Diss Rugby Club chairman Andy Jermy has 'increasing concerns' about the future of the game
I’m sure I’m not alone in having increasing concerns for the future of the game I have loved since I was a child.
I know the game has changed dramatically since I played; the players are bigger, stronger, fitter than we were but my worry is the reducing levels of commitment and loyalty.
Diss has fielded four senior teams in the past but since the pandemic break the club now struggle to field two sides some weeks.
Some players don’t commit to training at all and then expect to play well as a team on a Saturday, but unfortunately this simply doesn’t compute.
I always wanted to develop my skills so that I could play to the best of my ability and support my team-mates who were also committed to the same aim.
So how do we overcome this situation and restore the loyalty? At Mackenders we have a very dedicated Under-18s group who often train in greater numbers than the seniors, so now is the time to transition them into the adult sides.
My hope is that this will inject a level of competition for places but, more importantly, reward their commitment.
It has now become vital that we retain this group and build the sides around them.
I’m looking forward to reporting their success in the future and allaying my concerns.