Dear Vice President
Once again the start of the Rugby season is only a matter of weeks away. Attached are the home fixtures with lunch dates and membership subscription information. With the successful Lion’s tour a distant memory, I am sure you are all waiting in anticipation for a new season closer to home.
Firstly as I am sure you know, Stewart Elsley is handing over the reins of the VP role to myself and Rob Gong. We have served our apprenticeship over the last 2 years and hopefully can continue to make the lunches a success and a good day out. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stewart for all his hard work over the last decade and more. We are only just realising how much he did. Thanks Stewart.
Other changes this year are the caterers, again a big thank you to Gabby and all her staff for providing a great service for a number of years. Replacing Gabby has proved a difficult task, trying to secure quality food at a reasonable price, and after much thought we have decided to keep the format of a 3 course meal with cheese and biscuits, programme and free admission to the game the same. Unfortunately this means that for the first time in over 10 years we have had to put up the price of the lunches from £15 to £20. We still feel that is good value for money. That’s the bad news, so a bit of good news; we are not putting up the membership subscription and there is also an early payment incentive scheme.
Off the pitch John Oakden is carrying on as chairman and is putting his own ambitious mark on the club. One of his ideas is to introduce a player’s sponsor package to help players with kit and travel. If anyone wants more information on this contact John for more details. John Gregory is still the president for yet another year. I am sure I will be drawing on their experience and commitment to help me and Rob get established in our new role.
On the pitch last season was a difficult one for the club with all teams getting relegated, with injuries to key players making it all the more difficult to compete at the level required. Scott Sturdy is carrying on as coach and has a new assistant joining him from Halesowen. Scott says training is going well and the return of Ryan Horton, Jack Furnivall, and Danny Nicholas is a big bonus. There are a couple of new faces coming in, Paul Jones from Wales is a back row player and currently playing for Tarta steel, and Callum Mokaraka is coming from Australia and will be with us in the middle of September, he's 20 and a utility back but specialises at 10 or 12. Jake Rees is continuing his role of captain and hopefully the experience he has gained in the last 2 seasons will prove dividends. He is confident of a return to Midlands West 1.
The VP’s are an important part of the club to help with the financial running and keeping the clubhouse in good repair so your support is vital. The numbers of vice presidents has been dropping off over the last couple of years, so if anyone knows any past players, or new people to the area who would enjoy coming down to support the local club and enjoy the atmosphere of grass roots rugby please bring them along or pass their details to myself.
If anyone is interested in any autumn International or six nations tickets please contact Bob Thompson on 07501873935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what availability there is.
I am just going to end on a sad note to inform you that stalwart member John Hollins sadly passed away on Tuesday morning. He was a committed coach for the mini section, a player, and more recently a referee, for the 3rds. and 4ths. as well as the colts. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.
As always many thanks for your support.