Message from Bernie McGrath, President of Belfast Harlequins RFC
As President of Belfast Harlequins RFC, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our new website. Whether you are a visiting member, sponsor, guest or supporter I sincerely hope you enjoy the experience.
The clubs core purpose is to provide the best possible opportunities for male and female players of all ages and abilities to enjoy the game of Rugby Football. This sonly made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and I wish to extend my gratitude to them who are crucial to the continued wellbeing of our Club.
It is impossible to overestimate the value of sponsorship in these straitened financial times and without it, grass roots rugby in Ulster and indeed throughout Ireland would not be able to continue at the same level. I urge you to show your appreciation of our sponsors by supporting them.
I would like to thank our head coach Nicky Wells for all his hard work. Last season was another tough one, but we came through it well and this reflected the honest endeavours and resilience of Nicky, his assistant coaches, the physics, team managers and, most of all the players.
In addition to the Senior Squad, we have 2nd XV, 3rd XV, 4th XV men's teams, a spirited women's rugby team and a very busy Mini Rugby section, comprising of 180 kids. All of our teams are ably supported by a loyal band of hard-working volunteers including the members of our various committees. I thank them for their commitment and for all they have done and continue to do for the Club.
Friendship and camaraderie remain at the heart of Rugby Football and makes the game what it is today. It has something for everyone whether as a player, supporter or a guest. I want to ensure that all who visit the Club are warmly welcomed, enjoy their experience, meet old friends, make new ones and look forward to returning to Deramore Park.
Belfast Harlequins RFC
Message from Nicky Comyn, President of IRFU
On my own behalf and on behalf of the IRFU, I extend my best wishes to Belfast Harlequins RFC for the 2019-2020 season and hope its a successful one.
The start of the season heralds the staging of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and I know you will join with me in wishing every success to coach, Joe Schmidt, and his management team, together with the Ireland playing squad.
This Rugby World Cup year creates a busy season, taking account of Irelands women 15's team; the under 20's; men's and women's sectors; fortunes of our provincial clubs in the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup and also the myriad club, women's, third level and schools' competitions through the grass roots landscapes.
While bu=y its nature the professional game takes precedence on the international stage, the welfare of the domestic amateur game is of paramount importance to me and the IRFU.
Having been the chairman of the AIL and Third Level, I am acutely aware of the positions of clubs and I take the opportunity to acknowledge the committed and critical role being played by our huge number of volunteers, who make it all happen.
I greatly welcome the IRFU's signing of a five year partnership with Energia, which sees the electricity and gas supply company become the official energy partner to Irish Rugby and also the sponsor of both the men's and women's All Ireland League competitions.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the AIL and the support being demonstrated by Energia is timely. It will hopefully give a lift to clubs in the AIL, both men and women.
I appreciate the struggles of some clubs, its members, volunteers, players and supporters every success and enjoyment for the rugby year.
Nicky Comyn - President IRFU