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Wanderers Rugby Football Club

Strategic Plan 2007 – 2010

Into the Blue Yonder …

Table of Contents

Preamble 3
Our Vision 4
Our Mission 4
Our Values 4
Our Goals 4
Our Expectations 5
SWOT Analysis 6
2007 Strategic Goals 7
Strategic Goal One 8
Key Result Areas 8
Strategic Goal One – Strategy & Initiatives 9
Strategic Goal Two 10
Key Result Areas 10
Strategic GoalTwo – Strategy and Initiatives 11
Strategic Goal Three 12
Key Result Areas 12
Strategic Goal Three – Strategy and Initiatives 13
Resources 14
Contact Details 14


The Wanderers Rugby Football Club was establish in the Newcastle Rugby Competition in 1924 under the name of GPS Old Boys and subsequently adopted the Wanderers name in 1925. While no details are available for thechange of name it is assumed that because many of the original team members had come from a varying range of GPS Schools in NSW as well as Newcastle Boys High the name “Wanderers” was considered more appropriate.

Wanderers RFC stopped playing in 1939 due to outbreak of WWII and reformed in 1941. The reformed club consisted of players of similar background to the original founders, and sore-established WRFC and adopted the original colours of Sky Blue with Royal Blue hoops. A club history booklet and video were published in 1985 but no formal management of club history has been established or is currently conducted.

Rugby union has embraced professionalism. Wanderers RFC has evolved significantly from effort to become more professional in the approach applied to manage on and off fieldaffairs that started in 1999 with establishment of a “Beyond 2000” subcommittee. The decision was made at that time to lift the level of professionalism in our approach to Rugby coaching, playing, training and Club administration however no formal strategy or activity was implemented. The demands of Club rugby in general has shifted significantly since that time and Wanderers have provided thelocal benchmark.

More than ever we compete for participation with other rugby Clubs and codes which represents a threat to the sustainability of Wanderers RFC. Wanderers must market its strengths in our region – which is the culture and values we demonstrate.

Despite Wanderers being recognised by the NHRU community as a premier Club there has been no use made of available technology to bettermanage the affairs of the Club until this year. Also there is little leverage made of the leadership opportunities provided by participation and association with Wanderers RFC.

We have continued to operate generally according to the guidelines provided by our existing constitution as amended in 1991. Those amendments provided inclusion of role responsibilities to suit the Club requirements ofthe time. At that stage Wanderers had five (5) senior teams all operating in the NRU First Division competition and several junior teams in the HJRU competition. The existing constitution has served us well but is no longer appropriate for administration and management of the affairs of Wanderers RFC. We have out grown them. Now is the time to prepare for the next 2 years and beyond.

We need toreconsider how we manage our affairs with less reliance on the tireless and thankless efforts of volunteers to help maintain the standards of performance that all Wanderers now expect as normal. Consequently, this phase of Wanderers RFC’s life cycle can be viewed as one of succession and transition. This will mean change in all aspects of how the affairs of Wanderers RFC are managed.Strategies have been developed to address the prime issues facing Wanderers RFC related to increasing revenue streams, reinvigoration of social activity and membership interaction, club governance and management capability, and development and retention of rugby coaching and support staff and players.

Our Vision

Be acknowledged as the premier Rugby club in the Newcastle and Hunter region by NSW...
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