What an immense privilege to become President of Surrey Rugby! I canít say that Iíve been waiting long and hard for this because the honour came as a complete surprise to me. However, as the 1st Surrey President to serve from my club, Warlingham Ė I feel extremely proud and privileged.
In Surrey, we have north of 25,000 rugby playing participants (Senior and Junior); itís nothing short of mammoth. With the recent growing addition of girls, women and 7ís, itís becoming quite extraordinary. So, if I have one particular message to exalt within the rugby ethos during my term, it would be to support and uphold the amateur game and have fun in doing so. Weíve undergone rehabilitation and reconstruction, and returned to core values over the past 2 years, but itís now time to enjoy the game once again.
Last season, the Senior County XV re-entered the County Championship Shield competition for the first time in 5 years and progressed to the final at Twickenham. What a great pleasure for players and supporting staff alike! Wouldnít it be good to go one better this season and win that trophy?
Players, coaches, administrators, sponsors, supporters, parents, spectators, one and all Ė enjoy your rugby.
Paul A. Agate