Message from Neil Mckay Truro RFC Youth Chair 2020-21

As the Vice Chair (Youth) for Truro RFC it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the Truro RFC 20/21 season. Whether you are a returning player or new to the club, I hope you will enjoy the season, which for the Youth Section starts on 13th September.

As we all are hugely aware - Covid-19 remains with us and is likely to have an impact on this season. Both in terms of facilities, training and rugby play. Having lost the latter months of the 2019/20 season, we are all very keen to get back into training and play, in the safest way possible. More to come on this issue later

The club remains in a strong position - with the senior team having earned their league promotion at the end of 19/20. Our youth teams grow in number - with the girls and ladies section rapidly developing after the launch in September 2019. The colts remain healthy with around 30 registered players at the moment

Our aim as the Youth Committee, will be to work with all the players and volunteers of the Club to build further on the success and strengths of Truro RFC.

For the 2020/21 season

The Youth Section Committee roles are as follows.

· Chair – Neil McKay
· Secretary – Beth-Marie Howe
· Treasurer – TBC
· Fixtures – Adam Blake
· Safeguarding – Tim Brocklebank
· GMS Registration and membership – Nik Tinney and Andrew Moth

Contact details for the above and the individual age group managers are available on the club website Truro Rugby Club

After much deliberation, we have had to make a change to the individual membership cost for 2020/21 season to £100.00, with no additional youth match fees and free match day entry to all senior home games for the member and two parents. Additional siblings are then £60 per player within the same family. These fees cover the facility, training, equipment and match day food. As well as RFU insurance.

The increase has had to occur for a variety of reasons - but mainly relating to Covid-19. as well as our new rental of the 4G all weather pitch at Truro College. Our cleaning regime for the facility has had to increase massively to ensure a “Covid safe” environment with subsequent costs incurred on a regular basis. We are also providing sanitisers at all training sessions etc etc. The club is obtaining as much support from the RFU as we can. But with the increased costs, we need to all contribute to ensure the financial sustainability of the club.

Fees are to be paid via GMS (the RFU Game management system) and, whilst we are offering the option of split payments in September and Jan if necessary, it would be preferred from an administration point of view if the full payment option were chosen. As always - for anyone in financial hardship - please speak in absolute confidence to your section manager as the club can support individuals to ensure everyone has the opportunity to play the sport.

Additionally new players to rugby can come and try the game for three training weeks (no matches) to see if they like it before paying, however they must sign a registration document before they take part in any activities.

We have now moved over to the online registration using the RFU Game Management System (GMS), existing members will be contacted by our GMS registration and membership secretary Andrew Moth and invited to “Update Family Registration” upload their players photo for the registration card and pay for their membership online. There is also a section added this season for emergency contact and medical info for players. This will make the registration process simpler for parents, players and club alike.
New members will need to log onto the club website Membership click “Purchase”
For those without internet access payment can still be done via debit/credit card or by BACS transfer to the club during the first 3 weekends of the season

For the foreseeable future we are aiming to play the England RFU game - Ready4Rugby - which has been designed as a way for players to develop their rugby skills in a competitive but safe way - while we gradually move back into full rugby match play. The current state of play is “Stage D” allowing limited contact - but this may change at any time.

We run an online kit shop stocked by O’Neills where you can purchase training tops, shorts, tracksuit pants, all weather windcheater and hoodies, oneills.com
Beanies, club ties, OddBalls / Goolies hats, and even TRFC facemasks are on sale behind the bar or by contacting me.
Club socks can be bought from Whirlwind Sports whirlwindsports.com

A word about Data: In line with current Data Protection Laws GDPR you can view Truro RFC Data Protection Policy on our website in the Information page

Safeguarding: We hope everyone has an enjoyable and fun time when visiting Truro Rugby Club and playing rugby whether it is home or away. Our appointed Safeguarding Officer Tim Brocklebank is the first point of contact if you have any concerns about welfare or safety of your child. To view our policies please click on the link Safeguarding on our Information Page.

The club has a very amiable steward, Andrew (Frankie) Webb, who will be in residence on Saturdays and Sundays. Frankie will be happy to help should you wish to enquire about use of and booking the Club’s facilities. Email to Truro Rugby Club

As you will probably know other than a couple of paid roles the club is run by volunteers. The volunteers of the club do everything from treasurer to gardening, painting & decorating, project work etc. We would like to identify as many people who would be willing to volunteer to help the club, and have enclosed a Volunteer Form for this purpose.

We are always looking for people, organisations and companies to sponsor both Youth Section Age Groups, and the whole club, and Sponsorship details are enclosed.

Enclosed with this letter in the Welcome Pack, are the following documents;

Truro RFC Club Volunteer Form.
Truro RFC Temporary Player Form

*Please note, the one parent/guardian named on the GMS system is the the person eligible to apply for international tickets and vote at Club AGM.

If you’ve not already done so please visit our new website Truro RFC .The website has information on all the Youth, Colts, Senior, and Touch rugby teams including a full, and constantly updated fixture list for the Youth Section - found within the General Documents under the Information tab. Additionally there are several other important Club Policy documents such as Child Protection, Safeguarding, and Parental Attendance within the documents section of the website, which all parents and guardians should take the time to read, before signing the two membership forms.

Once again a very warm welcome to the 2020/21 season and most importantly for all our young players, parents, Coaches and Managers alike, remember the core values of rugby are; TEAMWORK, DISCIPLINE, SPORTSMANSHIP, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT and HAVE FUN!

Kindest regards,

Neil McKay

TRFC Youth Club Chair
T: 07792168999 E: neilrugbytruro@gmail.com

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