Dursley Rugby Football Club
Welcome from the President
Welcome to Dursley Rugby Club in the 2016-17 Season. This season will see changes in the Club environment with the completion of the new changing rooms and associated facilities together with refurbishment of the old changing rooms for use as further social space. These changes will provide better facilities for the wide range of playing and social activities from seniors through to minis for both male and female members. Consolidation and further progress must continue to be our objectives. The Club can be justly proud of its success and its status in the community Long may it continue!
At the end of last season the three senior teams made Club history by winning all three of the Stroud & District Cup competitions and the Ladies Senior side also came away from the Barcelona Tournament with a Cup. The 1st team finished third in Glos 1 League which provided a young side with further experience in preparation to enjoy a successful season and hopefully return to the Glos Premier League. The United and Nomads sides fared well in the Merit Tables but more players are required to ensure that the Nomads are always able to field a full side. It is encouraging to see the number of players who have come up the through the Junior Section of the Club and are now playing in the senior sides many now in the !st team. This is just reward for the efforts of many and the investment by the Club. The Senior teams have full fixture lists and always welcome support. The Ladies team goes from strength to strength both on and off the field. They are a great asset to the Club and their contribution is considerable. It is essential to effect the transition to the senior ladies through the establishment of regular girls teams. Support for the Ladies is an essential element of the activities of the Club.
In previous seasons the Junior Section has been praised and this one is no exception. The mini and youth teams bring great credit to the Club not only on the field of play but the way they have conducted themselves around the many Clubs against which they play. There are a large number of coaches, team managers and administrators who have to be thanked for bringing this about. The successes in cup competitions, and festivals has been commendable although in the coming season with the changes being introduced this will be less obvious for the lower age groups. Inspiration is gained by them from former Dursley players Ben Morgan and Charlie Sharples as well as seeing others progress through to the senior teams in the Club.
We recognise the considerable support given to the Club in various ways. We are very grateful to all our sponsors who so generously give support which is very much appreciated. The building of the new changing rooms and the refurbishing of existing buildings would not have been possible without this support. The success both on and off the field requires considerable effort from many people. We are fortunate to have great strength in the organisation and administration with many hard workers to whom the Club is very grateful.
In June each year the Clubs holds a weekend of events which has now become a tradition in the community and beyond. On the Friday night the ‘Summer Ball’ again proved to be very successful with over four hundred and fifty people attending this ‘black tie’ event. The ‘Beer Festival’ on the Saturday drew a large crowd. On the Sunday evening ‘The Last Night of the Proms’ organised by the Rotary Club of Dursley attracted another large gathering raising money for various charities including the Great Western Air Ambulance. This was a very successful weekend thanks to the very hard word of many people.
As can be seen from the above review of the Club has much of which we can all be proud. To maintain these high standards and meet the needs it is essential that all the members are fully involved. The Club is indeed very fortunate to have members who contribute considerable time, energy and expertise to the benefit of the Club. It is equally important that the next generation start to become involved to carry on the good work. We should thank all those involved for their contribution. It is important that each and everyone of us should pledge to support the Club in whatever way we can.
I am extremely proud and honoured to be President of such a successful Club which has the respect of the rugby playing community as well as the community in general.