December 2021 RFA President’s Newsletter published

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RFA Newsletter

2 January 2022

First of all, a Happy New (and hopefully Fives-filled) Year to you all.

The RFA has today published the association’s latest newsletter, written by President David Parlby (above). It’s the third in a series of quarterly (or thereabouts) newsletters designed to inform the association’s members of the extensive work that is going on behind the scenes.

In this issue (sent to members in December), David updates the association’s members on the latest developments in the RFA’s strategy, including the welcome return of tournaments, plus the appointment of Chris Blakeley to succeed Phil Atkinson as General Secretary. The Old Rugbeian is a retired doctor who runs the UCS Old Boys club in London, and he and Phil will overlap until the next board meeting in February, when Phil will officially stand down.

The newsletter also features updates on the RFA’s strategy, including plans to build new courts at St Dunstan’s College in Catford, London, potentially help with the refurbishment of courts at Eastbourne College, and assisting with the return of Fives to Kelly College in Devon. Plus, there are details on how the RFA plans to reduce the dropout rate among young players when they leave school.

The RFA also looks forward to Fives being restarted at Stoke Newington School in London – where up to 200 pupils could be introduced the game each year – and the Association’s Dinner, which will be held at St Paul’s School, Barnes, on Saturday 23 April, coinciding with the Club Championship.

The newsletter has bee sent to all members by email, but you can also read it by clicking on this link.

You can also catch on all the previous newsletters and Annual Reviews by visiting the Newsletter page on this website.