Chairman’s Message - 2022/23 Season

24th August 2022

Chairman’s Message - 2022/23 Season
Hi everyone
Well here we are, end of August, in anticipation of another exciting season (2022/23) at Grasshoppers. The rugby and netball players at all levels and ages throughout the club are getting prepared to provide us with great sport, entertainment and (hopefully!) a lot of victories.
Let me at this point wish all the best to our U14/15/16/17s who set off on their pre-season tour to Gloucestershire next weekend...should be a really exciting start for them.

As we all know, and are constantly reminded in the media, we are heading into some economically challenging times (inflation, utility bills,...). These potentially trying periods are moments when maybe our club becomes even more important to us all. General fitness, training, coaching, playing, spectating, volunteering, a friendly supportive environment is definitely good for both physical and mental health. And spending time with family, friends, and fellow members in a safe, social setting has got to be a good thing - especially in our wonderful clubhouse and bar!
I’m personally certainly looking forward to the new season. Incredibly it will be 40 years since I first proudly skippered the club (1982/83) time literally does fly! 
As most of you know I was asked to "step in” last year as Chairman (which wasn’t my plan!) to "reset” the club. Like most organisations we have our challenges, but with a very supportive staff, members, and volunteers we are "getting there”. Lots to do in 
my 2nd (and definitely final!) year as Chairman...but hopefully another successful season ahead of us at our truly magnificent club.
Up the Grasshoppers!
Mike Reilly

RFU Accredited Club