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State of the Club Message 2017

3 months ago By Matthew Stephen

A message from your Chairman outlining the activities at your Club.

''I have now been in role as Chairman for six months and I thought it was time to share with you some of the issues that the board and committee have been working on during that period. I have a broken down the report around the core areas of the club as follows: -

The rugby committee is now well established and it’s a real step forward to have the opportunity for all the section chairman and head coach to sit in the same meeting discussing rugby matters. I have provided a brief report on each section below:

Led by Alex Brooks since September they have an increased membership this year which is testament to the coaches and administrators in each age group. I have been very encouraged by what I have seen happening on a Sunday at the club, everything well organised and lots of happy faces. The one real issue that I know concerns a lot of you, is the availability of pitches and parking which we are attempting to resolve, however until Linden Homes are finished this is very much work in progress.
I know Alex and his group of helpers are now planning for the mini festvial weekends in March,the group are looking for three main sponsors, so if you know anyone who is willing to sponsor the event please contact Alex at

The section led by Greg Ayliffe continue to have significant player numbers in each age group and I know the coaches endeavour to make sure that all players get an opportunity to play, not always an easy task. One major area of growth is the girls/ladies section which has seen a significant increase in numbers and a number of players getting county recognition. Each age group are targeting their cup games and the hope is that we see many of our teams in cup finals come the end of the season, good luck to all of the coaches and players.

After initally struggling with regard to player availability, things have improved and there is a good spirit with the section with more players available. It obviously helps that the first team are doing so well sitting in a solid 2nd place in the league having only lost only three games all season. This success has filtered down to the rest of the section and results across the section have begun to improve. The coaching team led by John Brown is working well, with a coach and team manager now involved with the 2nd team helping to develop players and the style of rugby. The appointment of Roger Surry as Senior Chairman this year has already made a difference and is proving to be a good link within the section. We also now have Physio support for both the 1st and 2nd teams on match days and we are hoping to extend that to all the senior sides next season.
As a board we are focusing on the transition between junior and senior rugby, we have already developed a good structure in the development squad who now train with the seniors and we are working with the existing U16 players and coaches to manage the tranisition of this group as they move forward into the senior section

The touch rugby group now have a place on the rugby committee and we have been working with the group to reintergrate the group back into the fabric of the club. We have also reconnected with O2 and remain an O2 touch centre. A number of players from this group have played at International level which is great for the club and development of touch rugby at Chippenham

We have a made several changes over the last few months in the clubhouse and work still goes on in a few areas as follows: -

The whole facility is looking really good and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of John Beacham and his team that the facility is looking better than it has for some years. I mentioned earlier that parking and pitch availablity has been a problem this year, this is primarily down to the development of the cricket facility, new training pitch (old 4 x 4) and the installation of floodlights all of which is being paid for by Linden homes as part of their redevelopment of the Westinghouse sports ground. I can only apoligise to members and players who have faced disruption this season, we are working hard to resolve these issues but we do anticipate issues remaining for the rest of the season as the redevelopment will only finally complete in May 2018. What we will be left with though, is two full size floodlit pitches, a floodlit training pitch, new changing rooms and a cricket facility which will provide additional income in the summer.
Some of you may be aware that the AGP pitch development has been put back and we are at present awaiting an update from the RFU on the process moving forward. The earliest we could expect an AGP pitch is now the summer of 2019, so watch this space!

The clubhouse is now 25 years old and we do have quite a maintenance programme in place to make sure the club house is in the best condition for players and members alike. The club house chairman Martin Schrader can often be found carrying out repairs himself around the club and I would like to put on record the hard work and dedication that Martin has gives to the club over the last few years.
This season we have taken over the kitchen from the external caterer and led by Lesley Read the food quality has improved and the general consensus from members is that we are in a better postion than last season. We do however recognise improvements can still be made and the team are working hard to develop the range of food on offer to members. As part of the Linden homes project we are having our existing kitchen doubled in size during the next few months which when finished should help with bedding in these improvements. We will be shortly advertising for a kitchen manager to work with Lesley and her team, if you are interested in this paid role please do contact Lesley on

One of the areas that the board are focusing on is the income we generate from the facility, we have a number of events including weddings at the club but we are looking to increase the use of the facility outside our core club hours. We are looking to set up a separate website for marketing the facility and if any member is interested in helping out on this project or holding an event at the club please contact

Membership and Volunteers

• Membership is up from last year, we now have over 1000 members which is great news. However we do recognise that the whole membership system needs overhauling and we hope to have a much improved process in place by the middle of the year. However we need a membership secretary to help develop the process, please contact Phil Reed at if you are interested in taking on this important role within the club.
• As a club we are always looking for volunteers to help spread the load. At the moment we are looking for the following significant roles to be filled:-
o Membership Secretary
o Events co-ordinator
If you feel you are interested in one of these roles or just want to help please contact Donna Fielder at
• We are now operating a one database system called GMS which is available to all members to log into, which provides information on your membership and benefits, one of the areas we are developing is a system to incorporate on line payments which we hope to launch very soon.
• You will have noticed on the website the Volunteer awards scheme and awards for September and October have already been awarded, can I ask all members to get behind this scheme and provide nominations for members who you believe have gone out of their way to help the club

Finally, I would like to wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Ian Banister
Chippenham RFC

Updated 17:23 - 27 Jan 2018 by Matthew Stephen

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