We are a proud amateur club with a 132 year history. We continue to thrive thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our members’ participation in fundraising activities and social events, and the work of the many volunteers who undertake numerous roles to help the club function efficiently. Our members are the club and have opportunities to participate in all decisions affecting it. We expect everyone to uphold the Core Values of Rugby Union Football whether as a player or as a spectator.
We are rightly proud of our long history as an amateur club but this has not fettered our ambition. We are now seeking to create regional quality playing and social facilities at Colney Lane in association with the University of East Anglia. We have obtained planning permission for the move to our new location but we still have to meet the conditions attached to that permission. We must also ensure that the proceeds from our current site will yield sufficient funds for the proposals to progress in their entirety. I am as frustrated as anyone else that this process is taking so long.
We have thriving mini and youth sections and aim to develop all young players regardless of their ability at any given time in their playing career. The emphasis is on enjoying our great game, as it is from these young people that future players, supporters, sponsors and committee members will come. On a busy Sunday we have hundreds of young people developing their playing skills and having a good time. We need players for all our senior teams and strive to develop our own young players to take many of the places of those who are coming to the end of their playing careers.
The club has played a major role in our family life since we came to Norwich 19 years ago and it is a great honour to have been elected as its President. I look forward to welcoming both existing and new members to the club during the season.