Tinley to be Club Captain

Tinley to be Club Captain

By Gavin Smillie
18th June
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Chard Rugby is a club for all in the heart of the community and Tinley will captain on and off the pitch


Chard RFC are pleased to confirm Matt Tinley has been asked to be Club Captain for the coming season, taking over the role from Ryan Helliar who did a fantastic job for 4 seasons, the longest appointment of captain in over 50 years, and indication of the tough act Tinley has to follow. Tinley has played for Chard since he was 8 years old learning his trade in the Chard Minis and Juniors before he made his senior debut with the 2nd XV a team he would go on to Captain for a number of seasons as well as securing his 1st XV debut against Stothert & Pitt when the 1st XV played in Somerset One.

When asked Matt said 'I’ve been fortunate to play at Chard for 20 years working my way up the ranks. Over this time I’ve had the pleasure to play with and be coached by some iconic names in chard rugby clubs history, so I hope I can follow in the same fashion and do the club proud.

We have had a difficult couple of seasons on the pitch, but the one thing I’m proud to say about Chard is even though the results haven’t gone our way sometimes, our players are a united family willing to give everything they can for each other. With this we successfully deliver 3 senior sides each weekend in competitive leagues and a well developing ladies team. what is a huge achievement in this modern day.

We are lucky to introduction a new player coach this year in Ben Thomas leading the coaching team of John Hendy, Matt Ayres. Tim Morris has also joined the club and will be coaching the 2nd team this season. we will be looking to develop the talented young squad we have and improve our game management to get results for the coming season.

I’d like to thank the support of the players so far even before the season started and the committee for trusting me with the task ahead. '

Mat was also keen to tell us that All Water Technology had agreed to be his player sponsor for the coming season and encouraged any other business who wanted to get involved in grassroots community sport to become a player sponsor at Chard Rugby Club.

The season will get underway when official preseason training starts on 2nd of July at the main club, building to a number of friendlies in August and then the league gets underway with a local derby at home against Wellington on September the 7th.

To contact about Chard RFC about playing or Sponsoring please contact Chairman John Williams via email

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