We were recently asked to contribute towards an article published in the September edition of the Index Magazine:-
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.
THE BEST DEFENCE
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:
Click below for the full range and to order:
THE OPRO MOUTHGUARD
• Wide range of colours and designs
- 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.
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
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who took part in the slightly damp Tunbridge Wells Primary School tag festival.
Many thanks to the refs, teachers and other volunteers for helping us put on this event.
During the season, about 550 children (from age 6 to 18) play rugby at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club each Sunday. The Rugby season restarts on September 8th and anybody who wants to give it a go is very welcome to come along for a couple of free sessions to see how much they love playing rugby at TWRFC. For any players who (entirely understandably) can’t wait that long, the club are running a summer ‘Kiwi’ rugby camp from Aug 5th-9th over the school holidays. More details about both can be found at https://twrfc.com/youth19
Join us for a fantastic evening at Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club on Saturday 28th September 2019. 3 course meal, auction, raffle, dancing and a special guest MC. Tickets £50/person. Contact Michelle Greenall to book your place or table of 10.
Last Year was an amazing day and we’d love to see it replicated with Rachael and her Red Rose mates.
Sign up at twrfc.com/kiwicamp
Tomorrow, Andy Child will be riding the which is 100 miles around the rugby clubs of West Kent. This is a well supported bike ride organised by the Wooden Spoon to raise money for this fantastic charity and local rugby clubs. Andy is the only rider registered this year from TWRFC so would be grateful for any support. All money raised will benefit both the Wooden Spoon and TWRFC
The results of the 100 club draw for May are as follows:
1st Prize no. 75 Father Ed £250
2nd Prize no.15 Stuart Nicholls £100