A MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB CHAIRMAN MIKE HALLING
Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 Season
If success is measured by the position of our teams in their respective leagues and success in cup and shield competitions then we have had the most successful year ever. The 1st XV finished 7th in National 3 North and beat every team they played (but Wirral) at least once over the season.
The 2nd XV finished 4th in the Premiership (behind Wharfedale, Ionians and Harrogate) and went on to retain the Aire-Wharfe Cup. The 3rd XV and the 4th XV held mid table positions in their new leagues (the clubs above them, like Wharfedale and Ionians, are generally semi-professional) and the U15’s won the Yorkshire Bowl in a home game against Pocklington. The Club also won the Caldy, South Yorkshire and Olney 7’s which put us in the North of England 7’s, at West Park, where we came 3rd. We were also awarded a Cup for the best 7’s team in Yorkshire. We are, therefore, one of the most successful amateur clubs in the north of England (and even the country).
Thanks to all players and those involved in the management and coaching but a special thanks to Rhys Morgan and Nathan Smith (who stepped in mid-season as Forwards Coach) for an outstanding effort in shaping our performance on and off the field.
We say goodbye to Josh Kimber, the 1st XV captain who has gone to Australia, and also to Vice Captain Iain McKenzie who has now retired after many years playing including captaining the 1st XV.
For next season Joe Rowntree is taking over as Captain supported by Elliot Morgan as Vice Captain. Good luck to them. Player recruitment is going well with new recruits once again well into double figures. We also welcome Andy Hinchliffe and John Gallimore as managers of the 3rd XV. All other management personnel remain the same.
Amongst other Club changes Gary Ferguson steps down, after long service, as Membership Secretary to become the 4th Official on match days. Gary is
replaced by David Adam, our ex-Treasurer. Tony Rising steps down as Gatemen Organiser (also after long service) to be replaced by John Smith and Sean Crannigan steps down as Lead Match Reporter. We don’t yet have a replacement for Sean so, if you can help, you would be most welcome. Thanks to all.
The Club finances are once again in excellent shape with a very positive cash generation in the year. The new Fitness and Rehabilitation Suite has been a bonus and has facilitated the overall condition of the players together with our newly contracted Fitness and Conditioning Coach Steve Bannister. The gym is also being hired by personal trainers.
A major Club extension has been approved by the committee (see plans in reception) and should be completed in 3 to 4 years, depending on fund generation. Look forward to another Brick Sponsored Wall! The new players’ shelters (which have been constructed under the stand) will be ready for the start of the season and the old physio room has been converted into a cellar extension and a new office. A project to install a steam room in the store room off the gym is currently being evaluated.
The bar and catering operation once again went very well thanks to Roy and Elaine Fox and Christine Naylor. Roy and Elaine are retiring after 20 years’ service and Jasmine Thomson is taking over as Club Manager. Thanks to the Fox family who this year were presented with the Chairman’s Award.
Changes were made to our constitution this year, at an EGM in March, to comply with the new CASC rules. A new trading company has been set up and modifications made to the Club membership in order to maintain our compliance. Thanks to Joe Widdup and Ken Bernard for steering us through this technical minefield.
A big thankyou goes to our volunteers, without whom we couldn’t survive, and to our sponsors (especially our main sponsor, Airedale Chemicals, and John Barwick who kitted our successful 7’s side in addition to his usual sponsorship).
Enjoy your Rugby in 2016 – 17