Dursley Rugby Football Club
Club President, John Darlaston
Welcome to Dursley Rugby Club in the 2018-19 season!
Another season ahead and one where we continue to improve our facilities here at Stinchcombe.
The gym is functioning fully and is well used, the new changing rooms never fail to impress and the new kitchen has been installed. Of this phase in the development of the facilities, all that remains is the building of the new entrance from the courtyard The Club can be proud of what it has achieved over recent years. We should not forget the attention paid to the pitches and the estate in general. The ground staff have done a fantastic job and one cannot fail to be impressed by the photos taken from the drone from time to time and shared on our Facebook page. At ground level the playing surfaces for rugby and cricket have been excellent although work still needs to be done on the main rugby pitch to combat any very wet spells of weather. A big thank you to the ground staff.
Consolidation does not mean standing still It is essential that the club continues to move forward and as the saying goes ‘you are either on the way up or the way down’! Fundraising has commenced for the proposed 4G playing area, a much needed resource to relieve the pressure, wear and tear on the grass surfaces in accommodating mini, youth and senior rugby. Consolidation and further progress must continue to be our objectives. T
Once again the Club can be proud of its success and its status in the community, as contribution to the community and charities is important to us all. The ‘Last night of the proms’ concert in June and the annual charity rugby match against a Smiths XV are to be commended. Long may it continue in this way.
Many volunteers contribute considerable time and effort to the Club both on and off the field They all deserve a big thank you.
At the end of last season the Club won the Senior Stroud & District Cup competition yet again and domination of his competition continues. The United and Nomads reached their respective finals which was most commendable. The first team finished fifth in the Glos 1 League which provided the squad with further experience in preparation to enjoy a successful season and hopefully return to the ‘Wadworth 6X’ Gloucs 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 in the revised format reserve leagues. 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 first 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, the ‘Does’, goes from strength to strength both on and off the field and showed their strength playing in National Challenge 2 league South Midlands, their first season in the leagues They had some good wins against clubs with considerable league experience and finished in the top half of the table. The ‘Does’ are a great asset to the Club and their contribution to the running of the Club and its success is considerable It is essential to effect the transition into the senior ladies through the establishment of regular girls teams, something we're looking forward to starting this season.
The Junior Section has been praised season after season and this continues 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 It is unfortunate that at the lower levels there are no longer winners - life is very competitive and sport is no exception. Inspiration is gained from seeing players such as Ben Morgan and Charlie Sharples succeed at the highest level. It is also good to see other successful players returning to the Club and offering their services in various ways. It is important to retain the interest of the junior members in the Club out of the rugby season There are now several options with junior cricket having restarted, the athletics and the running club and hopefully by the summer of 2019 golf at Stinchcombe Hill GC.
The Club receives considerable support both financially and in other ways which is essential to its development and well-being. 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 efforts of Ken Eales in driving this important sector is fully recognised and deserves our gratitude.
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. Several ‘volunteers’ in the Club have been recognised by the
GRFU and the RFU including through the Mitsubishi awards programme At the GRFU AGM Sally Winterbottom received an award for her work with the Club, particularly on safeguarding. She has been congratulated on this prestigious award by the county RFU.
Other Sporting Activities
Cricket re-started in 2017 with the Old Stragglers entering the Stroud League and in 2018 with the establishment of a successful junior section. So cricket is growing! The Dursley Running Club goes from strength to strength in numbers and performances Negotiations are in hand with Stinchcombe Hill GC to re-establish an arrangement for the junior members of DRFC to learn golf , we hope to start in summer 2019. These associate organisations are part of the Rugby Club family, they contribute in many ways to the functioning of the Club and are helping to make ‘The Stragglers’ a centre for sport in the community evolving around the Rugby Club.
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 450 people attending this ‘black tie’ event. The ‘Beer Festival’ on the Saturday was a huge success, with excellent weather bringing in the crowds. On Sunday we host ‘The Last Night of the Proms’ organised by the Rotary Club of Dursley, with anlarge gathering raising money for various charities. Thanks to the very hard work of many people big weekend runs so smoothly. In 2019 these events will take place on the weekend of 7 to 9 June 2019.
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 become involved to carry on the good work. We should thank all those involved for their contribution. 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, other sports organisations and the local community. Good luck to you all this season.