You may, or may not, be aware that Dog faeces can contain a rather nasty parasite that is quite devastating to humans.
As Rugby players are regularly in contact with the ground they are at above average risk of coming into contact with this parasite in areas where dogs have been allowed to use as a toilet. A few of years ago one of our own players was unfortunate to contract Toxocariasis and nearly lost the sight in an eye.
The only way of avoiding this problem 100% is to exclude dogs from all areas where rugby is played.
Although the Club fully appreciates that it’s members with dogs are responsible owners unfortunately not all dog owners are. The Groundsman, and others members of the Club House Team, have received unpleasant verbal abuse from people who think they have a right to let dogs roam free across our grounds and pitches. This situation is made more complicated If the public see a member of the Club with a dog on our grounds. It adds to the perception that this is okay for everyone to do.
The Committee has reviewed the policy for the 2018/19 season and concluded that the policy be retained as the only fair way of managing this is to stop dogs from being brought onto the Club's premises. They have also decided to increase measures to prevent the abuse of our grounds by members of the public including increased signage and fencing around the perimeter of the Club. These works will take place as soon as practicable.
Above is a map of the Club grounds, which clearly shows the areas where dogs are not allowed in future and also shows the public footpath (blue line) which runs along the northern boundary of our grounds, before cutting down towards the river (just beyond Pitch 4). If you are going to take your dog for a walk along the footpath please keep it on a lead and stick strictly to the path.
Updated 19:11 - 13 Jan 2019 by Tim Platt