Message from Nigel Le Bas
Whilst the last summer season was impacted by Covid and limited in terms of matches played, the cricket section had a cracking year thanks to the high number of junior members from u6s through to u17s and the increasing number of juniors making their mark in the senior teams.
The section continues to run 3 teams that caters for all abilities. The 1st team playing in the competitive Southern League and the 2nd and 3rd team playing at different levels within the Hampshire League. The 3rd team is an ideal team for any players or members from other sections to play the odd game or play with their sons as they come through the age groups. Indeed there has been an increase in demand and there are potential plans to start a 4th team.
The junior section remains strong with over 150 members. Many also play hockey or rugby for the club (remember your club membership enables you to play all other sports without having to pay club membership again). There are a number of quality young cricketers in the section who have been selected for the regional district teams that fall under the Hampshire CC banner but importantly we cater for all abilities. We continue to run a girls section and would really like to see more and more girls take the opportunity to play cricket at Trojans, especially those that are members already or siblings of members.
We hope to start Indoor nets after half-term. All are welcome!!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out more!
Message from Simon Gibbons
Bizarrely, it has taken the pandemic to probably show us the value of our club. With more and more clubs merging, and playing at schools or leisure centres, Trojans stands as one of a shrinking number of independent clubs with their own facilities, and accounts why more hockey was played at Trojans than the rest of the entire county. Support of the members and outstanding contributions from talented volunteers made this possible. As our governing bodies seek to become more professional they ask more of us. Again, we had Ian Bassett to shape how we ran our hockey complying with regulations. Jordan Ash became our Covid officer, Jaimie Ellis has kept our welfare organised, and David Miles and Rich Aves and the many other coaches helped us comply with guidance and deliver training sessions in the initial lockdown.
And with all this going on Ros Beal got us to ClubMark. We had a real step up in coaching structure with a great team at the top, thanks to Phil Roch for keeping us aware via website and media.
Underpinning all this, is maintaining income and keeping the systems working – Angie Bareham and Dave Henderson, take a bow.
To the Captains, you`ve made this much easier and thanks for bearing with all the fixtures changes; to the Old Boys and the massing numbers on Tuesday mornings; to the Juniors Organisers/Managers and Helpers…THANK YOU.
When the going has got tough, we`ve worked together even more, and we are stronger for it. Thank you all, for the support. Onwards.
Rugby Round Up
Message from Duncan Parker
Well, 2020 was a very disappointing year for rugby at Trojans FC. The impact of the pandemic cut short the 2019-20 season and has completely ruined the 2020-21 season before it has had time to get going. In the meantime, we are still working on producing another playing area for Junior rugby on the Hardmoor side of the lane and looking to reinstate the senior rugby pitch over there as well, which will allow us to rest and improve our current playing areas.
We may see some training and Ready 4 Rugby style matches before May. We are yet to receive any information as to whether the season will be extended or if the restrictions on training/playing through the summer will be relaxed. As soon as we get anything from the RFU or HRFU, squad managers will be informed.
Many thanks to all volunteers involved with rugby at the club. The squad managers and coaches for working tirelessly in the background to ensure that all players are kept up to date with what can and cannot be done and to the administrators for continuing to collate the members information as we move forward into a new system with the club.
This will require us to have ALL members registered with the RFU Game Management System (GMS) and for those who are not yet registered with the RFU we will be sending out details over the coming weeks to guide you through the simple process. Anyone who wishes to play rugby for Trojans will have to be registered and to be a member of the club - this will be a legal requirement.
There will be rugby played again at Trojans in the future, and we have ambitions to be the best Community Rugby club in the region, we need all of you to help us to achieve this. Your support is vital, as a volunteer, coach, administrator, supporter or player. We have a place within the club for you and we all look forward to the day that we can once again meet in the bar and enjoy the good times with friends, teammates, and opposition alike.
Squash is on the up
message from James Laird
The squash courts are looking brand new, the increased membership is now occupying the courts more, and members can book and pay for the courts online.
After 4 years of continual investment, Trojans Squash is known as one of the biggest and best squash clubs in the county. We have the best maintained courts and the future financial provision to maintain them to the best of standards. We have over 200 members, 7 men’s teams, 4 Vets teams and 1 ladies’ team.
Recent investment by the club has enabled us to turn on a fully automated booking system. Simply book and pay for your court online and when you turn up the lights will turn on.
Current squash members are revelling in the improvements and at peak times the courts are 80% full. We look forward to rolling out the ability for field sport members to be able to book courts, watch this space!
An update from Campbell Williams, Club Chairman
One of my personal annual highlights is sitting at the club with friends watching Wales beat England in the six nations*, with this year's beating scheduled for the 27th February.
However, it looks very much as if this won't take place as usual this year, as the club is likely to remain closed for some time due to COVID, and whilst the rugby match may still go on, it will be without friends and without a beer at the club. Which is a great shame.
However, if you read the reports from each section chair, you will see the remarkable effort which each section is undertaking to ensure each sport is ready to start as soon as the whistle goes making sure this is done safely and within government guidelines.
So, what about the Club as a whole? We are making excellent progress in developing options for significant improvements to the club, and want to make sure that you all have the opportunity to see the plans and get involved.
Please have a look at our inspired animation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8XBO4qndVU
For those of a certain age, this a bit 'Rhubarb and Custard', but hopefully sets out the ambition and the opportunities.
We're going to make sure that we regularly update our website www.trojans.org.uk with more information, and as the club is fully owned and run by the members of the community, rather than owned by an individual, all the members get a say in what we do.
However, we do need people to get involved - and if you are interested in the vision presented in our animation, let us know. In particular, at present we need someone who is able to take a lead on fundraising across the members to ensure what we want to do is fully achievable.
But we'd love some feedback, ideas, suggestions, comments, and any offers of help. But most importantly, please stay safe and look forward to the club opening up again.
*To be fair, Wales don't always win, but as ever, I think this year could be the year....
Message from The President Trojans, Mike Watts
I would like to echo Campbell’s comments about the current situation. The club has been part of my social life for well over 40 years and I currently really miss the ability to meet up with new and old faces in the bar or on the field.
That said I am very excited about the future; it feels like we are at the threshold of a new dawn. In 2024 we will see the Trojans Club celebrate its 150th Anniversary. What a fantastic milestone for a wonderful club, OUR Club. There is also the very real potential for a brand-new clubhouse!
Standing before this threshold gives us the ideal impetus and opportunity to re-visit a number of things; about how we operate and how we can improve. Improve for the benefit of current members and to ensure the future health of our Club.
As part of these changes, I would really like us to start building longer term, (5 year) rolling plans that ensure an increasingly fit for purpose, safe, welcoming & friendly, financially sustainable club; where all of our chosen sports can thrive.
The Board of Directors and the individual sports section committees already work tirelessly to enable sport to be played in a safe, friendly and sustainable way but we can do even more with your help But, ‘What can I do to help?’, I hear you say. For now, I would ask you to consider doing 3 things:
- Volunteer to be part of the 2024 celebration committee or get involved with fundraising for the new clubhouse
- Come to General Meetings as informed as possible so that you can vote on the future of your club
- During these difficult times, where participation in sport has been much interrupted; can you please encourage others to pay membership fees and continue to do so yourself. The club still has costs to meet and by doing so you will be doing your bit to ensure the club remains financially viable
When I see what the future could hold; when I see all the work volunteers already put in, I for one am extremely PROUD to be a Trojan; I hope you are too!