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Chairman’s New Years Statement

What a year it has been for Kempston Rugby Club, and what a difference a few months make.

2022 has seen it’s fair share of ups and down, thrills and spills and silly moments.

At the start of the year, we were without a league, very few games to play and the general vibe around the club was a bit doom and gloom, especially as we lost the roof for the gym and a set of posts in the storms. For the players, running out for Cranfield University gave them the opportunity to still play rugby and forge good relationships with other clubs and with each other.

The club ended the season with the memorial game for our friend Aidan Marrow. It was truly an honour and a privilege to have been a part of the game against Bedford Ath, and it was a fitting occasion for all involved.

The warmer weather brought with it a massive change in fortunes for Kempston. A good showing at the Milton Keynes 7’s festival and a league win in the Bedford Touch league started the positivity.

Preseason training started with incredible numbers with so many new faces and lots of people coming back to the club. Numbers at training have been consistently high throughout the season and we can’t wait to get back after the Christmas break.

For the committee, we discussed what kind of club we wanted to be, and it was agreed that we want to create an atmosphere of fun, social rugby. We set out a clear action plan of things we wanted to achieve and we have ticked off so much already. Some of those things have included; replacing the gym roof, finding and working with two new sports therapists, new posts, completely renovating and redecorating the gym, new website (www.kempstonrugby.co.uk), new kit, redesigned badge, centenary committee set up and so much more. It’s been such a busy time off the pitch that the start of the playing season came quickly.

Being back in the merit leagues is something that we should have done a long time ago. We got a super win away at Kettering in preseason and we went into the first game of the league season with confidence, and that confidence turned into a deserved victory. Bolstered by our friends from Cranfield University, the squad has come together so well and there is a belief around the club that we can achieve great things this season. That was typified in our last league game before the Christmas break, where we beat a very good Bedford Swifts side in the league. The atmosphere after that game was electric.

As chairman, being around the club is great again. Long may it last! I would like to express my gratitude to the committee for their tireless efforts this year, helping the rebuild the club after Covid. I would like to thank our sponsors for being with us all the way. I would like to thank Cranfield Unifersity for their support throughout 2022 and look forward to our relationship continuing for many more years to come. To the players I would like to thank you in particular as you are the lifeblood of the club, you keep us all going.

There are so many individuals I could thank and for me to single them out would inevitably lead to me missing one of them, so I will just say…

Thank you all, happy new year!

Alex Redford – Chairman