A welcome message from President Gavin Craig
For a period of 46 years I have really enjoyed playing, spectating and being an active member of this Club. So it is a very special honour and privilege to be your president for the 2016/17 season.
I firmly believe our Club is one of the best multi sports clubs in Ulster. We have a superb location in the town, our wonderful buildings are the envy of many and our playing surfaces are amongst the best, including the excellent hockey pitch and training facility on our doorstep.
We put all this to good use with 20 teams, both adult and youth, turning out in Coleraine colours for rugby, cricket, hockey and table tennis matches. If we then add the 300 plus primary age children who come to learn and enjoy these sports, the Chargers who are a joy to watch and the non playing members, we form a large sporting organisation of which we can all be very proud. I take special pleasure in the adoption of the Alzheimers Society as our charity for this year
Success is often a result of good governance and I believe we have this as well due to the many very able volunteers who apply their skills to the Club. With our house in good order we can attract sponsorship and I express the gratitude of the whole Club to our generous sponsors.
My theme for this year comes from the instructions referees used to give when setting a scrum. Their call was “crouch, touch, engage”. I want to engage with all members in our Club and in return I ask all members to engage with the Club.
May the 1st XV build on their progress of last season and make the step up to Qualifying 1, cricket and hockey continue to win trophies, table tennis and women’s rugby grow in numbers, youth and children continue to learn skills and character forming qualities.
Good luck and best wishes to all players and non players. I hope you get as much fun from your Club as I have done over the years.
Updated 22:27 - 29 May 2016 by Milne Rowntree