The Chief executive of the RFU, Bill Sweeney, was a guest of the club at the game last weekend against Rams.
After what had been a fractious period for the club, the visit allowed for plenty of conversations around the state of the game and the plans emanating from HQ. Speaking of his visit Bill said “it was a very productive visit to the Albion and a pleasure to meet Dave, Max, Vince and Chris, and listen to their plans for the growth of the club after a difficult and challenging period. Without exception, you always learn more from a face to face meeting and to hear their ambitious plans for a club with such a great history, facilities, and potential was enlightening. I’m sure this is the start of a new chapter in our relationship. We have a number of important issues in the game and it was helpful to get their input and opinions to help us all improve the game”.
After arriving before the gates opened Mr Sweeney and his guest, Helen Macnaughtan, were given a guided tour of the ground and enjoyed a meal on the director’s table. Visiting as part of a Westcountry tour of community clubs it was delightful for all that they remained at the club for a fair few hours post-game before enjoying an evening on the Barbican.
Max Venables commented on the visit “It was great to see Bill and Helen at the club and, although we couldn’t quite get the win, feel that we gave a decent reflection of the club and how we’re planning for a prosperous future. Our dispute with the RFU is well documented and I have to tip my cap to Bill for fronting up, allow us to draw a line under things and look to move on in a positive manner with rugby at the forefront of all our agendas”
Bill Sweeney, RFU Chief executive talks to Max Venables, MD Plymouth Albion