Wimbledon star and Welsh international smashes charitable donation target - Edwear and Headway.org.uk

You may have seen loads of Wimbledon RFC beanies being worn around the club. This is a charitable initiative by ex player Ed Dunford and is raising serious money for Headway, the brain injury charity. Please support this great cause and buy a hat at the club, just £20. More information here.

And here's Ed celebrating donating his first £1,000 from the profits of selling his hats. Well done Ed!

Upcoming RFU coaching/ref courses and pitch plan for 2nd February 2020

There are a good number of courses being held locally, including a Level One Refereeing Course (ideal for coaches of u6-u13s) and Principles of Attack, both conveniently held at Wimbledon RFC!!! Let's get as many coaches on these as possible please.

Refereeing Children, Wimbledon RFC, Monday 10/02/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2QZJAtb
Managing Contact, Kingston RFC, Monday 24/02/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2R1w48h
Principles of Scrummaging, Old Wimbledonians RFC, Wednesday 04/03/20, 19:00 – 22:00: https://bit.ly/2NAR5F3
Principles of Defence, Old Emanuel RFC, Monday 09/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2NwtNQs
CARDS, Old Emanuel RFC, Monday 16/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2tigexn
Principles of Attack, Wimbledon RFC, Wednesday 25/03/20, 19:00 – 21:30: https://bit.ly/2RucaSJ
Managing Contact, Richmond RFC, Sunday 29/03/20, 13:00 – 16:00: https://bit.ly/2RmIKFU

This Sunday we have the U9s on parking - please remember to listen to any parking directions given by our wonderful volunteer parents.

There are two home Youth fixtures for the U14s and U15s, with everyone else at home. Please note the areas we are trying to rest for the next few weeks to help the pitches last till the end of the season.

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Pitch plan 26 January 2020

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Wooden Spoon Charity dinner at Wimbledon RFC - 28 February 2020

Wimbledon RFC is thrilled to be an official partner of the Wooden Spoon charity. Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. Wooden Spoon funds life-changing projects that support children and young people with disabilities or living in disadvantage. Since 1983, they've funded more than 1,000 projects, across the UK and Ireland, totalling over £28 million.

Its focus is to help children and young people through projects such as sensory rooms, playground and outdoor activities, health and wellbeing and specialist equipment. More details are here.

To celebrate our new association with the charity the club is hosting a charity dinner on Friday 28th February 2020. We are selling tables of 9 at £35 per head to include a terrific prawns, fillet steak and toffee pudding dinner.

Plus John Inverdale is our guest (President of Wooden Spoon Surrey, BBC Radio & TV Sports Presenter and Chairman of Rugby at Esher RFC). Table service wine and beer will help prepare us for a charity auction, MC'd by John.

Book your place by emailing John Woods: johnwoods.wrfc@gmail.com.

Pitch plan 19 January 2020

The weather hasn't been too kind so we have had to rest some pitches and move people around from their usual locations. There's a slim chance there might be a pitch inspection on Saturday night/Sunday morning so please check back here and/or look out for emails from your age group manager in case there's a problem with playing on Sunday.

Under 11s are on parking duty; a reminder to everyone to listen to and respect any instructions the parking marshalls give you. The club has zero tolerance on disrespect and will invoke the club's disciplinary policy if needed.

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Pitch plan 12 January 2020

Lots of matches home and away so plenty of rugby for the kids to enjoy.

Last collection of kit, balls, clothing for TAG Rugby Trust at the clubhouse; please help those less fortunate than ourselves by donating any spare clothing, shoes, rugby kit, tag belts and balls.

More info: https://tagrugbytrust.co.uk/get-involved/get-involved-as-a-school-or-clu... and https://www.facebook.com/tagrugbytrust/

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Pitch plan 5 January 2020

Rugby's back this Sunday; wishing all club members and visitors a very Happy New Year!

Final call for any spare clothes, kit and equipment for charity: this weekend and next are our last two collections for the TAG Rugby Trust clothing. The boat with donations leaves mid January and it will be wonderful to see this kit arrive - Paul Goss hopes to share the video for the first set off stuff arriving that has Wimbledon RFC kit in it.

Please pass anything to the U12’s who will also be selling kit in the clubhouse.

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Pitch plan 15 December 2019

Christmas party for the minis this Sunday then two weeks off! Training resumes 10am Sunday 5th January 2020.

SCHEDULE - Inclusive, U6, U7, U8
10:00 - 11:15 Training
11:30 Presentations in the clubhouse
12:00 Collect gifts and go for food, Inclusive first, then U6, U7 & U8

SCHEDULE - U9, U10, U11, Netball
10:00 - 12:00 Training
12:15 Presentations in the clubhouse
12:45 Collect gifts and go for food, U9 first, then U10 & U11

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

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Pitch plan 8 December 2019

Before we get onto Sunday, a call for touchline support for the first team this Saturday. It's a massive weekend for the club with the 1st XV playing Guernsey on Saturday at 2pm. Wimbledon 1st XV are top of the London & SE Premier league, Guernsey are second. Massive!

Then on Sunday at 2pm our Women's XV take on Old Elthamians, whom they beat early in the season. With a game in hand a good win will help them climb up to 3rd in the table.

Onto Sunday... Welcome to Effingham for training with the 'odds'. The parents of the u6s are marshalling parking this week, please follow all requests from our parent volunteers and consult our parking policy and map below to help you. We take a zero tolerance approach to aggressive behaviour towards our volunteers and those who put the club's good reputation at risk.

Please bring any used second hand Wimbledon kit for the club's second-hand shop and any other random kit and clothes can be donated to the TAG Rugby Trust at the clubhouse - our collection for them is being picked up in early January so please bring your old stuff in over the next three Sundays before the Christmas break.

There are still some fab Wimbledon RFC Christmas cards for sale in packs of 10 if you've run out.

And there's new stock of Edwear - an initiative from ex-Wimbledon youth player and Welsh international Ed Dunford: buy a hat and you'll raise funds for the charity Headway - aiming to help build a better understanding of concussion.

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About Edwear

Here's a short film about the aims behind the Edwear campaign. Edwear is a terrific initiative to help promote awareness of concussion and is led by Welsh international and ex-Wimbledon RFC player, Ed Dunford. Watch his video about the project (below) and read on. Then when you've read all about it come and buy a hat from the club shop on Sunday mornings. Just £20 and you'll be supporting a great initiative.

Edwear hats have been such a success that Ed has already donated more than £1,000 to the Headway Charity.

EDWEAR is a play on my name: Ed Griffin Dunford
MY STORY: As part of my Sixth Form business studies course at Whitgift School I investigated concussion in sport and discovered that only Headway.org.uk supports players with their nationwide CONCUSSION AWARE campaign.
THE OBJECTIVE: Raise money on their behalf, whilst learning more about business.
THE IDEA: Sell club/school branded headwear and share the profits with the charity.

More info here

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