Message from Club President Mark Wetton
2019 was a year of change for our club, but thankfully most of it for good. For me, it was a personal honour to be elected as Club President at the start of the new season.
Firstly, the performance of the senior team has been superb this season. Promotion last season was a real highlight, but to now sit within touching distance of the new league’s summit is absolutely phenomenal.
Special mention must go to our new head coach Jimmy Samuel and his coaching team of Nick Martin, Mark Reilly, Nick Cram and Iain McEwan. Jimmy has been a fantastic addition since formally coming on board this year. The senior team are performing well and boys are training with a smile on their faces (mostly!).
As well as bringing in some new boys, Jimmy and the coaches have put a lot of work into refining our overall game strategy as well as upskilling the team in both the basics and the finer points. Our lads are doing the right things and we’re on the right course.
The Juniors section also had a busy year with numerous events, tournaments and matches, and it’s great to see young people of many ages playing and enjoying the sport we all love week in, week out.
Fundraising, finances and sponsorship
Huge thanks should of course go to our sponsors, funders and partners for their continued support of our club.
On that point, fundraising is still absolutely vital to our club’s long-term survival and progression. We need absolutely everyone involved with our club to help out, whether through finding new sponsorship, helping at our events or otherwise.
Our clubhouse bar has also seen a bit of a change with James and Amanda coming in, and it’s in a good place financially.
While our finances are stable, we cannot rest on our laurels. Raising funds should be on everyone’s mind.
Off the field
We’ve had some big wins off the park. Our social events – such as Fireworks Night – were well-attended and have definitely boosted the club’s reputation in the local community. The Cow Pat competition in particular raised a lot of money for the club.
The addition of our new portable, rechargeable floodlights is a game-changer for our teams. Having the flexibility to train when and where we want – especially during the winter months – will benefit our club for years to come.
So where next for Bannockburn? The Committee has a clear vision in that we want to make our club a great place for all ages to play rugby and enjoy the social side. We want to maintain our progress on the pitch – and a seconds team is still high on our agenda.
Finally, I would like to put on record our gratitude and appreciation for the work done by Bannockburn RFC’s volunteers. Without their help, we wouldn’t have the great teams and club we have today. 2020 promises to be even better.