Chesham Rugby Club
It is an exciting time for everyone involved with Chesham Rugby Club at the moment with their new clubhouse due to be finished in May. Sport in Profile Magazine recently caught up with their Secretary Steven Morris to find out more about the club and their plans for the future.
He told us, “I think we’re quite a young club for the area. There are a lot of larger clubs around us with a lot of wealth so to differentiate ourselves a little we’ve got a different culture which appeals to people that don’t want to be in a streaming environment. We’ve always had the philosophy of being a very inclusive, open club that welcomes people and pride ourselves on being Buckinghamshire’s friendliest club.
We work hard to keep a one club mentality here; we’re a small town and I think the club is still at a size where people know each other and a lot of the players also coach on a Sunday so it is nicely integrated.”
“The big news for us at the moment is that we’re in the process of building our own clubhouse. We’re part of a school which transitioned to being an academy and we lost are clubhouse back in 2012 which was less than ideal.
We’ve been fundraising since then and we finally got enough money to start the build at the end of last year and that’s a project which will be a fully equipped modern facility so that’s very significant for us. The build will be finished in May so obviously everyone here is very excited about that as it will give us a great platform for a secure long term future.”
“The first team is doing ok this season. They’ve been a bit inconsistent in that we’ve beaten some of the top sides but also lost to some of the team’s lower in the table. The 2nds and 3rds have both done well in their respective leagues but the focus there is on getting teams out every week. The minis and juniors are both doing well as are the ladies.”
“We have a very big mini/junior section for boys and girls all the way through. Our women’s team has been established for twenty five years and you’ve got the men’s side so it is quite diverse. Last year we integrated the netball club as well to give more people a chance to be involved here.
There’s a lot of competition for players in this area so it is important to be developing your own talent. We’ve seen players make the step up to the senior set up. We’re always going to lose some players to university etc. so it is important to make sure you’ve got a lot of players coming through every year.”
“We also run something called Bugby which is indoor rugby for three and four year olds. What we found was that a lot of parents have very young kids that can’t play rugby so my wife came up with the concept to introduce them to the game and develop core skills. That has led to a natural progression for the players and also encourages parents to get involved.”
“Our next challenge will be getting settled into our new home. Now that we’re going to have this lovely facility we need to make sure that we run it well and retain that culture of being inclusive and welcoming. We have an opportunity to increase our profile with the better facilities that we have and we want to continue to contribute to the community that we’re part of.
I think our first ambition for the coming years is to make sure that we’re financially secure. We need to get the basics right, settle into the new facility, stabilise our membership and then we can continue to invest in rugby. We also want to add a 3G pitch as that would allow us to offer rugby for a lot more people. I think the final thing is that we want to continue to grow and keep a cohesive environment where people can come along and enjoy their rugby at whatever level they play at.”