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The Rugby Project

The Rugby Project, is a youth development programme being run in Kent in collaboration with Kent RFU, and KSRFUR, and is open to 14-16 year old applicants for the 2022/23 season. This is the second year the programme has run, and the feedback from clubs who participated last year was particularly positive.

The aim of this project is to build life skills and to find more ways to get involved in rugby. The course is designed to help young people to get their first insight into refereeing, first aid and coaching, giving them the skills to safely build confidence in doing so.

The course is ideal for 14–16-year-olds and fits in well with the Duke of Edinburgh award as well as Physical Education at GCSE level, teaching new skills, keeping kids interested in fitness, volunteering and raising money for charity.

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Course Outline

The course comprises 6 modules (four courses and two participation modules) which all must be completed prior to award of the The Rugby Project Award in the Spring Term of 2023.

The four course modules, which are all delivered by RFU educators, will take place in the first half of the Autumn term of 2022 (these are mainly scheduled for weekday evenings, at Sevenoaks RFC). The modules are: Coaching (“Kids First” contact course); Refereeing – Basics of refereeing  run by the Kent Society of Rugby Union Referees; First Aid; Mental Resilience.

The two participation modules – (Volunteering hours and fund raising) take place in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Cost

There is a £60 registration fee associated with the programme; plus participants are expected to fund-raise £40 during the course.

Recruiting: Clubhouse Manager

This position requires an individual with excellent organisational, practical, and personal skills. As well as running the various aspects of the club outlined below, the candidate will play an integral part in advising and assisting the board in identifying and developing growth opportunities, both during and outside of the rugby season.

Details:

  • At all times the individual will represent the club in a professional and friendly manner, in line with the club’s values, as well as providing a visible presence in line with hours to be confirmed. 

Core goals:

  • Work based on a policy of ‘rarely shut’:- Ensure the clubhouse is always fully operational and ready for use during and out of season. (Varied times will apply)
  • Identify, develop, and promote commercial opportunities where the club facilities can be utilised both during and outside of the rugby season
  • Continuously explore and implement cost savings, efficiencies, and service improvements and always deliver the highest professional standards and quality of service

General duties/responsibilities:

  • Take ownership of the club calendar and work with all parties to ensure the club is always adequately staffed and stocked for all events and ready to generate income at every opportunity
  • Recruit and manage any necessary staff (including contracts, training, and payment) in line with a budget pre-agreed with the board.   
  • Manage upkeep of the clubhouse including all necessary annual maintenance of services within the clubhouse (including compliance with all H&S obligations), as well as the upkeep of the immediate area surrounding the clubhouse, including car parks.
  • Oversee the upkeep/maintenance of all the playing surfaces at the club including liaising with the council and/or any other external contractors.
  • Prepare a report for each board meeting giving a full update all aspects covered by the role

Bar / Café / Catering:

  • Oversee the running of the club’s bar (in partnership with the bar manager), kitchen, and café facilities: – i.e., Equipment servicing, Ordering, Deliveries, Stock keeping, Storage, cellarage, banking etc.
  • Maintain all standards associated with a ‘public house’, including product excellence.
  • Achieve value for money in all purchasing, in accordance with any protocols laid down by the Committee.
  • Keep accurate records of all stock – (drink, food, clothing etc)

Future Development:

  • Identify, promote, and implement any commercial opportunities where the club facilities can be utilised during the season in a way that fits with the club ethos.
  • Identify, promote, and implement any commercial opportunities where the club facilities can be utilised outside of the regular season in a way that fits with the club ethos. 

The role will report to Director of House & Grounds

Working hours to be confirmed but likely up to 30hrs per week during the Rugby season (September to May) and up to 15hrs per week during the off-season.

The position offers a competitive salary/benefits package as well as a potential performance related bonus.

Applications should be sent to Nickvano@twrfc.com

22/23 Membership

With the Rugby season no longer looking quite so distant; the board has set membership fees for the 22/23 season as below.

Membership of TWRFC brings a number of benefits including: the right to apply for clubs allocation of international tickets; hire of the clubhouse hire; attending club lunches/events and bring guests; and of course for playing members a little bit of rugby. The exec have also decided to introduce a discount for members in the upstairs bar; more details on this to follow shortly.

Senior Playing Members£90
Family Membership£170 Single Child
£220 Multiple Children
Social Membership & VPs£90

Further details can be found on the membership page.

The £10 membership increase reflects the additional ongoing costs the club expects to incur due to higher cost of services and ground rates at St Marks’.

All family and senior playing members will shortly receive a payment request via Spond; we ask that this is paid prior to the start of the season (Sept. 4th). New players are very welcome to have two trial sessions prior to joining and paying membership subscriptions. It’s not easy for Spond to track this – so please do bear with me if it chases before you have finished your trial.

For Social members, and VPs, it’s easiest for me if you are able to pay either via spond or direct-debit. Existing direct debits will be updated to reflect the 22/23 subscription shortly (plan members will be notified by goCardless when this happens). For new social members, or those switching to DD you can subscript to our plan on goGardless subscribe here.

Tunbridge Wells RFC Youth section has a policy that rugby should be accessible to all, irrelevant of financial or economic background. In cases of economic hardship the club is able to offer alternative payment schemes or reduced fees on a case by case basis; you are also able to apply to the Anthony Clarke memorial fund for support. Please contact the team manager at your age group who will then be able to discuss this on a confidential basis with the membership secretary to seek approval for lower or no fees dependent on circumstances.

Martin Croker
Membership Secretary
membership@twrfc.com

Geoff Casely 07/01/1969 – 10/07/22

For those of you that have not already heard, the club is deeply saddened to have to announce that Geoff Casely passed away peacefully in his sleep last week. Club member and close friend Mav Anderson has kindly written a tribute from him and on behalf of everyone at TWRFC…..

“Geoff was a long-standing member of the club and many of you would have played alongside him in the minis, juniors, senior sides (1-6) and also the Vets. On the pitch I will remember him as a formidable second row/back row player who loved to make big hits at Rucks and in Tackles and I have many fond memories of playing alongside him in my late teens and early twenties, notably in an unbeaten season for the 2nd team in the mid 90s and also for the first team in the early 2000s. I have always lovingly known and referred to Geoff simply as Unit.

Some of you may not be aware but throughout his teenage years and twenties Geoff was also a very successful swimmer and water polo player representing Tunbridge Wells Monson club, winning many Medals at National and European level. He was also a very successful martial artist being a black belt in several forms and again won medals at International, European and world level.

Geoff was a legendary TWRFC Tourist who would always be one of the first to get his place reserved as soon as a tour was announced. He was never afraid to take his fines and would always fully engage in all tour antics. Once he had retired from playing Geoff was a loyal supporter of the club who would regularly be found on the touchline, at the pre match lunches or just in the bar with his friends enjoying being part of the club. I was reminded of a story today that summed up how much TWRFC meant to Geoff. On his wedding day to his first wife, Geoff got married at lunch time and then went to the club and played rugby in the afternoon. I am not sure even the most loyal of us would dare have tried that on our wedding day.

In life Geoff was a gentle giant, he was kind and had the most wonderful warm and welcoming personality, he would do anything to help anyone. He was a wonderful story teller with an extraordinary ability to recount tales of games we had played together or drunken nights we had been on many, many years ago.

Geoff had been through some tough times over the past few years but I am so proud of how he managed to pull himself back to a good place. He had recently completed a mental health first aider course to assist with his life coaching business which he set up as he was passionate about helping others, who were going through difficult times.

In a recent message he sent to me, it simply said “The Unit is Back” after knowing all he had been through, I will take great heart in knowing that in the end he died peacefully in his sleep at peace with himself, he won and he never gave up.

On behalf of all of TWRFC I would like to send our deepest condolences to Geoff`s sister, Venetia and his children: Imogen, Sebastian, Matilda and Tabatha, may they find comfort in knowing how much their brother/dad meant to us at the club and that there will always be a warm and welcoming place up at St Marks for them to come up to, to share some lovely stories of their brother and dad.

Rest in Peace my friend”

Maverick Anderson 14th July 2022

Mike Hathaway Returns to TWRFC

We are delighted to announce the newest member of the TWRFC Coaching Group ahead of the 22/23 season as Mike Hathaway joins as 1st XV Forwards Coach.

Mike started his rugby at Tunbridge Wells, playing all through the age groups from U6’s to 1st XV where he was a key member of the team that secured back to back promotions and a cup win at Twickenham. Mike has unfortunately had to hang up the boots due to a shoulder injury and is now fully committed to his role as Forwards coach ahead of the 22/23 season.

Mike said “It’s brilliant to come back home to Tunbridge Wells. It’s a great club that has even greater aspirations, and although it’s a shame my return can’t be as a player as once hoped, that hasn’t curbed my excitement in getting on board as a forwards coach. It was a pleasure to be approached by Simon Jervis to take on the role and its great to be learning from the experience that Jervo, Ben and Stretts bring. Despite last years results we have an extremely talented squad and I am chomping at the bit to help support this young group of lads achieve and play at the best level that they can. Bring on the 2022-23 season. COYW.”

Mike Rigby, Club Chairman said “I am delighted to welcome Hathers back to St Marks. I fully encouraged him to go and challenge himself to play at the highest level he could and told him he would be welcome ‘home’ whenever he was ready. I’m delighted he’s back and ready to make a huge difference to TWRFC’.

The 22/23 Coaching Group for Tunbridge Wells:

Director of Rugby  – Simon Jervis

Forwards Coach – Benjamin Kayser

Forwards Coach – Mike Hathaway

Backs Coach – David Strettle

Backs & Skills Coach – Chaz Spence

S&C – Hamzat Ahmed

Update: Future of the Club

Members and friends of TWRFC

I wanted to write to you to give you an update on the ‘Future of the club’ work. It has been three months since I last updated you and nearly two years since we started the work stream.

Firstly, our original plan of improving the playing surface at St Marks. Remembering this is part of our overall playing surface strategy and was to guarantee us a playing surface at St Marks. We have recently invested heavily into pitches 2 and 3 which has seen a marked improvement in their availability. We are also investing across all pitches this summer to further encourage grass growth and further strengthen the pitches.

However, our main work area was to apply for planning permission to place an alternative grass pitch alongside pitch 1. This has been an incredibly long, drawn out process where many challenges are placed in front of us. We have worked with the planners, our friends in the Cricket Club, our neighbours and of course relied on endless volunteer support from friends of the club. We recently had a very encouraging meeting with both council planners where they seem supportive of what we are trying to achieve and the community benefit of doing so. However, we have had to resubmit our application as we have moved the cricket square since the original application. Some of the more alert members spotted this!! We will be resubmitting this week and will ask for your support again by offering your encouragement for the application to the planners.

Secondly, in March I made you aware of an alternative scenario that has been under discussion. This would mean the possibility of us relocating to an alternative, and much larger, site; offering the club the opportunity to design the layout of the site and the clubhouse to our own specification.  Along with a larger custom-built clubhouse, we could have parking for several hundred cars, pitches (adult rugby, youth rugby and cricket) and an alternative grass pitch. This would enable us to have a community based, multi-sport site that would be best in class in the County. We continue to discuss this option with the developer and our neighbours. We will keep you posted on progress as and when it occurs.

As for timescales for both options, I would hope to have an update for members on both scenarios before the start of next season.

I hope to see you at the AGM on the 15th June and will of course take any questions you may have.

Mike

#ONETWRFC

#COYW

TWRFC LTD AGM 15/06/2022 AGENDA

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of TWRFCL will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th June 2022 at the Clubhouse.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Apologies.
    2. To approve the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 14th June 2022.
    3. To receive a report on the affairs of the Club since the previous AGM (to follow).
    4. To approve the Financial Statement for the 2021/22 financial year (to follow).
    5. To elect Officers and other Directors

Nominations by the outgoing Board:
President: Jim Hendley
Chairman: Mike Rigby
Secretary: Michelle Greenall
Treasurer: Don Bailey

Other Director(s): Andy Child, Roger Clarke, Stuart Montgomery, Nick van Overstraeten, Laurence Taylor

  1. To consider Any Other Business of which due notice has been given.
  2. Any other relevant matters for consideration by the Board.

Notes for members:

  1. Notice of any other business on which the AGM is being invited to vote must be received by the Secretary* by 13th June 2022.
  2. Any nominations for a voting member to be elected as a Director must be in the attached format and received by the Secretary* by 13th June 2022
  3. Any member unable to attend the AGM may appoint a proxy using a formal Proxy Notice in the attached format, to be received by the Secretary* by 13th June 2022

(issued by authority of the Board on 7th June 2022)

*Secretary: Michelle Greenall, secretary@twrfc.com

 

AGM 2022 Notice PDF

Autumn International Tickets

The RFU have just given us the details for the Autumn 2022 fixtures.

Schedule:

  • Sunday 6 November – England v Argentina – KO: 15:15
  • Saturday 12 November  – England v Japan – KO: 15:15
  • Saturday 19 November – England v New Zealand – KO: 17:30
  • Saturday 26 November – England v South Africa – KO: 17:30

I have been given an indication of our allocation but confident I can source some additional tickets. To satisfy as many people as possible I will have to keep requests to a combined total of 2 tickets per member across the New Zealand and South Africa game’s (can be a single ticket for each). Both the Argentina and Japan game’s should not be a problem and no restrictions will apply. I will formulate a list on ‘first come, first served’ and work through the list as and when I can secure tickets – to validate your requests you will have to be, at minimum, a ‘paid up’ social member of the club.

Ticket categories and prices (including £5 admin charge):

New Zealand

Premium £179 – 215

Cat 1 £163 – 184

Cat 2 £137 – 158

Cat 3 £116 – 132

Cat 4 £96 – 101

South Africa

Premium £132 – 148

Cat 1 £127 – 142

Cat 2 £111– 122

Cat 3 £96 – 101

Cat 4 £75 – 80

Argentina

Premium £122 – 137

Cat 1 £111 – 122

Cat 2 £101– 111

Cat 3 £90 – 96

Cat 4 £70 – 75

Japan

Premium £85 – 96

Cat 1 £75 – 80

Cat 2 £70– 75

Cat 3 £59 – 64

Cat 4 £49 – 54

Junior tickets should be readily available for the Argentina and Japan games for all the ticket categories for £28 & £23 respectively. It is highly unlikely that I will be able to secure any junior tickets for the New Zealand and South Africa games but we can live in hope (£28 if available) – if you do apply for these games please state whether you would want the adult tickets even IF the junior tickets are not available.

Please apply for tickets via email:

Montgos.89a@hotmail.com

Stuart Montgomery

TWRFC All Stars v Old Skinners’

A beautiful sunny Easter Saturday saw the re-arranged Boxing Day fixture between Tunbridge Wells All Stars, made up of a mix of players young and old and special guests from other clubs, and Old Skinners’, made up of past players from The Skinners’ School.

Referee Martin Croker blew his whistle and we were off in front of a large crowd of around 150. For anyone expecting to see a fun social game the first 5 minutes showed that this was going to be fiercely competitive as tackles came crunching in from early on foiling attacks on both sides. With Old Skinners’ wing Tom Lane and George Gomersall putting in some big hits early on, as did Tom Petty and Tom Bagwell for the All Stars. The deadlock was broken after 7 minutes when Max McCabe was in support to take the final pass to run in under the posts, converted by Isaac Jones for a 0-7 lead to Old Skinners’.

Max McCabe goes over for the opening try

What followed was 10 minutes of attacks on both sides foiled by good defence and a few mistakes. Just before the 20 minute mark Alex Maynard found some space and a turn of pace not seen since his Twickenham appearance in 2016, and he touched down in the corner for to reduce the deficit to 5-7.

With the sun pouring down the match was played in 20 minute quarters – The All Stars squad was big so replacements made regularly and a few new faces appeared for the second 20. Old Skinners’ started well and took the points despite the light-hearted boos from the crowd. Isaac Jones increased the lead to 5-10. The All Stars pressed hard but were met with a wall of great defence from the young Skinners’ side. Then following a clear penalty given away by the Veteran Paul Miles, a quick tap was looking certain to be another score for Old Skinners’, but it was Rob Harrison’s side’s turn to put in some defence to stop the scoring opportunity.

Towards the end of the half Old Skinners’ once again took the points and Isaac Jones added another 3 to take the lead to 5 – 13. The half ended as the All Stars ran out of defence and with Old Skinners’ knocking on as the final pass was made. The half time whistle went despite some confused voices in the crowd expecting a more severe punishment for the offence!

All Stars ringed the changes in the 3rd quarter and started well pressing hard for the first 5 minutes but the passes just didn’t fall as Old Skinners’ continued to defend ferociously. Breaking quickly from defence Old Skinners’ found the gap and raced to the line with Finn Holden scoring and adding the conversion. Old Skinners we’re having a purple patch and it was Anthony Storkey who split the defence to score and convert increasing the lead to 5-27. Soon after Jack Palmer got on the scoresheet with a fine swallow dive try converted by Isaac Jones as the 3rd quarter ended 5 – 34.

No quarter was given during the game

The All Stars made some final changes again for the final quarter and again started well. Prop John Owuso stole a ball in midfield and linked with Tom Bagwell to Alex Maynard who set our other Twickenham 2016 winner Charlie Harding away for a well deserved try which he converted to close the gap to 12 – 34.

But it was Old Skinners’ that finished the stronger with the final try to finish a great game as Will Corrie capped a great performance scoring to make the final score 12 – 39. Skipper on the day for Old Skinners’, Matt Humphrey received the winners’ trophy from Tim McCabe and Craig Fleming (Assistant Headmaster at The Skinners’ School). The Man of the Match awards went to Rob Harrison and Conrad Fletcher (who received the Tim McCabe Challenge Cup, jointly) for the All Stars and Old Skinners’ MOMs were Max McCabe and Anthony Storkey.

It was a great day for the town club with some exceptional young talent on show, boding well for the future of rugby in the area.
Next week sees the final TWRFC 1st XV fixture of the season as we welcome Dorking RFC to St. Marks – Sat 23rd April – 3pm k.o.

Fran Colangelo

WIMBELDON RFC 87 TUNBRIDGE WELLS RFC 3

 

Tunbridge Wells travelled to Wimbledon with a side weakened by the absence of a number of key players which resulted in a bit of a mismatch. Wimbledon started strongly and quickly realised that they had the beating of the Wells backs when their inside centre, Henry Peuble, broke the Wells defence to score under the posts with only two minutes played. The successful conversion by Jack Noble, the first of 11 he was to have in the afternoon put the score at 7-0. Wells came back and despite giving away two ruck penalties managed to stay in the home side’s 22 long enough for a successful penalty from Finlay White on 13 minutes, 7-3. Any encouragement this gave the visitors was quickly dashed when a poor kick by Wells gave the Wimbledon winger ample space and time to run the ball back. Two slick passes resulted in a home try on 15 minutes, 12-3. Five minutes later Wimbledon scored again when poor Wells tackling allowed Finn Taylor to cross for a try on 20 minutes, 19-3. The Wells pack stuck to its task with some aggressive running from hooker Ben Mutch but were struggling to win good ball. A 5-metre scrum saw the Wells pack shunted backwards and a pushover try conceded on 25 minutes, 26-3.

From then on Wells had no answer to Wimbledon’s slick running game and were punished with a further five tries before half-time, resulting in a deficit of 61-3 at that point in the game.  Wells made some enforced changes with Max McCabe coming on for Richard Webster.   On 45 minutes Wimbledon were able to field a Wells clearing kick and pass the ball down the line to winger Jamie Millais to score, 66-3.  Wimbledon continued to play simple rugby with the backs using the ball well to create space and overlaps, Taylor crossing for his second try of the game on 50 minutes, 73 -3.  Wimbledon were now on top in the scrum and while Wells were competitive in broken play poor passing and decision making under pressure let them down.  A yellow card for the Wimbledon loose head for dangerous play did not weaken the home side who set up a driving maul on 63 minutes to score another easy try, 78 – 3.  Wimbledon then had time to put centre Paul Hendry in for a final try and successful conversion, 87 – 3.

 

Wells entertain Havant RFC at home next weekend 3pm kick off

 

Alan Skinner