PREPARATIONS for the 2016/17 season are well underway for Old Leamingtonians following a busy early summer which has seen Phil Eales become the club’s new chairman.
Former first team player and long-stading member Eales was elected into his new role at the club’s annual AGM after Charlie Sabin stood down from the role to take on responsibilities as the new chairman of rugby.
Sabin will now provide a vital role in strengthening the playing side of the club as they look to find a way out of the Midlands 3 West (South) division.
New chairman Phil Eales said: “I am very optimistic about the future of the club with new captain, Brad James and his deputy Reece Jones, appointed at the AGM.
“There are also signs that the junior and ladies’ rugby sides are going from strength to strength. Pre-season training is now underway and any new members are welcome to join on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Crofts, Bericote Road (7.30pm).”
The club have also got the assistance of the RFY both financially and through professional expertise to secure planning permission for floodlights on the club’s second pitch.
Half of the money will have to be funded by the club but the accounts look strong and the investment has been deemed affordable by the club’s treasurer.
The RFU has also been very helpful in making recommendations for the improvement of the playing areas, and have facilitated a visit to the Crofts by Keith Kent (head groundsman at Twickenham) whose ideas are being put into practice.
Once again this year, the NatWest Bank has sponsored volunteer efforts through the RFU to make rugby clubs more attractive.
A team of helpers watched England whitewash Australia last Saturday before heading to work on grass cutting, hedge trimmng, rubbish clearing and gardening.