Welcome Message From the President – Nigel Poff

It is both an honour and a privilege to have been elected as President of Old Wesley RFC for the 2020/21 season.

First of all, many thanks to Adrian Hawe the longest serving President with the shortest season (his words) for everything during the 2019/20 season.

Even with all that is going on we should look forward to the season ahead. It will be a challenge no doubt both on and off the pitch.

On the pitch the safety of all the players, coaches, managers, physios, and match officials is of the upmost importance.  Thanks to our Club Covid 19 Safety Office, Wayne Sheridan, and all his compliance officers for their assistance in understanding and implementing the ever-changing safety guidelines issued from the government, HSE and IRFU.  As I write under current guidelines spectators are not permitted at games so live streaming (with commentary) is being planned of the first team games where possible via our Facebook Page.

Off the pitch one of our main lines of revenue is of course our first-class clubhouse and facilities in Donnybrook but again due to restrictions this has been curtailed since March. The executive along with Michael Weafer and his team are currently working on a staged reopening under government guidelines. The clubhouse is now fully Covid 19 Complaint and safe with sanitising stations, a one-way system, social distancing signage, and Covid 19 trained staff.

To our club captain Iain McGann, and all players throughout the club from under 6 to the senior team, I wish you an enjoyable, successful and injury free season. I also wish our head coach Morgan Lennon, and all coaches, management and medical staff the very best of luck for this season.

A club is based on volunteers and to everyone involved I thank you for your continued support and work which is helping to strengthen our club’s position and reputation in Leinster and Ireland. There is always a job for someone, so please don’t be shy, the more people involved makes it easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

We cannot function without support from our members and sponsors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Savills, our main club sponsor, and all our corporate supporters for their continued generosity which helps ensure our club continues to thrive both on and off the pitch.

A huge thanks to the club Executive who have worked tirelessly but especially over the last 6 months. We welcome Andrew Bowers in as the new Hon, Secretary, and thank Alan Browning who steps down after 3 years.  And to Neville Moran, who takes over as Hon. Treasury from Peter Squires who after 5 looking after the money takes over as club chairperson from John Lowry.  Unfortunately, due to work and current travel restrictions John felt it would not be in the best interests of the club to continue. We thank John for all his time given, short as it was.

I look forward to (hopefully) seeing you all during the season and hope you enjoy the famous Old Wesley welcome provided by our Club Manager Michael Weafer and his team.

Please join me in supporting all our teams during the season both on and off the pitch.

Nigel Poff

President – Old Wesley RFC

Nigel joined Old Wesley after leaving school and, apart from a short time living abroad, has been an active member both on and off the pitch ever since.  Most of his involvement as a player and administrator, has been at junior rugby level where he helped bring our club from some barren times to the strong position that Old Wesley junior rugby now holds in Leinster.  He is married to Karen and has a son David who is a current member of the Senior Squad.