Tonbridge Juddians RFC

99 Club

99 Club

Help us tackle the challenges ahead

When TJs were promoted to the National leagues in 2016 – some 17 years after the ‘merger’ of TRFC and OJRFC and the formation of TJRFC – it was not only a wonderful achievement, but it was landmark occasion which brought into focus the need to improve the Club’s facilities and infrastructure. We would be visiting well established clubs such as Henley, Taunton and Bury St Edmunds all of whom had state of the art infrastructure and clubhouses that adjoined the 1st XV pitch and which were the envy of many.
Consequently, in 2017 the TJ Committee decided to form a new action group charged with the responsibility of raising funds specifically for improvements to the Club’s infrastructure and clubhouse and the ‘99’ Club as it is now known, was established to support and facilitate funding to attain the highest standard of rugby and its infrastructure at TJRFC.
The ‘99’ Club is managed by an independent management committee comprising vice-presidents and club members. We currently have 27 members who, in the main, contribute £50 per month by standing order or have made ‘one off’ donations and over £80k has been raised since 2017. To date, we have contributed over £40k towards the following:
• Installation of the main pitch-side railings, a floodlight upgrade to allow for 3pm kick offs
• Yearly contribution of £5k towards the cost of the use of the 3G all-weather pitch at Judd School which is a facility used by all sections of the Club
• A new scrum machine
• Footbridge from the clubhouse
• New blinds for the clubhouse
• Covid 19 compliance measures

We now find ourselves in National 1 – level 3 of the RFU pyramid and, in conjunction with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, the Club are about to embark on a drainage improvement project on the area of ground immediately in front of the clubhouse that will include a proper footpath to the main pitch and hardstanding around 3 sides of it. Subject to its consent protocols, the ‘99’ Club propose committing a further £30k in 2021/22 towards the cost of the footpath and hardstanding to include also a contribution towards the cost of the hire of the 3G facility and the hire of the playing pitches.

The drainage project represents the first step in improving the surface between the clubhouse and main pitch and it will improve the spectator/match day experience as the conditions underfoot will be a lot drier. We are aware of many other ‘structural development’ type projects that, if implemented, would further enhance the TJ matchday experience: these would more closely align our facilities and infrastructure with spectator expectations at this level and other National 1 clubs.

But, to deliver these improvements, the ‘99’ Club needs to become a lot bigger and that is where you come in!

The current membership can take great pride in what has been achieved to date which in turn makes us confident in our ability to continue to deliver funds for improvements provided we are successful in increasing our membership.
Included in your membership of the 99 Club are the following:
• Your TJRFC membership fee (individual and family)
• A pre-match lunch for you plus 3 people at a home game of your choice
• Priority invitations to the club’s main social events including Sportsman’s dinner, with a 5% discount on your own personal ticket.
• 5% discount off bar prices with a membership card.
• 10% discount on club shop merchandise
• Participation in draw for England International tickets
• 99 club tie
If you can join us on this rewarding journey then and one of David Carver (07917 195224), Peter Lilley (07710982035), Feargal Ward (07715 931021) Clint Redman (07597734868) or Chris Mortimore (07831 667480) will be pleased to discuss your membership
David Carver
TJRFC ‘99’ Club
May 2021

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