This Message From CEO Peter Child & The Board was first published in yesterday's New Years Eve match programme:
The last day of 2016 was a good time to look back and to the future.
The restructuring took place at the end of September and we have made several strides forward.
Re-engaging with the local community was key and our Community Officer Sam Teasdale has done great work with local schools and mini rugby already.
Robyn Ashurst has joined as our Marketing Officer and she will be contacting many of you soon with sponsorship and hospitality offers for this season and next.
The ending of the Judicial Review on the Stadium for Cornwall was great news and we can now move forward with INOX our developers and their team with much more certainty.
The Board met on the Sunday morning before the London Irish game at the magnificent Madjeski Stadium in Reading in the Reading FC Board room (Pictured Above) and it was both a privilege and opportunity to see their stadium and how it worked.
The facilities were great and the crowd, complete with drums, Irish greyhounds and flags and favours showed what we can achieve in the Cornish Stadium.
So looking forward Dallas Fisher, the CEO of the New Zealand Chiefs RFC, will be here for 2 weeks in January to start the detailed plans for the Stadium and what it will deliver for Cornwall.
It is worth reminding everyone that as well as rugby and sport the Stadium will be for conferences, trade shows, events, dinners, concerts and hospitality 7 days a week not just match days. It will be for Truro College to use and train students in catering and education. There will be 3 community pitches for all clubs to use 7 days a week. And of course it will be the new home for the Cornish Pirates and all their supporters.
There is much work to be done. We are now talking with existing and potential sponsors for the coming seasons and looking at ways of raising finance for the Pirates as we move towards the Stadium.
The Boards’ vision is that the Cornish Pirates will be the team of Cornwall and ultimately owned by the people of Cornwall and we all want this to happen.
So on behalf of the Board can we wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year and a new Stadium for Cornwall very soon.