Dear parents and guardians,

I am pleased to inform you that youth and mini rugby at Sherborne RFC will recommence on Sunday 5 September, at 10am. The combination of government and RFU guidance means most rugby activities can be conducted, with a few exceptions that the team coaches are aware of.

Subscriptions

The method of payment of subscriptions is still to be concluded. So please be patient with us. Importantly, we have reviewed how much rugby we achieved last season and taken a view of what the fees should be across both seasons together. The club’s conclusion is that for the fees for this season should be the same as the last couple of years: £55 for U7s to U16s, £40 for U6s and the girls (as they don’t have matches and incur the related food costs). However, in view of the fact we achieved less than half of last year’s planned rugby, the fees for last season have been retrospectively reduced to £25 (£20 for U6s/girls). What does this mean in practice?

If you paid £55/£40 for last season, you need pay only £25/£20 for this season.

If you have just joined you will pay £55/£40 for the 21/22 season.

There are some children whose fees were not paid last season but who did attend rugby; when they return this year they will be expected to pay £80/£60 for the 2 seasons combined.

The registrar is going to work this out by team, and also incorporate any discounts due. Staged payments should be available if needed by those owing the £80 amount. The RFU’s online system remains challenging, so the registrar is considering BACS payments as an alternative. While this means a phase of intensive work for her, she believes it will make things much easier for yourselves.

Please be patient with us while this is all worked out. We will invite you to register your child/children initially and then resolve the payments over the coming weeks. It’s important they are registered to be covered by the RFU’s insurance. We will be writing to you separately about subscriptions and payments for the season. 

As a reminder, please be aware that the annual £55 fee is considerably lower than other rugby clubs in Dorset. The money goes towards club costs, the cost of courses to ensure our volunteer coaches are properly trained, and also match food costs.

Kitchen. Becks Chandler, a club stalwart, has kindly offered to lead the kitchen team this season. When your age group is invited to assist in the kitchen (3 times per season), please do your bit to help out; it makes a massive difference to the club, both in terms of how we perform together and how we are perceived by visitors. Thank you.

Overall. We look forward to seeing you again this season. As always we welcome more volunteers, whether to help with coaching (both U12s and U13s are looking for extra help), managing teams, or for other key roles. The club continues to seek both a bar manager and a social media lead. Please be patient with all our club officials, especially the coaches and managers, and be respectful towards other teams and their coaches when we resume matches – finally.

Farewell. This is my last communication to you as Youth Chair. I am stepping away after 5 years in the role and am delighted to introduce Caroline Durston as your new Youth Chair; she has been my deputy, she oversees the first aid, she has both deputised and run the Safeguarding, and she runs both the club and county girls’ teams. Thank you for your support during my tenure. It's been fulfilling to contribute to the local community through SRFC.

 

Yours in sport,

 

Damian Orton

Youth Chairman SRFC

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