I am delighted to be writing to you again as President of Hawick RFC, but delighted both because it means that the season is fast approaching and also because I have the huge honour of again having been appointed President of our great club.
There have been many changes over recent months not least of which was our phoenix like rise from having lost 10 out of 10 games at the start of last season in the league, to finishing above even the play off place in the Scottish Premiership. That was a remarkable feat and although we don’t want to mirror it again this year, almost all of our players from last year have returned to “enjoy” pre-season training under George Graham and his wonderful backroom team.
We have cooperate hospitality events lined up throughout the season for your delight and I have no doubt that we have a team who are capable of climbing the Premiership again on the pitch as well as a Force squad whose wonderful performances last season won them the League Title and who are very much looking forward to doing battle with the best mirror sides in Scotland this season.
Our season “kicks off” on the 11th of August with guest teams from Darlington Mowden Park, Ponteland and Kelso joining Hawick RFC and Hawick Force on both pitches for pre-season “friendlies” with the season rolling out in front of us right through to our 7s next spring.
There is a great deal to be excited about at Hawick RFC and I’m sure you will be just as enthused as I am in looking forward to the new season and to coming down to Mansfield Park and supporting Hawick either home or away. Having travelled to every conceivable away venue, there is absolutely no doubt that Hawick members and supporters are the greatest in Scotland and travel with the loudest voices and the largest numbers to away games up and down the land (often overshadowing the home support).
Can I therefore encourage you to renew your membership (or even take up the Honorary Vice President membership that gives us an extra few pounds to help with our ever-stretched budget) where the honorary Vice President is £120, full member £90, new member £70 and senior member £60 for those of state pensionable age.
Above all I look forward to seeing you down at Hawick RFC and please do not hesitate to come forward with suggestions, criticisms, advice or ideas as I am always available for a word.
Lastly can I just make you aware of the new centurion development club which I will be very shortly launching, this will be a way for members and friends of Hawick RFC to donate in a lump sum or over a few years, towards the development of Hawick rugby players in the future, given that we will be battling against the clutches of this new Super Six imposition.