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Newsletter February 2019

By Sue English

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Newsletter February 2019

There is no escaping the fact that we remain bottom of the league and are likely to be relegated unless we can find the victories required to stay up. For various reasons we lost a handful of key players at the start of the season and have had to increasingly rely on youth players with the support of some of our most experienced.
For some the answer is to bring in overseas players so that we can be competitive in London 1. However, at the start of this season the rules on paying players have been strengthened and to provide travel, accommodation or jobs is now seen as making payment. Our view is to remain amateur and concentrate on players from Diss and surrounding. We will still look to bring in overseas players where we can within the rules. We will play at whatever level this allows us. Why is this the correct decision?
Rochford were promoted into our league this year and will most likely be promoted again which proves you can buy success. I don’t say this with any jealousy because making the transition to paid status changes the ethos of the players and the club. We are determined to develop our youth and existing teams so they remain playing for their club. The Rochford players are impressive but will leave if the money runs out or they find someone else to fill their place to play in an even tougher league next season. Everything has changed for them; their local boys have had to seek other clubs if they don’t meet the paid standard. There is no funding, grants or assistance from the RFU because you are now a commercial entity. So, I’m pleased to stay as we are so we can watch Diss players, motivated by the love for our club and the game.
I still hold out hope that we might survive in London 1 but if we have to go down then we will have a season of playing teams who are also amateurs. Our home and away support, lunches etc would be boosted by playing Norwich, Ipswich, Southwold and Stowmarket. Player availability would not be affected by having to visit inside the M25 every other week. So it wouldn’t be all bad news – we have played in a higher league and we have played in a lower – right now we cant compete against the professionals.

New coaching team for next season
To achieve our goals of developing our youth, our existing players and to attract new we have appointed a top coaching team for next season.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Greenhall as Head Coach of your club for next season.

Nick, is a level 4 RFU coach, coach educator and has vast experience at a high level. Nick will be working with all the coaches at the club.
We have also appointed Spencer "Cakes" Williams as specialist forwards coach. Cakes is an Eastern Counties coach and has worked alongside Nick for many years and we hope to announce other appointments shortly.
The committee would like to thank Dave Smith for all his hard work and hope that he might lend a hand when possible.
We plan to develop our youth, ensuring a strong succession path into senior rugby whilst recruiting from outside where we can.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”

• We are pleased to welcome Luci Waters to the management team. Luci will be concentrating on marketing, sponsorship ,recruiting lunch sponsors and attendees. Luci will be producing our commercial literature and supporting the launch with contact of our existing sponsors and recruiting new.

• After a very successful Christmas party, Tracey Davies has arranged a Summer Ball
• We have introduced contactless payment behind the bar. It is proving to be more convenient and is boosting sales.
• We have relaxed the dog ban.
• We have negotiated a new kit contract
• We have professional first aid cover for all games and Sunday training
• We are training our own mental health first aiders to safeguard players
• The barbeque hut has been refloored and refurbished and is open on match days. It has been very succesful in raising aditional funds.

Having appointed James Stanley as Director of female rugby we now have 31 girls regularly attending matches and training. The numbers are nearing 40 plus we now have ladies attending. Well done James tremendous effort – thank you. Our minis are one of the biggest groups across the county with very strong numbers in each age group. I will focus on them in the next newsletter.
Our U13 boys are building their numbers but would welcome new players. The U14’s are a strong group who are growing their skills week on week.
Our U15’s:

Allez les Bleus!
There is a particular air of excitement amongst our U15’s at the club as we make our preparations to tour Segre, Maine-et-Loire, France in April. This is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to take on the French side and experience some of the culture. We are being ably assisted by former Diss resident Charles Appleton who now resides close to the French club and we hope to be able to host returning sides in future years as we build closer links. This age group are a very close-knit bunch who toured Worksop and Sheffield in 2015, Pocklington and York in 2017 but this tour will be the pinnacle. We are looking forward to flying the flag for Diss in Europe. We want to give every player in the team the chance to go and will be holding fund raising events to assist with this goal. If you or your business would like to support the boys please contact Andy Jermy, Chairman ( – merci beaucoup!

The committee want to work for and with you for the benefit of our members, supporters and players. We would welcome your views and comments especially if they are channelled direct to us.
Please write to me at or talk to me at the club.
I wish everyone a good final half of the season and thank you for your support.

Andy Jermy

Updated 14:03 - 5 Apr 2019 by Alan Gittins

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