to have the opportunity to play and/or watch rugby in attractive facilities, and to open these for general community use. Increasing participation at all levels is a vital objective but a challenging one in the current climate. One particular concern is to ensure a pipeline between junior and senior rugby. This is a crucial conduit and we all know that retaining young people in our sport can be very tricky. We have to work on this through our M-J Section, Community activity and Superstars program.
Playing rugby spans the U’5s in our Mini-Junior Section to the 1st XV in the North 1 West League, 2s & 3s competing in the North West League structure, Walking rugby & occasional Veterans. All within a ‘one club’ environment, which can be financially taxing, given our resources.
Exploiting our Clubhouse beyond just match days is a primary objective and will provide the financial base for a sustainable club.
Providing an active and exciting annual full community engagement opportunity (Northwich Festival) is a continuing preoccupation as is the evolution of our embryonic Superstars for all children regardless of abilities and financial restraints.
Volunteering is another challenging problem. We rely extensively on a small number of volunteers, especially on match days. But we need more and it’s increasingly difficult to recruit people who have free time in their busy lives. But we must keep trying as the Club couldn’t survive in its current state without the skills and commitment they bring.
Our club is owned by the membership, not by an individual, small group or business. That is
fundamental to our values as a ‘whole rugby club’ but does raise governance and management issues which have to be addressed on an ongoing basis.
Engagement with the local community takes so many forms. As well as providing playing opportunities for players each week – from under 5s to our veteran’s team - the Club is a social and hospitality provider in the locality. Please continue your support and help promote Northwich RUFC and the “Teams of the Town”.