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Presidents Message



I am delighted to hold the honour of being President of Old Belvedere RFC for the 2017/18 season. I am very conscious of the contribution made by so many my predecessors – not least the least the immense work done by our immediate past President, Willie Norse. Under his leadership we have redeveloped our facilities to a standard that they are now the match of anything in the country and we have a club and facilities that we can be truly proud of.

I would also like to thank the many members from all sections of the club who contributed very generously to the redevelopment project. These new facilities are a wonderful legacy for future players and members to enjoy.

Our club provides rugby playing opportunities for around 750 players on a weekly basis. We have senior and junior men’s and women’s rugby, a very comprehensive Under 20s set up and vibrant Youth’s and Mini rugby sections. We also have tag rugby throughout the year – there really is something for everyone.

None of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment of the volunteers without whose input the club would not function. There are in excess of 100 members volunteering their time to look after coaching, administration, team management and the countless other tasks required to keep the club operational. We are always on the lookout for the 101st volunteer so if you have some spare time on your hands we can find a job for you.

Balancing the books in a rugby club is a constant battle and we could not do this without the unwavering support of our many friends and sponsors. I would like to thank all of them and I hope they will continue to be generous in their support. I would say to members to remember our sponsors and if the opportunity arises to return the compliment please do so.

This year our club is captained by Ed Rossiter and we will play in Division 1B of the All Ireland League – it is our ambition to return to Division 1A and I wish Ed and his team every success in this endeavour.

Old Belvedere has a distinguished and very proud history, I hope the players of today can add to that legacy by representing the club with distinction and following in the footsteps of some of the giants that have gone before.

Up Belvo!

James McCarthy

President OBRFC 2017 - 18

 


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