The first ‘Club Watch’ of 2019 has arrived so what stories and events do some of our National League sides have to tell us about at the start of the New Year?
Cambridge have begun advertising for their February half-term rugby camp. For children aged between 7 and 16, there will be three days of rugby action. Two of the days will be for boys and the third and final day will be for girls. Taking place from 19th February to the 21st, online prices for the camps are £30 for one day and £50 for two days.
— CRUFC Community Team (@Crufc_Community) January 3, 2019
Darlington Mowden Park
Darlington Mowden Park will be providing coach travel for their away fixture at Sale FC on February 2nd. Organised by Darlington’s Supporter’s Club, return travel will cost only £20 for what should be a great display of NCA Rugby at Heywood Road.
Rotherham are looking for more players to play for their Ladies side. New players are welcome to come down on Monday evenings for a 7pm start at the Herringthorpe Playing Fields. Anyone is welcome and with the training sessions being totally free, why not give rugby a go.
National Two North
Chairman of World Rugby and Fylde legend, Bill Beaumont, received a knighthood for his services to rugby. Sir Beaumont joined Fylde as a 17-year-old where he played for 13years prior to his retirement from the game. Unanimously elected as World Rugby Chairman in 2016, Beaumont is perhaps the best known name in world rugby.
— Fylde Rugby (@fylderugby) December 28, 2018
Rugby Hoppers Girls accompanied Sale Sharks’ players out onto the AJ Bell pitch last Friday night, as Sharks defeated Saracens. Sale had nothing but praise for the Hoppers Girls, describing them as a talented and enthusiastic group. Although, Coach Tino seemed to be more taken with the club mascot than anything else!
— Hoppers Girls Rugby (@HoppersGirlsRu1) January 4, 2019
Tynedale’s Peter Robertson was named in the New Years Honours List for his Services to Rugby in both Scotland and the North East of England. Receiving a British Empire Medal, Peter has been the head coach of Tynedale, as well as refereeing. Affectionately referred to as ‘the boss’, Peter now serves more of an administrative role at the club.
National Two South
Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds are offering skill clinics to their youth players every Tuesday night. They can receive coaching from first team coaches and players. At just £5 a player, the skills learnt will stand them in good stead when they hopefully make a push for the first team in the future.
Canterbury are already looking ahead to the summer by advertising open training sessions that will be starting August 22nd. Ideal for players getting back into the game, wanting to learn the game, unable to commit to regular training, wanting to get fit or making their first foray into senior rugby, these sessions will be led by RFU coaches and seem like a great way to spend a Wednesday.
Men’s open training resumes Wed 9th January – all welcome. Great way to work off the Christmas excess! pic.twitter.com/Lr54FtxBLU
— Canterbury RFC (@cantrugby) January 2, 2019
Raiders’ President Adrian Le Page was another rugby name to be recognised on the New Years Honours List. Adrian will be receiving an MBE for his services to rugby on Guernsey. Helping Guernsey reach National Two, the club’s growth underneath Adrian has been mightily impressive.