Sat 19 Dec 2020 18:43

Picture of Christmas wreath with 'Chairman's Message' on it

It's been a challenging year for us at Biggleswade RUFC, but we have done our best to keep our club and our members safe and to secure the future for our fantastic rugby family.

Club staff, volunteers, and members have all adapted well to a very difficult situation, and it was great to see rugby return after the summer with players of all ages very happy to get back to doing what they love.

It’s really disappointing to end the year with today’s move into Tier 4. Despite all the extra efforts we’ve made to adapt our training and methods in line with safety rules and regulations, under this Tier we cannot remain open. (Please click here for more details).

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. We’ve secured grants to keep us afloat in a year where our revenue has been hit hard. We have been able to make some great progress on Stage 3 of the installation of more floodlights, which will be a great addition for the future when we can get back to playing. And we’ve proved just how strong we are in the way everyone has worked together and adapted throughout the pandemic months (holding lockdown video awards when we couldn’t get together in person; encouraging players to keep fit; returning to adapted forms of training; and keeping each other - and the wider community - safe).

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the committee (all volunteers), our coaches (again, who all give up their time voluntarily and who have worked so hard to comply with the regulations), our staff, players, families, friends, supporters, and our generous sponsors. Everyone has pulled together to live up to our club motto: ‘Be the best you can be.’

On behalf of myself and the club, I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and look forward to better times ahead.

Dave Tysom
Chairman, Biggleswade RUFC

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