Avonvale RFC is a fine example of how a strong set up off-the-field can lead to success on it. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with their Chair Martin Bath to find out more about the good work that they’ve been doing.
He told us, “The mood is very good at the moment; we have two senior sides out at the moment and also two colt sides running that are both doing very well. We’ve had the youth section running for more than fifteen years now and are starting to see the rewards of that with players coming through to represent the first team.”
“2017 was a good one for us with the side winning promotion and they’re now more than holding their own in the new league. It is a reasonable step up in quality with a more consistent level of competition and I’d say we’re at about the right level for us.
“We want to consolidate the two senior sides now and make sure we can get them out every weekend. We also want to fill in the blanks where we have gaps in the age groups. We have a very strong coaching team in place right across the club and that has had a really positive impact.
“Youth rugby is very important to us and helps to encourage a lot of people to engage in the game as they can see the benefit of having an outlet for children in the community. For the last couple of seasons we’ve run events with buddy ups where colts join with the seniors and we work hard to make sure that it is a one club mentality here. The social side of the club is a major part of that.
“We like to think we’re an important part of the local community here. We work with other sports clubs who use our facilities and we also host a lot of other events as well. We would like to purchase some of our own land but there is not much flat ground around and we’re competing against building companies for any available which can be difficult.
“Our biggest challenge is that we may outgrow our facilities. We’re very successful on the field now and that’s encouraging more and more people to come along to the club. We need to acquire some land so that our success is positive for the local area and not interrupting what else is going on.
“I think over the coming years we’d like to consolidate our place in this league and maybe win another promotion. For our facilities and player numbers it is the right standard of rugby for us. We’d like to have a full portfolio of age groups as well in the youth sections, people generally enjoy the game when they come along so it is just a case of getting people to come along and give it a try.
“We’ve always done very well off the pitch and now we’re doing very well on the pitch. Now it’s just a case of making sure we have everything in place to allow us to continue to progress.”