Pitch plan 9 December 2018 and details of next week's Christmas Party

A very busy day of rugby coming up this Sunday. Welcome visitors from Esher, London Irish, Chobham and Richmond. The BBQ will be fired up for bacon butties beforehand and burgers and 'dogs afterwards.

Wimbledon Rugby Club is located amongst a number of private roads so please do not park on any of the roads marked red on our parking policy and respect the parking marshalls and our neighbours rights to access.

Whilst we are on the topic of parking, please note that the five parking spaces outside the front door of the club on Barham Road (the door that's never open, by the club sign) are reserved for parents with kids in the Inclusive Rugby section. Please don't park there.

It's beginning to get muddy so to help us preserve the pitches for as long as possible could the U12s (on pitch 2) and Colts (on pitch 5) please use them carefully.
U9’s can have overflow into the area between P7 and Netball - great size for a game there.
U7’s can overflow into their normal area next to U6’s as and if required.

Pitch plan

Christmas Party - 16th December
Our annual sing-song and turkey festival is next Sunday. Please stay and enjoy the festivities - kids will get food for free and adults can buy some delicious festive favourites. Beer and wine on offer as well!!!

Inclusive Rugby, U6, U7 and U8 and netball teams
Training 10am to 11.15am
Presentation of awards 11.30am
Food 12 noon onwards

U9, U10 and U11
Training 10am to 12 noon (as normal)
Presentation of awards 12.15pm
Food 12.45 onwards

There will be a raffle (please bring prizes) and cakes and sweet stalls.

Pitch plan 2 December 2018

A few minis are away and as there are quite a few youth matches too there are some changes so please check this out before you set up on Sunday morning.

We welcome Wimbledon Warriors who are visiting our U10 & U11s. Please follow the parking policy.

There is still kit to be picked up (and obviously more to chase however we are getting to the end of the list of outstanding orders now). Also remember that it's the minis Christmas Party on December 16th. Please stay and enjoy a cracking event. We are not training on 23rd and 30th December. First session of the new year is 6th January 2019.

U6s on parking (with help from the netballers).

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 25 November 2018

Seems winter is on its way so please wrap the kids up nice and warm - there are no prizes for being cold! Particularly for the younger groups, cold, miserable kids make coaches' lives much much harder.

U10s on cake sales, U9s on parking (with help from the netballers).

Final call for the city lunch next Friday - get in touch with Paul Goss if you're interested in one of the final places (over 100 are attending, promises to be a cracking day). Email: youth@wmrfc.co.uk for a ticket.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 18 November 2018

Here is the pitch plan for this weekend, the main focus points are:

Colts home game at 11.00 (TBC) and Ladies home game at 2pm so please support them. U11s on parking.

City lunch is now only 2 weeks away however there are a few places left. Last year we had about 70, this year already booked at over 100. Don’t miss out on a great club day and the chance to have a good Friday lunch and listen to Jason Leonard speak. Please email Paul Goss or Boaty to book a place; it promises to be a great day.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 11 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday this week so we will be holding a minutes silence.

Paul asks that the U12 & U10 can move out towards the U11 pitch, the Netball can come out onto the same pitch, and the U13 bring their visiting team towards the end of P4. If anyone spots someone who has not noticed it is coming up please help and send a coach over the remind them of the timings.

U6s on cake sales. Please support them if you can. U8s on parking.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 4 November 2018

A huge thanks to Zoe and Frances and all volunteers that made fireworks night last Saturday such a fun and successful evening. Even though it was a touch nippy it was clearly a highlight of the year with lots of oohs and ahhs and beer/BBQ action as well.

Quite a lot on this Sunday with the girls playing at 12 noon, followed by the ladies XV at 2pm. Please stay and support them both if you can.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 21 October 2018 plus fireworks Saturday 27 October 2018

U10’s on Parking

Fireworks tickets on sale behind the bar - buy them now many missed out last year on a great evening and they are selling fast. If you are after tickets email Zoe and Frances on social@wmrfc.co.uk. Fireworks are on Sat 27 October 2018, sparks fly 7pm,

Wimbledon fireworks

Book your table for the City Lunch on 30th November, another great day for the whole club. If you want to come and do not have a table please join Jonathan and I who have a table of 7 so far. Email citylunch@wimbledonrfc.co.uk

Last one for half term next week. If you are not sure what do do with the kids next week book them a place at the
Half term rugby camp held at the club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week - 23 to 25th October 2018 for u7-u14s. Full details here

Pitch plan

Pitch plan 14 October 2018, Wimbledon Rugby fireworks 27 October 2018, half term rugby camps 23-25 October 2018

Turning out to be a cracking season isn't it? We've got, for the first time, over 500 kids signed up for this season. This is fantastic. Thanks to all the mums and dads who help out each week. Makes all the difference.

We are still after more helpers...
Specifically, with help on the website (both technical: webmaster, and admin: comms officer to help put up posts like this); another fixtures person to help organise the mini festivals and matches; a registrations officer to help administer the kids' details on the RFU game management system; another person to help with child safeguarding with Sophie and Kate, and a person to liaise with schools and the community. None of these roles takes up much time - about 10 hours a month, max. But they are vital to keep the club running smoothly. If you would like to find out more about these roles and can help please email Richard Castle: secretary@wmrfc.co.uk.

Also... don't miss the half-term rugby camp for u7-u14s and the club's fireworks. Details below...

Wimbledon fireworks

Pitch plan

Half term rugby camps
Not too late to book into our fabulous rugby camps - 23-25th October 2018 for u7-u14s. Full details here

Wimbledon RFC city lunch
Finally, we're having a city lunch again this year with guest of honour Jason Leonard on 30 November 2018 at Brasserie Blanc, South Bank SE1. Tickets and info via citylunch@wimbledonrfc.co.uk. A very fun afternoon to talk rugby and get the festive season off to a bang.

Pitch plan 7 October 2018 plus fireworks Saturday 27 October 2018

Quite a few age groups are away this weekend. But for those who are at home be first to secure tickets to our fabulous fireworks evening on Saturday 27 October 2018. Tickets on sale from behind the bar (and at King's this weekend if you're at the KCS festival (where the u8s are playing)). Last year's fireworks was a sell-out so get your tickets early and come down and enjoy a great family night out at the club. Doors open 5.30 with BBQ and bar. Fireworks at 7pm.

Wimbledon fireworks

Pitch plan

Half term rugby camps
Not too late to book into our fabulous rugby camps - 23-25th October 2018 for u7-u14s. Full details here

Welcome to the Wimbledon Rugby Festival 2018

A huge welcome to our guests this Sunday: Wimbledon Warriors, Rosslyn Park, Esher, Old Midwhitgiftians, Sutton & Epsom, Guildford, Warlingham and Battersea Ironsides. By far the largest number of clubs to ever join us at our festival.

The weather is looking good so we will be able to park on the grass which will help with the parking challenges we always face. If you can avoid coming down Barham Road to the club please do - the volume of cars will make entry and exit pretty slow. Please read and follow our parking policy, and listen to any parking instructions you are given - and respect that everyone marshalling the parking are parent volunteers.

Alternative parking locations

Anyone blocking access to homes or restricting ambulance access will be reported to the police.

If you need directions to Wimbledon Rugby Football Club click here

The programme for Sunday can be downloaded here

Come and play the A-Plan Insurance passing challenge up by the clubhouse for a chance to win prizes.

Here's the pitch plan

A note from Sophie Castle, Wimbledon's child protection officer
Remember, everyone (parent, coaches and players alike) must observe the RFU rules and spirit of play...namely

1. Support positively and applaud good play (even if it's not your team!)
2. Respect officials and opposition players
3. Remember that children are playing to have fun
4. Behave as good role models on the touchline
5. Congratulate the opposition and make their supporters welcome.

Or if you prefer, a note on bad parental behaviour from Brian Moore
[Children] do not always recognise a general expression of disappointment and believe it is directed at them. Head shaking, rolling of the eyes, looking away, kicking the ground – any of these can discourage children, and exhortations like “come on” and “sort it out” are as practically useless from the touchline as they are on the pitch. Full article is here

Hope you enjoy the festival and remember TREDS

Teamwork • Respect • Enjoyment • Discipline • Sportsmanship

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