Rugby Club Issue 72 - Page 26

Chingford FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG “The mood at the club is positive, having come so close to promotion to the National League. We lost 33-35 to Tunbridge Wells in the extra time of the London and SE play off. The players are certainly keen to push for promotion in the next season or two. “I’m currently on the way to sunny California with Stuart Short, Ian Rabey and Stuart Rabey, to join the first team end of season tour. This will be our 15th visit to America where we still remain unbeaten but more importantly the club has spread their love of rugby and made long life friends in different parts of the world. “All three of us have been involved at the club for over 30 years from the mini sections and have been lucky to have been involved at the senior first team level. Fellow officers including Chairman Aidan Little, President Steve Slowik and Head Coach Matt Lockwood all play a vital role at the club. “CRFC has had great players graduate through the club and continue to have current great players, we have been consistent in developing young players, enhancing their playing ability and offering a structure that supports all playing levels. We have a culture that thrives on playing to the best of your ability, being competitive but not losing the enjoyment. “We are currently sitting in London North 1 and narrowly lost the play-off game to Tunbridge Wells after extra time, a victory that would have seen us play in the National Leagues for the first time. Under the guidance of head coach Matt Lockwood we are building plans to push for promotion and with a very young side led by Cameron Meakin we are in a very good place. 26 Issue 72 “The long term plan is to be in a sustainable position offering a good platform for rugby at a high level as well as developing the younger players, encouraging them to push and play to the best of their ability but without losing the enjoyment that we have at our club. “The second and third teams had successful seasons with both reaching the end of season finals , winning one and narrowly losing one. “To complement our excellent club house which was recently extended and upgraded through some of our members, we are looking to further improve our playing surfaces as well as looking to a revamp of general training and playing equipment as we continue to aim to make sure that the club is the best it can be both on and off the field.” TV & AV Installations Tel: 020 8524 5052 Email: Kevin Cox Mob: 07973 601 035