Board Meeting Minutes 22/11/17

MINUTES OF THE BOARD MEETING OF

ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS RFC

ON

22nd NOVEMBER, 2017

 

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Present:

Brian Campbell, Ian Hunter, Andrew Duncan, David Mackie and Gavin Angus

 

Apologies:

Kenny Fraser, Gordon Christie, D Frazer

 

Absent:

Ali Cairns, Janine Philips

 

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Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

 

It was noted with sadness the death of Stewart Gillan, a former player, Committee member and until very recently our Fixture Secretary, a great servant to the Club a minute’s silence has been observed at the last s Second XV Home match and will be observed by the First XV at their next home game.

 

It was noted that Roger Sutherland has been suspended from playing until the New Year after a meeting with the player.

 

A subcommittee under Playing Convenor D. Frazer is to look into the organisation of the Ladies Section coaching arrangements with a view to providing a definite structure. It is noted that B. Reid had undertaken the minimum required for coaching at this level. A member of the Ladies Section is to be asked to join the Playing Committee.

 

A review of the senior sides results since the last Board meeting was considered.

 

It was noted that there had  been a number of injuries and unavailability due to employment and family commitments by various players.  It was to be hoped that after the November break injured players would be returning and that results would turn positive once again. All games had been competitive. In at least two the opposition had used dual registered players to god effect. Having played nearly all teams in the league we should now have an understanding of what is required to succeed in this difficult league.

 

Finances were discussed and these would appear to be generally improving thanks to great efforts from the social committee and others including Allan Merry, the Membership Secretary.  The Co-President advised that there had been meetings both with Glen Tippet, the SRU Area Manager and with the acting head teacher and staff at Ardrossan Academy.

 

Both had progressed positively, numbers were growing at Auchenharvie Academy now that our Assistant Development Officer was in place and delivering rugby coaching to greater numbers in particular at Auchenharvie Academy but also elsewhere. Glen Tippet was,  on the SRU’s behalf, pleased with the way in which this was travelling and it was to be hoped that Ardrossan Accies would be a tier level three club by Season 2018/19. Vice President Andrew Duncan is to be congratulated on his management and enthusiasm.

 

David Mackie reported that the flood lights may cost in the region of £2,000.00 to repair but indeed the problem may be greater and a long term solution found to provide adequate lighting in particular it was noted that both training and matches in late autumn and during the winter substantially took place on the top pitch and this rendered what has been a very good playing surface now in poor condition.

 

David Mackie reported that the mini bus which he very kindly had lent to the Club was nearing the end of its useable life.  The position was fully discussed and the Board determined and authorised David Mackie to investigat,e and he undertook, to provide a new mini bus for which the Club would pay £300 per month.  This would be to use the bus and for it to be fully insured, taxed and maintained.  Any income from the use would be used to defray that cost.

 

It was noted with disappointment that the photographs with the player sponsors had not as yet been installed in the hall and Andy Duncan was tasked with contacting the relevant parties to ensure that this was carried out.

 

The Board noted that after discussion with the playing committee that Innes Fraser had recently recommenced playing for our Senior side.  It was noted that acting on direction of the SRU he had been suspended from playing until the matter had been resolved.

Following the outcome of the criminal court case and then the SRU decision that he could once again commence playing the Playing Committee and the Board agreed that he should be allowed to do so.  Innes Fraser is now a playing member of the Club.  The Board expressed the opinion that to do otherwise would be discriminatory in the circumstances and may well be in breach of an individual’s human rights.  It is to be noted that the Club took the advice and guidance of the SRU through the immediate past president from the outset of this matter, which for the avoidance of doubt had not been referred to the Club.

 

Events for the diary:

 

It is noted that ladies day was to take place on 2nd December, 2017 and the Children’s Club Christmas Party on the 17th December, 2017.  On New Year’s Day there is to be a match of the over 35’s against the under 20’s, Peter Gossman being in charge of events for the day.

 

Any other competent business:

 

The official opening of the refurbished lounge was discussed and a date is to be arranged after liaising with Sandra Bale.  David Cook has undertaken management of the construction of the patio and having sought advice of North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Dept., was advised that Planning Permission should be applied for but probably not necessary.  He will then obtain prices and hopefully the project will be completed it is anticipated in the Spring of 2018.  Brian Campbell undertook to contact Sandra Bale to ascertain how she wished the refurbishment be recognised.

 

The Board considered and approved the acquisition of a cash card machine for the Club.  

 

There being no other competent business the meeting was then closed.

This weekend’s fixtures

We have a full weekend of rugby at Memorial Field this weekend as all our senior teams return to league action after the autumn internationals. With three home matches on Saturday, we’re hoping to pack the club to help drive the players on in what will be hotly contested matches. Full list of fixtures below.

If you are looking for a way to spend your Saturday night then why not join us for Karaoke. The doors open at 6pm and it is completely free, so come down and let’s have another great night in the club.

A massive thanks to this weekend’s sponsor George Perry for his support this season.

 

Saturday 2nd December:

1st XV         Ardrossan Accies v St Bothwells RFC, 2pm KO

2nd XV         Ardrossan Accies v West of Scotland RFC, 2pm KO

U18s           Ardrossan Accies v Cambuslang RFC, 2pm KO

 

Sunday 3rd December:

Ladies         Ardrossan Accies v Helensburgh RFC, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros   Ardrossan Accies v Greenock v Carrick v Irvine, 12:30pm KO

Youth         All youth games are now finished for the Christmas break however, training will still run for the U13s, U14s and U15s, 12:30pm – 2pm

This weekend’s games

Saturday 21st October:

1st XV         Ardrossan Accies v Gordonians RFC, 3pm KO

2nd XV         Annan RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

 

Sunday 22nd October:

No games but all youth training is running at the normal times

 

A massive thanks to this weekend’s weekend sponsor, former player and president Willie Gibson for his support this year.

This weekend’s games

A massive thanks to this weekend’s match ball sponsor Danny McGreish for his support this year.

 

Friday 29th September:

P4                        Glasgow Warriors pre match tournament

 

Saturday 30th September:

1st XV                   Haddington RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

2nd XV                  Ardrossan Accies v Whitecraigs RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                    Cambuslang RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

 

Sunday 1st October:

Ladies                  Ardrossan Accies v Annan RFC, 2pm KO

U15s                    Ardrossan Accies v Bishopton RFC, KO TBC

U14s                    Cumbernauld RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U13s                    Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

This Weekend’s Fixtures

This weekend we have rugby at Memorial Field every day. With our U18s playing on Friday night, our 1st XV playing on Saturday and our U13s playing on Sunday. The 1st XV return after a good win away to Perthshire last weekend and look to keep their winning streak alive against an Orkney side that are bottom of the table. The game will kick off early to allow our visitors to get home for their ferry. All other fixtures are listed below:

Friday 22nd September

U18s                              Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 7:30pm KO

Saturday 16th September:

1st XV                            Ardrossan Accies v Orkney RFC, 12:30pm KO

2nd XV                            Cumnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

Sunday 17th September:

Ladies                           Ardrossan Accies v Oban Lorne RFC, 2pm KO

U13s                              Ardrossan Accies v Loch Lomond RFC, 2pm KO

This Weekend’s Fixtures

Rugby continues for most of our teams away from home this weekend. The 1st XV travel to Perthshire and will be hoping to build off of the momentum they gained last week. There is plenty of room for spectators on the team bus if any of the acciesfam want to come and cheer the boys on. For those that don’t want to make the journey then the 2nd XV are playing at home and as always the bar is open from 12:30pm.

On Sunday the Ladies play in their first ever league match away to Kelso. If anyone would like to travel to see that game, then contact Brian Reid or Shelagh Milligan for bus information.

 

Saturday 16th September:

1st XV                    Perthshire RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO         (Bus leaves Memorial Field, 11am)

2nd XV                                                   Ardrossan Accies v Lenzie RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                                                      Bishopton RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 12:30pm KO

Sunday 17th September:

Ladies                   Kelso RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO    (Contact Shelagh Milligan for bus information)

U15s                                                      Strathaven RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U14s                                                      Birkmyre RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U13s                                                      Birkmyre RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros                                  East Kilbride RFC v Cambuslang RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 10:30am KO

This Weekends Games

This weekend rugby is returning to Memorial Field in a big way. We have games across both Saturday and Sunday as our youth teams get back in to the action. If you are down to watch any of our games, then why not join us in the clubhouse after the final whistle and have a drink in our brand new bar. This weekend’s fixtures are.

 

Saturday 9th September:

1st XV                                                    Ardrossan Accies v Dalziel RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                                                      Stewartry RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

Sunday 10th September:

U15s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

U14s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

U13s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros                                  Kilmarnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 12:30pm KO

A message from the coach

With league rugby starting for our senior teams this weekend head coach Rory Couper took a look back on the progress the squad has made over preseason.
After two months off for a well deserved rest after a tough season, the Accies boys regrouped at the start of June to begin their preseason. The focus this year was to increase their running cardio and speed endurance while developing the core skills required to play the basic game of rugby at pace. The boys were put through their paces in Session one with a number of fitness tests to determine where they were and where they would like to get to.
 
After six weeks with a number of hard sessions and some early Saturday mornings that included deep sand, hills and steps the boys were again tested to monitor their progress. The results were excellent. All the players made significant gains averaging higher scores in all three aspects of fitness; speed, speed endurance and cardio respiratory endurance.
 
Phase two of preseason (after a week off for recovery) saw an increase in positional, unit and team skills, tactics and the introduction of full contact. Instead of battering each other, the three preseason games (Kilmarnock, Carrick & Peebles) were deemed as extra training sessions where we could practice what we had done in the training paddock under real pressure versus a live opposition. With two excellent performances showing real intensity versus Kilmarnock and Carrick, the boys then struggled versus a large Peebles team allowing the boys to see the intensity they still required to to get to to achieve their season goals. Phase two finished with the cup game versus Hillhead/Jordanhill. With the cup not being the main priority this year the overall result was not overly important but the performance was what was needed before the league campaign started. Sadly it was a very wet night and the game was interrupted with numerous errors from both teams. Although the team did show that the fitness training paid off coming strong in the final quarter of the game but sadly too late to take a winning scalp of a team they beat three times last year and who are in the same league this year. The win will have to wait until he league!
 
Phase three is now the league competition and I am looking forward to the new challenges. National Three will be an extremely difficult league with some quality teams and plenty of travelling. The squad has pulled together well and it is great to see the introduction of a number of young players who have impressed through the preseason. As a team we know that the challenge ahead is a difficult one but we believe if we play to our potential we will be in a strong position by the end of the season.
 
I hope to see your support during the season at Memorial Field and hopefully on our travels.

Club Senior Prizegiving

The club’s senior prizegiving will be taking place this Saturday from 6pm onwards in the lounge. There will be prizes for our 1st, 2nd and ladies XV’s so why not come down and celebrate with us.

#ourclub project

As many of you may have noticed the bar is being completely refurbished and there are some exciting changes being made to improve it for all members. This project was dreamed up by our former vice president Tony Bale who sadly passed away last week after losing his battle with cancer.

The project has two main objectives that we are hoping to achieve. Firstly, we want to bring a focus back to all sections of the club and to bring everyone under one umbrella working to achieve one goal. If we all come together as a club and help improve the fabric of our clubhouse, then we will all benefit from it. Secondly, we want to give everyone a more modern bar that people will enjoy using.

Tony has kindly provided the money to transform the fabric of the lounge and to make the changes to the actual building. What we need to do is raise the money to replace all the furnishings in the bar because there’s no point in having a brand-new bar with old tables and chairs in it.

This is where we need your help, we’re asking for donations to help make this project a reality. Any donation big or small will go a long way to help us achieve our goals as a club.

We have several ways for people to get involved and to stake their claim on the club. We will be running events throughout the summer which will be announced in due course. There will be donation buckets around the club for any spare change that people might have and we have also set up a gofundme page so that people can donate money online. www.gofundme.com/ardrossan-accies-bar-refurbishment

At the end of the day, the only way we can make the club better is by doing it ourselves. The club doesn’t just belong to a team or a group of players; it doesn’t just belong to the people that sit on the committee, this club belongs to everyone that supports Ardrossan Accies because it’s #ourclub.