October's Newsletter

October's Newsletter

By Sophie Kukor
1 October 2020
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A great start to an interesting season. Wonderful to see the juniors back and enjoying each other’s company on and off the pitch...

Notes from the Chairman
A great start to an interesting season. Wonderful to see the juniors back and enjoying each other’s company on and off the pitch.
I’d like to talk about 3 themes:
1. Becoming Exeter’s Premier community club
2. Cash flow
3. Getting back to rugby
Becoming Exeter’s Premier Community Club

On this first theme the club has come through a difficult period. Financially we have stabilised the ship and we have started to embed some changes to the culture in the club that we want to see. Huge thanks go to Sam Cochrane for the leadership she has shown to sort the bar, cellar, kitchen and the general feel of the place. People are volunteering to help out whether it be running the coffee shack, the bar or cutting down hedges and as a consequence more people are getting connected. Becoming Exeter’s Premier community club is something much bigger than just playing rugby it’s about being a value adding part of the community. One aspect I want to develop is the ability to support each other in these difficult times by making the club a jobs hub. Over the summer I already know of 2-3 people who have found employment through the club and businesses have found skilled staff and that’s through the informal network. If there was a place to go where you could connect with people who need work and those who have jobs to fill wouldn’t that be great for all? To that end we are going to adapt the website to make this possible.
Cash flow
We are not out of the woods yet, I know it’s a bit different this year with social distancing and having to cater for ourselves but there have been some really positive results. The coffee shack and Bacon butty stall made £800 last weekend that sort of contribution really helps the club. So keep drinking the coffee and eating the bacon rolls your helping the club with every bite!

We are going to fence in the 1st XV pitch and make it more of an aspirational place to play. This is being funded by a generous donation from one of supporters. Thus will allow us sell sponsorship space on that fence. If you have a business and want to benefit from that opportunity then please contact Sam Cochrane clubhouse@topshamrugby.co.uk or Chris Bentley- chris@smithkinbaker.com

Getting back to rugby
We had the Touch tournament organised by Tim Taylor which was a great success. Congratulations to Withycombe who ran out winners in a tightly contested final with Topsham. Whilst we can we aim to run more of these sort of competitions for all age groups and sections. There is also Tag rugby on a Friday night this costs£5 a head to play and the bar is open afterwards.

If anyone has any questions or ideas or just wants to say hello then please contact or grab me when you see me down at TRFC "Exeters Premier Community Club".

Graham Smith
Chairman TRFC

Notes from the Groundsman

A strange start to the season, the ground has been extensively used for training , rotating areas used has definitely helped to improve the quality of the playing surface, thanks to team coaches for this. Good to have Exeter tag rugby at the ground. Natwest Groundforce day was well attended and a huge amount of work was completed. Having bought our own grass cutting equipment we are now able to be more self sufficient in terms of grounds maintenance. Pitches have been reseeded and fertiliser applied .

Notes from the Juniors

It’s been great to see the Junior Section back playing rugby on a Sunday morning at Bonfire Field. It’s a little different to normal but we have been following the RFU’s Return to Rugby Roadmap carefully with training, skill development, a little contact training time and touch rugby. We have over 300 players in the Junior Section and it’s been a busy time getting everyone registered and memberships paid via GMS for the first time this season
The Junior committee have been busy adapting to the new Covid-19 rules and regulations, the main change being having to run food and drink from outside. It’s been a challenge, but the coffee hut and the BBQ selling bacon rolls and hot dogs has been a great success, spectators are enjoying refreshments whilst on the side-lines and the players enjoy a hot dog after playing! We couldn’t do it without all of our parent volunteers helping out each week, so a huge thank you for supporting us by purchasing food & drink and also by helping prepare & serve it, making a good profit each week to add to much needed club funds.
We’ve been lucky with the weather so far, with sunny Sunday mornings and everyone adhering to social distancing. We’ve had parents keen to get involved to help raise funds for the club, Bryony a parent from the U9s, has been holding a Neals Yard Remedies stall and online shop with 25% of profits going to the club and is at present running a raffle with a great prize as a fund raiser and a few more people have fund raising ideas in the pipe line too. Although life is very different to what we are used to at this present time due to Covid-19, It’s been really nice to see a good community spirit building across the junior section, parents are meeting other parents from different age groups when volunteering and are enjoying getting involved and helping out, whilst the players are really enjoying being outdoors & playing rugby with their peers. Thanks for your support.

Notes from Walking Rugby

Numbers have been good since we were able to start training/playing touch rugby with 7 a side (our normal format). We are getting up to 16 people on Mondays and 20 people on Thursdays, so running three squads, rotating every 7 minutes. Allowing the fitter to keep playing and the less fit to take a break between sessions. Huge thanks to our head coach Neil Leech and Tim Ridgeway, Kev Bolt, Dave Turner, Mike Williams and everyone else who helps out and washes the bibs.
Good news that Crediton have now got started at WR so we now have five active WR teams in Devon and hopefully will be able to play some fixtures with them. Festivals are still a thing for the future, which we look forward to and of course we are still the National Vintage Games champions, as this year's games were cancelled.

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