SiP 17 – Tring Rugby Club

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Tring Rugby Club

Tring Rugby Club is a fantastic example of how to play a vital role in the local community whilst also being successful on the field of play. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman, Steve Hayes to find out more about the good work that the club has been doing lately.

He told us, “I came to Tring RFC in 2002 when my son was eight; the Mini and Junior set up was excellent, our family was made very welcome, we met some lifelong friends as did our son George who now plays for the first XV. I become involved as a Trustee in 2015 and put myself forward as Chairman in July 2016.”

“There are many challenges to the role of Chairman; leading a large group of volunteers is difficult, people freely give up their time for the good of the club but many have fulltime jobs and family commitments, they are not employees and cannot be treated as such. Others do not always understand or appreciate the huge amount of work that is required throughout the year.

“We are aiming to become ‘one club’ from the Cubs, Minis & Juniors through to the Academy, Seniors, supporters old guard; it is a huge challenge to get everyone onside and pulling in the same direction. The best reward for me is when members can see the progression.

“Tring is a club in change, the vast majority of members enjoy the club, it is important that we bring everyone along on the journey to become the best run amateur club in Herts. The senior squad has had some brilliant success and we have strong 2nd’s and 3rd’s with the M&J section of over 450 children going from strength to strength.

“Youth rugby is massively important to the club; we have a strong section and yet if we are going to encourage the youth to come all the way through to the seniors we have to have the same ethos, culture and coaching throughout the club. Currently, a large number of the senior squad have come right through from Minis.

“We are a community club; we however need to involve the town far more than we currently do. Tring is a special place and we must spread out far more widely to let everyone know what a successful rugby club we have.

“If we do not become ‘one club’ there will be divisions, this will prevent us from developing into the wonderful club we could be, with everyone pulling in the same direction there is nothing we cannot achieve. The playing side is just one aspect; we must be not only sustainable but progressive in every area to know where we are heading and work together to get there.

“The ambition of becoming the best run amateur club in Hertfordshire is within our grasp. A new clubhouse and better overall facilities would be ideal but making every member feel valued and part of the club over the coming years would be our greatest ambition.

“We have some outstanding players, coaches, parents and members here. The foundations are therefore in place to move the club forward. We must do so at the correct pace and communicate throughout; there is a huge amount of commitment to achieve this.”

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