Dear BRFC Member,
On 17th December we will be having our annual Christmas Draw. Amongst a brilliant day of festivities and fun, we have a raffle. 1st price £750, second prize £250 and prizes donated from sponsors, teams, and individuals. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and this year, more than any other, we are asking the club to come together and support this, as we aim to raise funds to complete the final stages of 125 extension. So, I ask for you all to support the draw. After all, it is OUR club.
I am delighted to report a strong start to the 2023/24 season across the club, with the Ladies 1st XV most recently beating London Irish Ladies 20-24 and the Men’s 1st XV have won all but one fixture to date, currently sitting at the top of the league table. The depth and levels of commitment across the senior sections are particularly strong and there have been some strong performances across the 2’s, 3’s and Vets. The Academy, Junior and Mini sections have equally enjoyed strong starts to the season with many playing cup games and attending various festivals, and we are experiencing record attendance levels at training across the Club. Thanks to all the players, coaches, and managers for all their hard work and commitment.
Off the pitch, there has been a lot going on:
We aim to invest club funds wisely, seeking grants, and prioritising projects that yield a commercial return, such as the extension, the kitchen and bar areas. There remains a long list of other developments that won’t be funded by grants and won’t necessarily deliver a commercial yield.
Floodlights and pitch irrigation firmly come to mind. Replacement of 30-year-old pitch 1 floodlights with LED lights and the installation of incremental LED floodlights on pitch 2 & 3 are urgently needed. Hot summers followed by wet autumns, coupled with the increasing demands on the usage of pitches also drives an urgent need for an irrigation system to deliver a playing surface that is fit for all playing sections. These incremental capital projects will require further fundraising and in totality our collective target is £100,000. We will be forming a fundraising team to drive these efforts across the club and welcome volunteers to get involved. The sooner we raise the money, the sooner these facilities can be delivered. For those who wish to donate towards these various initiatives we also have a JustGiving Link
None of the work listed above, could happen without the many volunteers who work across the club, and I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank everyone who steps in to help and make our club a success. We always have the need for more volunteers across the club and would welcome anyone with spare time and energy to reach out to any of the management committee.
Please do visit the Club website www.beckenhamrfc.com and keep an eye out for all the latest news, results, and events on the main site, as well as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
We continue to embrace the "One Club" ethos and as we succeed on and off the field, we share in it as “One Club”.
I wish all our members all the very best for the festive season and a healthy and safe new year.
Beckenham RFC Chair