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London Welsh - The Future
The Dragons' Den (IP Logged)
07 May, 2017 19:49
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Re: London Welsh - The Future
Blackheath Welsh (IP Logged)
14 May, 2017 20:04
Q&A session with the Clubs Chairman by Andrew Deering (@ALDeering89)

Q&A

The London Welsh name, despite the loss of the professional side in January, will continue with the amateur side. As chairman, does that make you proud?

It's impossible not to feel some sense of pride in being part of an organisation that's called London Welsh. We've been playing rugby in London since 1885 and at these grounds since 1957, so being part of seeing that continue and being part of seeing that grow and develop further, of course, you have to be proud to be involved.

The club have outlined a five-year plan. A plan that will see the club target promotion to national levels. How achievable is that aim?

Absolutely achievable. That's about playing well and getting promoted. The financial aspects of that, we have a clubhouse that we have to run and that costs the same amount of money whatever league we play in. We provide our players with exemplary medical support and that would cost us the same whether we're playing in level 10, level 9 or level 6, largely.

What we're talking about here is making incremental investments to allow us to move an organisation up through a league structure which is inherently run on an amateur basis where players aren't paid to play the game. So when you don't have those costs to carry, yes of course, it's perfectly achievable.

Sonny Parker and Cai Griffiths have joined the coaching team. Could they be the catalyst for the team's rise up the leagues?

For sure. Those two individuals are high calibre professionals and in of itself I'm sure will attract quality players to come to the club. I've been talking to one of our young props who has been here all through his playing career as a youth player and who now plays in our men's system. The excitement on his face, knowing full well in a few weeks he's going to be working alongside Cai Griffiths, it was amazing.

Equally, to talk to Cai, you can see how excited he is about being able to come in at the beginning of another of London Welsh's journeys. He's thrilled as well, he's over the moon with having the opportunity to come in and contribute. It's just wonderful that people feel so attached to this club and want to contribute to it at whatever level in the leagues it's in at the moment.

Is it important to keep that Welsh link going through Sonny Parker and Cai Griffiths?

It's fundamental. We're an English rugby club, there's no question about that whatsoever. However, we're an English rugby club that has a very Welsh feel to it. That's equally as important for the people that come up from Wales, as it is for the Welsh people who have been born in London and want to have an experience of something that maybe their grandparents talk about or their parents talk about. Those being the generation that came up here to live.

Equally, if you're coming in from abroad, and you're looking for a club that has some different characteristics, then people love coming to play rugby here, whether they're South African or Canadian because it's a very special place and perhaps, more importantly, it's a very inclusive place and a very family-orientated place, it's easy to come and feel at home here.

The five-year plan also states the club's desire to operated within a sustainable funding model. Is that doubly important given what happened to the professional side?

Well that certainly was a sobering experience. To run any business, and amateur rugby clubs are small businesses, you have to operate any business inside of a sustainable framework. That doesn't mean to say you can't make investments over a longer term, but you have to be able to understand how there is going to a be a return on that investment and how you can operate in a position where you are spending no more than your income allows. Sustainability is critically important to this rugby club and I think it will be at the forefront of our minds because of the experiences that we've had.

Frankly I would encourage every single rugby club in this country to take a little bit of a lesson from what we've learnt and to try and ensure they have a sustainable framework in place. Sustainability can also be about volunteers, you have to be able to run rugby clubs with a great number of volunteers. So having a sustainable number of volunteers in the organisation, to match up with what you're trying to achieve, is also important. So we're not just talking about cash here, I don't think.

 
Re: London Welsh - The Future
taff in sevenoaks (IP Logged)
15 May, 2017 09:49
Good to have input from the top of the club befpre the upcoming AGM. Diolch BW for the Q&A

 
Re: London Welsh - The Future
nld (IP Logged)
08 June, 2017 18:04
AGM Presentation can be downloaded from the following page:

[www.londonwelshrfc.com]


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