not willing to help find a solution. I hope that in the future more will come to the Exec with solutions rather than problems and instead of complaining, will put their hands up and volunteer. This will help build our Club into a great Club that we deserve to be.
Next year will be another challenging year and we have several roles that need to be filled to continue all the great work that has been done to date, so if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to be involved in running the Club, please let someone on the Exec know.
These are the roles that are open for next Season:
Late Night Bar Manager
Director of Rugby
I would finally like to thank everyone who has supported and worked with me over the years. I have had the privilege of working with a very competent and reliable Executive Board, Coaching staff, Playing squad and all the volunteers who put in a lot of time and effort week in week out. Also a huge thank you to all the Clubs sponsors and Player sponsors, all of whom, without them our Club could not or would not survive.
I look forward to seeing you all at the End of Season Dinner at the Spa on Friday 10th May and if not then at some point next Season on the touchline sharing a beer and supporting our boys.
Many thanks to you all.
Tunbridge Wells RFC Chairman