WINDSOR RFC October Chair Message,
What a busy month it has been! There has been the usual highs and lows that Rugby affords us, and I want to start with the Minis Festival, we had 1000 youngsters playing rugby with some incredible feedback from clubs that took part. I would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who as always turn up and put in the hours to make Windsor RFC a great club to be part of. Our sponsor of the festival, Savills, thoroughly enjoyed the day and thought the games and players they watched and met were fantastic ambassadors of our sport.
THE YOUTH SECTION has held a Quilter Kids first Curry Night on the 27th September, and this was fabulously organised by Anisha Oram who's family cooked a fantastic curry. Almost all minis age groups were represented, it was also great to have Aaron McGroarty, First XV Captain and Jack Gaylor, First XV player join in and take an active role in some of the discussions during the evening. The event has given us much to consider on how we can improve communications, and other aspects of Rugby, which will be taken forward by our Club development officer Rhys Davies.
THE First XV have had a few fixtures over the past weeks, this has been a roller coaster ride of high(s) and lows, overall performance is improving, we continue to struggle with availability and the list of injuries is vast. There was much improvement against Wootton Bassett, with some disappointments against Beaconsfield, Chippenham and Sherbourne, however the win against Salisbury was absolutely brilliant.
THE 2ND XV currently sit in 6th place in BBO 1, they recently lost against a Strong Amersham and Chiltern 2nd XV, there has been a call up of some older familiar names to the squad, Ray and Shakey, thank you for committing to the cause.
We have had to make some changes to the men’s 3rds and 4ths, following discussions with the BBO league Chairman we are pulling out of the BBO league 2 South. The 4th XV will now be renamed as the 3rd XV in BBO league 3 South. The Rugby committee believe this is the sensible approach as it means that players will be playing at the right level. For reassurance we are not the only club in this position and just highlights the struggles of fielding 4 teams, we will continue to regularly review and wherever possible will aim to play a vet’s competitive match.
THE DAMES have had equal fixture challenges with other sides cancelling or requesting to rearrange their fixture due to player unavailability. However, the game they did play saw a loss at London Welsh with a very spirited performance and only 13 players. The focus is to continue to grow our squad numbers, so onwards and upwards!
SO, with the new season well underway, in order to continue to take the club from strength to strength we rely heavily on volunteers, to ensure we are an all-encompassing club we would like to offer some opportunities for more of you to join some of the sub-committees that function behind the scenes. We have vacancies across the board so if you’re interested and have some time to give, we would welcome a conversation to give more detail on what we’re looking for.
House Sub-committee – Alan Davies
Finance Committee – Tom Codd
Social Committee – Adam Bailes
Rugby Committee – Mike Crawshaw
General Purpose Committee – Ian Potter
Development Committee – James Brayshaw
General enquiries – Helen Crick
THE RUGBY COMMITTEE has developed a club mission statement which you can find on our website, I’m thrilled we have this in place and stands us in good stead for our commitment to being one club that values everyone. Also new this month is a social media policy which you can also find on the website.
On my walk around Home Park over the last few weekends its lovely to see some caring Windsor wombles out there, the amount of litter on the park has reduced, so please keep up the good work. I do need to ask for a change in all of our behavior in the clubhouse. We are working on minimising the amount of plastic and other non-recyclable materials we use, and I am pleased to say we now have a new Environment trio, Katie Snooks has volunteered to be our Green Champion with support of Chris Emmett and Rhys Davies.
So how else can you all help? Our clubhouse is our rugby home and as a rugby family we need to respect it, it’s a great atmosphere when its busy and there’s nothing better than socialising with friends watching a great sport. Can I therefore ask that you please remember we don’t have cleaning staff around at the weekend or evenings, so all food containers need to be put in the bins. This makes for a much nicer social space and demonstrates to our visitors that our respect continues off the pitch. Also, for the little people out there, the breaking up of the containers is great fun, as long as the millions of pieces that are created equally land in the bin!
FINALLY, THE RWC – I suppose I was never going to get away with it, it has been an amazing tournament and to see each team adopt the respect for Japanese culture has been exemplary. For those that haven’t seen the video, I suggest you all watch the press conference with Joe Marler where he speaks Japanese! Priceless. Sadly, my beloved Wales is out, and its great to see the club has so many South African supporters who made my Sunday morning even more special!
The club will of course be showing THE game on Saturday, I’m sure it will be a day to remember for many years to come, so make sure you get there early as it’s bound to be a sell-out!
FUN RUGBY FACT , We’re used to national anthems before any British sporting event, but it wasn’t always the case. The tradition was actually started by Wales, whose national side sang spontaneously in response to one of the New Zealand infamous Hakas. Miraculously the crowd caught on and began to sing as well. This began a worldwide tradition that is practiced in pretty much every sport today.
Helen Crick- WINDSOR RFC Chair