As always, our brilliant achievements last season were based on the hard work of the club’s volunteers – the coaches, managers, bagmen and women, physios and everyone who helps out along the way.
Without them, we wouldn’t be able to field as many teams as we do, from Under 6 all the way up to our 1st XV.
However, we can’t ask the same wonderful people to keep giving their time every year, so we are looking for more people to come and join in the fun.
The benefits of volunteering are huge, and anyone who has helped before will know how much fun and camaraderie can be had from lending a hand to one of our teams. We have roles for everyone, depending on your interest and how much time you can give. No experience is needed, as all of our volunteers work as a team and show you how it’s done!
Club President, Tom Moloney (above), is particularly keen to get people involved in the running of the club’s teams, having experienced first hand how rewarding it can be. Speaking at the Club AGM, Tom spoke about the culture of volunteerism in the club.
“For me, it reflects the openness that is Terenure College RFC and the welcome it offers to all who seek to join its family. I use the word ‘family’ specifically, as I regard it as a 2nd family and I have made lifelong and loyal friends here.”
One of Tom’s main priorities during his year as President is to increase the amount of people involved, saying “As we all know there is no “I” in Team, nor is there one in Club or Nure. I intend to work diligently in seeking more Members to Volunteer for the endless list of tasks that exist within a Sport environment!”
Expanding on this, he continued “Your Club is seeking volunteers to lighten the load of a few and take responsibility for just one task. The caption I am working on is simply “Are You Playing Your Part?” If you feel you would like to be on our Team, please contact me and I would be delighted to talk with you.”
Club Captain Robbie Smyth (above), echoed Tom’s sentiments, having followed a similar path to his current role. Speaking of his journey from joining as an U20, Robbie said “Little did I think when I first arrived at Lakelands that I would go on to captain this great club. It is a very proud moment for my family and I.”
“As soon as I came down the lane at Lakelands, this club invited me in with its famous ‘Nure welcome’ and I cannot stress how unique this club is in terms of having that strong, tight knit community feel, an invaluable characteristic that is driven by the nature of the people involved in every aspect of the club. It is this togetherness that made myself and many others feel included and part of something special from day one.”
Going on to explain the invaluable job that the club’s volunteers do, Robbie detailed
“Instrumental in our quest to succeed is the support we receive from the various levels of the club; the management committees and the staff which keep this club operating on a day to day basis and provide us with arguably some of the best rugby facilities in the country. Thank you to all involved in any aspect of the club, whether it be minis, youths, junior rugby or senior, you all contribute to what makes this a great club.”
Tom and Robbie’s quotes eloquently show how much impact even a small amount of your time can have on the club, be it at AIL level or at Under 6s. We have roles for coaches, managers, bagmen, tea and coffee makers, roles in social media, website, business networking, sponsorship… the list goes on and on!
If you would like to get involved, even in a very small way, the club would be delighted to find a role to suit. It is such a rewarding thing to do that you will not regret it!
If you are interested, just contact Tom or Robbie, or any member of the management committee. All contact details are available on the club website.