CHAIRMAN Nicola Rawnson has many aims for the upcoming rugby season, taking in every level and every team of the Salisbury club.

Having taken over as Chairman in July, Nicola said she is “very excited” for the upcoming season, and emphasises the work being done for all ages and abilities, writes Benjamin Paessler.

With two sons, one in the mini section and one in the junior section, and being a VP, Nicola touches many areas of the club’s membership, and hopes to engage as many as possible.

“Especially at youth level, we are not results driven,” she said. “We want as many players of any ability to come down, and we want them to be engaged for the long term.

“For the women’s team we want to increase the numbers so that we can have a 15-a-side squad, and for the senior men, we want to see good rugby across all four teams.”

There will also be a focus on ensuring the players have enough time for training, and working with directors to ensure we can provide the best level of rugby and enjoyment for everyone.”

Nicola also spoke about Project All Change, a major project at the club to build a brand new modern changing room block for all the players.

She said: “We’ve been fundraising for about two and a half seasons, and we are hoping to see a breakthrough in May next year.”

Even with the support of rugby’s governing body, the RFU, and grants from other bodies, the club still need to raise around half of the total, through their own initiatives, and this is where the ‘Buy a Brick’ initiative comes in.

“This is an opportunity for the wider community to invest in the club. They can buy a brick that will be used in the new changing room, have their names engraved, and have representation at their local club.”