Fri 24 Apr 2020 20:10

PORTSMOUTH RFC - A NEW DAWN?

We hope all our members, friends and their families continue to keep well. Despite our lock down PRFC have hit the headlines with donations of our sports drink IPRO to community nursing via Ian Dory Douglas and to our par-medic heroes via Ian Alvey. Well done guys!


In preparation for next season, I think it is time I stepped down as Club Chairman. I have been chairman for 7 years and in that time have overseen enormous changes with the help of our committee and club volunteers: coaches, managers and others.


We are now one club with our junior club partners and they have moved into our clubhouse leaving the old clubhouse to the nursery. We have done business with 4 different caterers and now have a steward for the running of the bar. Well done Jamie Allen!


We have had a complete change of coaching structure and it looks very healthy with Gareth Richards’ recently announced team. As stated in the last circular, the Valkyries are flying high with great success and Mark Witcher’s coaching and management team look to go even higher.


We have taken over management of the changing rooms and have negotiated proper drainage of our pitches with the Council.


With all this behind us, we now have new volunteers for key club roles and I hope they will be elected when eventually we can have an AGM. Jon Whitehouse will be Chairman with Steve Cameron and Mike Caspall as vice chairmen and I have co-opted them onto the committee pending an election.


Other committee members will continue in office importantly Peter Golding as president, Lesley Gicquel as treasurer, Dick Tyrrell as membership secretary and Jim Dixon as house manager. I hope that Adam Parks, Will Lockyer, Amy van Dare and Naomi Lockyer will continue as player representatives. The position of secretary will be up for election. Gemma Skinner, the new junior club chairperson will be welcomed to the committee.


The club and its committee need new energy so I hope the club will welcome the suggested changes .


As in the last circular please hang in there and keep up your direct debits. If there is hardship, please contact Dick Tyrrell for special arrangements.


Hopefully we will be allowed by the Government to re-start rugby in September. Hampshire and the RFU have draft leagues lined up to start then but who knows at the present time, if this will be possible.


In the meantime, keep safe . If anyone needs help, there are club members who are willing to shop or offer other support. Please ask.

Ed Neville
Chairman PRFC

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