President's Message


President 2020-2021 Robin McKelvey

I am delighted and feel greatly honoured to be elected President of Instonians. In taking up this role, I am however acutely aware of the notable achievements, both on and off the field of play, of previous presidents and undertake to do my very best to discharge my duties to the full.

It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that from March this has been a perplexing year on account of the coronavirus and the impact it is still having on all our lives, especially in respect of our sporting activities. Following the curtailment of last year’s programmes in rugby and hockey towards the end of their respective seasons, the decimation of this summer’s cricket, at the time of writing we are again subject to further disruption in hockey and rugby. We have also had to put on hold our recently reinstated annual fixture with Glasgow High Kelvinside and the Sports Dinner originally planned for April but now penned in for next March. It is nevertheless much more important that we should take all steps to preserve the safety and health of all our members and their families. We also need to pause to think of those we know who have suffered illness, or even loss, through this pandemic.

Hopefully we will be able soon to return to some form of normality in the resumption of training and the remainder of our cup, league and social programmes, putting this sense of frustration and these disappointments behind us.

I am really excited about the prospect of supporting the extraordinary range of activities in the Club, cricket, rugby and hockey for youngsters, youth rugby and ladies’ cricket besides cricket, rugby and hockey adult teams. A club for all the family!

I wish to pay tribute to our loyal sponsors and to the army of often unseen supporting members, Club representatives, coaches for minis, youth and adult teams, managers, physios, those who look after grounds, kit, shop, finance, our camera operators, safety officers, umpires and referees without whose efforts none of our sports could function.

Let us watch out for each other through these trying times. In the meantime I will look forward to the remainder of the season getting back underway with the excellent support of Senior Vice-President Owen Lambert.

Take care.

Robin McKelvey

President, 2020-21