Chairman's Address

Chairman's Address

By David Ball
4th September
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Michael Cavanagh's 2019/20 season statement at article.


Dear Club Members, Coach’s, and Spectators,
Welcome to the new Rugby season to old and new alike. This season promises to be full of excitement and has been awaited with tremendous anticipation. The 1st XV finished last season showing great effort in travelling to the league champions Vagabonds and putting in a very spirited performance, after watching the cup game on Saturday against Knutsford there is plenty of optimism for the coming season, having shown significant promise during the game. Our 2nd XVfinished strongly after a mid-season blip, finishing mid table in a very competitive league. The 3rd XV also had a decent season, with some memorable wins along the way, finishing mid table, despite losing players throughout the season. We wish every team great success this season.
This season we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Chester Centurions Rugby, who will be playing their home games out The Dell this season. Chester Centurions are an inclusive rugby team and are members of IGR.
The challenge is on, not just for our respective 1st XV players, but for the whole club. Our 1st XV may produce the results on the pitch, but the strength of our 1st team depends hugely on the strength of the whole club and the tremendous work put in by everyone not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well.
This is our28th season as Prenton Rugby Club. Our club has significant inheritance with Old Rockferrians and Old Instonians being two local Old Boys clubs that founded Prenton Rugby club in 1992. We are only the current custodians that make up the history of our club. Prenton Rugby Club will continue long after we have departed, so let's turn our years of association with the club into its glorious years!
The Prenton Rugby Club family is huge and much bigger than any individual member. Although we have over 100 members in both aplaying and non-playing capacity, for those who are playing rugby on Saturdays are mostly in turn,members of families who all commit time to allow you to play. So thank you to them for their support.
The Club still needs much help and as they say, "More Hands Make Light Work". Don't just rely on your captains to do everything; they need help and there are many ways that you can divide up the duties of running a team. More significantly, there are also some vacant positions that require filling and I ask you all too look and see if you can commit time to boost the success of the club by taking on these tasks. As I have indicated the running of the team can be broken down to reduce the burdens of the job. We are also without a liaison/welfare officer to help and guide the younger members of our club. I would like everyone to consider giving to the Prenton Rugby Club family, not financial (which would be equally welcomed) but your time and commit to help the club, be it any of the ways suggested above, assisting our coaches on training nights, seeking club/team/player sponsorship or helping your captain.
The club has a website: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/prentonrufc. A big thank you to Dave Ball for all his time and effort in running the club website. Can everyone please register their details on thewebsite? This includes your contact e-mail address and your contact phone number. This will then allow your team captains to be able to contact you about playing, training and selection.
It is very exciting times at Prenton Rugby Club. The development of the new changing facilities and Community hub is fast gathering pace, with many interested parties, including Wirral Borough Council, The RFU and the Football Association, to name but a few. Along with the new changing facilities and community hub, there is also ongoing discussions regarding installing a fully floodlit pitch/3G pitch. Information regarding all the development and progress being made is posted on the club website and also the social media site. As mentioned earlier, the club needs your help in assisting with the development and the small team behind the scenes who put in many hours. If you can help in any way please speak to any member of the committee.
Finally, at the start of any new season hopes and aspirations of individuals are high, we set ourselves targets. These are good things, but inevitably some will be disappointed, finding themselves in a lower team than they hoped, become disgruntled and some may decide to give up or move away. Don't. Our coaches and captains can only select on what they see. If you think they have read you wrong, accept their decision but be motivated and determined to train harder, play harder and fight back improving your standard of play and earn that promotion into a higher team. We never all play to the same standard, I know from 45 years of personal experience that my rugby ability and confidence changed frequently, we all have purple patches, playing at the upper level of our ability. Strive to reach that level and you will achieve your target, but you only get there by hard work and commitment. Respect the decision of your coach or captain. Can I please encourage everyone to read theCode of Conduct, set out by the club, be you a player or non-playing member, coach, administrator, manager, parent, spectator or an official and commit to follow these codes and respect the opposition and match officials at all times. These can be found on our website. Abide by all these codes, train hard, play hard and success will follow.
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