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Ramblings of the Chairman Part Deux – October 2016

2 years ago By Chris King

Well having failed at the first hurdle on what I hoped would be a monthly update...

Well having failed at the first hurdle on what I hoped would be a monthly update of my view of the club and what is happening, I would like to take this opportunity to look back at the last two months and keep informed as to the current goings on. I will repeat the health warning that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all that is occurring.
The season is now well under way with the first team going into round 7 of the league this coming weekend (29th October) but with the way the league is organised we will in fact only be playing or second competitive league gain. Our first game was a fantastic spectacle of grass roots rugby that saw a 17-7 home victory over the current league leaders, Bury. As Chairman I was thrilled to receive an e-mail from one of the spectators, who despite been a visitor to Aldeburgh, took the time out to contact us stating how much he had enjoyed watching the game. This week we host Sudbury with a 3:00 pm kick off on the School Field.
The Vikings Youth team (U16) has made a promising start to the season and it was a real privilege to recently watch a combined Aldeburgh and Thorpeness / Southwold side play Norwich. The game was fast flowing, with full commitment from all the players on the pitch. The way that skills and teamwork of this group has come on over the last two seasons is a real testament to the hard work put by both the team and the coaching staff. I would recommend taking time out to come along and watch this group of highly committed players, who will hopefully be moving into the adult game over the coming seasons. The next home game is 6th November with a cup game against Hadleigh.
The Ladies squad is also growing with increasing numbers members training on a Monday evening at 7:00 pm. This team is made up of individuals who are mainly new to the game but are highly dedicated, as the squad develops we are hoping to see some competitive games very soon. This will be in a non-contact 7 aside version of the game. It would be amiss of me not to mention Paul Atherton at this point as he is doing a fantastic job of training the ladies, anyone wishing to come along please just turn up either for a chat and to watch the session or better still join in.
In my last news letter I expressed concerns regarding the Mini and Midi (renamed as the Saxons and Romans) which was frankly looking like folding due to the lack of volunteers to run it. Well, again thank you to all who have stepped forward to help. I would especially like to mention Nik O’Dwyer, Paul Barber, Paul Atherton and Stuart Bayford who are now running these sessions with a steady cohort of players. There is still room for more, so if you know of a under 12 boy or girl (yes, we have girls playing at this level) who would like to come along and develop the key rugby values at an early age 9:00 am Sunday morning. We are running these sessions each week unless they coincide with a school holiday, if in doubt contact me at to confirm dates.
Finally the clubhouse is continuing to coming along nicely, you may have noticed that the entire building has been fenced off recently, this is to allow the building to be re-rendered. It should be remembered that the clubhouse is work in progress and as such there are many hazards present inside the building so I would ask that access to the building is restricted. Alternative arrangements have being made for the storage of equipment outside of the club house during this period.
I hope to see you at the club soon.

Updated 13:45 - 2 Oct 2017 by Tracy Hateley

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