Wimbledon Rugby Football Club's 150th anniversary - your club needs you!

In 2015 yes, Rugby World Cup year!, Wimbledon RFC will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. To help pull together our celebrations we need to recruit volunteers to help organise the various events. If you can spare some of your time to help out please get in touch via this dedicated email address: wimbledon2015@gmail.com.

It's a real chance to give back to both the club and the local community. Events already planned are:

• An “Opening Ceremony” in January kicking off the celebrations and bringing together all sections of the Club
• A commemorative match recreating the first match the Club played against Richmond FC
• A community day bring together all sections of the local community to celebrate in the grounds of Beverley Meads
• A Celebratory Ball

Do help if you can - your club needs you! Check out the flyer for more info.

Info for C teams playing in the Cobham RFC Mini Festival 3 November 2013

Comprehensive information is on the Cobham website here.

Slightly earlier start (ref and first aider briefings and team registrations all at 0930) and parking is likely to be the challenge we have come to expect at festivals (especially as it has been somewhat wet of late!).

Best of luck if you're chasing silverware to adorn the clubhouse.

New Inclusive Rugby section announced

The club is planning to start an Inclusive Rugby Tag section this year. Aimed at kids with Special Educational Needs we need your help to get this up and running. Details here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/node/948

Latest info from Una, our Social Secretary - Nov & Dec 2013, lots planned

From parents' socials to quiz and comedy nights to Christmas parties, all you need to know is here. There's even an skiwear exchange planned.

Info for anyone away at Esher B Mini's Festival this Sunday (20 Oct)

As is usual games start at 10am so try to get there for 9.15/9.30 latest. Parking, the usual challenge. Details below. Best of luck if you're playing for the club's honour. Esher's info follows:

With regards to parking we will operate a first come first served basis for the main club car park, thereafter the easiest place to park is the Hersham Station Car Park, situated no more than 4-5 minutes’ walk from the ground. You can see the Car Park located in Walton Park, Hersham, Surrey as per this link
Please could you all, as you would ask visitors to your own clubs, be considerate should you end up parking on any of the surrounding residential roads.

We would ask you kindly to NOT park on the Molesey Road, even though there are no enforceable restrictions, as this can cause significant congestion which in the worst case could delay an ambulance getting to our ground.

Refreshments & Food
There will be food and drink available to purchase from stands outside the clubhouse as well as from the fully licensed club bar for parents, coaches and non-playing visitors.

Start / Finish Times
In hoping to run a “delay free” festival, the first game will be kicking off at 10.00 am. Fingers crossed, we will be finished by 2.00 pm.

Results & Awards
Winner’s trophies will be awarded to the team finishing first at each age level once all games have been completed, this may well be after a “play off” which will be between the top teams in each mini group or the top 2 teams in one group depending on the amount of teams entered in each age group. If there is no outright winner it will be decided on points difference, followed by tries scored and finally if teams still cannot be separated the winner will be decided by a toss of a coin.

Info for anyone playing at KCS Minis A Festival this Sunday (6 October 2013)

If you're going to KCS here are the directions: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/kcsoldboysrfc/a/finding-us-26664.html. It's the usual, get there about 9-ish; register no later than 9.30: ref briefing at 9.40 affair. Parking a nightmare I'm sure. Car sharing is recommended.

As is usual for this kind of festival, it is expected that we provide qualified referees (one referee per team), a first aid officer and linesmen (for each team, from Under 8s upwards, although they are happy for this to be a team coach). There will be a referees meeting at 9.40 am at the relevant age group control point – please make sure we have a representative at that briefing.

Please ask the teams not to place tents or gazebos on the pitches. Talking of pitches, you can download the pitch map for the festival here

Best of luck if you're representing the club. Please supply any festival reports to comms@wmrfc.co.uk and they'll go up as soon as possible.

Info for people playing at the Cobham B Minis Festival (6 Oct 2013)

All you need to know about Cobham RFC's festival is here: http://www.cobhamrfc.com/mini-rugby/mini-festivals-2013/mini-b-festival-.... More info here too: https://www.facebook.com/cobhamminifestivals

As with last week, please look out for specific information from your age group managers (eg requested arrival times, refs, helpers etc). If you can car share do; parking at festivals is usually a "challenge".

Best of luck if you're representing the club

Wimbledon RFC Minis B Festival 2013; rugby the overall winner

Over 2,000 people descended on Barham Road for the Wimbledon RFC Minis B Festival on Sunday (29 September) with 850+ kids from 10 clubs enjoying a tremendous day of rugby. We'll be updating the results here as we get them (please send any to comms@wmrfc.co.uk). This was the first tournament, for the younger groups anyway, to play to the New Rules of Play, and the general consensus was that the changes have helped the kids get the most from their efforts. The results in so far are as follows...
U7 - of the four leagues (the four a-side format means lots of teams, pitches and games!) Wimbledon RFC registered two seconds and a third
U8 - Cup final - Rosslyn Park beat Teddington; Plate final Wimbledon RFC (yay!) beat Old Reigatians
U9 - Cup final - Won by Rosslyn Park; Plate final Won by Wimbledon RFC (yay)
U10 - Cup final - Cobham beat Wimbledon RFC (just); Plate final to come
U11 Cup final - Rosslyn Park beat Wimbledon RFC; Plate final to come
U12 - Cup final - Cobham beat Wimbledon RFC; Plate final KCS beat Effingham and Leatherhead

Big thanks from the exec to Mike Cook and Ken Millett for running the festival so brilliantly and Steve Vaughan and the U11 parents for a great job with the car parking.

The Wimbledon RFC Minis B Festival - 29 September 2013

We're very much looking forward to hosting the first B festival of the season this Sunday (29 September). All visiting clubs should have received their information packs - if not please contact Mike Cook on 07850 203986 or email mike.cooky@gmail.com. The clubs sending teams this year are: Camberley, Cobham, Effingham and Leatherhead, Esher, KCS, Old Reigatians, Rosslyn Park, Teddington, and Wimbledon Warriors - welcome all. If you or your kids are playing on Sunday, all teams need to be registered by 9.30 at the very latest, so we'd recommend aiming to be at the ground for about 9am. Especially as...

It will come as no surprise that, with so many people coming to the festival, parking is going to be a challenge! So we've put together a document showing our recommendations of where best to park. We'd really recommend reading it before you arrive. It's here and shows the roads that need to be kept clear. The key issues relate to emergency vehicles and ensuring access for our neighbours to and from their properties.

Any questions about the festival? Please contact Mike (as above) or Paul Craig, Minis Chair on 07771 850526.

Here's hoping for a brilliant day of rugby

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