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Chairmans Message

It is my privilege to be elected the role of Chairman at your club for a second season and I am committed to helping the club flourish both on and off the pitch, ably supported by the newly elected committee.

I would like to give thanks to Jerry Duffield who over the last few years has done a fantastic job as treasurer and has left the position with the club in a much stronger place, Jerry will be taking on the role as membership secretary and will be ensuring that members are kept up to date with club news and know how to pay their subs in good time!. Mark Wesemann has taken a side step as well and has moved from the secretary’s position to fixtures secretary to fill the gap left as Rob Stuckey who takes a well-deserved rest.

On behalf of you all I would like to welcome Nigel Tinley who takes on the role of Treasurer, Nigel has been involved in Chard RFC as a parent to Matt who went through the M&Js and has held the treasurers role for Chard & District Carnival committee for over 10 years in total, he also held the Chairs role for 8 years so he is very qualified for the role. We also welcome Mike Berry into the role of Club secretary, Mike has held a number of positions in the club and was keen to help steer the club in a positive direction.

Our 1st XV will again be playing in South West One after a tough season we will look to make the most of each game as we found out every point counts at the end of the season, Ryan Hellier will captain the team with the help of coaches Steve Broome and Simon Jenkins.

The 2nd XV will be playing in the lower league of Somerset Two under the guidance of Duncan Nicholls with Captain Bill Biss and vice Bill Brookes and they will be looking to bounce straight back to Somerset One.

The 3rd XV will play their rugby in Somerset three again under Captain Stuart Gold. I wish them all the best in the coming season.

The Colts have had a fantastic season in their second outing in the Somerset U18s League and under the supervision of Duncan Nicholls and his coaching team they won the league. As the majority of the players have reached the upper age limit and have moved on to senior rugby or further education away from Chard Martin Carnell brings his young team into the colts set up to try repeat the league win. I think we are in for some exciting rugby next season.

Chard Ladies will be going into their first full season and will continue playing friendlies whilst they develop the team, Laura Jenkins will be captaining the team and will be looking to build a squad to play in the league in the coming seasons.

The Minis & Juniors continue to grow in strength of player numbers and achievements, now boasting three girls’ teams to compliment the eight other teams and we look forward to supporting a new crop of players to become our next generation of senior players. The club is whole heartily behind them; to move toward a more joined up club the senior and M&J committees will again join forces to continue to deliver a shared vision of full integration.

This season we will look to get the Veterans team out on the pitch on a regular basis and I encourage anyone that wants to get into rugby again to contact Wayne Lewis and get involved.

As a club, we also aim to be at the heart of the community and will forge links in the town to ensure we remain a rugby club that is fit for propose and is seen as a centre for rugby, now and in the future.
We continue to work with Holyrood Academy and also provide regular coaching in local primary schools. In addition it’s great to see members engage in events away from the club we have seen Chard RFC teams enter 7s tournaments and a club team run the Ashill 5k.


We need your support throughout the club at all levels and I encourage you to play or watch games, enjoy the bar, go to events at the club and generally use the facilities as much as possible, if you want to see an event let Simon Mainwaring know as he is always keen to help. We aim to embrace all that is good about rugby, both on and off the pitch camaraderie and fun are as equally important as success.

A club like Chard Rugby Football club is very much about its membership, whose commitment includes helping out on a Sunday morning, team management or attending the array of social events at the club. The forthcoming season will be no different and members and volunteers alike will be working on behalf of the club as well as enjoying the excellent facilities whether as a player, supporter, parent, sponsor or volunteer! Should you wish to get more involved please let one of the committee members know or email Mike Berry.

I Hope you have enjoyed closed season and please support the various events you will see advertised on the web site over the summer including The Wurzels at the club on the 13th of august and the Tug-O-war on the 23rd of July and The Colts Big Push will return. Thank you as ever for your ongoing support from Minis and Juniors to senior rugby and thanks to all associated volunteers including coaches, managers and administrators.

The senior teams will be back training at the beginning of July with the first session on the 5th of July at Essex close and at the time of writing we have Salisbury booked to visit for a pre-season game on the 20th of August at 3pm and Chard will travel to play Sidmouth on the 27th of August.

Membership is now due and we would appreciate prompt payment to help fund the start of the season and we are still looking for sponsors for the coming season, please contact Kellie Bide for more details.

Best wishes
Gavin Smillie
Chairman
Chard Rugby Football Club

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