Blandford RFC Club Handbook 2020
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It gives me great pleasure to continue in the role of Blandford RFC President for the 2020/21 season, with the current situation we find the world in, rugby this season is going to be very different, at the time of writing we don’t know when the season will start, but we are in a good position, the downtime has let us put things in place and the new incoming committee has some new faces and I look forward to a successful season when we start.
Over the years that I have been involved with the club both on the managerial front and as a player representing the club I have met a number of players and club members not only from Blandford, but also from a wide and diverse number of clubs and the one element which shines through is the love of the game of rugby at all levels.
I would like to extend not only my appreciation but that of all club members to all of those organisations who have kindly agreed to be our sponsors for this season. I would like to express special appreciation to Stuart Davis and Bristol Maid who have agreed to continue as our Principal Club Sponsor for the upcoming season.
When the season starts it will provide the club with yet more exciting challenges for all sections of the club. Our senior teams commence the 2020/21 season with great excitement with our 1st XV finishing 4th in their league last year. I am sure that with your support from the sidelines they will continue to provide exciting an entertaining rugby for all of us to watch. Our Mini and Youth Section already have lined up a series of fixtures with other clubs in the area, both at home and away. I would ask all club members to actively support them as they are the future of our club.
As a club there have over the years been many members who through their efforts have seen the club grow and thrive form our original small beginnings in the Half Moon Public House. With out their efforts we would not be the club we are today. There are far too many individuals for me to thank them all in person but to those who have or are continuing to support the club I would like to thank you on behalf of the club for their efforts, many of which go unseen by club members.
During the enforced closed season we have continued with the grounds maintenance and pitch improvement and they look fantastic. It has been a long and somewhat protracted process to achieve this but I am sure that you will agree that it has been worth the efforts of the club, especially if you have been a club member for long enough to remember what it was like when we first played at Larksmead back in the early 1980s. Good pitches are vital to attract and keep players and to prevent injures.
I look forward to meeting you all over the season either pitch side or at one of our social events.
I am deeply honoured to be elected by the members of the club as the Club Chairman and look forward to helping to guide the club forward ensuring that we meet all of the rules and regulations of the RFU, but also continue to be a club which is family and fun orientated. Previous Chairmen have through their effort steered the club to where we are today, as a vibrant club with a reputation of playing exciting rugby who maintain the traditions of the game and uphold the RFU Code of Rugby ethos which incorporates teamwork, respect, sportsmanship and enjoyment. I ask that you all support me and my committee, who work long and tirelessly behind the scenes, in allowing the club to achieve this high standard for this season.
Our 1st XV will play the league matches in the Dorset and Wilts 1 (South) league and our 2nd XV team will continue to combine with Puddletown and playing playing their games in the Dorset Merit League. The future of our club lies with the Mini & Youth section and I would ask that you continue to support these youngsters. They already have a number of fixtures organised for the various age groups.
With support form all club members to ensure the club continues to move forward I encourage you to play, watch, get friends to come along and join up as a club member and support not only the players but attend the social events that are organised throughout the year. As a club we will be continuing to involved in the local community maintaining our links with other local organisations and continuing our charitable support.
As the season progresses we will again be utilising our website together with our Facebook and Twitter pages to provide information about fixtures and other events. To enable us to contact you please ensure that a valid e-mail address is provided when completing the Membership Renewal forms. This will allow us to contact you via the RFU Game Management System. We will again be providing the club calendar to those who wish to subscribe. Details of how to connect are set out on your website. The Webmaster will also be maintaining the RSS BRFC Feed to those who wish to subscribe.
This season we will again be following the RFU Core Values and I ask you to take your time and read through these. They are available via our website under the Policy Documents tab.
I look forward to seeing you all either at the pitches or when attending one of our social events.
It gives me great pleasure to have been elected to the role of Head of our thriving Mini & Youth Section. As a player, I aware that the development of players within this section from their early years until adulthood is where the future of the club lies.
Within the section we will again be continuing with the RFUs 'Age Grade Rugby', which includes the Half Game regulations, which means in simple terms that all player will be able to play for half of any game. When the RFU were developing this system they questioned young players who overwhelming put enjoyment of the game above winning for the main reason to play rugby. This 'player-centric' approach puts the wants and needs of young people at its heart. It is very much about developing young players and it recognises that player enjoyment will keep more young people enjoying and playing the game for longer and keep them playing into their adult years.
Our coaches aim to make rugby enjoyable and Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship, 'the RFU Core Values' are key to this. We believe that the self-belief and confidence that develops as the players skills improve creates a deep and lasting enjoyment of the game. We will expect our players to abide by the Core Values and we would ask that parents take time to encourage their young players to follow these values.
Age Grade Rugby focuses on developing a Rugby players' skills and it has been designed to provide progressive building blocks to develop players through the age groups to the full 15-a-side game. This reinforces the aim of the mini and youth section to develop young players with the character and skills to become the core of the Blandford Rugby Club 1st XV in years to come.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents. and all club members that for this section to continue to thrive and indeed grow volunteer support on Sunday mornings is vital. So if you can spare a couple of hours on a Sunday to help out with some of the small but vital tasks which make the sessions run smoothly please contact me to discuss what you can bring to the section.
I am sure you will support our aim!
|President||Justin Framptonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07973 642278|
|Vice Chairman||Paul Clarkemail@example.com||01258 860460|
|Honorary Secretary||Joy Pentneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||07999 723813|
|Treasurer||Steve O'Connellemail@example.com||07760 310686|
|Club Registrar/Data Officer||Dave Pentneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||07495 027554|
|Membership Secretary||Jamie-Lea Greenhalghemail@example.com||07774 325818|
|Fixtures Secretary||Matt Cowlardfirstname.lastname@example.org||07724 896644|
|Sponsorship Secretary||Katherine Davisemail@example.com||07967 019209|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Karen Pearcefirstname.lastname@example.org||07867 330665|
|Senior Coach||Tom Davis-Richingsemail@example.com||07736 507534|
|Club Captain||Marc Rickettsfirstname.lastname@example.org||07769 117373|
|Head Mini & Youth Section||Craig Marshallemail@example.com|
|Mini & Youth Membership||Jamie-Lea Greenhalghfirstname.lastname@example.org||07774 325818|