President's Message

President's Message

By Gary McPhail
25 September
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Club Update


Presidents’ Club Update

COVID
What the club can and cannot do with regards to playing, training, use of facilities etc. have been guided by instructions from the Scottish Government and Scottish Rugby Union.
As part of this process the club has been required to identify a Covid Co-ordinator and the committee would like to thank Gary McPhail for taking on this role. He has been required to take part in a number of webinars and subsequently compile risk assessments and devise processes to enable the club to move forward.
Grants were applied for from the Scottish Government and Scottish Rugby Union, which were successful and have allowed the club to temporarily stabilise our finances.

SENIOR PLAYING
Adult training started on 23rd July, with socially distanced training taking place on Thursday nights. Modified touch training sessions started in late August.
We are scheduled to be able to play contact games from October 19th with our first game of competitive rugby scheduled for Saturday 31st October, subject of course to any changes made by the Scottish Government.
Alloa will be playing in the Tennent’s Light Caledonia Midlands Competition. Please follow the link to the fixture list, page 20 –
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/.../Tennents_Light...

JUNIOR PLAYING
Return to Rugby, Phase 4 commenced on Monday 14th September. The junior players have been training now since late July, on a Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm. Those attending have been required to register with the S.R.U.’s SCRUM register and then prior to training to notify the coaches of their intention to attend, so that the number of people present can be monitored.
The S.R.U. have released a fixture list for our Youth Teams, with a proposed start of 8th Nov, subject to moving to Phase 5 on 5th Oct and Phase 6 on 31st Oct. This will be reliant on the Scottish Government giving the all clear.

MEMBERSHIP
Memberships have been due since 1st September, a copy of the application form will be available on our website, if you have not already received it. The committee fully appreciate that members have had little return for their subs since late March, but income from subs allows the committee to plan for the future and allow the club to flourish.

COMMITTEE & AGM
With the current restrictions in place the committee have continued to meet via video conferences. The possibility of holding a virtual AGM has been discussed but it was agreed that it would not be feasible. In the meantime, until an AGM has been arranged, all existing post holders have agreed to remain in post.
The committee was recently bolstered by co-opting Louise Nimmo onto the General Committee until we can officially ratify this at the AGM.
Members of the committee took part in the first session of the S.R.U. A.G.M., the second part will take place once restrictions allow.

CLUBHOUSE AND SURROUNDS
Despite the clubhouse not having been in use since March, expenses have still been incurred in maintaining building and pitches. The exterior of the clubhouse has been fully repainted, the pitches have been slitted and sanded. Day to day expenses are still incurred even with the clubhouse not being in use, electricity, insurance, water etc. Water is still being used as all pipes have to be regularly flushed through.
As restrictions have been lifted in phases the gym and player’s entrance have come into use which have required hygiene protocols, sanitiser stations and cleaning schedules to be developed. Applications for grants have been submitted and have been successful which eases the burden of costs in obtaining hand sanitisers and cleaning stations. Diageo have supplied many clubs with sanitising gel and have ran training courses for bar stewards, informing them on how best to maintain bar equipment.
A scheme was set up by the S.R.U. whereby a contractor would examine and test water supplies and electrical equipment within the clubhouse. A.R.F.C. were accepted for the scheme and a clean bill of health has been confirmed.

LAND SWAP
We are now at the detail stage where matters such as fencing or hedges, depth of tarmac in the car park, illumination etc are now taking place. These discussions involve Lord Mar, the club and the builder, with each having their own legal representation. The committee are pleased to confirm that positive progress is still being made.

LADIES TEAM FUNDRAISER
My Name'5 Doddie Foundation
On the 24th October, Alloa Rugby Club Ladies (and their kids) are doing a Sponsored Walk to help raise money and awareness for MND.
They will be starting from Tullibody and walking down to Menstrie and then up Dumyat.
Please help them reach their sponsorship target by donating using the link below.
The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has two aims: firstly, to raise funds for research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures, and, secondly, to make grants to sufferers of MND and enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible
Also, to anyone interested in getting involved and joining the sponsored walk, please feel free. More details and times will be released closer to the time. However, in the meantime if you have any questions or are interested in joining them please feel to message our Facebook page.
Thank you in advance for your support and in raising awareness of MND
https://www.justgiving.com/team/Alloarugbyclubladies...
Graham

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