Dursley Rugby Football Club
Club President, John Darlaston
Welcome to Dursley Rugby Club in the 2017-18 season!
This season will be one of consolidation for Dursley Rugby Club, following twelve months of frenzied activity during which the new changing rooms have been completed, the old changing rooms re-structured to provide more quality social space, cricket was re-established with the ‘Old Stragglers’ playing in the Stroud League, the ladies rugby entering the league and the Friday evenings with the Stinchcombe villagers promoting the community links In addition, the Running Club has grown considerably in numbers and now plays a significant part in the life of the Club.
However, consolidation does not mean standing still. It is essential that the club continues to move forward. As the saying goes ‘you are either on the way up or the way down’! Fund raising has commenced for the proposed 4G playing area.
This is much needed to relieve the pressure, wear and tear on the grass surfaces in accommodating mini, youth, ladies rugby and senior rugby Consolidation and further progress must continue to be our objectives, we are proud of our success and status in the community so long may this continue.
At the end of last season all three men’s teams made the finals in their respective Stroud Combination Cups, with the First XV victorious and retaining the trophy they won last year. Richard Brooks also received a special award recognising 30 years of playing for Dursley Rugby Club.
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 goes from strength to strength both on and off the field and will be completing in the league for the first time 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 and 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 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.
The Club receives considerable support both financially and in other ways which is essential to its development and well-being. This is fully recognised and 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. It was good to see many of these people as the event to mark the ‘official’ opening of the new changing rooms in April.
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
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 This was a very successful weekend thanks to the very hard word of many people This will take place again on the weekend of 8 to 10 June 2018.
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. 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, other sports organisation and the local community.