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It has this week been confirmed that the Cornish Pirates Supporters Club will not be renewing memberships next season.
Commenting on behalf of the CPSC, Chairman Tony Wootton said:
I’m sorry to have to announce that CPSC will not be renewing memberships next season.
The small committee has kept it going for quite a number of years now and we regret that most of us are of an age where we don’t have the energy to continue. We had hoped that by now there would have been substantial movement on the Stadium, but despite the efforts of Dicky and others it is still some time away.
Hopefully, when the Stadium becomes a reality a younger group will come along and want to start another Supporters group. We have a small amount of money, but in excess of last year’s subscriptions, in the Bank, which we can either allocate to worthy causes, support the Crowdfunding initiative or hold pending a possible resurgence at some point.
In conclusion, Tony added:
A very sincere thank you to all Members, past and present, especially those who consistently supported our events.
We look forward to seeing you all at games when life returns to something close to normal.
Following this news, on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, Phil Westren commented:
All of us are naturally saddened to receive such news but at the same time we also fully understand the reasoning behind this collective decision.
It is important, and very much justified, that members of the Cornish Pirates Supporters Club committee all feel proud of their admirable efforts. They have strived to lead and have given truly considerable support, setting an example that others will hopefully/should take up in the future.
Importantly, as Tony’s announcement mentions, when things return to something like normal, they will also each continue to give support by cheering on the team, as together everyone looks forward to achieving certain goals.
The Edwin Bryant Trophy
Regarding the Edwin Bryant Trophy, which is presented annually to a player, perhaps an unsung hero, who has been with the Cornish Pirates for at least three seasons, Edwin’s widow Carole has confirmed that she will still continue this. Lucky winners, it will be remembered, receive the wonderful award of a fine hand-crafted mounted rugby ball in cedar.
It is the third year running that such support will be given and it is greatly appreciated
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