Eastleigh RFC Club Update
8th November 2020
In these unprecedented times, Club Members can be reassured that Eastleigh RFC is in a strong position to overcome the current difficulties and thrive in the future as restrictions are eased, providing we all work together and take responsibility for the well-being of our Club.
We are in the process of finalising our 2019/20 accounts (our Year End is 30th June) and we'll probably show a loss of around £4k. This is very positive considering the final 4 months of our year were without the use of the bar and no matches took place but we still incurred full operating costs. The current year will obviously generate a much bigger loss (around £25k depending on EBC lease and Government support funding) but we are in a good position to manage this and maintain our long term goals. However, we will need to completely re-evaluate funding and operational functions for 2021/22 and we will rely heavily on the support of ALL members to play their part.
The Senior section has decided to request 50% Membership fees for the current season from ALL playing members who have benefited from the excellent Coaching and Physio facilities that we have continued to supply and will resume when we come out of the current situation. For those that have already paid in full (or found personal sponsorship) you will only be expected to pay 50% fees for next year. (Please contact Gareth Jones with any queries.)
As a consequence of the Covid crisis, our reserve fund will be severely depleted and we need to focus on limiting our expenditure and gaining as much income as possible. With this in mind, as we have much more free time without fixtures, please can we address the following areas:
- Community support - create and support initiatives where members provide help and support within our local community. This will raise our local profile and enable us to develop community links and help with future sponsorship and fund raising.
- Crowdfunding - many other Clubs have followed this route and raised over £10k. Our friends at Gravesend raised over £35k towards pitch and facility improvements. (Please contact Mark Jones directly if you can help with this.)
- Sponsorship - each individual can be an ambassador for our Club and instigate relationships with local business. (Please contact Alun Jones who can give you guidance into what the Club can offer in return.)
- To raise the Clubs profile - support Instagram / Twitter / Facebook and all social media promotions. Pictures on Instagram are proving particularly successful at the moment for local sporting Clubs.
(Please contact Lloyd Bennett to add any pictures/ ideas.)
- Fund raising events - any initiative to raise funds is important and so please work together and create working parties to generate income.
- Support Club functions - Our social team are working very hard to utilise our bar and club facilities when we come out of the lockdown. It is vital that we back them up and use our bar at all possible occasions and raise income for us rather than other pubs and bars. (Please contact Andrew Black to offer any support in Fund raising and Club functions.)
Please keep safe and support our families and friends. Together we can look forward to a very exciting 2021.
Mark Jones - 07860 686637 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Alun Jones - 07713 502572 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Gareth Jones - 07788 995522 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Andrew Black - mailto:Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew.email@example.com
Lloyd Bennett - Lloyd.firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:Lloyd.email@example.com
Eastleigh RFC Committee
AGM - Results
26th June 2020
"Following a successful virtual AGM held on 17th June using Zoom, attended by 30 members all candidates proposed were voted into their roles for the 1920/21 season. These will be ratified at an EGM in October (hopefully face to face)".
Club Officers 2020 - 2021
President Nic Mucci
Chairman Mark Jones
Hon. Secretary Stuart (Wally) Randall
Hon. Treasurer Vikki Quilter
Treasurer Consultant - tba
Asst. Secretary Shirley Smith
1st XV Captain Matt Lovell
1st XV Manager Caroline Clark
2nd XV Captain Adrian Payne
2nd XV Manager Lloyd Bennett
2nd XV Coach tba
3rd XV Captain Tim Grant
3rd XV Manager Mitch Williams
4th XV Captain Vacancy
First Aider Steve Bodey
Facilities Ian Smith
Membership Secretary Gareth Jones
Fixture / Match Secretary Stuart (Wally) Randall
Referee Co-ordinator Mark Jones
Recruitment Russell Smith
Sponsorship and Marketing Alun Jones
Social Media Russell Smith, Lloyd Bennett, Luke Baker
Social Andrew Black, Tom Legge, Russell Smith
Webmaster Ian Smith
Disciplinary Andrew Browning
VP Secretary Tony Hastings
RFU Accreditation Malcolm Pain
GMS Co-ordinator Gareth Jones
Committee member – Kirsty Bridges
Committee member – Emma Bottomley
Eastleigh RFC Coaching Team
22nd June 2020
‘Eastleigh Rugby are pleased to introduce the new senior coaching group for the 2020/21 season’
Eastleigh rugby are delighted to announce and welcome the new senior coaching group for the coming season. Eastleigh Rugby advertised the role in May and interviews took place in June with a view to appointing an ambitious and talented staff to fulfil the brief of the committee by continuing to be a progressive and vibrant club and to continue the good work that has seen Eastleigh gradually rise through the ranks within Hampshire and the South of England.
The five appointments to date are James Croker, Will Croker, Mal Roberts, Kev Cotterell and Richard Cheetham MBE. with further appointments to be made over the coming weeks and months.
James joins us from Bournemouth Rugby where he was Chief Executive Officer and is an RFU level 3 coach. James is no stranger to Hampshire rugby formerly being Director of Rugby at Basingstoke. During his time at Basingstoke they became the premier club in Hampshire and won the Hampshire Cup on two occasions.
Will Croker has also joined us from Bournemouth Rugby where he was Director of Rugby and saw the club over his five-year tenure achieve promotion to the national leagues and was named as Rugby World club of the year. Will has also coached at Basingstoke and Oakmeadian’s alongside James.
Will Croker says ‘on behalf of all the new coaches I would like to thank Eastleigh for our appointment and to let you all know how excited we are. When we spoke to Mark (Jones) and heard how ambitious the club are and then met some of the players who share those ambitions and are determined to make it a reality then it was a no brainer for us to accept the role. As a group we have a great work ethic and all get along very well, we all want to make players better and ultimately the club so we can’t wait to get started.’
Mal Roberts has recently been appointed as the Army Rugby Union head coach. Mal has an outstanding pedigree in the game, both as a serviceman and in the civilian game. Mal began coaching in 2009 with his Corps, Army Senior Men’s XV as an assistant coach and then two years in charge of the Army U23 side, all of which has prepared him as the logical successor for the Army Seniors.
Kev Cotterell joins the coaching group having previously worked with all but Mal before. Kev has previously won the Hampshire Cup on two occasions and was part of the coaching staff that saw Basingstoke achieve promotion to National 3 London and South East. Richard Cheetham MBE is a sports coaching fellow at the University of Winchester. Richard will be providing support for the coaching team and players over the season specifically in strength and conditioning. Richard is an internationally recognised coach educator culminating with Richard winning UKCC sports coach educator of the year in 2019.
Mark Jones, Eastleigh RFC Chairman says “We’re delighted that we have been able to gather such a strong coaching line up for the new season. We have been on an upward curve for the last few years and after the outstanding work of former coach, Phil Osman, we are keen to keep the momentum moving forward.”
On behalf of everyone at Eastleigh Rugby we would like to take this opportunity to wish the new staff every success in your endeavours and we very much look forward to working with you all.
AGM - 17 June 2020 - 7:30pm
6th June 2020
We are holding our AGM on Wednesday 17th June, 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom. Secretary, Wally Randall, will circulate the link details and all of the relevant voting information.
Under the current circumstances the aim is to approve all candidates who have volunteered their willingness to stand for election. Hopefully, this will be a ‘thumbs up’ process but please make us aware of any objections or contentions to the elected positions prior to the meeting. We hope that this AGM will allow the Committee to operate on behalf of the Club until our scheduled EGM in October. The intention is to be transparent to all members and interested people and then give an opportunity to assess the process in October 2020. If this is not possible we will hold a further GM 3 months later in January 2021.
Our financial year runs from June 30th each year and we expect to end the 2019/20 year making a small surplus. This is largely due to receiving a ‘rateable value’ grant of £10k from EBC in May. Without this we would have made a significant loss due to the lack of income in March, April and May. We usually expect to make good profit in June, July and August as we hire out the Club with very few playing costs. Obviously, this year that will not be possible.
However, we have made good contingency plans for exactly this sort of unexpected event and have funds available to mitigate for these circumstances. This will allow us to operate positively as we progress to a new season. Our latest worse case cash flow forecasts predict that we will consume 30% of our reserves in 2021 and so we need to be very mindful of raising income when we are able. This means that we all need to be very focussed on the opportunity of sponsors, collection of membership fees, match fees, and supporting Club events when we are eventually allowed to resume activities.
Following the recent departure of Phil Osman we are hopeful of announcing the appointment of a new Club coaching team in the next few days which we believe will allow the playing side of the Club to continue developing.
We are also intending to invest significant funds into the maintenance of our pitches which have been over used in recent seasons due to the huge number of Senior and Junior players keen to play for Eastleigh. Hopefully, we will shortly be launching a crowd funding page to raise funds, please do contribute and encourage friends to do the same.
Current thoughts are that next season will run from January to June 2021 but this may well change as the Covid-19 situation develops so we need to be prepared for any outcome.
Eastleigh RFC Coaching Positions and Role Specification
7th May 2020
We are currently in the process of recruiting for the positions of Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the 2020-2021 season. We are looking for qualified candidates with the experience and coaching ability to inspire the club and build on our current 1st XV Level 6 status. Our recent track record shows our commitment to rugby and we are looking to continue our progress of the past few years. We aim to achieve this by supporting the development of any successful candidate as keenly as they support us.
Requirements of the post: • Ability to consistently attend training sessions and all games • Manage 1st XV and Player communication • Work with other coaches and team captains at team selection • Support the development of all of our senior men’s teams • Willing to coach players of all skill levels • Willingness to work with Senior and Junior sections • Liaise closely with Committee / attend monthly meetings.
Eastleigh Rugby Club's senior section has three regular men’s teams playing in London Division 2 South-West (Level 6), Hampshire Premiership (Level 8) and Hampshire Division 4. Our playing membership has been growing consistently over the last 5 years and we aim to attract new players from our large catchment area. Training nights are Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 - 9:00, PM followed by team selection on Tuesday.
Minimum Level 2 Coaching requirement, experience and track record will be considered. The remuneration package will be based on experience and qualifications. C.V.s/ notes of interest outlining experience and qualifications should be sent to:
Refer to Head Coach Role Description and Person Specification for full details.
Please Note: During the current COVID 19 pandemic any interviews will be held via video conference facilities with Club Officials via Microsoft Teams/Zoom etc.
Club Information: Address: The Hub, Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 6LA Website: https://www.eastleighrugby.com
Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastleighRFC Twitter: https://twitter.com/EastleighRFC Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx1CshRoMP-4r2B1JrUG8Mw/videos
Applicants can contact Mark Jones - Eastleigh RFC at Markbjones63@gmail.com
ERFC Head Coach Role Description
• To plan and deliver high quality weekly training sessions throughout the season to enable the advancement of skill and performance of the teams and component players. Training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.00 – 9pm at Eastleigh RFC, The Hub, Bishopstoke Rd, Eastleigh SO50 6LA, followed by team selection on Tuesday.
• To manage the 1st XV team and player communications.
• The Head Coach must be able to delegate agreed responsibilities to the assistant coaches to ensure that they feel valued and their expertise is used effectively.
• To have responsibility and accountability for team selection and performance. Work with assistant coaches and team captains in determining methods of selection and the standards required, and where required providing constructive feedback to those not selected.
• To attend all home and away representative fixtures to coach and advise individuals and squads, displaying tactical and technical awareness to gain the best possible performance.
• To provide motivation and encouragement to all team members and show commitment to the development of individual players and teams, making recommendations for individual and team performance improvements.
• To coordinate and organise through the coaching team, the management and prevention of injuries, provide specialist advice and recommendations to support decisions and assist in the delivery of a rugby specific strength & conditioning and sports science support programmes where relevant.
• Ensure an inclusive, professional culture is demonstrated both on and off the pitch by Players, Coaches, Club members and Spectators.
• Set an example in terms of leadership and standards for the coaching team and players. As such the coach will need to be able to inspire the coaching team and players to ensure that all involved maximise their full potential.
• To liaise with the Management team, Senior Committee and squad captain’s over the development of sessions, players, coaching programmes and club development, attending committee meetings where necessary.
• Work with the Junior Club “Eastleigh Pirates RFC” to ensure a player pathway is maintained, fostered and continuously improved to bring new players into the senior squads as they transition from Junior to Senior rugby.
• RFU/ERCA Level 2 minimum, Level 3 preferable (or working towards level 3).
• An awareness of the needs of performance athletes to enable the players and the teams to achieve their full potential.
• An in-depth understanding of coaching styles and practical delivery.
• Be up-to-date on all current rugby union laws and regulations.
• Skills including competence in the use of word processing, and spreadsheet software are desired but not essential.
• Effective problem solving and decision-making skills, including ability to establish and maintain an environment of winning and success.
• Proven track record in the coaching of senior rugby teams, gaining results and successful outcomes.
Applicants can contact Mark Jones - Eastleigh RFC at Markbjones63@gmail.com
Head Coach Leaves ERFC
25th April 2020
To all members of Eastleigh RFC
As some of you may now know through social media, ‘Coach Phil’ Osman has decided to leave us at Eastleigh for a new challenge at Tottonians RFC.
Phil approached us on April 10th and felt that following the announcement of the premature end of the season, he would like to take up the opportunity of a new coaching challenge.
Following a long conversation, Phil agreed to consider his position for another couple of weeks or until what would have been the natural end of the season. I assured Phil that we were very keen for him to continue in his role and that the playing members were also fully behind him.
However, Phil telephoned last night to inform me that his mind was made up and that after 5 years with Eastleigh he felt that a new challenge would be an exciting opportunity. This was a difficult decision for him and there were many factors that contributed to his reasoning.
On behalf of all members, I have thanked Phil for his huge contribution to our Club over the last 5 years and assured him that he will always be a welcome guest in the future.
I apologise if the announcement from Tottonians on social media reached you first.
We will now start the exciting process of recruiting a new Coach, who will hopefully be able to build further on the highest ever league position we achieved last season.
Eastleigh RFC Club Update
15th April 2020
I hope that you are all keeping safe, active and working.
In these strange times, I thought I’d update everyone following the cancelled Committee meeting in March.
Obviously, the world has changed dramatically over the last four weeks. We should now be looking forward to the final game of the League season next week followed by the Hampshire Cup Final against Havant. Instead, we are kicking our heels, reflecting on what could have been.
The disappointment of the 1st XV being placed 3rd in the League was increased when reflecting that we were the better team against Farnham twice and easily defeated Battersea at home. We were probably second best away at Battersea but those games at home against Twickenham, when we were so far ahead, and away at Winchester when some unexpected decisions became the centre of attention, really do stick in the throat now. Massive thanks and congratulations to Jack Curtis and the 2nd XV who brilliantly held their position in the Hampshire Premiership. They now face Gosport and Fareham next season, a team that only a few years ago were in London 1 themselves; perhaps a reminder of the importance of momentum in any Club’s journey. Also, great appreciation too for the 3rd XV and especially Mitch Williams with Luke Baker ,who fulfilled all of their fixtures in Hampshire 3.
This is a reminder too that now we have reached the end of the season we need to consider the new Committee for next season. Shortly, Wally will circulate via e-mail and social media the full Committee list for election. If the current regulations persist into June, we can either operate our AGM through e-mail and Zoom, or other suitable media, or ask the current Committee to make appointments as they see fit and either confirm or re-elect at our scheduled October EGM. Any alternative thoughts or ideas are welcome.
I hope that we can continue with the usual end of season votes for Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Chairman’s Awards, Clubman of the Year as usual and perhaps postpone the formal presentations until we’re all back together.
Just to reassure everyone that as a Club we have been run very prudently over the last 5 years and are in a good position to survive this current situation. We have paid all of our wages, invoices for stock, lease payments to the Council and other fees up until the end of March and while we made a £6,000 loss for the month we are currently incurring no additional costs. We have informed the Council that we won’t be paying any further lease costs until we are back in full operation. We have sufficient reserves to manage this year and if necessary next year without having to make changes.
However, when we come out of the current ‘lockdown’ condition, we need to be ready for a quick start and take all of the opportunities that will present themselves. In other words, we need to be more prepared than every other Club.
Recruitment is vital and each and everyone of us must become recruitment officers and encourage people to join our community. We are now, undisputedly, the second Club in Hampshire, behind Havant. This is confirmed by League positions and the fact that only Havant and Eastleigh have 2nd XVs in the Hampshire Premiership. We are therefore the Club to join in the Western half of the County and this is a message we must all promote to everyone when they are looking to return to rugby.
Secondly, although we are in a sound financial position, we have lost a lot of income to fund our plans and intentions. We don’t know how much of our existing hall hire commitments we could lose and how much regular income could be at risk. Therefore, when we break out of this ‘lockdown’, we need to make up for the friendships that have been untended over this period with many social events. Also, I know that the much discussed ‘players’ lounge’ needs to be brought to the forefront as well and I think everyone is in favour of solving this issue . It is a just a question of which option is the most suitable.
Please do keep in touch and any ideas for the future of our Club as we move towards next season will be gratefully received and encouraged to be explored further.
Hope to see everyone again shortly. Meanwhile, please keep safe and healthy.
Corona Virus Update
16th March 2020
Following government advice today, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.
The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.
Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.
CORONAVIRUS - IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM RFU
28th February 2020
Coronavirus â€“ important update
With the evolving status of the coronavirus we wanted to make sure you are updated with the latest information.
We understand that many employees may be concerned, specifically those who have travelled or who are expecting to travel with work. We are currently in discussions with the Six Nations and the Italian Federation, and will be giving an update around the Italy fixtures as soon as we can.
The overall risk of coronavirus to the UK remains as moderate, and the risk to individuals remains low. The government continues to closely monitor the spread and is well prepared to deal with the virus â€“ the best place to read the latest updates in this evolving issue is on the government website by clicking on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public In summary, the current advice is; â€¢ Anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. â€¢ If you have returned from the specific areas below since February 19, you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy (click here for latest)
- Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea (click here for latest)
- Hubei province, mainland China (if you have returned in the past 14 days) â€¢ If you have returned from the below areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (defined by the line above, but not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
Please note, in line with the governmentâ€™s advice we are operating business as usual at the RFU.
We can all play our part in helping to protect ourselves and others;
â€¢ Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. â€¢ Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus. If you do have any concerns about infection please call the NHS on 111 for advice.
EGM - 14 November 2019
5th November 2019
An EGM will be held on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 9:00 pm at the Hub Bishopstoke. To present a statement of the financial accounts for year ending 30th June 2018 and for members to accept these accounts.
2019 Annual General Meeting
7th May 2019
As a member of Eastleigh Rugby Club, you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, (AGM)on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 1900hrs for 1930hrs start @ The Hub
This is an opportunity to see how the club has been run this year, understand the financial aspects and volunteer to help continue to move forward and build on this season's success.
We are always looking for volunteers, no matter what the role or input, everyone is appreciated and valued.
If you would like to be nominated for captaincy or a committee position, nominations need to be sent to Stuart 'Wally' Randall by midnight on the 28th May. His email is:
Stuart (Wally) Randall
Code of Conduct
15th Apr 2017
Please can we remind players and spectators of the high expectation we have of all Club members behaviour both while playing and also supporting all of our teams.
Please check the Club Yearbook pages headed ‘Players Code of Conduct’ and ‘Spectators Code of Conduct’ which is applicable to both Senior and Junior sections.