New Year Message

Dear Member/Parent

A Happy New Year to you!  I think it goes without saying that we can look back on 2014 as a memorable year in the recent history of our Club.  We brought to fruition, on time and on budget, the building of the long-planned indoor training facility – and haven’t we needed it recently!

NB_BalticCraig (far left) with Reds’ coaching team at the recent BT East 1 league match at North Berwick (coastal resort on the Baltic by the looks of it!)

A major contribution to this was the efforts of all our members in raising (so far) over £70,000.   This has been a fantastic achievement. This incredible sum was matched by the injection of an equivalent from Club reserves that we built up for this purpose.  That is why our efforts need to continue into 2015 to help us achieve our One Last Heave.  We are nearly half-way to our season’s target of £30,000 so I am asking you all to continue your superb efforts.  More news will be out soon with more details of the Fund-Raising Group’s spring programme.  Please support these events.

In the meantime, please remember to sell as many Prediction Cards as possible and return the money and counterfoils to the Club ahead of the opening RBS 6 Nations’ match on Friday 06 February.

In 2014 we also welcomed Gary McGill, our Club House Manager.  I am sure that you will agree that we are all noticing the impact of his arrival and the little touches he has brought to make our Club House more welcoming. Last year, its appearance was considerably enhanced through the efforts of our group of volunteers and work continues on this.  It is warm. It is brighter. We now have a coffee machine. There is wi-fi.   Come along and enjoy your Club House.  And the 70 or so parents who braved the Micros Christmas Party will know what a good venue it makes for a children’s party – with the possibility of hiring the 3G pitch attached for running around.  You also might want to consider taking out a membership of our new gym – we have kept our rates low to encourage members to join.  Information is now on the Club website.

As we enter 2015, you might be interested to know that we have applied for  funding from the Club Sustainability Fund, which the SRU President chose to launch at Mains Park in November.  Our partners at Murrayfield encouraged us to apply, as they were impressed by the planning, delivery and management of the Club and our development.  We are hoping to get funding for a Business Development Officer to market the facility and to improve our engagement with business in general.  We hope to let you know soon that we have been successful – fingers crossed.

There will be more news coming out in the next few weeks on other activities, initiatives and opportunities, as we continue to develop our Club.  Please look out for them in the weekly Update, the Club Website, the 2020 Bulletin or in individual messages.  We want to make 2015 a year to remember as well.

Craig Young

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