On behalf of the IRFU Ulster Branch, I am delighted to send our best wishes to the players, coaches and volunteers of City of Armagh RFC for the 2021-22 season. I would specifically like to wish Paul Johnson a successful and enjoyable presidency year.
All clubs through the outstanding work and commitment of their volunteers have made plans for a return to play and a return to trade. I would ask that all clubs remain flexible and keep in close contact with Ulster Rugby staff to react to any change in the environment which may require a change in the current protocols.
On the provincial scene, Ulster Rugby has demonstrated significant improvements over the past 12 months despite the impact of Covid19. I look forward to seeing this continued development of our young squad under the guidance of Dan McFarland and we are delighted to welcome Willie Faloon into our coaching structure.
The domestic rugby landscape continues to face significant challenges on and off the pitch but there is some excellent work being done to reach new audiences and grow participation levels in clubs and schools. I would like to highlight the excellent work being done by the rugby development department within Ulster Rugby, who continue to look at innovative ways to engage with players and potential players.
I would also like to pay tribute to the many volunteers at City of Armagh RFC for their wonderful efforts in sustaining and growing the club. Volunteers are the lifeblood of every club and it is important that volunteers are recognised and valued.
I also would like to thank and recognise the continued financial support that your multiple sponsors bring to ensure the financial sustainability of your club. With a dedicated team of volunteers, it is no coincidence that rugby is thriving at all levels within the club from the 1st XV down to mini rugby.
I hope this season will be another special one for City of Armagh RFC and I wish you every success, on and off the pitch.
President, IRFU (Ulster Branch)