Coronavirus (COVID-19) Club Updates

8th January 2021

National Lockdown Clubhouse & Rugby Update…

Happy New Year one and all!

I hope you had a great Christmas, whatever strange shape it was in.

Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who has supported the club in what continues to be the most challenging of times. So if you brought a can of pop, a tin of beer, a bacon roll, a cup of tea or a bottle of gin or rum on behalf of the bar, thank you!

Many of you may be aware that just prior to Christmas the decision was taken to cancel all rugby activities at Oval Park. This was a particularly bitter pill to swallow as a lot of people had put a huge amount of effort in to getting things up and running for both the senior and the mini/junior sections. That decision was taken looking at all the evidence that was being put forward with regard to the changing nature of the current pandemic.

The situation has now obviously been taken out of our hands as we are now into our third national lockdown. We will be monitoring the situation with regard to mini/junior rugby and will be reviewing all the advice and legislation given by the Government, as it stands the earliest this review will take place is after the 15th of February.

This will be an ongoing process of monitoring the situation over the following months and we will take the necessary decisions as the advice and guidance changes.

Take care and please be assured the club will do all it can to get us back up and running and back to playing the sport we love, whilst we do our best keep you safe.


13th August
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16th March (19:32pm)
Good evening all,
Following  the advice of the Government and the RFU, who have suspended all rugby ,we have no other course of action open to us other than to cancel all scheduled events for the foreseeable future
This includes all rugby, finals, tours and I am afraid private hires and potentially the Spring Ball. This is not a decision that has been made lightly however we have to consider the safety of everyone on and off the pitch.
Could you please communicate the same to all coaches, managers and players

16th March (12:40pm)
To all OWRFC members and supporters.
Unfortunately due to the increased risk posed by COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on gatherings and events by the UK government , the Committee have reached a decision to postpone this year’s Presentation Day.
We hope to reschedule the event later this year and will pass on information concerning dates and times once these are finalised and updates will also be posted to our club website http://www.oadbywyggs.com/
In the meantime we will continue to monitor the situation and follow all advice from the Government as well as the RFU in relation to remaining fixtures, finals and visiting touring sides.
There is at this stage no decision regarding the Spring Ball and we will be reviewing our options with our suppliers ahead of making any changes to the current date.
The bar remains open as usual although we will again review this should there be any instruction from the Government in respect of opening /  closing restrictions and we urge you to continue to support the club.

OWRFC Pink Gin

Fancy treating someone special to something a little different this Valentines Day? Why not surprise them with a bottle of Oadby Wyggs Pink Gin.

A premium small bit gin, once again brought to you by Master Distiller, Jamie Baxter, this wonderful gin is infused with cherry blossom, rose, hibiscus and pink grapefruit.

It will come wrapped in its very own pink presentation bag with pink heart confetti, and a pink and white bow.

You also get to sample a rather fine Lime Marmalade Vodka Miniature included for free!

Priced at £30.00 we will ensure delivery before the 14th of February.

To reserve a tile or buy a bottle of gin please email Paul Horner or text 07826 266366.

Supporting the Club

As many of you may be aware there are some major renovations taking place at the club.

The long-overdue upgrade to the changing rooms and showers is now underway. Unfortunately for various reasons “The Bath” has had to go.

“The Bath” as it was simply known, holds some treasured memories for many of our players and for this reason we’d like to offer a unique opportunity to support the club, in what has become, probably the hardest year in the club’s history.

The club would like to offer you a chance to keep a part of “The Bath” as living history at the club. We’ve rescued as many of the bath tiles as we possibly could and are offering members a chance to buy a tile and have it mounted in the refurbished changing rooms. As shown in the image below, you’ll get a named plaque on a historic bath tile & mounted in its own individual frame with the phrase ‘“The Bath” gone but not forgotten by…’.

The cost will be a minimum donation of £25 that will go towards renovations.

Past Player Reunions

The Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed all manner of rugby activity from training to playing for Under 6s to the over 50’s. The club has continued to operate within strict restrictions, and we all hope for the day when rugby life returns to normal.

One aspect that has been missed is the two reunions organized each season.

What is the draw of past player reunions?

Some might say it is the chance to go back in time and reminisce about days long gone. Remember that away trip to Peterborough at Easter when Sally drove the mini-bus and we had our shirts off doing Viking impressions pretending to row the bus – the look on the faces of the occupants of the car who pulled up alongside at the traffic lights was priceless.

An opportunity to see old team-mates that you have not seen for too long, catching up on how they are, comparing ailments and how old we now look.

Remembering those who we have lost in recent years and their contribution to the club. Selecting an all-time favourites XV from the great players to have appeared for the club. (No, you’re still not in mine Sloggy!)

The opportunity to form new bonds with the players of today – particularly those playing in the same position comparing how the game has changed.

More than anything I see the most important aspect as being the opportunity to bring past players back to the club, even if only once every five years or so. All past players have contributed, in some way, to this great club. You are part of the fabric.

It is very humbling to hear past players talk of OWRFC in glowing terms:

Rob Potts once said that he’d played for a good number of clubs but the Wyggswas definitely the best.

Paul “Hobo” Andrews, only this week, said that “this year stole my opportunities to see the club I love.”

Personally, I see the draw being all of the factors mentioned above but also the opportunity to drink the bar dry – have you got enough bitter in Paul?

-Andy Beevers

Meet the Coach – Matt White, U13s

Successful rugby clubs at any level depend on great people – players (past and present), supporters, sponsors, parents and last but not least, volunteers(Coaches, Team Managers, First Aiders and more. Volunteers are drawn from these great people and this month we focus on some insights into volunteering as a Coach with OWRFC.

Here, we talk to Matt White, one of our Coaches from our Under 13 Group.

Q: How did you get into Coaching?
A: I did some coaching after doing a qualification at College years ago, so later when my son’s team needed some help, I decided to get back into it.

What brought you to Oadby Wyggs?
My son started playing at Rugger-Eds which fed into Oadby Wyggs at the time so when he progressed into the club, I followed him.

What are the qualities you find the most important in your Coaching role?
Encouraging players to think for themselves and come up with answers in match situations. Recognising progress in players of all abilities as we all develop differently, ensuring we all enjoy playing the game of rugby and being part of the club.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced during your time coaching?
Balancing people naturally wanting to win with making sure players are having fun and developing each week. It can be tough to explain that a loss was a good thing to teach us more.

During your time here at Oadby Wyggs, what has been your most rewarding experience so far?
Seeing our players develop a sense of team spirit and become more than just a group of individuals. They have become friends and genuinely look out for one another on and off the pitch! I also really enjoy occasions where we have beaten local rivals and teams who didn’t respect us!

What are the special challenges of coaching Age Grade rugby?
Understanding we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. Encouraging everyone to develop their skills to be good at all aspects of the game whatever position they may end up playing in the future.

Thank you, Matt and we hope you and the team continue to enjoy your rugby for many years to come.

Newsletter Sponsor

We are delighted to welcome our Newsletter sponsor, R&R MOT Centre Ltd.

The business, based on Chartwell Drive in Wigston, has been established for over 14 years, having been set up, owned and still run by husband & wife team Mick and Alison Redfern.

Both of them are long term members of the Oadby Wyggs family and we are grateful to have them as a Sponsor.

R&R MOT Centre offers MOT testing and certification of all vehicle classes, including cars, motorbikes, vans up to 3.5 tons, camper vans & three-wheeled vehicles.

There is also a large, warm & friendly reception area, where an ‘Oadby WyggsWelcome’ is waiting. So when your next MOT is due, just contact Mick or Alisonto arrange an appointment.

Thank you, Mick and Alison, for your terrific support!

National Lockdown Clubhouse & Rugby Update…

Happy New Year one and all!

I hope you had a great Christmas, whatever strange shape it was in.

Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who has supported the club in what continues to be the most challenging of times. So if you brought a can of pop, a tin of beer, a bacon roll, a cup of tea or a bottle of gin or rum on behalf of the bar, thank you!

Many of you may be aware that just prior to Christmas the decision was taken to cancel all rugby activities at Oval Park. This was a particularly bitter pill to swallow as a lot of people had put a huge amount of effort in to getting things up and running for both the senior and the mini/junior sections. That decision was taken looking at all the evidence that was being put forward with regard to the changing nature of the current pandemic.

The situation has now obviously been taken out of our hands as we are now into our third national lockdown. We will be monitoring the situation with regard to mini/junior rugby and will be reviewing all the advice and legislation given by the Government, as it stands the earliest this review will take place is after the 15th of February.

This will be an ongoing process of monitoring the situation over the following months and we will take the necessary decisions as the advice and guidance changes.

Take care and please be assured the club will do all it can to get us back up and running and back to playing the sport we love, whilst we do our best keep you safe.

New year, new sponsors, and new regulations…

Welcome to the first newsletter of the new year. Understandably with recent covid and lockdown news, I’m sure we are all feeling like we’re taking two steps forward with one back at the moment. However, although we’re back in lockdown the vaccine means there is finally an end in sight!

With that in mind, the clubs committee haven’t been sitting on our hands and as you will see below, we’ve been pro-active in our preparations for the return to the sport we all love.

This months newsletter contains a Tier 4 clubhouse update, new ways you can support the club in these trying times, a new sponsor and a Q&A with the U13 coach, Matt White.

Finally, I want to take the time to pass on the thanks of the Leicester South Foodbank for our Christmas donation. As a club, we want to continue to support the local community in any way we can and as such, if you have any ideas please feel free to contact Callum Corley directly.

Christmas Shopping

With Christmas just around the corner, when you’re buying your presents please remember that Oadby Wyggs is now a nominated charity on the Easy Fundraising App!

The Easy Fundraising App will act as a portal and every time you spend, the retailer will make a small donation to OWRFC, at NO ADDITIONAL COST. So the next time you order your favourite takeaway on Just Eat,or buy your new 50″ Smart TV on Amazon, you will be raising funds for your Club!!

All you need to do is download the Easy Fundraising App using the link below, sign up, nominate Oadby Wyggs RFC as your chosen charity and then use the App to browse all your favourite retailers – literally thousands of them like Amazon, EBay, M&S, Just Eat and many more!

Click here to find out more. 

U6s & U7s – Season Review

A few weeks ago we awarded two trophies for last seasons under 6’s. Charlie Cull, Spencer Hutchinson and Ivan Watson all performed very strongly and consistently throughout the season with good attitude and skills.

Ivan Watson was named the Player of the Season for his strong all-round performances but especially his defensive ability. The most improved player was another incredibly competitive award with Leo Saad, Seth Caldwell and Isaac Cull all improving dramatically throughout the season. This time it was Seth Caldwell who took home the prize and is developing into one of the team’s top performers. On behalf of the coaches thank you to all the players who took part in the under 6s last season.

This year we have two well-represented age groups with 10 players in the Under 6’s and 19 in the under 7’s. This initially caused a few challenges in terms of coaches, but we now have a fantastic team led by Alison Smith and Ross Grant for the 6s. Under 7s have Mahmood Saad, Matt Hutchinson and myself. All players are settling in very well and are having fun.

The Under 7s have added a few new players to their ranks who are settling in nicely and newcomer Micah Briggs has really impressed the coaches with his massive improvements since joining the team. We have a new monthly coaches award which is awarded for either improvement, performance or attitude. The inaugural winner is Nicholas “noodles” Plus for a huge improvement in attitude which has led to a big improvement in his performances – well-done noodles!

As we head into another lockdown it’s important that we keep getting a ball in our hands and work on our skills and stay active. The coaches will be posting videos where you players can train with siblings, parents or by themselves. Please ensure the players take put as regularly as they can to ensure when we all come back we have all improved and are ready to go.

A big shout out to all the parents who help each and every weekend especially the team manager for the 6’s and 7’s.
Stay safe and get a ball in your hands.

– Ty Watson, Coach

Senior Section Season Review

I think it’s fair to say that this wasn’t the start to the 2020/21 season that we would want but unfortunately, given the events that have unravelled over the last 8 months, it was one that we expected.

It has undoubtedly been a difficult time for the club, as it has for many rugby clubs across the country, but there have been a few positives for us to focus on moving forwards. This break should give the lads the opportunity to recover properly from the last few seasons as the game continues to increase in physicality.

Many have played through injury to turn out on a Saturday and there are a number of players who have spent prolonged time on the sidelines. We’re hopeful that once our competitive season starts again, all players are back fully refreshed and available for selection, strengthening our ever-growing squad.

When we initially returned to pre-season in June, the players turned up the fittest that they’ve ever been. As a whole squad, it seemed like there was going to be competition for places everywhere, I hope for the same as we prepare for the restart.

We’re optimistic that within the early months of 2021, there will be a few friendly fixtures organised and rugby will return to Oval Park once again. This will give young and fringe players a chance to impress in a 1st XV environment against high-quality opposition, an opportunity which may not normally come about in a regular competitive season.

Next season we are looking at challenging all of our players by embedding a new system which will, of course, take time to develop and master. These fixtures provide a perfect opportunity to learn what works against our opponents and allows us to adjust what doesn’t, ready for when competitive rugby returns. Right now, it appears on the surface, that there isn’t much to be positive about from a rugby perspective.

However, we’ll continue to work hard as a collective to ensure that once rugby does return, the senior section provides the Saturday afternoon entertainment that we have all been missing.

I hope that everyone stays safe and I look forward to seeing you all down at the club soon!

– Jack ‘Jelly’ Elliott, 1XV Captain

Return to Rugby – Chairmans Update

Following yesterday’s announcement from the RFU, I am delighted to inform everyone that we can not only return to training at Oval Park but there is a plan approved by the UK government for a return to competitive rugby albeit with certain restrictions in place.

There is also a plan for an Inter-Club competition (dates to be confirmed) which is being led by Jon Lowden our 1st XV coach and we hope that as many of you will take part as possible.

This is great news and the OWRFC committee looks forward to seeing all Club members at their regular training sessions with effect from Wednesday 2nd December.

The Sunday training sessions will resume with all the track and trace, social distancing and sanitisation rules still in full effect.

If any of the rulings change we will, of course, notify everyone at the earliest opportunity but for now we look forward to welcoming you all back to the Oadby Wyggs.

– Greg Crawford, Chairman

Rugby is (nearly) back!

After a seemingly never-ending series of Lockdowns, we finally have some good news from the RFU. Following Monday’s announcement, competitive rugby is back on the cards. More on that below.

This month we have an update from the senior section from First Team Captain, Jack Elliott. From the oldest to the youngest, we also have an Under 6s & Under 7s season review from Ty Watson, Under 7s coach.

But first, a request for help. The festive period can be a struggle for some and these unprecedented times have undoubtedly made it more difficult. Just as our community has been there for Oadby Wyggs in the past, we want to be there for our community. As such, this year we are hosting our first Christmas Foodbank Donation Drive on behalf of the Leicester South Foodbank in Wigston.

The foodbank has urgently requested the following:

  • Coffee 250G
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Indian Cooking & Curry Sauce
  • Chocolate Christmas Selection Box (Max 200G)
  • 1lt UHT Juice
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned Carrots
  • Custard
  • Jam

The container will be open for donations on Sunday, December 6th, 13th & 20th from 9am – 1pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Callum Corley directly.

#COYW

Premium Spirits for a Premium Club

Some of you may have been aware that we were getting excited about our joint enterprise working with Distillers Kitchen bringing our own range of premium spirits to the club. Many of you expressed disappointment that you missed out on our first venture of Oadby Wyggs Gin. With this in mind & to show our appreciation for all your support, we would like to offer the Sunday section first option to buy the next exclusive Oadby Wyggs Premium sprit.

Just in time for Christmas, we bring you our very own Club London Dry Gin alongside a genuinely nice Club Spiced Rum. All the spirits we will be offering are of the very highest quality and are being put together by Master Distiller the renowned Jamie Baxter….and there is more.

If you purchase a 70cl of London Dry Gin you’ll get a free miniature of the Spiced Rum – If you prefer the 70cl of Spiced Rum we’ll throw in a free miniature of The Dry Gin.

The Gin or the Rum can be purchased for £30.00 and we are taking orders now. Due to the new lockdown, we are going to be taking payments by bank transfer and in view of the uncertainty of what other restrictions we may be facing on our return, we are also offering free home delivery.

If you would like to purchase either of the two spirits send Paul Horner a text on 07826266366 with your name, spirit choice, address and I will send you the bank account details.

Sunday Section – Well what a year this is turning out to be!!!

As we enter our new period of lockdown, I want to offer a massive “Thank You” to each and every one of you. On behalf of Duncan, Niki, Sarah and myself we’d like to pass on how much your support has meant over the last month or so.

Getting everything set up to be Covid safe and then working from the container each week has been a challenge, not least the 7 am starts…. but thanks to you we got there and you all made it worthwhile! We hope you’ve enjoyed the new range of premium sausage & burgers along with the alfresco dining experience!

Hopefully, we’ll be back soon, bigger and better than ever and we look forward to seeing everyone drinking tea and tucking into sausage & bacon baps soon! It only remains for me to wish you all well and on behalf of the Bar Team, once again thank you all.

Stay Safe!
– Paul Horner & the Bar Team

From little acorns…mighty oaks grow…

Two years ago, a small group of girls joined the Wyggs family after the Tigers community team ran some sessions at their schools. They started training at Oval Park and this laid the foundations for us to build a girls section for the club. Since that time, we have grown to a squad of 21 girls and despite the strange times we are living in now we have continued to attract new girls to join our team this season. This is very much due to the excellent coaching from Simon Cole and Jack Arthur who took over the reins from Joe Reynolds last summer, after agreeing to “help out for a bit”…18 months later and they haven’t looked back. They are so proud of where the girls are now, and they wouldn’t change a thing.

Last year the girls joined with other clubs to enable them to play competitive matches against established girls teams. We had several girls who went for county trials and one girl, Beth Johnston, who played for county…believe it or not but this was the first-ever competitive match she had played. This season we have a few girls at both the U13 and U15 age groups, but we now have a full team at U18s…such a shame that our opportunities for matches have been curtailed at the moment.

By having a girls section, we have a pathway for girls from our mini-midi boy’s teams to stay within the Wyggs family and continue to enjoy rugby at Oval Park. We plan to offer opportunities for girls in the U10s and U11s teams to join us on a Wednesday night training session so they can have a taster of what to expect when they leave the boys team.

We want to continue to grow the girl’s section and we ask that you promote us with the girls in your teams and also to the wider community.

To hear more about the OWRFC Girls team, please contact us.

Chairmans Update…

Welcome to the inaugural OWRFC newsletter! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Greg Crawford and I took over as Chairman at the start of the 19/20 season and to say that the first year has presented a huge challenge would be a massive understatement!

The last 6 weeks have seen a welcome back to Oval Park for our Sunday section and lady’s rugby teams. A huge amount of work was put in to make this happen in a safe manner and my sincere thanks to the volunteers involved. It has been really rewarding to see the pleasure this has given to all the participants as well as the parents and coaches but unfortunately, we are now back to lockdown restrictions and no participation in sport for at the least the next four weeks.

The senior sections have been training since June and Jon, Mick and Chris have done a good job in keeping payers motivated and together with no prospect of competitive rugby and the current season having been cancelled by the RFU. We do plan to have some form of inter-Club competition as soon as we can and will also be looking to book competitive fixtures once the RFU allow us to.

Off the pitch, there is a project underway led by Chris Anderson and Paul Ashberry to replace the fence alongside pitch 1 and secure some new sponsors for the Club. This has so far been hugely successful with some 23 sponsorship deals agreed.

Chris Redfern has additionally secured a grant from the LRU which will allow us to site a 12m x 8m marquee by the Clubhouse to provide shelter whilst the use of the Clubhouse remains restricted.

We have also applied for several grants to update the changing rooms and shower areas which we hope to start later this month. These works will see the removal of the old bath and the installation of new showers and we will also be fitting a new door at the top of the corridor so the lady’s sides will have a secure area for changing.

To sum up, although we are unable to play rugby at the moment there is a considerable investment into the Club to ensure that we provide the best facilities we can to all age groups and look forward to welcoming you all back to Oval Park as soon as possible.

– Greg Crawford, Chairman

Welcome

In these unprecedented COVID-19 times, rules & regulations can change overnight and as such the club need to be prepared and able to contact players, parents and supporters at a moments notice. This newsletter will allow us not only to do that, but also share some good news stories, club updates, and hopefully one-day even match reports!

Although split into a junior and senior section, not to mention volunteers, parents and supporters, we’re One Club and each of us wants the whole club to succeed. From next month, the newsletter will aim to include an update from both the juniors, seniors and committee so that we can all share in each other’s successes.

If you have a story you would like to see shared, please feel free to contact us.

#COYW

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How to apply for farm work as coronavirus lockdown means 90,000 positions need filling

Farmers are calling on British workers to fill vital roles harvesting fruit and vegetables during the coronavirus crisis after warning stocks may ‘run out’. Due to tight travel restrictions imposed by governments amid the Covid-19 pandemic, some 90,000 positions need to be filled, many in just a few weeks’ time. Agricultural workers from eastern Europe usually fill the majority of roles but restrictions across Europe and further afield mean they can no longer get to the UK to work. British Summer Fruits, which represents soft fruit growers, has set up an interactive map on its website showing the locations of farms around the UK and the jobs on offer – but how else can you help?

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/30/apply-farm-work-coronavirus-lockdown-means-90000-positions-need-filling-12478811/?ito=cbshare