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Sandal write the news

Sandal write the news


Sandal officials are spreading the word to their members with the first edition of their new quarterly club newsletter. Called Up The Royal, the four-page glossy publication is packed with news about the Division Two club.

The first edition includes details of the many improvements the club have made to their ground during the past 12 months and reveals that the club have established a sub-committee to  begin the planning process for adding an additional tier to their clubhouse.

In his message to members, club chairman Ian Shackleton said: "Despite the obvious restrictions inflicted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it could be argued that as a result, the club has never been in a better shape.

"The amount of works carried out by an army of club volunteers has been nothing short of phenomenal, Anyone visiting our ground and facilities could not fail to be impressed by how we  as a club are developing. Long may that continue. My thanks go out to all, too many to list here, for all the hard work involved.."

Looking ahead, he added: "However, it is important that we don't rest on our laurels and that we continue to grow and develop in a controlled and rational manner. We should all take pride in what we have achieved as a collective group. Long may our ambition to better ourselves continue."

The newsletter also revealed  that former Yorkshire and England cricketer Craig White has become a club ambassador while Kristian Shuttleworth, right, has been re-elected as first team captain and Jamie Pease has been named as successor to Colin Hale as second team skipper.

Sandal also have a new groundsman with Jonny Gardiner, who has perviously looked after Oulton's ground is already preparing for the 2021 season.

A detailed list of the club's achievements in 2020, which included the full refurbishment of their changing rooms and function room, plus the installation of former stadium seating.

Those seats actually have an interesting history having originally been in use at Cheltenham Racecourse before  short appearances in the stands at Featherstone Rovers and Dewsbury Rams before arriving at Barnsley Road.

A review of the club's season and the findings of the players' fines committee also featured in a publication which has been lovingly produced.

League president Keith Moss was full of praise about Sandal's newsletter. "It is an excellent read and I congratulate them wholeheartedly on it,

"I was impressed to read about the many tasks they had undertaken in the past year and their ambitious plans for the future. It is great to see a club with such pride in their work. I cannot praise them enough for sharing their newsletter with us."

Click here or on any of the page images to view an online version of the newsletter