Meetings over future of Buxton Rugby Club

Two extraordinary general meetings have been called to discuss the future of Buxton Rugby Club

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 4:16 pm

Both meetings, which are due to take place within 24 hours of each other, are being organised by separate groups at the club.

It comes amid a legal dispute ongoing at the club, which was confirmed by club chairman Simon Smedley this week.

Several people have contacted the Advertiser with concerns over the team's future.

Buxton Rugby Club's Sunnyfields ground

The first meeting is due to take place on April 22, and will be held via Zoom.

A poster advertising the first meeting says it has been called after the previous management committe 'failed to carry out an AGM by August 31 2020 as required by the club rules and therefore by their inaction ceased to hold office.'

Items on the agenda include the election of officers as required by club rules.

And the second meeting will take place on Friday April 23.

Mr Smedley said this meeting was to discuss club matters but was unable to give any more information.

Buxton RUFC haven't played a game since March 14 2020.

In September 2020, the Advertiser reported how the club had denied a report on Radio 4 that they may have to 'dissolve forever' - saying 'we're definitely not closing'.

The club’s director of rugby Karl De Groot told Radio 4 reporter Bob Walker how the club 'does not have a player base that can carry us through to the next season'.

But speaking to the Advertiser after the radio show, Karl said the club was 'definitely not closing'.