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

Match Report 03.10.2021

Match Report 03.10.2021: Mellish RFC 29 (5*) – 78 (12*) Wyggs-Lions
(*denotes number of tries scored)

After an early start and long travel time to a far-off club no one had heard of, the gathered players, coaches, and parents were unsure of what was to unfold during the morning. A biting wind whistled across the exposed playing fields, requiring the first official unveiling of winter woollens amongst the spectators now that autumn had truly arrived. Clouds gave way to sunshine as warm-up routines finished and the players lined-up for the kick-off, Mellish opting to take advantage of the slope, and fielding a number of their U15 players to bolster their numbers.

However, it was Lions who fizzed first, Ziggy scoring a brace in quick succession to lay down the marker and announce that Leicester had arrived in Nottinghamshire. His second try of particular note as he darted unchallenged through acres of space down the centre, a prior series of rucks committing bodies from both sides and opening-up territory to take advantage of. Sam Hall had brought his kicking boots and began to make the difference count on the scoreboard. A series of line outs finished with Alfie scoring a try before Mellish managed to get on the scoreboard due to some poor Wyggs-Lions tackling. Alfie scored his second try at the close of the quarter and Wyggs-Lions had already seemed to open up an unassailable lead, 5 – 26.

Finn Lawrence was soon on the scoreboard in the second quarter, benefiting from some heads-up rugby as James opted for the blind-side from a ruck. Sam Hall again on-hand to add the extra points. A passage of determined tackling, Jacob Grieff particularly exemplary, held Mellish at bay for a while but Wyggs-Lions were unable to sustain the pressure for too long. Territory, pressure, and some good decision-making were rewarded with 3 unanswered tries. Unable to convert with the same consistency as Wyggs-Lions meant the scoreline remained a healthy 22-33 despite some cause of concern.

A switch of ends saw the 3rd quarter redress the scoring balance in Wyggs-Lions favour, now having the slope to their advantage too. Logan was first to add to the scoreboard, followed by William, a delightful take by Toby Cox at a maul, through the hands of Sam Hall, before he was able to barrel over. Tristan was unlucky to be rewarded for his sharp running, being robustly taken into touch by the Mellish fullback last man. Toby Cox got himself on the scoresheet, being quickest to react as Mellish fumbled from their own scrum, Sam Hall duly converted. The sight of Alfie charging downfield with several Mellish players clinging on drew particular pleasure from the watching parents. The quarter was finished-off with William pouncing on a loose ball, peeling round the still-formed maul, and able to strongly pile over the line. 22-59 with one quarter to play.

Errors and missed tackles again allowed Mellish to score and convert, but their tails were down and, as their substitutes reduced the average player height still further, there was fear in the eyes across the team. Tristan was rewarded for his persistent effort by a scorching try, Alfie completed his hat trick with a repeat charge down the centre, and Tristan scored the final try at the death, with support cover provided by Amman, Sam Hall unlucky not to convert as his attempt rattled the paint off the upright.

Despite an imperfect performance, two victories in succession, the welcome return of certain team members, and some great performances across the board, should provide the momentum and confidence into the next fixture for this group of players.

Andy Sobek
U14 Team Manager

Match Report 26.09.2021

Match Report 26.09.2021: Wyggs-Lions 45 (7*) – 35 (5*) Leicester Forest East Rugby Club

(*denotes number of tries scored)

Wyggs-Lions ran out convincing winners against Leicester Forest in the first U14 home game of the season to be hosted at Lions’ ground. Late summer dry conditions meant the ground continued to be unyielding for the players but agreeable for the numerous spectators supporting both sides that contributed to a lively atmosphere.

Wyggs-Lions kicked-off the first quarter and after some mis-handling by Forest were soon back in possession, looking energetic with probing runs testing the cold Forest defence. Player-of-the-match Healey Heritage soon scored his first of the morning from a hard-won scrum, Sam Hall on kicking duty missed the conversion as he looked to get his eye in for the opportunities later on. After a period characterised by scrums and crisp passing from both sides, Forest took the lead with a converted score, their full-back capitalising on space on the wing and showing the Wyggs-Lions defence a clean pair of heals with a blistering run in virtually unchallenged. One try soon become two as Forest scored again from a fumbled kick-off, collected and determinedly run-in through some poor Wyggs-Lions tackling. Another try from Healey, this time successfully converted by Sam after a forceful run from Ziggy, and another from Forest, who continued their 100% conversion record, gave Forest the first quarter 12-21.

The next quarter was a tight affair, determination from both sides leading to multiple knock-ons and scrums. Amman Dhillon’s physicality in the contact continued to impress, and Healey Heritage was unlucky not to add to his tally with an unfortunate try-line fumble, the only score of the period coming from Jonny Sobek benefiting from sustained territory and multiple phases of accurate passing. At the end of the second quarter, there was little between the teams at 17-21.

Switching ends, Wyggs-Lions turned on the class in the 3rd quarter: 3 unanswered tries, all converted by Sam Hall, fairly represented the domination they enjoyed. Healey sealed his hat-trick, William scored in the far corner, and a backdoor pass from Sam Hall set up Jonny Sobek with a steely run from the half-way line. Wyggs-Lions were good for their 38-21 points advantage.

Fatigue began to show in the final quarter, an opportunistic rip from Amman allowed Forest to open the scoring again. Wyggs-Lions however showed great determination to not leak any further points, Tristan and Amman demonstrating great physicality in a solid defensive line across the board, as Forest went hunting for a late victory. Finn charged over the line to take the number of Wyggs-Lions tries to seven before a try at the death by Forest, unlucky not to have been stopped by Tristan, meant the score at the final whistle was a deserved 45-35.

In only their third game of the season together, and this their first victory, this harmonious barbarian side is now demonstrating the consistency of performance and communication across the forwards and backs that the coaches have been working on midweek. Pride and intensity, through strong rucking and tackling, provides this team with an in-game platform to score, as well as a confidence they can carry into their next fixture.

Andy Sobek
U14 Team Manager

Match Report 12.9.2021

Match Report 12.9.2021: Wyggs-Lions 35 (7*) – 54 (10*) Belper Rugby Club

(*denotes number of tries scored)

The first match of the season for both the new-look Wyggs-Lions U14s and visitors Belper took place on an immaculate pitch under warm autumnal skies at Oval Park. The Wyggs-Lions eager to appreciate how the combined squad would operate, as well as benchmark progress from the training sessions so far.

Belper kicked-off the first quarter and an immediate handling error from Wyggs-Lions forced a scrum deep in their own territory. Despite an early collarbone injury to one of their players, Belper looked the hungrier of the 2 sides and scored from a penalty with an unopposed run down the wing. Wyggs-Lions upped the pressure thereafter, demonstrated by some determined running from Alfie, before Belper capitalised on some sloppy defending and scored again. Already 2 tries down and it only being the first quarter, the onlooking home parents began to look anxious. Tristan collected the next kick-off and set-off down the touchline to open the Wyggs-Lions account for the new season, steadying the early-season nerves. Jonny Sobek picked-up where he’d left off the previous season with a trademark intercept try. With the scores quickly levelled both players & spectators began to get excited. Belper began to panic and make mistakes with a series of high tackles, the ensuing penalties and territorial advantage giving Healey Heritage the opportunity to dot down from a Jonny Sobek run. The Wyggs-Lions ran in 3-2 tries up at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a spirited affair, that saw Belper come back with force. An early run by William looked a certain try before he was ripped by Belper’s last man. From then on, Belper rained down the tries, demonstrating the more aggressive running and rucking energy to force Wyggs-Lions onto the ropes. The second quarter finished with the scores turned at 3-5, and Belper had cause for optimism.

Not for long though. Once again the Wyggs-Lions roared: 2 more tries in quick succession from Jonny Sobek pulled the scores level. One another intercept try, the other a run down the wing unopposed. Ethan collected the following kick-off and again dazzled Belper with his clean set of heels. Healey Heritage and Jonny Sobek again combined following a spirited run from Umman Dhillon – his strength belying his inexperience in his first ever rugby match. However 2 late tries from Belper levelled the scores at 7 tries apiece at the end of the third quarter. All to play for in the final quarter.

Conversions were instated for the final quarter of the match and Belper again capitalised on some sloppy defending and lack of concentration. 3 tries, 2 of which were converted, meant Belper finished as outright winners. The crowd were left wondering what might-have-been but also quiet satisfaction, however, that a good-natured match had demonstrated plenty of promise for this burgeoning Wyggs-Lions relationship with the squad having mixed almost seamlessly into 1 cohesive unit with a high and consistent level of skill throughout after only their first fixture together.

Andy Sobek
OW U14 Team Manager

IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO GMS ARTICLE

In this months Newsletter, the first paragraph of details about the GMS system and AFFILIATION have been misquoted. So please note:

  1. ONLY PLAYERS FROM U6 THROUGH TO COLTS HAVE BEEN DE-REGISTERED BY THE RFU AND SO THESE ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE  ACTION. 
  2. THERE IS NO ACTION REQUIRED FROM ANYONE ELSE.
  3. ONLY PLAYERS  FROM U6 THROUGHT TO COLTS NEED TO AFFILIATE AS PER THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE ARTICLE.

Apologies for any confusion caused.

Club Shop Update ……….New season – new kit?

It’s that time of the year, when you realise how much your children have grown over the summer! Or if you are a player, you realise just how much you need some new gear!!

Please take a look at the Club Shop. We have renewed our association with O’Neill’s so you will find a wide range of OWRFC gear, ready for the season that lies ahead. You can either go to the website and click on Club Shop or use the link below.

Happy shopping!!!!!

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Sponsors News

This month, we focus on one of our Sponsors, Applebee Commercial Contractors Ltd. During our enforced Lockdowns, the company has worked at Oval Park to update and renovate our changing rooms, replacing the old bath with new shower facilities, refurbishing the changing areas and up grading both Ladies and Men’s toilets.

The company, which was formed around 20 years ago by Simon Applebee, was in its early origins a one man band.  Since those days, by dealing with commercial properties, the company has grown and continues to grow, progressively taking on more and bigger projects. The Company’s current speciality is commercial projects including retail units (working with most of the main UK  retailers), corporate offices, large flat conversion projects and commercial outbuildings.  They also do a lot of work with commercial estate agents around the country.

Over the years Applebee’s have built a very good reputation, something on which Simon says the company prides itself and on which they continue to focus.

Simon and the team continue to sponsor Oadby Wyggs RFC in many guises including shirt sponsorship, pitch-side board sponsorship and the work they have carried out for us ensures we offer up to date facilities to our players and supporters at Oval Park

Thank you Simon and the Applebee team!!

If you are interested to learn more about the services the Company provides, you can do so on the company  website www.applebeecontractors.co.uk

Oadby Wyggestonian RFC recognise the value of our Sponsors and are seeking new sponsors across many opportunities. Watch this space for some new exciting new sponsorships to be announced next month.

Age Grade Players ‘Renew Affiliation’ – Action Required by parents!!

So many of you will be aware of the Game Management System (GMS) which is the RFU database for all rugby clubs, players and members ( and parents of U18 players too!) In particular, it is imperative that all players and volunteers are both registered on the system and are affiliated to their rugby club. Non-playing/Social members  should also register and affiliate too. It is a safe place to keep all your details , allowing only the Club Officials with the necessary clearance to view your details for Club purposes. There is NO cost to be registered on GMS and this should not be confused with Club Membership.

This season, in a move to improve their records the RFU have de-registered all players in the U6’s through to Colts, from all rugby clubs across England.
Each year we will all have to ‘Re-affiliate’ our player to the Club to make them a registered player.  Luckily it only takes 5 minutes!
Step by Step Guide

  1. Log into your parent/carer account using this link.  There is a password reset option if required but check your SPAM box for the email it generates.
  2. Under the ‘Family & Friend’ section, select the player’s record:

3. Select ‘Renew Affiliation’:

4. Check through all the contact, consent, medical details using the pen icon to amend where necessary and then finally click SAVE top right.

Any problems speak to your Team Manager but please try to get this done as soon as possible.

The Inaugural Ellis White Memorial Trophy

Saturday 4th of September being the first Saturday of the official season, saw the return to League action for the 1st XV. This game against Market Harborough was also the inaugural Ellis White Memorial Trophy contest.  Ellis, who sadly passed away recently, was a very popular member of the club having played for Oadby Wyggs from under 6s through to Colts and also went to school with a lot of the Harborough players.  The day was a great way to honour Ellis, with the trophy coming home to Oval Park after a 29 -22 victory for the Wyggs.  The Trophy was presented by Ellis’s Mum, Tracey and there were fitting tributes in the post-match speeches.

Jack Elliot being presented with the Ellis White Trophy after the match.

It was great to see a very big crowd there to watch the match which was a further fitting tribute to Ellis. So big thanks all round for the support and do bear in mind the Ellis White Memorial Match will be an annual event!!
In addition to the main event, there was also a closely fought match with Market Harborough for our 3rd XV, with Harborough running out eventual winners of a high scoring 32-28 encounter.

OWRFC Senior Rugby Update

Since last month’s Newsletter and after what seems like an eternity the Senior Section finally got to play a game of rugby! A mixed squad of 1st, 2nd and 3rd XV players young and old took the field to face a spirited Belper  side and came out on top 56-21

It was great to see some great rugby that showed the benefits of all the hard work over the last 18 months, with training being on and off. It was also fantastic to see so many supporters and friendly faces down at Oval Park for the game, which must have been the biggest supported pre-season game in memory. A special thanks to Paul and Sarah Horner and Duncan and Nikki Orange for the wonderful food after the match and keeping us all from dying of thirst! During the game. 8 under 20s played for the Wyggs, 6 lads made their senior debuts and the starting XV contained 14 out of 15 home grown players- players who have played in either the mini, junior and or colts sections of the club. I wonder how many clubs across the country can compete with such stats? The only exception being Tom Gough. However he scored the first try of the 21/22 season a lovely 55 metre break, stepping four defenders in his way to the try line- so we will let him off!

Going into the season we have a new senior leadership set up with Jack Elliott continuing as first XV skipper, being aided by the experienced Hooker James Brookes and the supportive centre Lewis Jones both who are taking on Vice Captain roles and have already added a lot to the squad from a leadership perspective over the last few months. John Gallagher and Connall Pugh will lead the 2nd and 3rd XV respectively.

Last and not least, we have recently appointed a new forwards coach Jon Beart who has settled in really well and has already shown his passion and goals moving forward for the club throughout the season. We welcome Jon to the Wyggs family and wish him a successful season.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the touch line and in the bar after games. Wishing the whole club a wonderful successful season on and off the pitch on behalf of the senior section.

– Sam Allardyce, Seniors Fixture Secretary

Foreword by Jenny Robinson , President of Oadby Wyggestonin RFC

After 18 months of no rugby at the Wyggs, on Saturday 21st August, it returned with our first competitive game, albeit a friendly, since March 2020 against Belpher RFC and what an amazing atmosphere it was. Many thanks go to a lot of people at the club to get this game arranged and get the 2021-22 season off to a great start – at long last!

During COVID times the club has managed to continue to survive with the perseverance and pure grit of club members and the determination of the committee to keep the club going. Getting it ready for when the time would come that we could open fully and enjoy rugby again. For this I am immensely grateful to all involved.

We opened an outside bar from the container, this then progressed to serving food from a bbq and hot drinks, all to keep the interest in the club. We have also managed to completely revamp the showers and changing areas, the ladies’ toilets have been given a new lease of life and the men’s, all making for a much better experience when at the club. If you have been down to the club, you will have not failed to see the gazebo which is now a permanent fixture and a door has been knocked through into the bar area of the club, so we have more space to entertain our opposition/guests.

The  League season kicked off last Saturday at Market Harborough which was an emotional game for all and our first !st XV home game will be on 18thSeptember against Old Northamptonians, when I know there will be post-match entertainment arranged

I look forward to welcoming you all back down to the Wyggs to watch some great rugby, share a drink or two and have a laugh back at our amazing club – it’s been far too long!
Take care and stay safe!

Jenny Robinson
OWRFC President

September Newsletter

With the nation over a month out of government Covid-19 restrictions, life in general seems to be getting back to some normality. While elite sport has been back playing for quite some time, we at the grass roots are just now getting going again, in terms of competitive rugby. So, September 2021 will go down in history as the month we finally got to play rugby again!!

Across the country, many rugby clubs are coming to terms with where the past 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions have left them. There are financial challenges, practical operational challenges, together with challenges in numbers of members, getting players and supporters alike back onto the pitch, back onto the sidelines and back in the Clubhouse. The life blood of every grass roots rugby club is YOU- the players, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, Mums and Dads, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, siblings and friends who make rugby clubs viable.

At Oadby Wyggs, the Club has used the difficult days of 2020 and early 2021, to try to set the Club for future success and growth – not just as we come out of the Covid era but long into the future. There have been renovations to the Clubhouse, improving the match day experience with re-furbished dressing rooms, new match day catering facilities with increased seating and serving capacity. There is also increasing support from our Club sponsors across the various financial support packages and we are well placed for the seasons ahead.

The challenge facing us now is one of how we grow our numbers – a task to which every single one of us can contribute in some way. this is where our focus must now be. So thank you for your support so far and please know that every single action to help our cause is appreciated.