President’s Address for the Season Ahead
Autumn is here; or to put it more accurately, the Rugby season is starting! That time wasted cutting the lawn since last May can now be spent in devotion of the oval ball!
With the world full of uncertainties, such as trade wars and Brexit; it is comforting to know that Navan RFC has opened its gates for another season of rugby this September.
The 2018-2019 season will be the 94th consecutive year that this community based, voluntary Club has facilitated and promoted Rugby to the people; and for the vision of the Founding Members, we are all extremely grateful.
A Club is only as good as the members it comprises and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking army of volunteers. Nothing gets done unless someone does something and whether you are a coach, manager, medic, driver, sandwich maker or you simply picked an empty cup off the ground and binned it; you are a vital part of the team that makes our Club what it is.
We always need more ideas and more help, so the door is open for you to make a contribution and influence your Club.
But, remember, we need people of action and so the expression “you know what the Club should do….” has been banned for the coming season!! If you have an idea or a suggestion please come forward and tell us how you can make it happen; we’ll provide support in any way we can!
We are blessed with what are undoubtedly amongst the finest pitches and clubhouse facilities in the country; another legacy from those that took courageous decisions in the past. This blessing, however, conveys a huge responsibility on each subsequent generation to manage and maintain what has been achieved before and to hand it over to our successors as well as, and hopefully better than, we found it. The financial burden of maintaining these facilities is significant and requires constant investment for which memberships and fundraising are so critical.
On the pitch, we can look forward to playing our Senior Rugby at the highest level in the Club’s history following back to back promotion to Division 2A of the All Ireland League. We convey our best wishes to Head Coach Ray Moloney and Captain Conor Ryan for the season ahead. The opportunity to watch top-level rugby on your doorstep should not be missed and I would strongly encourage every member to attend at least one AIL home fixture this season. The pre-match lunches are a great social occasion and an opportunity to enjoy a good meal in our excellent facilities on match day.
Senior Ladies Captain Geraldine Lynch has a great chance to build on the excellent progress of last season and reap the benefits of our excellent underage structure which this season will see Navan Girls competing in Leinster Youths at four age grades. We wish them all the best for 2018-19.
Our numerous mini, youth and Mixed Ability teams are a vibrant part of the Club and what makes us a truly community-based organisation. We need an active Parent’s Committee to represent this section of the Club and I would ask each squad to put forward one parent in this regard. The key is to ensure that there is a clear focus on our objectives as a Club and to effectively communicate this through the membership via committees and the Executive Committee to all parts of the organisation.
One section of the Rugby community often overlooked is the match officials. Put simply, rugby cannot take place without them and they contribute massively to each and every game we play. I would ask you to recognise the work the officials do and make Navan a Club that leads by example in observing the utmost respect for Referees.
Whatever the season ahead holds, it is exciting to know that someone will come to our Club for the first time and begin a lifelong friendship with the game of rugby. Our commitment is to make that first experience special so that we make friends for life; for both our game and our Club, Navan RFC.
It’s your Rugby;
It’s your Club!
Have a great rugby season!!
David P Cullivan
President, Navan Rugby Football Club