It is with great warmth and gratitude that I welcome all members, supporters, family and guests to Dublin University Football Club and indeed to those who may like to get involved with the Club at whatever level this season.
Also, to all our visiting clubs and their supporters a very special welcome to College Park, home of Trinity Rugby. Throughout Ireland, it is important that we continue to build relationships between our clubs and embrace the rugby community.
It is important to Dublin University Football Club that, not only on the pitch relationships and friendships develop, but also an understanding that we are a family and we remember the contributions of all who have been involved in the past and the parents who have made it possible. We are very lucky and fortunate to have a wonderful ground in College Park, it is unique and special. We are thankful to all who make it such a memorable environment in which to play, support and visit.
As the oldest continuous rugby club in the world, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities and endeavour to uphold the ethos of the game at the same time embrace inclusivity for all in our community. Preserving this philosophy comes with challenges and the Club is blessed with wonderful leaders who understand the importance on delivering this in every aspect of D.U.F.C. club life and of providing the role modelling for our players that inculcates their commitment, love for our Club, and drive to reach their potential.
It is with thanks to our Trustees and Executive Management Committee for their continued support, enthusiasm and encouragement which have guided the Club to its current strong position.
We are very privileged and appreciative to have wonderful people delivering our programme: our Executive Management Committee members, our Director of Rugby Tony Smeeth and his Assistant Coach Hugh McGuire, our Club Administrator Kay Bowen and so many unsung heroes throughout our Club. We are so proud of your current delivery and your continued commitment to improve the wellbeing, fitness, health of all our players in your care. Thank you all.
We are very grateful to all our Sponsors, Patrons and Supporters of the Club. A particular mention must be made with respect to our main sponsor the Bank of Ireland, whose contribution to the Club makes it so much easier for us to achieve our goals and your active engagement with the Club makes it so enjoyable for all concerned. Thank you all for your continued support.
To all our Parents, how lucky are we? Your support, enthusiasm and commitment are unwavering regardless of the team. It makes your son/daughters’ experience all the more special. Thank you and enjoy your journey as well as theirs. It is truly unique!
If you can, do please take out Club membership, this will help us build on our status as the oldest continuous rugby club in the world. With membership you will have access to International tickets (on a first come, first served basis) and more importantly participate in social and networking events. Just visit our website www.dufc.ie for further details. I look forward to meeting you all at our various games, activities and events throughout the year and at the unique ‘1854’ Dinner.
Last year, was indeed a truly remarkable and successful year throughout the Club. It was such a joy to witness: our 1st XV reaching the Division 1A Semi Finals and the Leinster Senior Cup Final as well as winning back to back Colours matches; our Under 20‘s retaining the All Ireland Cup and our Women’s team being runners up in their League, beaten finalists in their Cup competition and gaining promotion to Leinster League Division 2 for the first time. What a year for Trinity Rugby!
I wish, our Club Captain, James Hickey, our Women’s Captain, Genevieve Ruesch, Team Captains & Coaches and their players every best wish for the season ahead. Whatever the season brings, let us all enjoy and do our best.
Looking forward to meeting you all throughout the season. Enjoy the journey and let us be thankful for it.