Chairman hails historic year for the Ay’s

Aylesbury Rugby Club chairman Dean Gray
Aylesbury Rugby Club chairman Dean Gray

Aylesbury chairman Dean Gray says the club has experienced ‘one of the most significant years in its history’.

At the start of the year the Magenta and Blacks embarked on a project to refurbish its ageing facilities that had been two years in the planning.

The project was helped by grants and funding from the Rugby Football Union, Sport England and AVDC, as well as donations from local clubs and members which helped the Ay’s realise their dreams of delivering a quality facility the envy of rugby and sports clubs alike.

Gray said: “As in most projects, there are inevitable delays, the weather didn’t help us during the summer, this and changing of some areas, meant we were very slow in moving the project forward and we are around four-six weeks from completion, but the committee is confident the finished clubhouse will serve the membership for many years to come.”

On the pitch the youth section continues to flourish, with teams doing well at county cups/plates, attending Wasps camps and having players representing county and beyond.

The setting up of a 16-20 year old academy has put focus in this area, with the hope they transition into senior rugby more smoothly.

In the senior section, Dave Larham is back at the club as coach, hoping to develop the young talent at Ostler’s Field.

Gray added: “All in all it has been a great year, in 2013 we will have a great new clubhouse which we will hope to utilise heavily. We will also be aiming to be nearer the top of the leagues at senior level.”