We have now been extremely lucky to have 4 months of uninterrupted sport since the start of the new season and it has been great to have supporters back at the club and to be able to host some of our sponsors for lunch after over a year away. Being able to host events has also supported with bringing much needed income to the club. Like so many local businesses, we relied on local government support to get us through the 2020/21 financial year and able to return to playing rugby in September.
A huge thank you goes out to all our members and supporters who have spent time at the club, supporting the kitchen and bar, attending social events in these uncertain times.
Finally, to our volunteers who both kept the club running in the first half of the year and then worked so hard to get rugby back up and running for this season, ensuring everyone has felt safe while they do. Our junior coaches and managers have done a fantastic job of working with the restrictions while still engaging as many youngsters as possible, with many age groups growing since last year.
Looking ahead to the year to come, we have some updates to share with you…
Head Coach Change
We need to announce that Dan Woods has left his role as Head Coach at HRFC. We parted company with Dan with immediate effect as a result of demonstrating behaviour, outside of the club environment, that was not aligned to the core values of HRFC or the RFU.
We are in the process of recruiting a replacement for this role, however this is likely to be in the form of an interim appointment in the immediate future.
We will keep members updated in the New Year.
Annual Member Survey
Each year we complete a member survey to get your opinions and shape the committee priorities for the coming year.
We have a new format which asks three basic questions on how we can continuously improve and takes no longer than 5mins to complete.
Follow the link here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XM9KH2K
Development and Fundraising
We have now signed a lease with EDDC for the bottom pitch at HRFC, which allows us to develop this pitch as required by the club. Our intention is to extend the white pitch-side fencing over the summer of 2022, which will allow us to restrict access and improve the dog fouling situation. This is something we have been working towards for a number of years and is a huge step forward.
At the AGM we announced our intention to focus on improving the floodlighting options at HRFC to improve the training options for both seniors and juniors during the 3 or 4 months of winter nights we play rugby for.
In the interim we have moved our portable lights to the top pitch, stored by the pavilion but movable along the path to make the top pitch usable for all. This is an interim solution but one that will allow all sides to train safely in the winter nights.
Over the next few months we will be undertaking a number of fundraising activity that will allow us to employ a permanent solution to our lighting challenges.
The 100 Club has been going for over two years now, and is a monthly 50/50 draw, that costs £8 per month and results in three prizes being drawn each month. We have given away over £5000 since it began and therefore members of the 100 Club have also contributed the same amount to club funds and development.
We have committed that all proceeds from the 100 Club will go towards the development of our playing facilities, especially our floodlighting project.
If you have a Pitchero account, you can register for the 100 Club here…
Or if not, you can complete the following form:
To build on the monthly 100 Club fundraising, we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in Jan/Feb of 2022. Crowdfunding is essentially a short term, marketed funding campaign for a specific project or cause that members and the general public can pledge cash, sometimes in exchange for a gift. East Devon District Council will also match fund any crowdfunding up to £10,000 therefore we will be looking to take advantage of this to build a fund to complete early planning activity for our floodlighting project.
Section 106/CIL Funding
Finally, in addition to our own fundraising, we will be looking to apply for Section 106/CIL funding that EDDC/Honiton Town Council will have available for sports/leisure development projects this year follow the recent housing developments in and around the town.
Across all of these fundraising schemes, we hope to make a permanent lighting solution a reality in 2022.
As mentioned above we have a dedicated and valued group of volunteers that support the running of the club in a number of different roles. However, we have over the last three years seen a decline in the number of administrative volunteers, supporting some of the club or section wide functions.
Many of these can be done from home and take up no more than 5 hours per month, requiring basic computer skills and communication with other roles in the club.
If you are interested, please complete the member survey and include your name and contact details, and any roles you may be interested in.
Last of all, thank you for your continued support of HRFC.