Wimbledon RFC in the Community - a major initiative from YOUR club needs YOUR support

Sport has always been a great way to connect with people. It has the ability to build the strongest of bonds, whether that is through competition or being part of the crowd.

Wimbledon RFC in the Community has been established to give greater focus to our Club’s social responsibilities.
We know just how important our role as a community sports club is in keeping people active, healthy and happy and we’re working to be able do more to benefit those around us, year on year.

Our initial programme is helping us work with both primary and secondary schools to provide rugby coaching and curriculum-based P.E. to support schools that may struggle to consistently meet the Ofsted required hours of physical activity.

We also work with school staff to change the way children can approach exercise, understand healthy lifestyles and help them get the most out of every session, including after school clubs, talks and club days throughout the school year.

Embracing the unique spirit of rugby and its core values, we believe that we can bring about positive change: helping children learn different skills, forge new friendships, increase their physical activity and ultimately, develop a lifelong love of sport.

The wider benefits of physical activity are well known— lowering risks of diabetes, heart disease and obesity; but great coaching experiences can have a profound impact too: building pride, improving behaviour and helping increase attainment.

This project is a real and tangible way to take our experience out to a wider audience. To strengthen old alliances, make new connections and further our ambition to be central to a healthy and active community.

How you can help us do more for our community

We have applied to the Aviva Community Fund but we need your votes to help us secure the funding we need. Simply click on the following banner, follow the sign-up process and please allocate all of your 10 votes to our Wimbledon RFC in the Community project. Many thanks. Voting closes at midday on 21 November.
With your help, we will be able to provide more than 1,000 hours of coach-led activities for all children in the local community.

Wimbledon Rugby Club - City lunch - 1st December with Simon Shaw

Start your Christmas with a cracking rugby lunch at Brasserie Blanc on the Southbank near Waterloo. Simon Shaw is on the rugby anecdotes, Addison Gelpey's running the auctioneering.

If you would like to attend, tickets are £90 including lunch and a cocktail reception. James Boatman's your man for tickets - james@jamesboatman.co.uk

Pitch plan 5 November 2017

Very busy Sunday this week as it's the first weekend of cup games. Under 8s feeding us with cakes; under 7s organising the parking. If you're visiting - welcome! - and please heed the parking policy. Specifically DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS TO RESIDENTS' PROPERTIES OR CAUSE BOTTLENECKS THAT COULD CAUSE AMBULANCES TO BE DELAYED.

Bacon butties will be on the BBQ from about 9.15. Burgers and hotdogs (and beer) from 11.30-ish.

Some age groups have moved around - the U11s might be slightly squeezed, but the large area at the end of the P2 is also available as an over flow.

Pitch plan 29 October 2017

This season the First XV are playing in their highest-ever league. They've had a tough start to the season but the lads are in great spirits and working really hard to turn the season around. They would really appreciate the support. They are playing away, but close to home vs London Irish in Sunbury - half term, late kick off (5:00 - I believe), great opportunity to start your Saturday evening off supporting the lads. If you can go and support please do....

Also this Saturday we have our first, brilliantly-organised by the social team, fireworks. ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD! So if you don't have one, don't turn up!

Onto Sunday. Given updated numbers some age groups have moved around. See below.

A Special rugby camp this half term

As you can see from the flier we have an extra special rugby camp on offer this half term.

Jordan Turner Hall will run this camp for us. Jordan has an impressive rugby CV including over 150 appearances for Harlequins and caps for England. (see link below for details)
He now coaches children both in schools and elsewhere. More recently he has achieved the height of fame by becoming part of the WRFC Senior coaching team.

Wimbledon RFC Pitch Plan 15th October and Fireworks 28th October

We have a busy weekend with a few youth Matches and Minis away at festivals

All youth are at home with either Training or matches being played

Fireworks Display – Sat 28th October
Please don't forget we have a spectacular Fireworks display at the club on Saturday 28th October. Tickets are on sale at the club behind the bar (cash or card payment). Details in the attached poster – please feel free to share this ????.
N.B. Tickets will not be on sale on the night, buy them now before we sell out!

Pitch plan for Sunday 8th October 2017

As we settle into the 2017-18 rugby season we can all be proud of having run another massively successful Wimbledon Minis Rugby Festival last weekend. Huge thanks to the Under 11s for organising it and all the other volunteers that made the day such a success.

This weekend a good number of the minis are at the KCS festival and a few of the youth teams are away.

The Under 9s are selling delicious cakes, the Under 7s are on parking. A massive batch of Wimbledon RFC rugby kit has arrived at the clubhouse for sale.

This is on the 28th October and tickets can be purchased over the bar and are as follows:
£7.50 Adults
£5.00 Children
£20 Family (2 adults, 2 children / 1 adult, 3 children)

The event starts at 6pm and has a BBQ, Cakes , raffle, bar (obviously) and stuff that flies around and goes bang! You know the drill. This is a joint fundraising event for the club and for Willington school.

Here's the pitch plan

The Wimbledon Minis Rugby Festival - Sunday 1st October 2017

A huge welcome to our guests this Sunday: Wimbledon Warriors, KCS, Rosslyn Park, Esher and Battersea Ironsides.

Wimbledon RFC is not alone in having challenges with parking! Even if the weather is kind to us, parking will be difficult. If you arrive later than 9.15 we would STRONGLY ADVISE YOU to park in one of the alternative locations on page 2 of our parking policy. Please listen to 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

Hope you enjoy the festival and remember TREDS

Teamwork • Respect • Enjoyment • Discipline • Sportsmanship

Pitch plan for Sunday 24th September

A big welcome to Richmond FC who have a training session with the U10s. Visitors are asked to enjoy themselves heartily (Shaun will have bacon butties and coffee on the go from 9.15 or so) and to park according to our parking policy. Specifically DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS TO RESIDENTS' PROPERTIES OR CAUSE BOTTLENECKS THAT COULD CAUSE AMBULANCES TO BE DELAYED.

Next week it's the Wimbledon Rugby Festival. We look forward to welcoming u7s to u11s from clubs around the area. All youth groups (u12s to u18s) will be training elsewhere so look out for emails from your age group managers.

This is the last Sunday that we'll be running the subs desks in the clubhouse (0920 to 1230). So if you've not paid yet - 450 have, about 80 are still to pay - this is the last chance to pay with ultimate ease!

Pitch plan

No cake sale this week but Under 12s are doing the parking.

Girls rugby half term camp at The Stoop for girls 11 to 15

Just announced is a special girls' rugby camp at Harlequins HQ, The Stoop, on Thursday 26th October 2017. 9am - 3.30pm, just £35 with a free gift as well. A fab way to get the best-possible training. Talk to girls coach Luciana - girls@wmrfc.co.uk - or book online at the Harlequins site.

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