I would just like to introduce myself, my name is Sarah Horner. At the Oadby Wyggestonian AGM last week I put myself forward and was voted in to take on the role of chairman/ woman, with Nicola Orange agreeing to assist me as vice Chairperson.
Many people know me, mainly from serving behind the bar but my eldest son started to play at OWRFC when he was 6! Back then, the team was short of coaches, so I nudged Paul, my husband, forward and nominated him to help out – he was handed a bag of rugby balls and the rest is history!!!
We both continued to volunteer with the age group and stuck with the lads until they reached seniors. There were some highs, some lows, we lost lots of games and won a few, but we remained strong on and off the pitch as an age group. We had some fantastic tours and regular socials, and to this day the parents and lads often catch up with a drink or the lads still playing a game of Rugby for Wyggs. Paul is now the Clubhouse Manager and I’m usually seen helping out around the club.
So I have been in the same position as many of you, giving up my Sundays, freezing and wet on the side lines. Honestly, we would do it all again for the joy it gave the children, and the safe environment for my boys as they were growing up, starting to socialise, and for the friendships I have made over the years.
The committee does appreciate the time that everyone gives, and as the new Chair and Vice Chair, Nicki and I want to let you know that we are here to support you where we can, to listen to your ideas and offer guidance. One of the biggest drives for this season is trying to recruit new players and any suggestions will be gladly received and appreciated.
Nicki and I are hoping to meet those of you we haven’t met yet as we plan to work our way around the age groups over the next few weeks. I look forward to meeting with you all.