Here's a first, a newsletter before the weekend! Two reasons, I am away from Sunday so might struggle to get one done next week, but much more importantly, our Head Coach, Simon Tattersall has asked me to send out the following message, prior to Saturday.
Thank you and Goodbye!
I wanted to take the opportunity to write a short note to you all ahead of my final game as Head Coach of Beaconsfield RFC on Saturday after six years!!! There are far too many people to list by name which says it all really! When I joined the club as Head Coach at the start of the 2013/14 I had no idea where the journey would take me! Coming from a semi-professional environment both at Henley Hawks and Chinnor there was a certain amount of adjustment that was made during the initial season at the club!! I came in to the post with a vision that I wanted players to feel challenged and always feel like they were learning whilst playing people regardless of age or other pre-conceived ideas! We wanted to be a Level 6 club that fielded three teams and had a clear pathway from youth to senior. We have now achieved that!!!
What I wasn't prepared for was how much Beaconsfield RFC 'gets under your skin'!!! I have played for and visited numerous rugby clubs none of which can compare to what BRFC has (maybe there is something put in the drinks!). The club is packed full of amazing people both within the senior and junior section and the strength of the club sits with every single member and without you nothing would function. I am deeply passionate about the club and the people at the club and it really is so much more than just a rugby club.... it has almost become an extended part of my family. I am hugely thankful to every person who has supported me both personally and professionally during the last six seasons when things were going well or were not going as well as hoped!!
My final thank you goes to every player who has played any senior rugby over the last six seasons. You have all been part of the journey which has taken the club to where it is now! The players at the club are magnificent and give up their free time to train and play and ultimately produce the level of rugby you have seen this season across all three teams. As a coach, it is easy to facilitate a game plan and style of rugby when you have players as open-minded and willing to learn as this group are. It really has been an absolute pleasure.
I would like to wish Tom French the very best in his role as Head Coach moving forward. I have played with and against Tom over the years and I think he will do a great job and please give him the same level of support as you have given me over the years. The club has massive potential and you know you are in a good place when the 'jealous' remarks of some at other clubs begin to crop up accusing us of paying all our players etc! I can assure you that we do not and we should take this as a massive compliment that others feel we are producing that level of rugby and are looking at us with green-eyes!!!
Saturday will be emotional and by the end of it we could have the 1XV in sixth place and both the 2XV and Bandits XV promoted!! Now that is a season way beyond many peoples expectations! Please do cheer the boys onto the pitch on Saturday and congratulate them on the job that they have done this season. Very few promoted clubs survive in level 6 yet alone potentially finish sixth!
I look forward to sharing a beer with you all from 5pm on Saturday when the job is finished!
As Club Chairman, I would like to say, on behalf of the entire club, what an absolutely outstanding job, Tatts has done in the last 6 years. What he has achieved on the field, is both obvious to all and very impressive, what he has achieved off the field, is less obvious, but perhaps even more impressive. His dedication and enthusiasm for all levels of rugby are superb, he has taken the club by the scruff of the neck and dragged us forward, not alone of course, but he has been a catalyst to help the club improve in almost every aspect. Simon, on behalf of the club, thank you for everything that you have done, you will be sorely missed, but always welcome.
In other news, this weekend is not only the last of the season, but also an opportunity for the entire club to come together to celebrate what has been a fantastic year, right across the club. We have 2 home matches, so you will see some brilliant rugby, we have 115 people coming for the pre-match lunch and the sun will be shining on us. What more could we ask for to close out the year.
Beaconsfield Rugby Club is a fantastic place to be, it is a 2nd "home" to many of us and provides a great place for our children, young and old, to express themselves, get outside and exercise, play rugby and most importantly, have fun, which for me is what it is all about. With 50 recent colts playing senior rugby this season and the biggest mini section in the country, we are doing something right! This does not come around by accident, it comes around through the hard work and dedication of many, many people, both volunteers and staff.
We have the best coaching set up in the county, our pitches are the envy of all, our bar and kitchen are brilliantly run. This is down to the people so thank you all for your exceptional work.
Finally, I would like to thank the Committee, unseen and probably unknown to many, the work and time they put in behind the scenes to help keep the club on track is fantastic. It can be a thankless task, but in this day and age, when everyone's lives are so busy with other things, we can be very proud that, as a club, we have so many great people, willing to give up their time to ensure the solid future of BRFC.
Come down on Saturday, enjoy the rugby and have some fun!
Updated 08:39 - 11 Apr 2019 by Chris Summers