We set UpAndOver up about 14 years ago. Our original aim for doing so was to provide somewhere local where we could train our dogs (we were previously travelling 70+ miles to train) and to provide agility training in the Andover area. These purposes have kept us on track over the years and a constant reminder of what the club is all about.
UpAndOver will keep it's name, it will be a local dog agility club for people in and around the Andover area. Karen & I will remain part of the committee. Long term, I think it'll go for KC registration.
On reflection running a club for this length of time has been a lot of work (especially for Karen) and mostly very enjoyable for both of us. We have a fantastic group of people training with us, we've made great long lasting friendships and we have a strong committed core who are helping to form the committee.
Karen described 'letting go' a bit like seeing your offspring grow up and then go out into the wide world on his/her own. I'd agree with that. It's strange handing over all the various jobs associated with running a club to other people. However, we both know the time is right to do this and have full confidence in the new committee.
This would be a good opportunity for me to pull out a Winston Churchill quote:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”