Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place on Thursday 20th August at 7pm

Any alteration to the constitution should be submitted to the secretary by July 30.

All those wishing to be office holders need to submit a nomination form by August 13.

Secretary, Financial controller, Playing convener, Youth convener, Communication and Marketing convener, Bar convener, House convener, Fixture and referees convener, Membership Secretary, Business convener, non-executive members (2)

All conveners should provide a report to the AGM. If possible this should be sent to the secretary in advance.

The following documents are available:

ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS RFC – Head Coach Vacancy

We are looking for a new Head Coach to lead our senior male section out of the Covid-19 lockdown and into National 2. Our 1st XV flirted with promotion in National 3 before the lockdown and as a Club we now seek the right candidate to develop our maturing talented squad. We do not yet know what the format for our rugby will be, but Ardrossan is an ambitious Club with a very good established junior section from Micros to Under 18s. Our Ladies and girls sections are growing and very active.
   
We have the structure and the players, we now need the right person to take us forward.
 
The ideal candidate would have:
 
· A recognised coaching qualification suitable to excel at this level
· Be prepared to give the commitment which is required to succeed.
· Leadership experience ideally gained from playing at a higher level.
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Our Club is community based and views itself as a family, which encourages each individual and each team to enjoy the culture of rugby union and be the best person, player and team that they can be. Our broad base, which includes North Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran, is an attractive area in which to enjoy our sport, at whatever level you choose to participate.
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We are seeking the right person and for the right person we have an attractive package to offer. We and you will know if we are the right fit.
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If you are interested please send your CV along with a covering letter to gossy09@yahoo.com.
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If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Peter Gossman on 07944403611.

Volunteer Role Descriptors

Youth Coach

Description:

We aim to deliver fun, engaging sessions to our youth section (Micros-U18s) and we need people to help. All you require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills and we will help you achieve the rest. All training will be provided via online courses and face to face coaching badges, a PVG is required and the club will arrange this.

Time Commitment:

Between 3hrs and 6hrs a week depending on whether there is a game or training at the weekend and if that game is home or away.

Contact:

Caroline Monaghan – carolineconway2000@yahoo.com

Parent Helper

Description:

This is our behind the scenes team that help with the youth section. This is a varied role and can involve admin support for our teams or helping on a matchday to provide food after the game.

Time Commitment:

2hrs per game week

Contact:

Caroline Monaghan – carolineconway2000@yahoo.com

Match Officials

Description:

We need a pool of referees for youth rugby with the potential for Senior games through the West of Scotland Referees Society. All training will be provided, and prior rugby knowledge is not essential.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on

Contact:

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

 

Match Day First Aiders

Description:

Ideally, we will always have 1 fully trained first aider at every game on top of our coaches. The role is mostly dealing with cuts, bruises and concussions however there may be the rare occasion that a more serious incident presents itself. No previous medical experience is required, and full training will be provided.

For people with prior medical experience there is the opportunity to support our senior match days by taking on the team doctor role. More information can be provided by our current team doctor, contact details below.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on

Contact:

Jamie Monaghan – jpmonaghan2001@hotmail.com

 

Social Media Admin

Description:

We are looking for volunteers to run our social media channels, plan and execute campaigns to help raise the profile of the club and work closely with all club sections to achieve club targets. Good team working skills will be essential to work with our existing communications, media and marketing team.

Time Commitment:

minimum of 1 hour a week but flexible to suit how much time you want to put into the role

Contact:

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

 

Saturday Helper

Description:

Our senior game days wouldn’t work without a team of volunteers getting the club ready, setting up for the game and providing food after the game. The role can be as big or as small as you want and can take in any number of the following jobs:

  • Laying out pitches and roping them off
  • Selling Programmes
  • Linesman
  • Filming the match
  • Photographing the match
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Preparing after game food

Each role has its own aspects and can be discussed with Peter in further detail

Time Commitment:

flexible, minimum of 1 hour per game week

Contact:

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

 

Event’s Organiser

Description:

We are looking for people to plan and run fundraising events for the club. These can be as wide and varied as you can imagine and all that we need is for you to be enthusiastic about the event. Support will be provided throughout planning and running by our existing events team.

Time Commitment:

Flexible

Contact

Davie Mackie – davidmackie52@gmail.com

 

Business Development Manager

Description

This is a specialised role, looking to help improve the club’s business performance. Initially focusing on accessing funding pots, securing sponsorship and coordinating fundraising events to ensure the club’s sustainability. Will work closely with the treasurer to monitor income and expenditure and feed this back to the committee along with recommendations. Will work towards club targets and will be managed by the club President

Time Commitment

TBC

Contact

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

 

Other Roles

If you have your own idea about how you can bring your expertiese and experience to bear then we want to hear from you. Contact Peter Gossman or Scott Campbell and they can discuss your suggestion with you further.

Peter Gossman – gossy09@yahoo.com

Scott Campbell – scttcampbell96@gmail.com

Presidents Message May 2020

Message from the President – May 2020

 

Dear members,

I am writing during, what I’m sure, is a very difficult time for everybody. These are times none of us have experienced before and I hope that you, your family and friends remain healthy during this
corona virus pandemic.
I’m sure like me, you are all missing socialising with family and friends, sport, holidays (the list could go on), but it is obviously important that we adhere to the guidance issued in order to maintain our
healthy lifestyles and look forward to getting back to some semblance of normality, in the not too distant future.
With regards to the club, we are obviously closed but we still have payments to make. We have applied for a couple of grants, one to the SRU for a grant from the Community Hardship Fund; we
are currently awaiting their response. Brian Campbell has done a great job in managing our expenses and I hope that this will be sufficient enough to ensure we can still operate when we can eventually
open up again. Thanks Brian for your hard work in this area.
In the last few days, as you may have seen, we have lost Andy Duncan as our Development Officer.
Andy has decided to take a step in a different direction and has obtained a job in marketing. I am very thankful to Andy for all of the work and effort he has put in over the years. Andy has been
playing at the club since he was a boy and he has been an integral part of our club since then. As DO, he has done great work in the local schools and has really enhanced our youth section. Thank you Andy.

I, the club, and I’m sure all of you, wish him every success in his new career. I sincerely hope that Andy will continue to remain around the club in a playing capacity and provide some guidance as we
continue to strive to improve.
With regard to rugby, the season was brought to an abrupt halt and I’m sure all of our players, from mini to seniors, and supporters will have missed it. Unfortunately, the 1 st XV season was declared
null and void as there were a number of fixtures unfulfilled. I don’t envisage rugby starting anytime soon and some are of the opinion that it may not be until the end of this year or even January,
before contact rugby starts again. Hopefully this isn’t the case and we can get back to coaching, playing and supporting soon.
Lastly, we have a new coaching team for the ladies; Callum Smith and Shelley Main. Obviously this has come at a time when there is no opportunity to get started, but when the time comes, I’m sure
they will raring to get going. Good luck.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Reid in his former role as coach to the ladies. He was very dedicated and proactive. I wish Brian luck in his new role at Irvine Rugby Club.
I hope all of you keep safe and well and see you at the club for a much needed party when lockdown measures are lifted.

Take care,
Peter

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

Unbelievably we’ve not played a game since our hard fought away victory to Murrayfield Wanderers on January 18th. Today we are back in action against Lasswade RFC, and we also play Howe of Fife on Thursday in our rearranged game from January, at Inverclyde Sports Centre, Largs. I expect both games will be extremely difficult, given both teams are near the top of the league.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to both Lasswade RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. Lasswade are having a very good season and are currently in 2nd position in the league and in the earlier fixture this season, Lasswade came out on top in a very competitive encounter. We will obviously be hoping to reverse that result in order for us to continue our push for promotion. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Lasswade a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

Just a reminder that our rearranged game with Howe of Fife is on this Thursday, 12th March, 19:30 kick off, as both teams have a number of players away in Cardiff for the Wales game and requested not to play on Saturday 14th. This game will be played at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Howe of Fife committee and players and I would like to thank them for agreeing to play midweek. It will be our first game at Inverclyde on the 4G surface and I would expect a highly entertaining game. Therefore, if members can come along and support, that would be great.

Howe have been enjoying a good season and, at the time of writing this, lie just 2 points behind us in the league. Again, like Lasswade, Howe enjoyed the victory against us in the reverse fixture in another tight game, and we will be hoping that we can get the victory we need.

Unfortunately, it has been very stop start recently with the lack of games and very poor weather but we have won our last 5 games and we, therefore, go into the remaining games in a very positive mood and hopefully that positivity will shine through today. It is very tight at the top of the table with up to 5 teams vying for promotion and every game is a must win. Your support will be vital and it’ll be great to see you both home and away if you can manage.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the upcoming games, Arran Dairies, Art’N’Joy, DW Skip Hire and Breen Roofing for their continued support, and to Neil Baillie and Wylie Nichol for sponsoring the match balls. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

Unfortunately our game away to Greenock Wanderers was postponed and is now on April 11th.

As you will most likely be aware the 6 nations is in progress at the moment. Scotland plays France on Sunday (8th) and with all games on in the bar, it would be great to have you come along to the club and support the nation together.

We have a couple of functions on throughout March and April, including Sponsors day on March 28th and the mini/micro fundraiser that evening. This is sold out but there may still be horses to purchase and your support in this would be hugely appreciated. If interested please contact Kimberley Guffie, via Facebook if possible. If not, please speak to myself and I can enquire for you.

In April we have ‘Accies Got Talent’. This has been hugely entertaining over the last number of years and is great fun. Tickets will be on sale soon, so please keep an eye out and come along for a great night.

For all other functions and fixtures, please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information.

Peter Gossman

President

 

Upcoming fixtures

Thursday 12th March- AARFC v Howe of Fife (19:30pm kick off at Inverclyde Sports Centre)

Saturday 21st March- Hillhead Jordanhill RFC v AARFC (3pm kick off) Spaces on the bus for supporters

Saturday 28th March- AARFC v Berwick (3pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Caithness RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. It’s a mighty long trip, as we experienced at the beginning of the season, so a big thank you to all those who have made the effort to travel.

We have now played all of our opponents once in the league and we are now at the stage of return fixtures. In our first game of the season, we travelled up to Caithness and ground out a good bonus point win. Since then, we continued in that good form but faultered recently. Last week’s win against West was much needed and a good win.  We will hope to follow that up with another victory this week to keep up the pressure on those at the top of the table.

For Caithness, the first half of the season has been a struggle. Given our first game against them, that has surprised me, but with a good win last week versus Perthshire, this will have given them some confidence and encouragement for this week’s game. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Caithness a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, McLaughlin Construction and DM Hall for their continued support, and to Danny McGreish for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

With Christmas coming up it becomes a busy time for everyone with shopping and celebrating. On Saturday 21st December we are hosting a Christmas Party. It’s sure to be a joyous night, with festive cocktails, and disco and karaoke as entertainment. It would be great to see a good number down and enjoy a festive drink with friends. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased behind the bar or by contacting myself.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

 

2019 Upcoming Events

Saturday 14th December- Ardrossan vs Carrick (2pm kick off)

Saturday 21st December- Christmas Party 7:30pm

Friday 27th December- Family Quiz with Margaret Anderson (7:30pm)

1st January 2020- Annual Over 35 vs Under 23 match (kick off TBA, bouncy castle for kids)

Club Results 26/10 & 27/10

Saturday 26th October

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 12-56 Peebles RFC 1st XV

Pictures Available here, thanks to Scott Lendingham Park for the photos.

Galant Conference B U18s: Stirling County U18s B 71-22 Ardrossan Accies U18s

Sunday 27th October

Galant Conference B U16s: Garnock RFC U16s 15-22 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 101-10 Waysiders Drumpelier U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 34-4 Dalziel U13s

Minis & Micros hosted Greenock Wanderers RFC and Kilmarnock RFC

Club Results 28/9 & 29/9

Saturday 28th September

Tennents National League 3: Howe of Fife 1st XV 26-20 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Sunday 29th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Hamilton Ladies 10-53 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Pictures available here

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 60-21 Kilmarnock U15s

Minis & Micros took part in a tournament at Cumnock RFC

President’s Message – Perthshire 14th September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob Lindsay, George Clunie , the players of Perthshire RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, last week, Perthshire had a narrow home defeat to Greenock. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that result and will looking to bounce back from that and, so, we expect a tough game today against a team we know well from our encounters over the last few seasons. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Perthshire RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a good start to the season with our victories over Berwick (National league cup) and away to Caithness (league). To obtain a bonus point was a great start to the season and it is hoped that we kick on from that. Unfortunately, we have lost a couple of players, Bruce Hunter and Euan Thomson, to injury in the first couple of games and I wish them a speedy recovery.

Today is our first sponsor’s day of the new season, which gives us a chance to thank all of our programme and ball sponsors for their support of the club. I would like to thank them for their continued support and hope that those that manage along enjoy the day and, most importantly, the game. It would be great to see you down throughout the season.

Our match sponsors for the game today are The Kandy Bar, Digby Brown and James Frew Ltd and our ball sponsor is Owen Phillips. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

As I mentioned in my message for the Berwick game, the Rugby World Cup is starting on September 20th and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. You will see below one of the games highlighted with breakfast + a pint for £5. This coincides with a home game against Carrick that day, so why not start early and enjoy your day at the club. Scotland also plays their first game on Sunday 22nd at 8:45am versus Ireland. It would be great to see people down at the club to enjoy the games, new and old faces, so please come along.
I hope you all have an enjoyable day and may the best team win.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman
President

2019 Upcoming Events

Friday 20th September- Quiz hosted by Dr. Jamie Monaghan (starts 19:30)
Saturday 21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (ko 10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5
Sunday 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (ko 8:45am)

40th Ardrossan Highland Games

The club will be running a beer tent at the Highland Games this year. Volunteers required to put up and take down the tent, plus also assist with serving and collecting empties.

We will be having a bottle stall again so we need donations of bottles- could really do with them by Friday so we can get organised – you can drop off at the Club. We will also need help setting up and manning the bottle stall.

Even if you can’t help it would be good if you could make it down.