Calling all 16-17 year olds - come and join Wimbledon RFC: one of the most successful Colts rugby squads in SW London and Surrey

CALLING ALL COLTS (U17/18) - here's a message from Head Coach: Justin Pascoal-Reynolds

After a successful campaign last season got the Colts to the Finals of The Quins Cup in 2022, the Wimbledon RFC Colts are eager to get a head start on the competition.

The season ahead sees the team compete for the Surrey Waterfall Cup between September and December 2022 and then The Quins Cup between January and March in 2023.

Justin Pascoal-Reynolds and the existing coaching team has been bolstered under the guise of Collin Osbourne with our 1st XV Player/Coaches Max Freeman and Will Davis, taking an active role with the team in the field work at trainings.

* Pre-season Touch starts from Wednesday 20th July at 6.30pm at Wimbledon RFC - Bring water bottle and trainers
* Welcome to Wimbledon Season launch is on Thursday 1st September - Training from 6.30pm - BBQ from 7.30pm
* Season training starts on Sunday 4th September at 12pm and continues every Sunday until the end of April 2023

We would like to invite all U17 and U18 players to come and try rugby with Wimbledon RFC Colts in the coming season.

WhatsApp to Join the Colts: +447787108425

The new season starts on Sunday 4 September 2022

More information about the new season will be posted as we get nearer to September. We very much look forward to seeing friends old and new back at Wimbledon Rugby Club.

In the meantime, from 1 July onwards, you can re-affiliate your kid(s) to the club for the new season (which will save you loads of time come September!). Follow this guide here.

General information about how to join Wimbledon Rugby Football Club is here: http://wmrfc.co.uk/howtojoin

Girls Rugby Day at Wimbledon RFC (plus pitch plan) for Sunday 24 April 2022

The big news this Sunday is the girls rugby day - free rugby taster and training session for all girls aged 5 to 17. Come and join the fun - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY - with a free hot dog as well.

Elsewhere this Sunday we wish our youth teams all the best in their Surrey Rugby finals.

The Under 18 Girls have their final versus Old Guildfordians at Cobham Rugby Club (Fairmile Ln, Cobham KT11 2BU) with a 3.30pm kick off.

U13 Girls have their Waterfall Cup Final against Cobham. The U13 Boys play Warlingham in their Cup Final and the U14 Boys play Wimbledon Warriors in theirs. Good luck to all.

A few minis are also training.

Next Sunday is the last of the season - whilst some age groups have already finished for the season a few others are still offering coaching for those that can make it. Please check in with your age group managers.

Here's your pitch plan

Pitch plan for Sunday 10th April 2022

The formal minis end of season is upon us, well done to everyone involved for such a great season. The end of season party (BBQ and inflatables) is on Sunday; let's hope the weather is kind. Remember the following week is Easter (17 April) so there will be no training then. It's possible that some age groups will train on 24 April and 1 May - check with your age group managers.

The U12s welcome a host of clubs (OCs, Ironsides, Barnes, Wasps and Hillingdon) for an impromptu festival.

Calling all girls! Girls Rugby Day is on Sunday April 24th - all welcome

Also on 24th April the U13G will also be playing Cobham at home in the Waterfall Cup Plate Final. Elsewhere, the U18G are playing Guildfordians in the Surrey Cup Final, and the U14s are taking on the Warriors in their Quins Cup Final.

Adult rugby
Men's 1st XV: Back to winning ways for the Men with a thumping 87-3 win over Tunbridge Wells. They are on the road at Dorking this Saturday, before a final match of the season at home to Tring on 23 April – let’s get as many down to support as we can. The Women's XV had a good game at home in the double header, but went down 12-20 to Hackney Ladies.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan Sunday 3rd April 2022

Some recent youth team news to kick off with:

Colts vs Farnham lost 24-6
U18 Girls vs Cobham won 24-0

U15 Boys A vs Cobham lost 22-12
U15 Boys B vs Old Reigatians lost 36-5

U14 vs Warlingham lost 31-0

U13 Girls vs Guildford won (by a lot)
U13 Boys vs Old Reigatians drew 25-25

Well done to all the Girls! Finals results didn’t go our way, but all teams have improved seedings for next season. All still to play for in the U12’s, U13 Boys and Girls, U14’s (who have a huge final against local rivals, the Warriors), and U18 Girls.

Moving on to this week

U14’s are away at the Esher 10’s, and no training for the U12’s, U15 Boys and Colts
The u8s are on parking and the ever-excellent u9s are on cakes

Calling all girls! Girls Rugby Day is on Sunday April 24th - all welcome

Pitch plan

Pitch plan for Sunday 20th March 2022

A big thanks to the U11s and all other volunteers for their hard work in making last Sunday's minis festival such a success.

There was a lot of youth rugby on offer as well:

U15 Boys A beat Chobham 15-5
U15 Girls lost to Guildfordians 22-5
U15 Girls 10s lost to Twickenham & London Irish 12-40

U14 lost to Richmond 33-26

U13 Girls beat Dorking 55-10
U13 Boys B lost to Cobham 6-0 (tries)

U12 lost to Weybridge Vandals 6-5 (tries)

ADULT RUGBY: A tough loss for the first XV men away at Sevenoaks last Saturday (36-5). They have the weekend off before back-to-back home games against North Walsham (26 March) and Tunbridge Wells (2 April). Ball boys and girls coming from the U10s (26 March) and U9s (2 April) for those two games. Massive local derby for the Women’s XV this Saturday against Sutton & Epsom.

WOMEN’S SUPPORTERS DAY: After the success of the Supporter's Lunch on 2nd March for the Men's 1st XV fixture against Sutton & Epsom, the Club is, once again, supporting the delivery of a Supporters' Lunch prior to the Women's XV fixture against Sutton & Epsom this Saturday. The price of this lunch has been slashed down from £17 to £10 which will include a full buffet curry, all the trimmings and a complementary glass of fizz. Children's options are available. Lunch will be served from 12pm with the Women's game kicking off at 1.30pm.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3hQ4J5z

Pitch plan

A big welcome to the Wimbledon RFC Spring Minis Rugby Festival 2022 - 13 March 2022

We're very excited to welcome over 1,200 kids to Wimbledon Rugby Football Club for our minis rugby festival this Sunday. What's particularly pleasing is that we are hosting nine teams of u11 girls-only matches. Huge congrats to Luciana for arranging these.

A big welcome to the 121 (!) teams playing this Sunday. I seem to say this every time but this is another record-breaker.

We'll be open from 8.30am with bacon butties and coffees to kick-start your day. Referee briefings take pace by the relevant age group control tents at 9.30am and matches kick-off at 10am sharp. Please arrive early as we must start on time!

Parking

In short, you'll need to be an early-arriver to park in one of the two club carparks. A few permits have been issued for Inclusive Rugby players and visiting head coaches (only - and once the spaces are gone, they're gone, sorry). If you have a blue badge there will also be parking at the club, please show yours to the marshalls at the junction of Copse Hill and Barham Road.

Once the club's carparks are full you will need to park on the public roads (marked green on the map). The later you arrive the longer your walk will be to the club. When walking you might find Google Maps helpful to navigate your way to the clubhouse (type in Wimbledon Rugby Club or postcode SW20 0ET).

There will be parent volunteers in hi-viz to help make the parking as stress-free as possible. Please listen to any parking instructions you are given - and respect that everyone marshalling the parking are parent volunteers. Wimbledon RFC is situated in the middle of a residential area with some of the roads being private roads so if you are asked not to park somewhere, please listen. The same goes with cones, if you see a street with cones on, don't park there.


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 and the fixtures for Sunday are here.
Note: inevitably there will be some changes to the fixtures on the day, the pitch marshalls will have the latest information.

Here's the pitch plan - note: a larger copy of the pitch plan is in the programme, downloadable above.

A key message from Sophie Castle, Wimbledon's child safeguarding officer

Remember, everyone (parents, 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.

Bad behaviour by players will not be tolerated
The London Society of Rugby Football Union Referees has announced a zero-tolerance approach to backchat and appealing from players during matches. This approach is wholly endorsed by Wimbledon RFC and all players should expect to be warned and then penalised for instances of arm waiving and backchat/challenging refereeing decisions during games.

Bad behaviour by parents will not be tolerated. I like this quote 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

Pitch plan for Sunday 6th March 2022

Home cup games for the U13A Boys (against London Irish), U14s (against Battersea Ironsides), and Colts (against Richmond). The U12s have friendlies at home against Old Cranleighans, and the U15 Boys A and B have cup games away at London Irish and Old Cranleighans respectively.

Good to report a terrific win for the U16s last Sunday who beat Old Cranleighans 28-14. The U15s were away on tour and recorded two wins out of three: beating Leicester Vipers 34-10, and Towcester 21-10; losing to Northampton Casuals 28-5.

LAST KIT SALE: The final Second Hand Kit sale will be this Sunday. Please bring your unwanted kit. There will be Akuma sample sizes to try on if you want to be organised and order new Akuma kit for next season.

ADULT RUGBY: The Women’s XV had a tough game away at Hammersmith & Fulham Ladies going down 43-5. This Sunday they are back at home against Teddington Antlers Ladies (2.45pm ko). After a week off the Men are back in action at home in the big local derby against Sutton & Epsom (3pm kick off). U11s providing the ball boys and girls.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan for Sunday 27th February 2022

Most of the minis are at home this weekend and Barnes and Chipstead are visiting the U12s. We are also hosting Surrey U20s who are playing Essex U20’s in the afternoon.

DOGS
As most of you will know, we have an on-going issue with dogs at the club. Our groundsman was attacked this week (not for the first time) and this is being escalated with the Council. Please ask parents to support our efforts by keeping dogs on leads when at the club and off the playing pitches at all times and to clean up after them.

ADULT RUGBY NEWS
1st XV: the Men had a good win (20-10) on the south coast away at Brighton and have this weekend off. The next game is at home against Sutton & Epsom on 5 March (3pm kick off), let’s get as many people down as possible. Our U11s are providing the ball boys and girls.
Women’s XV: lost 17-7 at Hackney Ladies and are away again this Sunday at Hammersmith & Fulham Ladies.

Pitch plan

Pitch plan for Sunday 20th February 2022

The minis have a triangular training session on Sunday with Weybridge Vandals and Effingham & Leatherhead joining our U8s and U10s (the U7, U9 and U11 all away). Would all visitors please take heed of our parking policy please.

The U14 Boys squad are away on tour (look out for the Wimbledon jerseys at the Rec on Saturday), and the U18 Girls team have a friendly away at Quins Amateurs.

One result from last Sunday... Under 14 Boys beat Chobham 47-0.

Adult Rugby
Mens 1st XV: Tough loss at home for the Men last Saturday 34-7 against Sidcup. For those fancying a trip to the seaside, they play Brighton away this Saturday (2.30pm kick off).
Women’s XVL: Are in action away at Hackney Ladies on Sunday (also a 2.30pm kick off).

For those looking for some live rugby action on Saturday, the Strollers (4th XV) play at home against local rivals Battersea Ironsides.

Pitch plan

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