Christmas Message 2022

Christmas Message from Jean McKeown

It is hard to believe that Christmas is practically upon us! This part of the season seems to have flown in with good results across the playing side from the Senior Squad down through the age groups. In particular, shout-outs for the Young Reds U18 team for getting so far in their cup ties and to the Young Reds U16 team who’s outstanding cup run only came to an end in the third minute of injury time in the Final at the DAM Health Stadium against Loretto.

Off the rugby pitch, the Operational team, volunteers and staff have been busy  organising various events from the Curry Quiz night through to the St. Andrews Day Coffee morning. The Senior Squad held a very successful Race Night and is donating some of the proceeds to Shelter Scotland and Christmas Meals for the Homeless (Social Bite).

There are a couple of projects in the pipeline for the club this year:

The building of a much needed storage extension at the north end of the Clubhouse Lounge. As folk will have noticed, some of our changing rooms are being used as storage and we really need additional space to store the equipment for the indoor marquee and also the grass cutter etc

Gym refurbishment – the gym is in need of a renovation and update. I am very grateful to some of the members from the Senior Squad who have pulled together a proposal for the gym which was approved at December’s Board meeting.

All going well, we are looking to secure support funding for these projects to supplement the capital from our reserve account.

As mentioned at the AGM, we have set up Mains Park Trading Co. Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the club and its focus is on Bar Operations and facility hire of the lounge area in addition to some of the commercial events in the Marquee. We are still very much a Rugby Club with our players from Teeny Reds, Wee Reds Minis and Micros, Young Reds and the Reds, not to mention the Vintage Reds, being our primary focus. By developing our Charity status it enables us to progress  in a measured way and to renew items as and when they are required by extending out opportunities for external funding. Setting up the trading company, will allow us to sweep profits made into the main Club in a tax efficient way.

We are very fortunate at Linlithgow Rugby Club in having fantastic facilities developed by the Committee who put together the Towards 50: 2020 Visionand our purpose it to look after this for the future players and members of the club.

As we go into the next part of the season, there is much to look forward to with the Seniors taking a team to Paris for a match against Plaisir before Scotland Six Nations match against France, the visit of Furnace United from Llanelli over the Welsh weekend, the Reds National Shield quarter-final clash against Stewartry at the beginning of March and the Young Reds S2 Tour to France over Easter. 

On that note, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

Jean McKeown
Club President