Mon 08 Mar 2021 12:32


Chairman’s Update

March 2021

Dear members

At last we can now see a path that will allow us all to return to some sort of rugby normality.  On behalf of the Committee and following last week’s Government roadmap announcement, we felt that now would be an appropriate time to update you all on the developments, projects, and general news whilst we have been in lockdown.

Firstly we would like to formally thank each and every member who has continued to pay their membership during these strange and challenging times – without this continued support I know it would have been incredibly difficult to be in the fortunate  position we find ourselves in.

Because of this, your club remains strong and commercially robust.  We have been extremely prudent with our finances and implemented a number of different actions that focused on reducing our payments (pausing TV subscriptions, waste collection, negotiating different heat/lighting contracts etc) and scrutinising any outlay we have to make to ensure it is warranted and justified.




We will shortly be publishing our plan that will enable us to open the club’s facilities in line with the government’s and RFU’s guidelines and timetable. Be assured we will do this as quickly as possible.


I have outlined below some of the highlights and developments we have achieved over the past 11 months and an indication on some of the projects we have agreed to start.


  • The Committee is very excited that we were able to secure the commitment of Tracey Glendinning. She was co-opted to the Committee in October 2020 as Head of Business Development. The Glendinning family has been associated with the club for many years and we are delighted she has accepted the position. Her first achievement was to secure significant sponsorship for the Girls U18 and the boys Colts which means that we can purchase brand new kits for both teams in our senior colours.
  • We have conducted a significant deep-clean and general update to both bar areas and have also employed a professional cleaning company to clean the club on an agreed schedule. The carpet in the lounge bar is also being cleaned professionally.
  • When we return there will be new membership cards for all members. One of the facilities of these new cards is that you can pre-load them with funds thus reducing the need for cash, improving our security. We will also have a limited number of different colour cards for our mini and junior members.
  • At the last Committee meeting we gave the go ahead to completely refurbish the kitchen. This is a significant project that will not only mean we can produce a better quality of meals and snacks for our members but will also help when trying to attract people who want to hire the club for special events.
  • We are also planning to refurbish the gent’s toilets and plans are in place to hopefully complete this later in the summer.
  • Every Wednesday evening and Sunday mornings, Dave Cross a past Captain of the Club and fitness professional, has started a series of on-line (Zoom) fitness classes as well as nutritional advice. These have so far been well attended but we are encouraging more members to take advantage of these sessions as part of their membership benefits. Please see the website for more details.
  • In January, with the help of Charlotte Worral, we launched our positive mental health and wellbeing programme “Tell Us”. “Tell Us” is a platform that is designed for members to safely submit any concerns or worries confidentially so that we can HELP and SUPPORT them when and where it may be needed. This is a great step forward by our club and we understand it is the first offering by any club in Cheshire community.
  • In late February we were delighted to announce our decision to create a new Committee position – Director of Ladies & Girls Rugby. We consider this a crucial role in the ongoing success and development of our club and we are delighted to announce that Steve Berg has been appointed to this position. Those of you who know him will confirm that he is the ideal choice to lead our ladies and girls’ section and to fulfil our ambition to be the best in the County. Steve has lots of ideas on how to move forward and I am sure we will start to see the results once we can return to normality.
  • Once again, a big thank you to all the members who have kept their commitment to the 100 Club. Seeing as we have been unable to make the draws in the clubhouse, two draws were completed last week, and the lucky winners are below. Congratulations to you all and your cheques are in the post!!!!! We are aiming to have another draw at the first home game of next season – those of you who would like to join please contact me.

Dave Sandbach



Wyn Bowden



Margaret Rees



Matt Cross



Linda Palin



Gerry Rooney



Dave Ashall



Jimmy Moran



Bernard Hannett



Jim Davies



Dave Alcock



Bill Telford




  • In late January, in an attempt to keep all our mini & junior members engaged, we launched a lockdown challenge. Led by Paul Rees, Head of Mini & Junior section, we challenged the various teams to log and record how many miles their team could collective complete by running, walking or cycling in the run up to the start of the Six Nations. The target was 800 miles which is the distance from Burrows Hill to all the National rugby stadiums in the UK. We were overwhelmed by the uptake and even more surprised by the magnificent results. Nearly 20,000 miles covered!


  • U6 - 816 miles
  • U7 - 927 miles
  • U8 - 1,168 miles
  • U9 - 2,122 miles
  • U10 - 2,026 miles
  • U11 - 1,517 miles
  • U12 - 1,956 miles
  • U13 - 4,203 miles
  • U14 - 3,266 miles
  • U15 - 1,344 miles


It truly was a magnificent effort. Not to be outdone by the juniors, our ladies Team also entered the into the spirit and ran their own challenge where they challenged other local ladies’ teams and the ladies of Winnington Park Hockey Club…..Shield U13’s (with teams on the trophy) 

  • Many of you will realise that a few weeks ago was the 25th anniversary of our historic game against Wasps in the Pilkington Cup. We had planned a large reunion event but obviously it couldn’t go ahead. We have been in contact with Wasps and have decided to hold it next year with a number of their players saying they would like to join us for the celebration.
  • We have also decided to bring back the WPRFC Summer Ball. Whilst we were aiming to hold the event this June we felt that it would be too close to the proposed lifting of restrictions on the government’s roadmap and therefore we plan to hold the event as early as possible when the weather is warm next year.
  • We have agreed to explore a number of Friday night matches for our juniors and 3rd team
  • Once we return to ‘normal’ rugby, all players will be surprised to see that we have completed a substantial revamp to our famous baths and showers. They have been deep cleaned, completely repainted and refurbished heating elements installed. A big thanks to Paul Gibson for his help with this.
  • Men in Sheds is a service run by Age UK Cheshire where men over 50 can come together to learn and share their skills, socialise and make new friends. For many years they have operated out of a unit in Hartford business Centre but due to a number of issues they are having to relaunch their organisation and we are pleased to announce that they will be working in partnership with WPRFC. Burrows Hill be used as a satellite base for some of their projects and they will be using one of the containers for storage and to work from.
  • There is also a comprehensive programme of jobs that are being carried out in preparation for when we can officially open up the facilities. This is being led by Bill Booker and Shaun Underdown our Club Captain.
  • We are also planning a series of social events that hopefully will allow us to get together during the mid/late summer months and help us to create the momentum and anticipation in looking forward to a full season in the early Autumn


I hope you are all excited as we are at the prospect of us all returning to the club and once again on behalf of the Committee we would like to sincerely  thank you for your continued support and patience during these difficult and frustrating times.


Stay safe and looking forward to seeing you all very soon.




Paul Dean


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