On behalf of Nedlands RUFC I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope you’ve had a great off-season so far, and have rested the weary bodies during the holiday period.
As we build up to the start of the rugby season, you’ll be pleased to know that the Coaches and your Board of Management have already starting meeting and planning for the 2015 rugby season. I personally am very pleased about the people we have recruited to the management side of the club off-season, particularly in regard to coaching. With Luke Doherty and Tommy Fearn in charge of Prems, Bob Somerville and Dave McKnight running the Reserves, and Phil Oddie and Luke Powell backing up again with the Colts, I believe we have an extremely strong coaching group that has already generated a lot of interest both inside and outside of our club. I have a really good feeling about the upcoming 2015 rugby season, and I trust you will as well.
Note we’re still trying to finalise coaches for 3rds and 4ths so if anyone has a desire to enter the coaching ranks or knows someone that does then feel free to let me know.
I see 2015 as being a year where we as a club need to face a number of changes and challenges, many that will be outside of our control but which we’ll need to deal with none the less. The first major change that we’ll all need to deal with this season is the introduction of the ARU’s National Participant Scheme. For those that may not be aware, the ARU is making it mandatory for all players to register directly through the ARU website and to pay all fees & subscriptions on line as well. The standard practice of players registering at the club, paying subs to Neddies, and then the club being invoiced by RugbyWA/ARU per team has always been a difficult process to administer, hence the adoption of this online process. While the onus now moves from the club to the player to manage registration and payment of fees, the liability to the club for players not registering/paying online will be big in terms of fines and loss of points, so this year we won’t be able to deviate from a true no pay no play policy for anyone.
Attached here is a letter from the ARU which they have asked be distributed to all players describing the National Participation Scheme and how it is to be administered. Be aware that the charge to each senior player of $93 is the ARU deduction only, and the Rugby WA fee and Neddies subs need to be added. Only after the next Board of Management meeting on 15-January can I advise what these charges will be, but it is expected that the all up cost to register and play rugby at Nedlands will be between $385 and $395 for the 2015 season. We’re trying to keep any increases to a minimum, but increases from the ARU and RWA mean we have to pass these on.
There is a lot more information that we want to get out to the players, and which we will do as we build up to the start of the 2015 competition. If anyone has any questions at all about the above, or even the 2015 season in general then please don’t hesitate to email or call me.
I look forward to seeing you all on our first ‘official’ preseason training night on Thursday 5th February which we will have a sausage sizzle and a few drinks as a group afterwards. Take care and see you there.
President Nedlands RUFC
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