Welcome to the August edition of Touchline.
On a personal note the month started extremely badly with the news that Ivor Jones passed away on the morning of August 7th. I posted a short obituary on our website which can be found here.
Ivor was a Tabard legend in every sense and we said goodbye to him on Tuesday 14th August at West Hertfordshire Crematorium. Over 200 mourners turned out to pay their respects. Tributes from his sister Sandra, nephews, nieces, and close friends Richard King and I, proved a fitting goodbye to the great man of rugby in Hertfordshire. Our thoughts are with his wife Beverley and the entire Jones family at this desperately sad time.
I am sure Ivor, as he always did for the 35 years he spent at Tabard, would being wishing the club every success for the forthcoming season which gets underway shortly with a Family Day at Cobden Hill on 8th September. The day’s activities will include two senior rugby fixtures, a junior tag competition, a bouncy castle, face painting , BBQ and possibly some live music into the bargain. There is a great deal of positive anticipation about the year ahead with pre-season training being extremely well attended and off-the-field planning for 2018-19 being better developed than it has been for a number of seasons. Well done Mr Chairman.
The presidential focus over the next two months will be getting the RFU All Schools and School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) programmes underway starting at Hertswood Academy, Borehamwood in September. SOHK will be resident at Cobden Hill every Wednesday afternoon starting 12th September from 12:30 onwards. They will be joined at 15:00 by RFU All Schools participants to create a weekly rugby after schools club. We will continue to support Yavneh College in Borehamwood with qualified rugby coaches as we did last season, starting Thursday 13th September.
In aiming to be Hertfordshire’s Premier Family and Community Rugby Club building a sustainable strategy with local schools is fundamental to our continued existence. This will allow us to develop an on-going, compelling rugby offering for men, women, children, including LGBT, and to remain competive at mini, junior and senior levels throughout the club.
I will hosting a dinner on 5th October to launch the SOHK programme. Book early to avoid disappointment.
I look forward to welcoming all members to Cobden Hill as and when you manage to take the time out to come and join us, which I hope is more often than not.
President, Tabard RFC