Club Handbook ~ Season 2017 - 18




Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 Season

Mike Halling

Mike Halling

Once again we have had a very successful season.
The 1st XV held its position in the mid-table of National 3 North League (although with fewer points than last year).
The 2nd XV finished second to Wharfedale in the Premiership and have been promoted to the Northern Pilot League which means they play all of the top 2nd XVs in the North East of England (a fantastic achievement, for which they were awarded the Chairman’s Cup at the annual dinner) and they played once again in the final of the Aire-Wharfe Cup. The 3rd XV finished third in the Aire-Wharfe League and were promoted to the Championship League which means that they are now in the highest league at 3rd XV level. In the summer season the Club went on to win the Leodensians Sevens Tournament and again played in the final of the Olney Sevens which gave us a place in the regional finals at Sunbury and qualified us to play in the National Finals at Bath. We then went on to win the first Ilkley RFC Sevens tournament at Stacks Field.

Finally, our Junior Under 16 team won the Yorkshire Plate. We therefore hold our position as the top Amateur Club in Yorkshire and one of the top amateur Clubs in England at the fifteen-a-side game and now the top Amateur 7s Team in England having won in the National Sevens Finals at Bath.
Thanks to a great effort to all of our players and those involved in the management especially Rhys Morgan and Nathan Smith who is now retitled 1st XV coach and who has now been accepted by the RFU onto the Level 3 coaching course. Also congratulation to Andy Hinchliffe who has been appointed as Assistant Coach and to Beefy who was awarded the Clubman of the Year award for his efforts in the 2nd XV success.

We say goodbye to our Captain Joe Rowntree who has gone to join Otley, we wish him well. Goodbye also to Harry Adam who has gone back to University and Gus Ramsay who has gone to join the Marines. I will miss my rye and dry with Gus on away matches.
Next season Elliot Morgan takes over as Captain supported by Pat Power as Vice Captain. Good luck to them. Player recruitment once again looks as though it could be in double figures.
Joe Widdup steps down as Treasurer, after a decade in the job, and Ken Bernard steps down as Secretary. Ken has been on the Committee since 1981 (a massive achievement for which he was awarded The Presidents Cup). They have helped steer us through the complicated changes that have taken place in recent years - a big thank you to both of them. Ken will be replaced by Richard Moon and a new Treasurer will be sought when our new Cloud Accounting system is in place (which will significantly reduce the workload for this role). Also thanks to Stuart Campbell, who steps down from Junior Chairman to be replaced by Tim Marlow, and a welcome to Richard Hadrill who takes over managing the Meet and Greet Group from Richard Moon.
The Club finances are in good shape with good cash generation. Changing room 6 is being modified to enable it to be utilised as a join shower and steam room. This will be ready for the start of pre-season. Fundraising has already started for our new Club extension for which planning permission is expected shortly. New events to support this project include the Ilkley Sevens Tournament on July 15th and the Summer Ball at Craiglands Hotel on Aug 25th. A new Brick Sponsored Wall will follow along with many other fund raising activities.
A big thank you goes to our volunteers, without whom we could not survive, and to our sponsors, especially our main sponsor Chris Chadwick of Airedale Chemicals and John Barwick who continues to support our Sevens Team, AND thanks to all of our supporters.

Enjoy your Rugby in 2017 – 18

Mike Halling