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Chairman's Reflections on 2020

We asked our Chairman Hugh James to give us his thoughts on 2020 and beyond:

I hope you have all had a good Christmas, a lot different to years gone by with

us all missing our Boxing Day drinks in the Clubhouse.

I would like to start my reflection on the past year by asking you all to pause

and remember the members of our rugby family who are no longer with us. Our

thoughts go to all their families in what has been an incredibly difficult year.

Normally at this time of the year I would be reflecting on how the season is

going, however this year is a little bit different and I will instead be

reflecting on how last season ended. As I’ve mentioned before, our last game of

LAST season (this is quite confusing to write about), saw us beat top of the

league Canton. I thought it really indicated where we were going as a club and I

was excited about what we were achieving on the field and off. This reflected

the hard work our senior coaches Gar, Andy and team manager Clinton have put in,

I know they were all disappointed to have the season cut short.

The Junior and Mini section also had strong performances last season. A lot of

hard work has gone into supporting the Junior and Mini section by coaches and

parents and I am really excited to see what they do next. I’d like to thank all

of the coaches and everyone else involved in running the Mini and Junior Section

for their continued support and enthusiasm.

Throughout the summer (and currently) all of our coaches have been working hard

to make sure that all of our players stay safe, while continuing to develop

their skills and fitness. This has been a difficult job with the ever changing

guidelines, so a big thanks to them all for their commitment.

As we all know last season was cut short due to the pandemic and our community

being put into lockdown. Even though we were in lockdown, this didn’t stop our

rugby community spirit:

* Our groundsmen used their daily exercise to cut the pitch,

* Our scoreboard was revamped by the Hearne family,

* Our rugby members helped in the local community by gardening and delivering


* We raised over £1000 for Llanharan Community Development Project by walking,

running, cycling and swimming the coast of Wales,

* We even managed to acquire a new set of posts for the Dairy with thanks to our

main sponsor Excell.

I want to say a big thank you to our Committee who managed to work quickly to

ensure that we could adhere to guidelines. A thank you also has to go to Sue and

her bar staff who had to work in a very different way this year, and to you all

who came down for drinks over the past year and adhered to our new system.

Looking forward to 2021, it’s looking very unlikely that we will play any rugby

this season with the current guidelines in place. If the guidelines were to

change I am confident that our players and coaches are ready to hit the ground


I’ll end this reflection by saying “bring on next season”; I know the Club is in

a great position not only on the field but off the field too. We are all raring

to go and play some great rugby and enjoy the social side of rugby again (even

if it doesn’t look like normal).

Happy New Year to you all.

Hugh James

Chairman Llanharan RFC

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