To all of our loyal Supporters, Members, Vice Presidents and Sponsors
Firstly, I hope you and your families are all safe and well as we head into Christmas and the new year.
This has been a year like no other and we here at the Tows RFC wanted to send an update and a message to all of our supporters, VP’s, sponsors and members who have remained loyal to the Tows despite all the challenges we have had this past year.
Needless to say it has been a challenging time for the club, with the end of last season cancelled, and the continued lockdowns and social distancing rules throughout the UK, the constant changing of rules from the RFU around what we can and can’t do as a club both on the field and off it, as well as the continuing re-development of the pitches and facilities at Tows, has seen a huge amount of work go in from the committee to ensure we cater as best we can for our members and come out of this situation in the best possible position we can.
The work put in by the senior leadership team at the club to write risk assessments, ensure the correct safety measures, produce engaging training sessions when we couldn’t even throw a ball around, outside activity in small groups, when training was banned, the charity work the members have supported and in general the work to pull the senior mens and ladies sections through this has been truly inspiring to see and those involved have my immense gratitude for the way they have worked through all manner of challenges to keep on going.
The facts remain that there will be no League or Cup Rugby of any sort for any age group this season (2020/21) at the Tows, or anywhere else for that matter, we do have options though and, depending on the situation, we are hopeful that we will see competitive rugby at the Tows in the new year, whether that be regional small leagues or a series of friendly fixtures against local teams across our senior men’s sides and ladies where possible. All of this depends on the COVID situation, and it will mean nothing if we aren’t all healthy, safe and well, we are happy to make whatever sacrifices necessary to ensure that we all come out of this the other side, together.
The club itself is currently mothballed, there is no training or activity of any kind within the Rugby section and the clubhouse remains closed, the pitches are being maintained and Pitch 3 is now more than ready for its first game, with the new Pitch 4 not far behind it. The players have been training by themselves or in small groups where allowed and have done brilliantly in supporting some charities, CALM being the most recent, where the members have walked or run 6500 miles combined (in a small amount of time) to raise money for the mental wellbeing charity, I am also pleased to announce that the Towcestrians RFC is now a Partnership club for the rugby wellbeing charity looseheadz, more information on their work can be found here.www.looseheadz.co.uk
So on behalf of all the volunteers at Tows RFC, we wish all of our members and friends a happy and healthy Christmas and New year, we thank all of our sponsors and vice presidents for your continued support of the club in the most difficult circumstances and we look forward to welcoming you all back to the club in 2021, at some point.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Tows.