During the past two seasons our on field progress has been steady. Our teams are delivering good results and Membership numbers are on the rise once again. However with the pressures of National 1 Rugby our Club is struggling to secure a strong financial foothold and has difficulty coming to terms with balancing our ambitions and living within its means so that it continues to provide a stable foundation for future developments and aspirations. With this in mind, and driven by concerns about the immediate and long term financial future of our Club, the Executive have decided, after much soul searching, that the only solution is to play our League Rugby at Well Hall starting 2016/17 Season.
There will be two “trial games” towards the back end of this season, so that we can test the feasibility of this plan and start addressing any problems in readiness for next season. We had hoped to find a way forward with our current Landlords at Rectory Field but that was not to be and we must now take this opportunity and take control of our own destiny. The Rectory Field will still remain a cherished part of our portfolio and will be used for our non 1st XV rugby – e. g. our burgeoning Women’s XVs, Men’s XVs and age groups, – as we move into this new and exciting era.
We are exceedingly aware of the heartache and disappointment this may cause some of our most ardent supporters but in the true fashion of “loyalty to the cause” we hope, by understanding “Why?”, they will come with us as we take the best available option for the health and well being of our club.
“The Club” has a tremendous History which will never disappear; it will continue and flourish as we strive to guarantee our future before it is too late.
Blackheath FC Executive Committee 9.12.15