Sam Teasdale Community Engagement Manager.

Message From New Zealand: Waikato Update

Considerable activity has taken place since the establishment of a new board of directors in September and the growing relationship with the Chiefs and Waikato Rugby in New Zealand.

New Cornish Pirates director Colin Groves * and Dallas Fisher ** were in Cornwall in September and since their return to New Zealand, have been very active progressing the ideas that were presented at the time.

  • Waikato RU Board / Club Chairs – A presentation was made to the WRU October Board Meeting outlining the events in Cornwall to establish this new relationship with the Cornish Pirates. The same presentation was given to 32x Waikato Club Chairs’ Meeting at the start of the November –both have been positively received by all.

  • Scholarships – Discussions have started with leading Waikato and Bay of Plenty rugby schools who operate a similar academy system to that seen in the UK to see what synergy and potential scholarships can be built between Cornwall and NZ.

  • Business Plan for the Stadium – Dallas is making progress with developing the strategic plan for the stadium, which will cover the 3 specified elements:

  a) Organisation, Structure and Capitalisation for the business
  (b) Building a Sustainable Business Model
  (c) Rugby Partnerships

Whilst the new board may be spread over a wide geographical area, thanks to Martin Tucker at Penwith College they are able to meet through the video conferencing facility at the college. They are also keeping shareholders fully informed of progress and new developments.

The new Board already has ‘a good handle’ on where the club stands financially, and a number of Roadshow and Investor presentations are planned to be scheduled in the New Year.

“These are early days but progress is clearly being made and further updates, including news of the Stadium for Cornwall, will follow.” Said Colin Groves

I am in Cornwall in early December and am arranging a series of meetings with several key people and organisations to build partnerships and making Cornish Pirates and the Stadium good for all of Cornwall.”

Peter Child, Cornish Pirates’ interim Chief Executive said: “It is great to see such constructive progress being made after just two months.”

“The positive feedback from Colin and NZ shows that this project has momentum and we all look forward to continuing with success on and off the park.”

“Locally the appointment of a community officer, local graduate Sam Teasdale, is already having major benefits for local schools in Penwith and Penryn and coaches Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver are working on developing the squad for the next two years.”

* Colin Groves is Chairman of the Waikato Rugby Union, a Cornish-Kiwi who grew up in Truro.

** Dallas Fisher is Chairman of the Waikato-based Chiefs Super Rugby Club



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