What a great celebration of all that is good about DK and Rugby!
DK’s Youth Section got together and celebrated the end to season 2018/19. Each team had their own presentation alternating between the VP’s Lounge and the Penzer Street Lounge.
A short speech from Brian Platts, Chair of Youth, (before you say anything it could have been longer!). He spoke about how we are an Amateur club, epitomised by the fact that out of the 33 players used in the club’s 1st XV this season 31 of them came up through our youth section.
We then went onto make presentations to the volunteers who willingly give up their time to run our youth teams. From Coaches to First Aiders, team Managers, photographers and more. A wonderful group of people without whom we wouldn’t have a Youth Section!
You look around our fantastic club and you would think we are really well off! However, the truth is we have to work hard to maintain our facilities and the majority of the work is done by volunteers. A small army of members who come down throughout the year, fixing, cleaning, painting, cutting the grass, marking the pitches and much more. In order to survive we must look for more innovative ways to raise money and spend it wisely. Finally, he wished everybody a happy birthday? He produced a book, from this book he read a passage,
In May 1920 our club was born! We are 99 years old this May!
The Teams then went on to make their presentations to the players. In the VP’s lounge we had the Club President Ken Crane handing out medals and certificates, whilst in the Penzer Street Lounge we were joined by the family team of Neil Shillingford (DK Director of Rugby) and Stefan Shillingford (1st XV Captain and top try scorer)
Stef & Neil Shillingford
Also present was the Club Chairman Jon (“Knocker”) Knowles, with a tie on I must add! We were all very grateful for their presence re-emphasising the fact that we are ONE club!
It was great to see so many people down, and the sight of kids of all ages, shapes and sizes running around playing impromptu games together just optimised what DK is all about.