Chairman's Report: AGM May 2016
I said in my report to the 2015 AGM that our aim was to achieve a solid financial base on which to build for future seasons. We achieved that. I also said that with the right circumstances Bournemouth Rugby could progress both on and off the field in the following seasons. Well, we have had the right circumstances and we are progressing very well so far thank you!!
I am very proud to be the Chairman of a Community Rugby Club that has moved forward as far as it has in the past year. Off the field we have created a business model that is second to none. Under the Chief Executive, James Croker, we have a Board of Directors who are professionalising our club at a pace. I should like to introduce them to you this evening in case you have not yet met them. Please stand up and be acknowledged Chief Executive Officer, James Croker; Operations Director, Wendy King; Director of PR and Marketing, Carlie O'Neill; Director of Finance, Dan Webb; Director of Rugby Will Croker.
Working with this group are a huge band of volunteers, too many to mention here, who most definitely have the Club at the centre of their hearts. I will not say too much more this evening and leave James to outline the Club's vision and strategy. What I will say though is that we have a fantastic group of people, all with a single vision; that of making Bournemouth Rugby the community club of choice within our catchment area. I am delighted with what they have achieved so far and am gob smacked at what they can potentially achieve going forward.
On the playing front too we have been really successful. The reports of the Seniors, Touch and the Academy and Mini can be found on the website. I encourage you to read them to get a flavour of how the club is moving forward. I would however just like to mention here tonight a few particular successes. The 1st XV finished the season in 5th place in National league 3 SW, only four points behind Lydney in 3rd place. Exmouth and Barnstable, 1st and 2nd respectively, having both been promoted leaves open a real opportunity for Bournemouth next season. The 2nds went through the season unbeaten winning the Dorset and Wilts Cup in the process. The 3rds too had a very successful season gaining promotion and winning their Cup as well. The 4ths too finished the season well in 3rd place. A massive vote of thanks to our Senior players all, and to our Senior Coaches under DoR Will Croker; Jon Sanchez, James Croker, Jo Burns. Eddie Edwards, Ian Moore, Pete Grant, Mark Palmer and Simon Carkeet.
The U18s enjoyed a great season of representational rugby – with three players representing the county at U18s – and two players representing the county at U20s. In addition, three players also made debuts for the senior sides – gaining very positive feedback from the senior coaches.
The Colts experienced similar successes – with the U17s winning the D&W Bowl allowing them to progress to the National U17s Competition Divisional Rounds. They subsequently were crowned the Southwest U17s Bowl champions – and were semi-finalists at the National U17 Competition Regional finals – an outstanding achievement. The U17s also had 6 representatives at county level.
The U16s ended up runners up in their pool for the D&W cup and continued into the plate competition - ultimately winning this against Sherborne – a brilliant result!
The U15s have a wealth of talent in their ranks – experiencing another very solid season – including winning our own Bournemouth Tournament and reaching the Dorset & Wilts cup final – a tremendous effort. The squad this season feature no less than seven D&W county players and also three Bath Academy players.
The U13s & U14s both started the season with new coaching structures. The U13s built on early performances with some great results against some tough touring sides, and the season highlight was reaching the semi-finals of our own Bournemouth tournament. The U14s enjoyed a very good developmental season for the players and have, as a result, achieved a real team spirit and togetherness.
The U11s and U12s experienced a fast and furious season too reaching semi-finals and finals in festivals and tournaments on a number of occasions. The U11s completed their season with a bang – being crowned both Dorset Champions and Dorset & Wilts Champions.
Meanwhile in the minis the U10s performed extremely well with a number of semi-finals and finals reached in this year’s tournaments, including winning the Oakmedians Minis tournament in April.
This year our Touch Rugby team reached the quarter finals of the national O2 Touch Tour competition in June. They also got to the semi finals of the Ellingham & Ringwood Touch Tournament on Good Friday and the Oaks Summer Touch Fest in July.
Progress has been good in what is our third year of operation and we anticipate a continuation of this success over the next twelve months. There is a real growth opportunity for Bournemouth Rugby with the potential to increase the number of regular attendees, introduce even more new people to the club and investigate concepts such as corporate leagues. There are exciting times ahead for Bournemouth Touch.
So overall Bournemouth Rugby have had a very good season both on and off the pitch and the future looks bright. Once again, many thanks go to all of our coaches at all levels; to our volunteers who give up so much of their time and energy and to the parents and grandparents of our Youth and Minis. Not forgetting, of course, your committee members who guide the club so well. Without you all we would not be in the enviable position we are now in.
I am very excited about the direction we are travelling. But this is just the beginning of a journey on which I hope you will all join. A journey which will have its ups and downs, but which will be exciting, enduring but most of all enjoyable. I commend Bournemouth Rugby to you all as a Community Club to watch, be a part of and to be proud of!
Thank you for your time this evening.
Phil Sinkinson OBE