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Column from Nick Eastwood

We bring you Nick Eastwood's first column from the weekend's programme against Bath as he reviews his first few weeks as London Wasps CEO

Firstly I would like to wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year on behalf of everyone at the club.

Having been here just over a month it feels like the right time to properly introduce myself to all of our supporters at the start of what will hopefully be a very positive year for London Wasps.

I had no hesitation in accepting the challenge of joining a Club which I have always admired in terms of all the success it has achieved over the course of its history. Having spent 12 years with the RFU, moving back into rugby was too good an opportunity for me to turn down and it’s been a whirlwind few weeks so far. I have been involved now for around six games, starting with that great win over Leicester Tigers and with the team suffering just one loss in that window, my expectations are now very high!

One of the immediate differences in moving to Club rugby is the closeness to the playing side of the club and I have been made very welcome here by Dai Young and his coaches and by all of the players here at the Club.

Our record at Adams Park is something everyone is very proud of this season and I was delighted to be in Oxford last weekend to watch the side win our first away game in the league in some time.

So while Dai and the team are going very well on the pitch, it is our challenge to try and push forward off it.

I came into the role acutely aware of just how much needed to be done here. My immediate priority has been to get a detailed understanding of the Club’s financial situation and understand what needs and will need to happen to take the business forward.

Since the completion of the recent sale of the Club, it has become clear that the Club needed additional investment and as such my main priority in my first few weeks here has been to be part of the planning and negotiation to put that in place. I am pleased to say that developments on this front have been very positive in recent weeks and we are now working on a financial plan which will put us in a much stronger position in the short to medium term.

Once this is in place and confirmed, we can then really start looking to the future and finalising our long term aims and ambitions but we must be realistic and get the nuts and bolts in place first.

With this in mind, a key priority at the Club in the coming months will be to look again at our season ticket holder packages and put in place the best possible offering for next season. There is no hiding from the fact that the Club’s season ticket holder numbers have fallen in recent seasons and it is vital that we reverse this trend.

We will be looking at every aspect of our packages and getting feedback from our supporters to ensure that we put in place an offer that is more attractive to a wider audience with the aim of increasing our gates at Adams Park next season.

If we achieve our aims of securing new investment into the Club and increasing our revenue from ticket sales next season, we will have a much stronger financial platform on which to base our future plans.

There is a lot of hard work ahead but it is a challenge I am looking forward to meeting head on.

As the season progresses I hope to be able to meet and communicate with all of our supporters and stakeholders about our future plans.

Nick Eastwood
London Wasps CEO

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