It is a great honour for me to be elected as President of Lansdowne FC for the season 2014-2015 and as president, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our guests and visitors throughout the season.
In Lansdowne we have always had a great rugby playing tradition that in the past attracted players from all over the country. Many of these players reached the great heights of playing for their country whilst others, while not achieving international honours, were proud to have the honor of playing for the jersey. This tradition has continued in Lansdowne FC and we would like to welcome all our players from around the country, and from around the world. We trust that you will be made feel at home in what is now your club.
On behalf of all the members and supporters we would like to congratulate Ron Boucher on being elected as Club Captain. This is an exceptional honour to follow in the footsteps of so many greats of Irish rugby. Ron is an exceptional player and will fearlessly lead his team from the front. We wish him, his team and all the teams in the club success and enjoyment on the field of play.
This year we also welcome Mark McHugh and Ciaran Walsh who are joining Mike Ruddock's coaching team, who alongside Stephen Rooney, Colin Goode, Brian Corrigan and Paddy Gore will ensure that the high standard and quality of rugby that we as a club have promoted will be maintained again this season.
I am also pleased to announce that Lansdowne FC has appointed Michael O'Brien, our U13 Head Coach, as Faculty of Rugby Director. This is a Leinster Rugby sponsored initiative and Michael's role is to put in place a framework to ensure that all our players, from U6 all the way up to the U17s, have a coordinated plan for the development of their rugby skills.
To our sponsors we express our thanks for their support and loyalty. Many of our partners have been supporting Lansdowne for several decades. We especially would like to thank Zurich who has been our club sponsor for 25 years, We are also indebted to our other sponsors including An Post, Heineken, O'Callaghan Hotels. G45 and Mazars. We ask our members to support their companies and their businesses.
A club like Lansdowne could not function without the volunteers and we are fortunate to have a group of dedicated members who give up their time to ensure the smooth running of the club. These include the many coaches, bag men, team managers, referees and physios who ensure that the game of rugby continues to flourish in D4 and Ballycorus.
I look forward to seeing you all during the year supporting the teams of Lansdowne around the country. All teams, from the 1st XV down to the J4, our minis and youths, deserve, welcome and appreciate your physical and vocal support from the sidelines.
Club President 2014-2015