And we’re back ! Believe me when I say I’m absolutely delighted to welcome everyone to the 2021/22 season after the long enforced hiatus in Club Rugby.
It’s been a tough 18 months, but it looks like the 2021/22 will be a relatively normal season. It’s fantastic to see our pitches again full of enthusiastic boys and girls, men and women, of all ages just thrilled to be out playing rugby again. A big thank you to all those volunteers who had to work doubly hard through COVID to keep the show on the road.
And looking forward I wish all our players, coaches and managers the best for the coming season. After the long lay-off that first hit is going to be a little bit harder, that second wind kicking in a little later and those bodies a little sorer in the morning. Our teams need the Club’s support all the more, so let’s make an effort to get down to cheer them on. And spread the love across all our rugby teams – our 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U20’s and women’s teams.
I would also like to welcome again everyone involved in our newest rugby section – Touch Rugby. Introduced during lockdown Touch Rugby is a very welcome addition to the Club. An exciting format of the game in its own right, but also a very useful “gateway” for those looking to try out a less physical form of rugby or looking to supplement their handling and running skills.
And of course a special thank you to the army of parents and volunteers who make our vibrant mini’s and youths section happen. This is such an important section and has been by far the most active area of Club rugby throughout lockdown. By definition, it develops and nurtures our future, both in terms of rugby coaching and the Wanderers ethos.
And off the pitch I would like to welcome the Together Academy to the Club. The Together Academy is a unique college and social enterprise café which aims to transform the employment prospects and lives of young people with Down Syndrome in Ireland. They will be based in our Clubhouse in Merrion Road and I wish all the new learners well in their endeavours.
Wanderers is lucky to have many friends and sponsors who have been supporting the Club for years. Many of these are themselves re-building as the economy re-opens and I would encourage all Members to support our sponsors now more than ever, as they have supported the Club through good times and bad.
Our diet of rugby over the last season has been confined to “armchair” rugby as our only outlet was to watch the provinces or Ireland on TV. As Club rugby opens up again I’ve been delighted to hear so many people compliment the “product” that is Club rugby. Coming down to your own Club, getting close to the action and meeting old and new friends alike.
So whether you are a keen player, aging “Chap”, new Member, curious neighbour, guest or visiting supporter I would like to welcome you to Wanderers FC and wish you all the best for the long awaited 2021/22 season.