Mini Festival Huge Success!

As Typhoon Hagibis caused disruption in Japan, rugby continued at the Tunbridge Wells RFC mini’s festival. 

81 teams from clubs across Kent, Sussex and South London, met to play fantastic rugby.

Despite the rivalry, the competitive spirit, the gut and determination showed by the players, they all shook hands afterwards and parted as friends in rugby

Over 850 players enjoyed their experience, playing to the best of their ability, striving to deliver the best they could.

There were teams in attendance with insufficient numbers to make a complete squad, but they still got to play games.  Teams were created from multiple clubs to create a barbarian squad, where the players demonstrate the ultimate level of sportsmanship and put aside their club allegiances to ensure everyone can play.

Across the age groups rugby was played, children had fun and parents cheered. 

The Festival, sponsored by NFU Mutual, was the first mass run out for the new team kit and some of our sponsors from Countryside, Bethany and HR Revolution were able to come alone and watch some great rugby.

Huge thank you to Alex and his team of coaches and volunteers for arranging a great day of rugby

#oneTWRFC

Life After TWRFC Ladies

TWRFC Ladies are excited & proud to see the latest two girls playing rugby as adults.

Last weekend saw ex-U18 Amelia Marshall & her sister Emily ran out for Exeter Athletic Ladies in their 25-24 win against Bude Ladies.

Amelia was praised for her work rate, technique & style of play in training by coach Amy Garnett, England Women’s ex-captain & most capped hooker…a compliment too for Tammy & Milo who coached the U18s during her time with us.

With others ex-players now playing for Harlequins & Richmond Premiership sides and more having played or are still playing for Cambridge, Oxford Brooks, Warwick, Nottingham & Southampton Universities, our legacy is looking very good. Not bad for a section that’s only in its 6th season!!
(Okay, Emily never played for the club but trained & worked hard with us over the last 2 summers, caught the rugger-bug and is now hooked)

Next weekend (25th-27th Oct) see 34 of our girls (with 17 coaches & parents) go on Tour to Bath & Bristol. In a packed weekend they will get some coaching from ex-England player & Exeter’s Womens Team Head Coach, Susie Appleby, as well as being the Guard of Honour for Bath v Exeter in the Rugby Premiership at the Rec on Friday and Bristol Bears v Richmond Women in their Tyrrells Premiership match on Saturday….hopefully seeing ex-TWRFC Ladies Rosie Dobson representing Richmond that day. 

More exciting things coming for TWRFC Ladies that will need your help & support so stay tuned!!

#COYWellsLadies

Simon Parsons (DoR TWRFC Ladies)

Brains Over Brawn

On Friday night, the Ladies section hosted a quiz at the Cross Keys pub to raise funds for their tour to Bath.

Around 60 people pitted their brains against quiz master Ioana Platts-Mills with Team Pinky and the Brains coming tops. 


The quiz night raised a total of £898! A fantastic result. This will be added to almost £600 from cake sales at the club and £1700 raised by girls U13 coach Tammy Samuel running a marathon earlier this year.

Thanks also to Stephenson Harwood LLP and Zuber Design Architects for sponsoring the tour hoodies.

 
Girls from age 11 to 18 will benefit from these funds on the tour which takes place from 25-27 October. 


Special thanks to all of those who baked cakes, bought cakes, donated wine and chocolate, bought raffle tickets and otherwise donated their time and money.

Half Term Rugby Camp

This October half term Saracens return to TWRFC with a three day skills camp running Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd.

The Saracens camp is aimed at age groups U7 to U14 and are great sessions for existing players or kids looking to try rugby for the first time.

Costs for the three day camp are £90  – a 10% discount is available for group bookings of four or more.

More details on:

www.saracens.com/RugbyCamps

Email: rugbycamps@saracens.net

Tel: 02036757202 (Group booking by phone only)

Rugby Club Scrubs-up Nicely

The second TWRFC Summer Ball was held at the High Rocks on Saturday 28th September.

The Summer Ball, attended by over 135 people from across the club; youth, seniors, vets and club members, was a true example of the oneTWRFC ethos in action. The evening included a raffle, “Heads & Tails”, auction and some very creative dancing – especially towards the end of the evening!

A key part of the club’s event calendar, the Summer Ball was an opportunity for people to enjoy a great night out but also raised over £9,000 for the club.

The club has already seen benefits from the three year plan with improvements in club house audio visual, pitch side PA and gym set up. Funds raised at the Summer Ball will contribute to further improvements. This includes ground floor catering (working title: Nick’s Cafe) facilities that will improve the club for all members, visitors and also the wider community.

Numerous reports of sore heads at Youth Section training the next morning have yet to be substantiated.

FUTURE DATE Youth Spring Ball 2020 Date TBC!!

SAVE THE DATE Summer Ball 2020 will be on Saturday 26th September!!

Huge thanks to:

Michelle Greenall and team for managing the event

The team at High Rocks – great food and excellent service

Tim McCabe & Steve Daly (TWRFC’s very own Ant & Dec) for MC’ing the event

#oneTWRFC

TWRFC Summer Ball 28th September 2019

We are looking forward to the second TWRFC Summer Ball to be held this year in the President’s Suite, High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9JJ  on Saturday 28th September at 7pm.   The dress code is black tie.

Timings for the evening are:
7.00pm Bar open and arrival drinks served
7.30pm Sit down (and stand up for heads and tails with Steve Daly)
7.45pm First course served, followed by main course and dessert
10.00pm Dancing
2.00am End

During the dessert course we will be drawing the raffle and holding the auction. Tim McCabe will be your auctioneer for the evening.

Costs
The heads and tails will be £5 per person
Raffle tickets are £10 and we have some great prizes for you
Auction items include a week in a luxury villa in France, a meal for 10 prepared and served in your home, a private tour for 4 people with lunch at the Curious Brewery, dinner for 4 at a Whiting and Hammond pub and Sunday lunch with wine cooked for you by Steve Wickenden.

Menu:
Timbale of smoked salmon filled with crab in a mayonnaise sauce
Tomato and mozzarella salad with basil and olive oil dressing (v)
Roast fillet of beef sliced and served with a rich barolo wine and balsamic sauce, veg and potatoes
Provencale risotto, spicy ratatouille and tomato risotto with grilled polenta wedges (v)
Panna cotta, cooked cream dessert with limoncello syrup and fresh raspberries
Coffee and petits fours

 

If you would like to pre-order wine please contact High Rocks on 01892 515532 (please note they are closed on Monday and Tuesday).

If anyone has not paid please do so by paying into the TWRFC Bank Account
Account name: TWRFC Ltd
Account number: 63033597
Sort code: 208813

Play Your Part, Support Your Own!

On Sunday 15th September, myself and a close group of friends involved in the senior playing squad will be cycling the London to Brighton event to raise money and awareness for the Crohns’ and Colitis UK Charity.

This is a charity that has become very close to us all after seeing our best friend, and former coach and TWRFC Director of Rugby, suffer due to the disease. Over the last 6-8 months this man’s life has been turned upside down. Exacerbations in his condition led to multiple surgeries, two intensive care admissions and more than 55 days in hospital. Seeing the impact this had, not only on his physical and mental health, but on his loved ones was heart breaking! Fortunately, with the support of his family, friends and amazing fiancé he is feeling himself again and back on the road to recovery.

Having witnessed his ordeal, myself, Chaz Spence, Nick Doherty, Adam Webb, Tom Claridge and Bruce Wilson will be participating in the London to Brighton Cycle ride in September. We will be raising money for the ongoing research in Crohn’s and Colitis for the continued and developing care of it’s sufferers. To make the journey that bit more special we will all have the pleasure and privilege to celebrate his wedding day two weeks later.

In the famous words of Jean-Bertand Aristide:

‘If one of us suffers, we all suffer. Togetherness is strength”

With that in mind let us show what a great community club TWRFC is. Let us all get behind this event and show support for the clubs own through such a challenging time. Any donation would greatly be appreciated, however big or small. Please use the just giving link below to show your support.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ldn2btown?fbclid=IwAR2PBNig4cFArp-In60kyh_WYkLABpBg506fWCCi810Gg-3vElQTo7ISNSE&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=LDN2BTOWN&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=b66Egw6pd

Mike Hathaway

OPRO Visit 2019

 

THE BEST DEFENCE
for your teeth in all contact sports

OPRO has been providing a unique impression service to schools and clubs for over 20 years.

This year, the OPRO team will visit TWRFC and take impressions from all players who would like to purchase a Custom-Fit mouthguard.

Please place your order a minimum of one week in advance of the visit date in order for you/your child to be included for the impression taking.

The OPRO team will be visiting TWRFC on:
SUNDAY 08 Sept 2019

 

Click below for the full range and to order:

www.opro.com

THE OPRO MOUTHGUARD

 

• Wide range of colours and designs
• Antimicrobial additive for hygienic protection
• D3O option for the ultimate in protection and comfort

 

Benefits of using OPRO (according to the OPRO marketing team):
  • Custom-Fit – This offers the best protection available when taking part in sport.
  • Free Dental Visit – We send a team to the club at a date and time of your convenience to take the impressions.
  • Hassle-Free – We supply all the information for you to pass on, people are then able to order and pay through our website.
  • Quick Delivery – Your completed mouthguards will be sent back to the club within 7 working days of the impression visit.
  • Free Bespoke Design Service – We can offer you the opportunity to create a unique design including your club crest, giving a professional image when playing other teams.
  • Large Product Range – We have a wide range of designs on our website. Parents can also add anti-microbial protection to the mouthguard and case to inhibit bacteria growth.
  • 12 Month Warranty – All of our mouthguards come with a 12 month dental warranty from the date of manufacture.
  • World Exclusive – When ordering a mouthguard parents can opt to have it made from D3O, a material exclusive to OPRO, creating a thinner and stronger mouthguard.
  • Complete Aftercare – Once the mouthguards are made, should anyone have a question or query, our Customer Service team will be available for them to contact directly.
  • Manufactured in England – We make the mouthguards in our own state of the art lab, ensuring we produce the highest quality product and offer you the best service.
  • Loyalty Scheme – Rewards for rebooking and for the amount of mouthguards purchased.

Mike’s first update

So it’s three weeks since the AGM and I already feel fully ensconced in the role of Chairman. I thought I would share a quick ‘Blog’ with my thoughts and what we are working on to ensure we deliver on our mandate.

So here is a whistle stop tour of what’s going on:

  • The first Board meeting was held last week in the new format. I have slightly expanded the Board to ensure it represents every aspect of our club: Seniors; Ladies; Operations; Commercial; House/Grounds; and of course the Youth. I asked each member to give an overview of their area and their aims for the year. We also had a good look at the financial budget for the year ahead and we all felt we are able to achieve good progress this year despite the loss of long terms sponsors like Axa.
  • The Board is fully focussed on our three main aims for this year:
    • Increase the number of volunteers across the club
    • Diversify and increase visibility of revenues
    • Build a development plan that is realistic and achievable
  • In terms of other news:
    • Steve Wickenden and Stuart Montgomery are settling in well to their roles of Co-Chairs of Playing. They are working smoothly alongside Jim Scully as Director of Rugby.The Seniors are back training and we are seeing good numbers enjoying the best in class coaching of Simon and Aston. The squad have welcomed a healthy number of new players and have already had the first social of the year!! Three pre-season games are arranged with a super local derby vs TJ’s on 31st August. Should be a great day up the club.
    • The Ladies section are already back training and have their Rachel Burford summer camp coming up on 14th August.
    • The Youth section is in planning mode but has the big and very enjoyable Kiwi camp coming up on 5th August. Sign up for guaranteed fun!
    • Nick Van O is full steam ahead in his House and grounds role and hopefully you will see/feel a few changes around the clubhouse soon.
    • Michelle and Martin are working hard to get us ready for the new season with Playing shirts, Kit, Membership and newsletters
    • The next big event to have in your diary is the Summer Ball, please do get this in your diary and contact Michelle for tickets. https://twrfc.com/news/twrfc-summer-ball-28th-september-2019//
    • Lastly, we are working really hard on our commercial ambitions and if you have any one we should contact for sponsorship/partnerships do let me know.

Lastly, I am enjoying the challenge of getting us ready for the new season and whilst we have come up against a few challenges we are relishing them. Can’t wait to see you up the club soon. If you feel you can help us in any way then please let us know, all volunteers are welcome.

One Club, #oneTWRFC

Mike