AGM – 7th June 2019

Bath Saracens RFC AGM 2019

Held at The Ram in Widcombe 7th June 2019

Present:
Dave Pyles; Jim Biss; Ed Bell; Paddy Thomas; Owen Swabey; Rob Langan; Jon Bradley; Robbie Lawrence; Matt Tomes

Apologies:
Hugh Sawyer; Sam Crowder; Mark Boxall; Jamie Navarette; Ashley Noakes; Jon White; Rich Leat; Paul Kavanagh; Alex Carvlin; Danny Hawkins; Tom Fordham.

1. Previous Minutes

Accepted

2. Secretary’s Report

Opening comments
There were 10 full meetings of the club committee. Business has operated smoothly during the year, with strong attendance by committee members.

We competed this season in D&W Division III (North) finishing 3rd- playing several teams strong enough to successfully operate in the Division above. There has been no major change in the D&W league structure, so we will compete in the same Division again next year.

Although playing in D&W we continue to be also affiliated to the Somerset and Civil Service RFU’s.

Thanks to Paddy for continuing to manage updates to the Club website and Twitter feeds.

We have continued to receive high-quality coaching support from Dean Taylor and Mark Ball and our thanks are also due to last season’s Captain Ed Bell.

Ground and post-match hospitality
We hope to continue to receive sponsorship from the CSSA (Bath) for the costs of playing at the Sulis Club. Post-match entertainment has once-again been hosted by Graham and Carol at the Hadley Arms, who continue to provide both a warm welcome and tremendous food.

Training at the Bath Rugby Lambridge Ground remains a great success with good numbers in attendance most weeks.

International Tickets
Mike York has continued to manage our (small) International Ticket allocation over the last year to satisfy the member’s requirements.

Social Activities
The club has organised several successful social events this year, including an extremely memorable tour to Granada (Thanks again Paddy) and culminating in a very successful club dinner.

Recruitment
Like all clubs and societies Bath Saracens can only continue to exist with a life-blood of new players joining the team. Whilst we have had a successful year with new faces, we cannot pause in our efforts to grow and retain players and as a club giving the full weight of our support to the incoming membership secretary and committee with recruitment is necessary.

End of Season Awards
Congratulations to:
Most improved player – Sam Crowder
Player’s player – Owen Swabey
Captain’s award – Mark Boxall
Clubman of the year – Paddy Thomas

4. Captains Report

After a poor start to the season, a strong run post Christmas left Sarries in a strong league position. Over 40 players have turned out for the club this season, but only 8 have played 10 or more fixtures from our 15 or so league games.27 players have paid their subscriptions.

A vote of Thanks was made to Ed for his hard work over the season.

5. Treasurers Report

a. Presentation of Report
The treasurer had provided a full set of reports for review. These are available from him on request.

b. Acceptance of Report
The membership accepted the report. (Proposed Lawrence; Seconded Swabey).

c. Opt-out of requirement for full audit.
Under the provisions of RFU Rule 5.1.5(c) the Club agreed to opt out of a formal audit or examination, by a qualified accountant, of the Club’s 2017-18 Annual Financial Statement. The resolution was passed unanimously.

6. Changes to the Constitution and Rules

None

7. Election of Officers

a. Chairman – Dave Pyles
b. General Secretary – Jim Biss
c. Honorary Treasurer – Mark Boxall
d. Fixture Secretary – Robbie Lawrence
e. Social Secretary – Rob Langan
f. Membership and VP Secretary – Owen Swabey
g. Publicity Secretary – Paddy Thomas
h. Captain – Ed Bell
i. General Committee:
i. Jon Bradley
ii. Sam Crowder

Note The committee may co-opt further members prior to the start of the season

9. Any Other Business

First Committee meeting will be 4th July 2019