It’s odd how things change and how situations develop, but today we have been asked to take down the website that we created for Ripon Rugby Club which was part of our long standing support for the club that spans a decade.
Ripon Rugby Club is an amateur club that relies on the help and support of many individuals and businesses to be able to provide the coaching to the players and to run a successful club. Bronco got involved with the rugby club back in 2000 (before Dave and I even owned the company) and Dave & Ben built the first web presence for the club. Back in 2000 it was quite rare for a sports club to have a website, let alone one that could record the fixtures and match reports, and for an amateur club they have always outstripped the online presence of any other club in their league.
Back in 2007 the club website was given a major overhaul that coincided with the big expansion of the club house and facilities. The new site included blogs so that there could be a community formed around match reports and comments, as well as a great backend that allowed for fixtures and scores to be updated. Over the years the various website developments, the domain name renewals and the hosting have all been done free of charge for the club as a gesture of our support to a local sports club, running into thousands of pounds in cost to Bronco.
But it now seems that the committee has take a u-turn and decided that it no longer wants the support, goodwill or expertise of Bronco to carry their web presence into the future for free! It’s left myself and Dave very confused about the move of a club rejecting a perfectly good website that was just in need of the new team information adding and a few new pictures. Bizarre!