Category: Club News

Last but not least a message from OWRFC President, Jenny Robinson

Christmas and the New Year is a time for reflection and this year is no exception. Despite the challenges of the last twelve months, Oadby Wyggs are still going and indeed have strengthened our foundation for the future success of the club.

Although, the virus is still in our community, we continue to strive to provide an environment at Oval Park which is Covid-compliant and offers a welcoming venue to our members and visitors.

Of course, many people have been affected in so many ways and as a club we are painfully aware of some of the challenges faced by some of our members. Hopefully the Wyggs family has remained a constant throughout these difficult times and provided some degree of normality as and when legislation has allowed.

OWRFC is a family, it is a collaboration of people who love the sport of rugby for the benefit of people who want to play and watch the sport. It exists for our members to meet and have fun with friends and for us, as parents, to watch our children grow in confidence and character.

So thank you to each and every one of you. Without your support we would not exist.

Finally, on behalf of Oadby Wyggestonian RFC, I send you all very best wishes this Christmas and for the New Year that lies ahead.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in 2022

Jenny Robinson, President, Oadby Wyggestonian RFC

Club round up from across the age groups

OWRFC proud to announce our new shirt sponsor for the Under 9 Team

Coleman Civils were formed in 2016 and are a Civil Engineering company that specialises in the design, development and construction of synthetic and natural sports surfaces.

Liam Coleman has over 30 years experience in sports civil engineering and has been involved in many prestigious projects, some of which include:-
London 2012 Olympics
Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium main pitch renewal
York Stadium pitch construction
Harrow on the Hill School, London.

The company has also worked with the Football and RFU foundations undertaking such projects as:-
Harpenden Rugby Club
Bedford Athletic Rugby Club
Cheshunt Rugby Club
Kirby Muxloe FC

Liam says “Coleman Civils are proud to sponsor Oadby Wyggs U9’s and wish them and all age groups at Oadby Wyggs continued success for the ongoing season and into the future.

Liam and Georgina are already members of the Wyggs family as Coach and Team Manager of the Under 9 team and their commitment is truly appreciated.

 

Under 8 team finally get to play competitive tag rugby against other rugby Clubs.

With the loss of last season’s competitive rugby, it is a startling fact, that our Under 8s team have only this season been able to taste competitive rugby against other teams!

Team Manager, Ruth Watson says, “The Under 8s have had a great start to the 2021/2022 season!! Having missed the opportunity to play against other clubs last year ,they have really enjoyed some fantastic fixtures both home and away, putting their training and hard work to good use. ”

“We now have a regular team of 16 players and they are beginning to show real team cohesiveness, keeping a solid defensive line, some great tagging and impressive tries. Incredibly some players are now also starting to pass the ball!!”

Ruth calls out two particular highlights this season, “their amazing spirit and positive attitude playing in the driving rain at Keyworth and showing their stamina and determination at their first rugby festival at Syston RFC.”

Welcome to the world of competitive rugby!!!

 

Under 12s – entertainment guaranteed!!

Seasons greetings from the Under 12’s

As 2021 comes to a close and minds are drawn towards either easing down for the holidays or panicking about last minute preparations for family visits, I can assure you that there’ll be no gifts handed out by the Under 12’s to our opponents during this festive period!

In fairness to the teams we have faced this year, the standard of rugby in our Leicestershire division seems to be better than ever and we are a big part of that. Intensity is the buzz word. Games have defences on top now, with phase play comfortably into double figures on a regular basis. Completing a defensive set without conceding has been greeted with cheers as loud as when a line break is made or when the ball is passed through the hands with wingers scoring in the corner.

A big thanks as ever goes to our loyal, ever supportive parents. Times continue to be tough. Despite this, commutes (from bordering on ridiculous distances in some cases) are made, kits are washed, and bumps and bruises tended to. Even in the most extreme ‘Keyworth Conditions’ the majority shunned the warmth of the bar, choosing to stand ankle deep in puddles braving horizontal rain. Well done.

Special praise though goes to the lads who wear the shirt every Sunday. The players are a credit to the club. Their resilience under pressure and desire to play a positive brand of rugby can never be questioned. The ‘have a go’ attacking mindset is a pleasure to watch and coach and is sure to leave spectators breathless. If you get a chance to come along and watch, do so. Entertainment is guaranteed!

– Mark Cox

Under 12’s Team Coach

 

Under 10s – growing on and off the pitch

On the back of a very positive start to the season, the Under 10 players keep on growing their technical skills on the pitch while at the same time developing a great team spirit. We had some great matches and a festival, with lots of fantastic tries (not that we are keeping count!).

We were all looking forward to the Prima Cup preliminary tournament, but that sadly didn’t quite go to plan as we were unfortunately caught out by the weather. While this was very disappointing for our eager players, there is also good news, as the Tigers decided that rather than rearrange the tournament they would have a draw to send teams through to the next round. Our team were drawn and will now have the opportunity to play at Welford Road before an upcoming Tigers match. Bring it on!

Wishing all a great Christmas break and an even better return to rugby in 2022!!

– Under 10s Management Team

 

Oadby Wyggs Under 9s enjoying a great day out with Leicester Tigers

Since the start of the season the U9s have continued to grow stronger and stronger, with consistent numbers for both fixtures and training. Since our last update we have had many fixtures, with a number of highlights worthy of mention.

At the Syston Festival, we were able to field 2 teams, both of which played to very high standard. With many strong teams in attendance, Wyggs came out as one of the best and we were delighted with how our kids performed.

We travelled away to Keyworth RFC where we experienced probably the worst weather our team has ever encountered! There was driving rain, high winds and near freezing conditions none of which deterred our players who turned out in force and played amazing rugby! We were super proud of their determination and commitment. Thanks also to the parents who stayed out in the poor weather with us too!

We were also invited to a Tigers Coaching Clinic, which was attended by a lot of Under 9s team. It was a fun-filled day out that started with a coaching/skills session run by the Tigers, followed by a Q&A session with Jaco Taute and Cyle Brink. To finish the day, the players and families made their way to Welford Road to roar on the Tigers as they beat Sale! It was a great day out!

The team has started our contact training ready for the games in the New Year and our kids LOVE IT!!! One subsequent training session finished in a controlled mini game which turned out to be complete carnage…… but every player left the field with a big smile on their face!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas from the U9’s!

– Under 9s Management Team

 

Year 8 School’s Rugby Festival under the Dome at Oval Park run jointly by OWRFC and Leicester Tiger’s staff.

The eagerly awaited Year 8 schools festival finally went ahead at Oval Park on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd December. We were joined by Lottie and Kieron of the Tigers Community Coaching team, who were refereeing some of the games.

The four schools who participated, Wigston Academy, Gartree, Countesthorpe Academy and Castle Mead Academy all arrived with visible anticipation and enthusiasm, and were given a tour of the clubhouse and changing facilities, following an initial briefing.

Given the temperatures it was decided all matches would be played in the dome, giving the club the perfect opportunity to showcase this marvellous facility. After an intense warm up, the matches kicked off, on a touch rugby basis, with each school playing three matches. The energy levels displayed by all players was immense and there was high quality of rugby played. The games were all highly absorbing and highly entertaining to watch!

Following completion of the three matches, and a short period of time enjoying some tackle bag/shield practice, the players received flyers prior to the trophy presentation. Each school received a participation trophy, the Core Value trophy was won by Gartree. The behaviour of all students was impeccable throughout and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all players for their participation, staff for arranging the travel and bringing the players down, as well as to Harry Jinks, Ed Benson and the Tigers staff.

– Paul Inchley, Under 13 Team Manager

Oadby Wyggestonian Colts update

The Colts building a strong culture

The Colts continue to go from strength to strength with the welcome addition of several new players. We continue to build a strong culture, underpinned by a collective resilience, desire to improve and pride in the club. Recent performances have seen them record their first win against Broadstreet as well as three players representing Wyggs at Under 18 Leicestershire trials.

The New Year will see us play Oakham in the Under 17’s cup under lights on the 26th January. This is a transitional competition with teams made up of Under 16 and 17 players. We are very much looking forward to our Under 16 players joining us in the build up to this and taking their first steps into Colts rugby.

The support of the Senior section, Club committee, parents and Saturday supporters has made all the above possible. So, a big thank you from Coaches and Players.

We are still keen to welcome new players into the fold as we look forward to what will be a successful New Year and second half of the season. If you know of anyone that is looking for a new club or keen to start playing rugby then please get in touch. We train on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm – 8pm with games on a Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Hammond
Chris Anderson

Ryan Hammond, Colts Team Coach

Senior Section Round Up

First of all on behalf of the seniors we hope everyone in the club is safe and well during these somewhat “frustrating” times with the new restrictions. Hopefully we can all still carry on enjoying our rugby on the pitch and the fun and games in the bar after the match.

November has been arguably the best month of the season so far for the 1st XV,. with wins coming against Belgrave and Dronfield at home, a battling draw away at Kettering and a strong performance away at Derby, despite coming up short. The first XV are actually unbeaten at home since the first game at Oval Park this season and are looking to carry on with this form through to the the Christmas break,with Lutterworth and West Bridgford both to be played at HQ.

There have been some debuts over this month (a record 15 this season!) New player to the club, Ross Elder (not Taylor) has fitted in really well in the back row, competing for what already is a strong position throughout the club, although his after match liquid consumption may need some work!

After strong appearances in the 2nd team this season, young Elliot Morris, son of Club Secretary Claire, has come into the back three, taking to it like a “duck to water,” providing a lot of energy and positivity across the back line. There have been several strong performances this month. Tom Bishop and Player/Coach Jon Lowdon have formed a strong, abrasive partnership in the centre. Arthur Redfern has been running himself into the ground every week… and then getting back up and doing it again, as well as Guy Want, described by opponents as the Wyggs “ voluptuous winger,” continuing his prolific try scoring form this season.

Tight Head prop Elliot Cant has been in magnificent form this month, putting in Man of the Match performances and regularly playing 80 minutes as the anchor of the Wyggs scrum, Elliot has now moved back to Leicestershire from London and it is great to see him doing so well. He almost said hello on Saturday, but couldn’t quite manage it. Finally first team stalwarts Arthur Redfern and Thomas Claffey each made their 150th first XV appearance this month, a fantastic achievement for two top players and, more importantly, two very decent human beings.

The 2s and 3s have had a mixed month, sadly only both playing on the same Saturday once. However training numbers are increasing and with some vital league games coming up, as well as a big cup semi-final, it’ll be important to keep this going after Christmas. There has been a lot of players develop and push for/make it into the First XV this season which is a credit to the 2s and 3s development pathway. Unfortunately no wins to report this month, but a string of good performances, with heart and desire shown throughout. These are promising signs for the coaching team and leadership group, looking to the second half on the season.

On the point of coaching and leadership, the senior section has had a change up with Lewis Jones coming in as forwards coach, assisted by James Brookes. Lewis has been at the club since he was 5, has had many roles through his Wyggs career and will be taking over from Jon Beart. We wish Jon the best and thank him for all he has done for the club on and off the pitch. We look forward to having a beer down the line.

On behalf of the senior section Thank you to everyone who has supported us on and off the pitch this season, coming to watch games near and far, especially with the cold weather setting in. It really is appreciated and the touch line gets spoken about weekly in pre-match preparations.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy festive period.

Sam Allardyce
Senior Section

Seasons Greetings….. To one and all….From “The Bar”

Just a quick note to each and everyone of you who continue to make the return to rugby at Oval Park something to be proud of!!!

We are without doubt one of the most proactive, successful, and vibrant clubs in the county. The feedback I’m getting from across the Bar on Saturdays & Sundays from visiting Referees, Coaches, Players, Parents and Supporters has been amazing. So whatever role you have at the club and whatever part you’ve played since the start of the season, THANK YOU! – it’s you who make the club the success that it is.

With Covid on the rise and back in headlines and with the reintroduction of masks, I’m sure we all watch each government announcement with bated breath. We will continue to do all we can to keep everyone safe at the club. With this in mind, can we ask that once you’ve made your purchase from the bar, you move away to create space for the next customer.

Turning to precautions on the pitch, the buckets are still in the garage and there’s plenty of disinfectant available. So if we can go back to using them as we did, that would be a great help. Please make an effort and do your part to stop the spread as we are bringing several hundred people together each weekend and we all have a responsibility to protect each other.

At this moment in time the Christmas Parties will still go ahead, (unless we are advised otherwise) we look forward to seeing the Senior Players for their social on the 11th of December the Minis on 12th of December and the Juniors for their social on the 15th

So on behalf of all the Bar Team, Myself, Sarah, Duncan & Nicki have a brilliant Christmas!!!!!!!

Paul Horner,
Bar/Clubhouse Manager (and purveyor of fine ales!)

The Marquee Bar looking very festive and complete with new TV (inset photo)

 

A couple of dubious characters you might bump into in the bar. Beware they will most certainly be after your money!!

Important OWRFC COVID-19 Policy information announcement
With recent announcements, please click on the link below to get the latest information on attending Oval Park under the updated government guidelines on Covid-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club Updates

Upcoming important dates for your diary

2021

Saturday 27th Nov. Past Players
Reunion.

Sunday 12th Dec . Minis Christmas Party.

2022

Saturday 29th Jan, Wyggs Music Quiz
(teams of 6)

Sunday 8th May, Mini & Junior
Presentation Day.

Saturday 21st May Oadby Wyggs Ball.

Ask at the bar for more details.

Celebrating 50 years as Oadby Wyggestonian RFC

Some of you will be aware that, through the hard work of Andy Beevers, the club has produced a book featuring anecdotes and tales of the unexpected from over the years. The book is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oadby Wyggestonian RFC, following the 1971 merger of Old Wyggestonian RFC and Oadby RFC.

Andy has been around Oadby Wyggs for many years, filling a number of roles and is still a serving member of the Committee, an achievement that was recently recognized by the RFU. This longevity enabled him to reach out to many players who all have their stories to tell – and perhaps some stories they prefer to never tell, in true rugby player’s tradition! Either way, it’s a great read and captures a piece of our heritage for posterity.

Heritage is so important and gives us the feeling of belonging to something that is bigger than the individual – the very essence of being part of a rugby team. The book has a fitting preface written by Andy – catch him around the Club and maybe you could persuade him to sign your copy!!!

Get your copy at a cost of £8 by asking at the Bar. It’s great stocking filler and is a one –print run so don’t miss out.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!!

T’is the time of year when we start to turn our minds to Christmas and present lists for our nearest and dearest!! With so many people now shopping online, please take a moment to remember that every time you shop online you can raise money for OWRFC at no extra cost to you, by using the easyfundraising App!

Over 80 of us signed up last year with one member raising over ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in the last year, all on their own!!!!

However, collectively we number around 400 people as a Club which means 80% of our audience still have the opportunity to join up and drive our fundraising efforts ever upwards.Every penny we raise goes directly to the Club, with no deductions and is further support to providing the best possible facilities for our players and members.

There are literally thousands of online retailers, including big High Street names. All you have to do is download the App either from the App Store or online and then go into your favourite retailer via the easyfundraising App. The first time logging in you will need to indicate Oadby Wyggestonian RFC as your chosen charitable cause and easyfundraising will do the rest. It will tell you how much they donate each time you shop together with a running overall total. The App includes major retailers such as Amazon, EBay, Etsy, Argos, John Lewis, Boots and many more.

In addition it also includes major service providers for things like energy, internet/TV, mobile phones, insurance, holidays and many other big ticket items. So the more you spend, the more you raise for Oadby Wyggs….and a very rare thing in today’s ultra-commercial world – IT’S FREE!!

Oadby Wyggs Club Kit Shop update and Christmas Orders

Kit supplier, O’Neill’s have delivered the first of our senior kits and the 1st XV looked very smart running out last Saturday. We’ve just received the under 11s kit and have 2 more of the mini age group kits on order which will hopefully be delivered shortly. The Club kit shop can be accessed via the club website or on the link below and while there have been a couple of glitches with the website, these have now been resolved. With Christmas looming just around the corner to guarantee your delivery before’ The Big Day’ your kit orders will need to be placed before the end of November. Use the link below to order now.

https://www.oneills.com/uk_en/shop-by-team/rugby/rugby-union/oadby-wyggs-rfc.html?p=1

Currently, we have five new kit sponsors this season across the seniors, the Ladies team and the Sunday section. However, we are still looking to replace the older and well worn kits across a number of age groups. So if you, or someone you know, would like to sponsor your age group, then please come and have a chat with Paul or Sarah at the Bar.

OWRFC school rugby coaching sessions restart again!!

The Club has been able to finally restart our partnership with local schools, introducing many pupils to their first taste of rugby and in some cases introducing existing players to Oadby Wyggs

The most recent sessions are being run by Harry Jinks, at Wigston Academy, Gartree and South Wigston. Some of you may know Harry through his work with Didi Rugby and of course as an Oadby Wyggs player. . He is a great ambassador for both Oadby Wyggs and for rugby in general .As such we would like to thank Harry and Paul Inchley for making these sessions happen.

Dave Phillips, Joint Head of PE at Wigston Academy writes, “The Year 8 boys at Wigston Academy have been lucky enough to have Coach Harry from Oadby Wyggs Rugby Club visiting over the past few weeks. The lads have really enjoyed the sessions which have involved lots of ball handling, contact and opportunities for creative play. At the start of my lesson this week, some students asked if they had Harry again, they were disappointed to find their rugby sessions were over! We are hoping that some of the boys now get involved with some rugby in their own time. A massive thanks from Wigston Academy to Harry for making the sessions fun and to Paul [Inchley] for organising!”

If anyone out there feels they could give some time to help with this initiative, please drop Paul a note at pjinchley@hotmail.com or speak to someone behind the bar at any weekend!

https://twitter.com/WigstonAcadPE/status/1452979075883147272/photo/4

Facing rugby’s current challenge

With tremendous hard work and support, here at Oadby Wyggs,we continue to navigate through the Covid-19 crisis to where we are today. We remain financially viable and we are seeing a steady return of the vibrant weekends of our past. Currently we are mostly turning out 3 senior teams each week together with a host of competitive matches across the Midi/Mini/Junior sections. However, as with many other rugby clubs, our player numbers are facing severe pressure across many age groups which is of course giving rise to concerns and challenges across the club.

There are a number of initiatives both underway and in the pipeline to try to reverse the decline in numbers and attract new talent into the Club but we need support from our members and parents.There are two ways in which every single member of the club can lend their support.

Firstly there is no stronger form of advertising than word of mouth recommendation, whether that is by spoken word or via social media platforms. All you need to do is to tell any friends, neighbours or family about Oadby Wyggs and about playing rugby. The Club’s Social Media can do only so much, so the more of us that post on our own SM accounts the bigger the audience. Please tell your story to your social circle and help spread the word.

The second way you can help is to volunteer some time! If you have some time to give to help with recruitment initiatives, to start to coach, or to help on the numerous behind the scenes jobs that make the Club tick, please contact the Club via your Team Manager /Coach or by having a chat at the Bar.

Update from the Bar

Welcome to my bit from behind the bar….

Many of you may well have noticed that the battered tarpaulin on the front of the gazebo had been replaced with nice new wooden front. Well now the rear has also been replaced and with a new tunnel into the clubhouse. My thanks to club member Lee Williamson and to his son Lewis Williamson who plays Seniors, I’m sure you’ll agree they’ve done a brilliant job!!

We have added a notice board to the front of the gazebo, so please keep an eye out for the latest information and club updates. There is also a pitch allocation board so your players and away teams know where they are playing in addition to a white board in the changing room corridor, directing players to the appropriate changing rooms.

The club saw two very successful socials this month with over 80 players attending the junior social, tucking into southern fried chicken, chips and beans. We also had the seniors Fancy Dress Halloween Party, with many party goers looking like death….and that was the morning after……….

Don’t forget this is your club and you are welcome to use it free of charge for any of your age group events/socials. If you have a big day coming up and want to book the clubhouse for a party then come and talk to us and we’ll see what we can do!!!

Stay Safe
Paul & the Bar Team

A message from the Chair

Hi All,

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

It’s great to see so many of you filling up the clubhouse at the weekends. We’ve had some amazing comments from visiting teams on Saturday’s and Sundays on how welcoming Oadby Wyggs are!! Not only is the clubhouse full, our fixture list is looking pretty impressive as well. As far as I’m aware there are not many Clubs that can lay claim to putting out 3 senior teams and a Colts team at the minute. So it’s a round of applause to each and every one of you who are getting involved!!!

We are as a Committee, only too aware that there some age groups that need their player numbers bolstering. We are currently looking at several ways to attract some new players. We have senior players going into local schools and we’re excited to see that Leicester Tigers are going to be supporting our efforts and also getting involved.

For those of you who are regularly down at the club you will be aware that myself, Paul, Nicki and Duncan are there on both Saturdays and Sundays and we could really do with some volunteer support – if you feel you can lend a hand or you suspect you may be standing next to someone on the touch line who could be persuaded into helping out please come and have a chat. We are currently looking for a paid member of staff to join the weekend team so if you, or you know of someone who could be interested then please speak to one of the bar staff.

Best Wishes
Sarah

Clubhouse – back to the hub of the Club!!

It’s great to be back!!

Firstl,y can I say how good it is to see the clubhouse getting back to being the hub of the Club. We’ve had great numbers down for the mini & juniors on Sundays. The Sunday Kitchen is going well and we are now doing our best to support our local businesses as much as we can. All our meat is supplied by Joseph Morris and our bread now baked fresh from local bakeries.

The Under 15s/16’s held a social evening that was well attended and enjoyed by all and there are several age groups looking to set up a social evening. The Seniors are back in full swing and it was fantastic to see the turn out for our first official 1st XV home fixture of the season. The addition of the bouncy castle and our resident musician Daniel Gardelio providing evening entertainment, guaranteed a great day was had by all!! The 2’s and 3’s are getting fixtures and all of the senior teams are doing a great job of hosting the away teams.

Thursday food is back on and seeing over 30 players back down for the first “Nando’s Night” was brilliant!!! The Colts are doing a sterling job of getting fixtures and even though the ever present battle for numbers continues, it’s heartwarming to see the enthusiasm the lads bring to the club.

The Club refurbishments are now coming to an end with just a few jobs awaiting completion – it’s been a long term battle with the impact of Covid but thank you all for your patience. A special shout out to “Sloggy” otherwise known as Paul Ashberry and Aspex for their massive support on the refurb – Thank You Paul !!

Lastly……please remember this is your club and if we can do anything to support your age group please don’t hesitate to speak to one of the Bar Team.

PS Don’t forget the club kitchen is open every Sunday Morning so even if you’re just passing or on the way to pick up a morning paper, please feel free to call in for a coffee or indulge in a full cooked English breakfast…..I guarantee you won’t regret it

Cheers All,
Paul

And don’t forget the ‘Full English Breakfast” Bap, as seen below!!

Sponsorship Announcement

New Team Sponsor for the OWRFC under 11s Team

We are delighted this month to feature another new sponsor, Turbine Controls Limited, who has kindly agreed to become the Under 11s Team Sponsor in a new 3 year arrangement. The company logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the team’s match shirts and will be included into our Club Sponsor Roll of Honour section on our website.

Based just around the corner from Oval Park, on Kenilworth Drive in Oadby, TCL was founded in 1985, starting with a unique fuel system design and eventually growing to be one of the leading suppliers of control equipment and specialist engineering services for the gas and steam turbine industries.The Company works with major oil companies, power generators and contractors worldwide, winning contracts for retro-fit equipment, commissioning, fault finding, routine maintenance, reliability engineering and consultancy.

TCL is no stranger to hard work and fund raising as back in 2018 Director Chris Rees climbed Kilimanjaro with his son Morgan, to raise funds for their chosen charity. So we at Oadby Wyggestonian RFC would like to thank Turbine Controls Limited, in particular, Chris Rees, Sales Director, Andrew Boulton-Briggs, Operations Director and Derek Wolmarans, Projects Director.

Grass roots rugby faces rising costs just like everyone else. It is especially worthy of note that companies like TCL, who despite unprecedented pressures in the current economic climate, support what we do to offer a safe and rewarding environment for young people taking part in our sport. It’s great to have TCL as part of the Oadby Wyggs family and we look forward to seeing them all down at Oval Park.

Oadby Wyggs Sunday Section Update

Under 10s Guard of Honour at Welford Road

On 18th September the Leicester Tigers got their season off to a winning start with a bonus-point 34-19 victory over Exeter Chiefs. OWRFC was on the front line with the U10s team holding the flags at the beginning of the game.

Seventeen of our U10 players took part and as a bonus got to watch a great game of rugby with both the kids and the parents having a fantastic time!!

The Under 10s players resplendent in Tigers T-shirts

More news from around the Age Groups………………..

Under 15s/16s Team – an encouraging start

Four games into the new season and a very encouraging start from the combined Under 15’s/ U16’s team. having settled in well and enjoying their rugby as one team. The first game of the new season couldn’t have been more challenging. We played Leicester Forest, a team we have failed to beat throughout our journey. After a tight contest and 3 fine tries through the three-quarters, we lost to a last minute try. So close!

The Coalville fixture followed the week after and we put up a very solid performance against a team that had more than half of their U16 players. The result was a very good 29-26 win and it was great to see some training ground moves producing tries on a match day. Sadly we said goodbye to Dylan Mayo. He played his last game for us after being a member of the Wyggs family for many years. Good luck to Dylan whatever he does next.

Silhillians were our next opponents and provided stiff opposition. We had more possession and territorial advantage but switched off for 30 seconds, allowing them to scored a breakaway try under the posts late on, to secure a 14-12 victory over us.
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Last but not least, the Old Laurentians paid us a visit, resulting in another tough encounter, in which we came out on top 26-17.

A great start to our season with some good hard rugby against some good hard teams and plenty more to come. Bring it on!

Under 14s/13s Team – combining strength
Due to the fall in numbers on the back of Covid-19 the Under 14s Team this season have combined with the U13s Team> They have also formed a temporary alliance with Leicester Lions U14 forming a “Barbarians –type” team. This unique one-off situation means that all three sides can enjoy more stimulating training sessions and are better able to fulfill fixtures.

Under 14s Manager Andy Sobek, does a superb match report after every game and you can link directly to these match reports on the oadbywyggs.com Under 14 team webpage http://www.oadbywyggs.com/teams/under-14s/

The U13s team also welcome Ed Benson to the Coaching Team, supporting the efforts of Paul Inchley and the Groups Coaching team.

Under 11s Team – going strong!!
Since the end of last season we welcomed 5 new players and welcomed back 3 players who took a break of a few months or even few years. Thanks to the hard work of our coaches and the team, they quickly made incredible progress. This was shown during our first match of the season against a well drilled Leicester Lions team where we held our own. Coach Karl was really proud of the team at the end of the game and commented: “Even though we are a new team we played like we had been playing together for a few seasons! A team that’s growing not just in size but in heart too.”

Under 9s Team – lively return to rugby!
The new U9s team have returned as lively and enthusiastic as ever and are thoroughly enjoying every second being back at Oval Park. As U9s we would normally have transitioned into contact but with current RFU guidance U9s will remain playing as U8s until the New Year, which is unfortunate because the players are craving contact! Most are wearing gum shields at games and in training already!!

That aside, the team have worked hard in their return to training and their efforts showed in the first game of the season against ‘Leicester Lions’. They played exceptionally well with excellent passes, support play and some cracking tries.The players are really coming together as a team and we are confident they will be a force to be reckoned with over the coming season, with some excellent potential for the future.

Team Coach, Liam Coleman says “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the OWRFC family for their continuous hard work, especially over the last 18months.Here’s to a great season for all ages!”

COVID -19 latest news

With Covid-19 still in the community and in preparation for the Autumn and Winter, the Club just wanted to remind all our players, members and vistors, that your safety and wellbeing is off the utmost importance. Please familiarise yourself with our Club Policy below which is fully aligned with current Government guidelines.
Oadby Wyggestonian Rugby Club
Covid Policy

Stay at home guidance

It is important that we all take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the community to save lives and protect the NHS.

If you are showing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID you must refrain from taking part in any training sessions or games for the duration of your isolation (10 days) or until you provide a negative PCR test.

If you are living with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID 19 and you are under the age of 18 years 6 months, fully or partially vaccinated you will need to complete a Lateral flow test before taking part in any Oadby Wyggs training sessions or games. You will be required to forward proof of your negative test to your team manager and/or coach and COVID lead (dorange@sky.com) 1 hour prior to you attending any training session or games.

If you are living with someone who is self-isolating after being contacted by the NHS, you are classed as a third party and can take part in Oadby Wyggs training and games, however you must continue to stay vigilant for all signs of coronavirus.

This policy is to protect all players, parents, visitors, employee and volunteers of Oadby Wyggestonian RFC to remain safe and healthy and protect the vulnerable

OWRFC Colts Team – Positive and committed

Despite starting with low numbers in pre-season, a positive and committed squad culture has seen an increase in training and squad numbers.We have played 5 fixtures so far this season, including two out-of-county opponents in Nuneaton and Broadstreet. A total of 22 players have made their Oadby Wyggs Colts debuts this season, five of whom are the offspring of previous and current Wyggs Senior players!!

We play in the Leicestershire Colts League as well as friendly fixtures on a Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm and train on Thursdays from 6:20pm – 8pm

If anyone knows of someone interested in playing Under 18’s rugby or if any previous players would like to restart their playing career, then contact us at the details below:

Ryan Hammond – 07493 148160 or
Chris Anderson – 07810 205584

Senior Rugby Round Up

It’s been an interesting month for the senior section, with the 1st XV having a mixed month, going down to West Bridgford and Peterborough away from home, whilst also suffering a defeat to Old Northamptonians at home. The month started with a positive result, a 40 point win against Peterborough Lions at home.
Putting all the results aside, it’s been awesome to see 9 first XV debuts over the last 4 weeks, plenty of positive rugby and plenty of areas to work on. Special mention must be made to Guy Want who has scored 5 tries in his first 5 games of the season. The 1st team is looking forward to getting back to consistent winning ways with Towcester at home and Bedford away in coming weeks.

The 2s and 3s section have showed plenty of promise with young players coming through and stepping up, older players putting in shifts and getting the league campaign under way. Highlight of the month was having 4 teams out over the weekend, with the 2s and 3s both playing away at Aylestone Athletic, winning and drawing respectively.

Since then numbers have sadly been a little inconsistent, having to unfortunately “cry-off” from merit fixtures. It would be fantastic to have 3 senior teams out every week over the run-in through to Christmas. With the 2s and 3s having many merit fixtures and some local old school friendlies to compete in, if you haven’t been down to the club yet- come and get involved! Bring a friend, get in touch with old players and let’s get the senior section back smashing it like we know we can.

Paul has kindly started flaying on food on Thursday after training which has gone down fantastically in the last few weeks. We look forward to next month’s set of fixtures, seeing many faces at training and in the bar after the matches.

-Sam Allardyce- OWRFC Senior Section

Welcome message from OWRFC New Chairperson Sarah Horner

I would just like to introduce myself, my name is Sarah Horner. At the Oadby Wyggestonian AGM last week I put myself forward and was voted in to take on the role of chairman/ woman, with Nicola Orange agreeing to assist me as vice Chairperson.

Many people know me, mainly from serving behind the bar but my eldest son started to play at OWRFC when he was 6! Back then, the team was short of coaches, so I nudged Paul, my husband, forward and nominated him to help out – he was handed a bag of rugby balls and the rest is history!!!
We both continued to volunteer with the age group and stuck with the lads until they reached seniors. There were some highs, some lows, we lost lots of games and won a few, but we remained strong on and off the pitch as an age group. We had some fantastic tours and regular socials, and to this day the parents and lads often catch up with a drink or the lads still playing a game of Rugby for Wyggs. Paul is now the Clubhouse Manager and I’m usually seen helping out around the club.
So I have been in the same position as many of you, giving up my Sundays, freezing and wet on the side lines. Honestly, we would do it all again for the joy it gave the children, and the safe environment for my boys as they were growing up, starting to socialise, and for the friendships I have made over the years.

The committee does appreciate the time that everyone gives, and as the new Chair and Vice Chair, Nicki and I want to let you know that we are here to support you where we can, to listen to your ideas and offer guidance. One of the biggest drives for this season is trying to recruit new players and any suggestions will be gladly received and appreciated.

Nicki and I are hoping to meet those of you we haven’t met yet as we plan to work our way around the age groups over the next few weeks. I look forward to meeting with you all.

Sarah Horner
OWRFC Chairperson