Kingswood's incentive to attend training
KINGSWOOD are introducing a cheap drinks incentive to boost training numbers at the ambitious Gloucester One club.
Players who attend both the Tuesday and Thursday sessions at Deanery Road will qualify for a couple of after-match pints on a Saturday at cost price.
The move sums up a fresh approach from virtually a completely new committee, headed by incoming chairman Ian Kirley, secretary Alan Bell, treasurer Lewis Voisey, club captain Nick Coe and director of rugby Paul Meaden.
Kirley said: "A club of our size has to do all it can to get people training. It's easy at this time of the year and early in the season, a bit harder when it's wet and cold and dark later on.
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"What we're doing is a fun way to try to keep people interested.
"There have been some big changes here, but I'm keen to stress that this is not a case of getting rid of the old.
"The same people had been running the club for a while, and, although there was a feeling that the time was right for change, we don't claim to know everything.
"The members of the old committee will still be around in an advisory role, and we hope our enthusiasm with their knowledge and wisdom will make a pretty good team."
One of Kirley's first tasks was to draw up a five-year plan to try to secure two promotions and take Kingswood into the ultra-competitive Western Counties North division.
He said: "It's not an easy target and one that will require a heck of a lot of work, but I think the risks of challenging yourself to do better and progress are worth taking."
Key to this plan is providing quality coaching, and developing and then holding on to young, local players.
Kirley said: "Redford Pennycook has taken on the coaching role for next season. Our dads were at school together, he lives just round the corner and he's full of enthusiasm.
"Red will be liaising with Paul Meaden, a former club captain who has lots of good ideas and an overall vision for where we want to be. We've just lost a couple of lads – (prop) Mike Flook to Dings and (centre) James Willmott to Reds – and that shows how important it is for us to progress."
Another key part of Kingswood's vision for the future is to build on their existing rugby tots and junior sides from under-7s to under-11s, and eventually have a full complement of teams through to under-17s.