TRURO RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
ST.CLEMENTS HILL, TRURO, TR1 1NY
Truro RFC Communication Newsletter May 1st 2020
Introduction – Truro RFC Update – General
It has been 4 weeks since the publication of our previous membership communication, so the Board feel that it is appropriate to provide you all with an update on goings on at the club in this period of lockdown.
1 of 3 – Truro RFC Update – Social / Welfare
The first item on any agenda should always be Health & Safety related, so we trust that you, your families, your friends, your colleagues and everyone that you know or care about are all remaining safe and well.
As a reminder, please remember that if there are any of our members who seek assistance in any way, and they do not have other support infrastructure around them, then please get in touch. Of course, that goes for any time, and not just during the current period of restrictions.
Please do not be afraid to get in touch with the club through direct contact with anyone you have details for, or alternatively contact our safeguarding officer, who can be contacted on this email address – TimBrocklebank@gmail.com
As Captain Tom Moore “sang” in his recent no.1 collaboration with Michael Ball, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, a song so apt for his amazing achievements in raising £30M for the NHS Charities whilst approaching his 100th birthday, and a song so apt for many people who find themselves in isolation.
The NHS is performing incredibly under the most demanding of circumstances, but they have needed help through volunteers, sponsorships, donations and other resources.
We can announce that Truro RFC is also doing their bit to help the NHS as we have been selected as a site for Coronavirus / CV-19 testing. The site has been set up and will be operational from Saturday 2nd May. This will not just be a pitch up and test site, but by referral only, and access / control will be extremely strict during the hours of operation (7 days/week, 0900 - 1700 hrs). We are delighted that Truro RFC can, by association, be part of the army fighting this virulent disease.
In the meantime, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE KIND, stay fit, stay healthy, STAY SAFE.
2 of 3 – Truro RFC Update – Rugby
As you will have been made aware from the previous communication(s), despite the season being brought to a premature end by the CV-crisis, the RFU saw sense to use points averaging to determine our final league standings. The result was Truro being promoted out of the Cornwall / Devon league back into the Western Counties West league for the 2020/21 season. The final table for the Cornwall / Devon league is as shown to the right.
Before we leave 2019/20 behind, however, the Annual Awards Dinner was due to be held on Thursday 7th May, ahead of the WWII Victory public holiday on Friday 8th May. The dinner will, for obvious reasons, not be going ahead as planned, but perhaps that is the perfect time for as many of our membership as possible to celebrate the club as a whole and, of course, to remember those members and supporters we lost their lives through this past season (“to absent friends”).
Thursday evenings have, of course, become synonymous with thanking the NHS and key workers for everything they have done and are doing. That is a given, and this is in no way suggesting Truro RFC are anywhere near to being on a par with the NHS, or Captain Tom for that matter, but for anybody wishing to celebrate the Truro RFC family then the suggestion for Thursday 7th May is as follows:
20:00 – Clap for Carers - thank them for everything have done and are doing
20:05 – Raise a glass for Truro RFC - past achievements; the future; absent friends
Why not send/post a picture of how you celebrate all that is great about Truro RFC?
Next season, we will be locking horns with other local rivals such as Falmouth, Penryn and Wadebridge, and are delighted that our coaches will be continuing their commitment to the club. The playing squad remains strong and, in fact, has already been strengthened by some new signings. I am sure there are already some rumours doing the rounds, but more will be communicated closer to the new season’s start… whenever that will be as and when lockdown restrictions get lifted.
Work on the pitches is an allowable activity at the club, in fact work on the main pitch has already started, to enable Truro RFC to be rugby ready on the restart.
However, in the meantime, can we remind everyone that the club and grounds at St. Clement’s Hill remain out of bounds, and that all group rugby / training activity is strictly prohibited, especially with the setting up of the CV-19 testing station.
3 of 3 – Truro RFC Update – Governance / Finance / Business
As previously advised, the Board had reviewed various projections of forward looking cashflow(s) based upon a number of different scenarios and we have a strong belief that we are in a strong position to survive as a club and as a business through this CV-19 crisis. We are probably in a far stronger position than many clubs in the county/region. Of course, we hope that all clubs will survive - regionally, national and internationally - but our first priority is for Truro RFC.
Many of you will also have heard various communications through the daily announcements and press meetings provided by the UK Government, and the help and support available for individuals, small businesses, and wider.
As all operations are currently shut down, including all rugby and normal clubhouse / social activity, Truro RFC has made the decision to furlough all staff on the club’s payroll. As a result, the club is recompensed up to 80% of all payroll costs associated with the employment of those people, currently through to the end of June. That claim under the Job Retention Scheme was already part of our cashflow projections.
Also, as assistance to small businesses under the CV-19 relief, the club has also been eligible for a cancellation of business rates for 2020/21 as well as potentially be in receipt of a local government grant. The business rates assumption had been built into the cashflow projections, and now confirmed. The grant has also now been confirmed and, in fact, received, and was outside of the projections. This is therefore a bonus over and above previous expectations, and will provide a further cushion to help ensure the club’s survival through the period of restriction.
With regards our AGM, normally held in late June, we may hold that as a virtual AGM or look to defer to a later date, yet to be determined. We had also proposed to hold a “return to normal” social event as soon as it is practical and safe to do so. A possible solution may be that the social event could also incorporate the AGM (before the party starts), making it the best attended AGM in Truro RFC’s history.
Whilst we’re sure that everyone is at home enjoying life with direct families, we also look forward to being able to share some time with the wider Truro RFC family, whenever that will be.
In the meantime, if there are any queries, please contact the club through the contact details on its website and we will endeavour to answer them ASAP.
Carl Price, Truro RFC Chairman / Truro RFC Board of Directors