New chairman wants club to be for everyone

ALL SMILES: New Sudbury Rugby Club chairman Bob Waller
ALL SMILES: New Sudbury Rugby Club chairman Bob Waller
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Former Sudbury Rugby Club prop Bob Waller says he is ‘delighted’ to be taking over as chairman and hopes to make the club more inclusive.

Waller has replaced Mike Beckett, whose resignation was formally accepted at the club’s AGM on Friday after three years at the helm.

The new chairman also takes on the role of sponsorship secretary as Suds hope to boost their involvement in the local community.

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking over as chairman and to be continuing the cracking job Mike Beckett has done for the last three years,” said Waller. “Everyone has to work together to take the club forward and we’ll be looking to prove we can do just that.”

He added: “We’ve got lots we want to do and lots of plans.”

Waller played as a tighthead prop for the club between 1974 and 1986, but had his time on the field cut short by injury.

He moved back into the region after farming in Berkshire for a number of years and returned to the club when his son took up mini rugby.

“The club needs to be more inclusive and masses more can be done from the minis right up to the senior teams,” admitted Waller.

“I want to contribute as much as I possibly can.”

Waller’s arrival comes as club secretary Jackie Mather and husband Mike — the house and grounds officer — leave their roles to help with the second team next season.

Jenny Summers is to take over as secretary, but the roles of vice-chairman and house and grounds officer are yet to be filled.

It was also announced by treasurer Tim Humphreys that the club had made small losses over the last financial year.

The first team’s battle with relegation last season — coupled with a spell of bad weather at the start of 2013 — led to a loss of just over £2,000 against a profit of £11,000 the previous financial year.

Sales at the Whittome Field bar and kitchen were also down by nearly £14,000, from £99,520 to £85,564.

Despite this, Waller believes the club are in good shape as the new season, starting in September, approaches.

“The coach has been in place for a year now and we’ll be starting more settled this season,” he said. “We’re in a much stronger position.

“I’d like promotion within two years, but we’re just looking for some stability right now.”