TWRFC Youth Section are confident that we will bring rugby back in the first weekend of September which is the traditional start of the rugby season. Last year was challenging to say the least so we are really excited that we have measures in place to get the season started, regardless of any restrictions that remain in place. This year, as soon as we were allowed, we had age groups back at the club training using innovative ways of maintaining social distancing whilst enhancing rugby skills and fitness. Watching kids playing touch with one metre pipe lagging was something I never expected to see!
We are now working hard with the coaching teams from the U6’s through to our Academy to look at different ways of delivering training, how we will use our space and how we will make TWRFC a Covid secure environment. We have secured further space at the club to expand the already enormous facilities we have and have set up a full season of fixtures for the youth age groups working on the mantra that a positive outlook will bring good luck! We have sanitising points throughout the club and when you come back you will see that much work has taken place over the summer to make the clubhouse look fantastic as ‘Fortress St Marks’ We have a new cafe so you can get coffee and hot food on Sunday mornings and generally the club is in a really good place.
As you can imagine, Covid has hit the club hard so I am hopeful that we will see many people renewing their membership early on as the cash flow assist us in investing further in playing and facilities at the club. We have a really thriving youth section. Last season we had over 100 kids in our U6’s (Year 1 and Reception age) and overall had over 600 young people training or competing on Sunday’s. Lets continue that this season despite any challenges and, lets face, it can’t be harder than last year.
I can’t wait to see you back at the club in September and in the meantime if anybody has any thoughts on how we can take the youth section forward or if you would like to volunteer to help out then please let me know.
See you in September and #COYW!