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RFU Update

Updated 18 June 2021
AGM Thursday 24 June 2021. All members are invited to attend but its important that your attendenace is confirmed (we will communicate through our Whats App groups). Starting at 7:30 pm at Toft Cricket Club in the outdoor marquee.
We need to prepare for a positive outlook going forward and how we can prepare for the start of next season in September. The AGM will be an opportunity for all members to help support the club from volunteering on Sundays to running events (all subject to government guidance).
The AGM is also a chance to be part of the management team and help shape the future of the club. All positions are open and subject to re-election/election.

Knutsford Rugby Club AGM 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the game to a shuddering halt for this year and after three lockdowns the effect on rugby throughout the land has been dramatic. Since March 2020, Government guidance precluded playing as a contact sport. In October 2020, the RFU cancelled Adult Competitive Leagues for 2020/21 season at our level. The consequent lockdown in January 2021 has resulted in a complete suspension of rugby at the grassroots level. This has had an incredibly negative impact on all grassroots rugby clubs and on the RFU as the matches and events held at Twickenham generate 85% of the RFU income which can be reinvested into the game.

Whilst many clubs are struggling for survival our position is somewhat different. Our club ethos is to run the club in a way to make the most of our resources. In pre-pandemic times our ability to survive and thrive was based upon our ability to work with our fabulous sponsors, hold fund raising events and set a membership fee as low as possible (the membership fees alone do not cover our annual operating costs). Together with the tremendous support of Knutsford Academy and all our volunteers we are in far stronger position than the vast majority of rugby clubs.

Our intended direction is to make the future preparations easier for everyone and engage more volunteers within the club. Be part of something special and help out. All are welcome. Remember we will do our best to make it fun, safe and secure for everyone.

Neil Loftus (Club Chairman)


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News | Updates

Since late December 2020, the Club has in effect been closed and so it is a no-news time window. However, we were recognised for our volunteers back in October 2020. (A considerable achievement in practice).

In October 2020, Blue Plaques for particular contributions in a number of categories were awarded by Cheshire RFU. This year they have selected Chris Edmonds of Knutsford and a joint award, Neil Clark of Knutsford and Matt Bowden of Macclesfield to represent Cheshire RFU at RFU Twickenham. Click here for more details.

Highlights and Volunteer Recognition

This season has presented a considerable number of challenges for the club in terms of Coronavirus, from setting up different training schedules for each age group to creating a positive and safe environment for senior training.

In brief, the support from so many has been amazing and has made the first half of the season incredible special.

It may not be such a headline but it is still an important highlight. Despite the impact of Coronovirus, all age levels played rugby in their own bubbles from September - Decemeber 2020. We were incredibly fortunate with the weather and it was quite something watching the club work in a really different environment. We even managed to support a Santa charity event in December 2020 to raise much needed funds for the British Red Cross.

The support within Knutsford Rugby Club was also recognised by the Cheshire RFU as they held their virtual Cheshire Presidents and Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition and Awards Evening on 28 October 2020. As part of Mitsubishi’s involvement, they select 2 nominations to be invited to Twickenham for a Black Tie dinner and Awards ceremony, representing Cheshire. This year they have selected Chris Edmonds of Knutsford and our joint award, Neil Clark of Knutsford and Matt Bowden of Macclesfield. It is a great reflection on Knutsford Rugby Club.

But there are still the few that make a really significant impact and it’s important to recognize their role in making things happen. ; Stacey and Chris, Sadie and Russ, Catherine (and all the de Jong family), the fabulous Dan for supporting much needed building work, all the junior coaches for helping to make training fun and safe, and not forgetting the tireless work of Andrew Spark as our Cheshire RFU representative (and co-inventor of the most complicated 200 Club together with President Tony Evans). The Club also truly appreciates the support of Knutsford Academy, James has been a spectacular help for us and it’s a brilliant example of securing sport in the local community.

It is a fantastic club and we trust the end of the season will be an opportunity to find the new normal.

Neil Loftus

Chairman Knutsford Rugby Club

View from the Touchline

Colin Hurrell (Club Founder)
Colin founded the club in 2003 and has been a remarkably involved chap with the club throughout it's short history. We asked Colin to reflect on the past short season for senior rugby.

Knutsford Rugby Club - View from the Touchline

First I must congratulate all those involved in completing our new club house, players supporters members of the committee, junior parents and everyone else who put time in to create our very own home. This is what we having been crying out for the last 15 seasons.

Well for the record we played 18 games won 9 drew 1 and lost 8 in Cheshire league 3 South At the start of the season we were due to play 26 but because of 2 teams pulling out of the league, teams conceding games to us, postponed matches and of course the curtailment of the season due corona virus. Because of the bad weather in December we did not play any games in the month. Our opening game of the season was against Newcastle under Lyne 2nds, Saturday 7th September a lovely sunny day, the pitch in excellent condition perhaps the grass was a bit too long. So we were all set up for a great game, but, that was as good as it got. The trouble was we were playing supposedly their second team, but their first team didn’t have a game, a number of their firsts played for the seconds, which included 2 Fijian internationals. The game was one way traffic for 80 minutes score Newcastle 101 Knutsford 14.

One of the problems for spectators watching Knutsford is the inconsistency, one moment they are playing really well next minute they are missing tackles and shipping tries. They play well against the good sides and lose to the poor sides. To emphasize the point we played Village Didsbury at home in October the bottom of the league side we struggled most of the game. In the dying minutes of the game we were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, 17- 19 to them Rick Walker steps up to take the kick fiddles about a bit with the ball seconds go by, all of a sudden the referee blows his whistle, time out. According to the time keepers the referee blew up after 60 seconds when he should have allowed 90 seconds.

Now for the good stuff on a rather dismal November day Tony, Neil, Carl and myself travelled to Leek to play their seconds one of the better teams in our league. We really played well against a determined opposition the lead changed hands a number times, but this was Knutsford at its best forwards and backs playing really well together attack and defence putting up a determined battle. With about 10 minutes to go we were on the half way line our scrum won the ball, Kimi picks up the ball out runs round their back row a few jinks and he is over their line in front of the posts 7 points to us. Leek make a counter charge but we hold them out with determined tackling, final score Leek 15 Knutsford 20.

Thank you to all the members who played for the club during the season, some of the regulars were: our captain Sam, Howard, Russ, Stefano, Ted, Sam, Kimi, Alex, Cameron, Jim, 2 Ricks, Giles, Dave, Chris, Jack, Dave. It was good to see the new players coming through and make a big contribution to the club: Kyle, Josh, Nick and others I must not forget our 2 veteran stalwarts Gregg and Nick whatever the weather home or away the 2 of them always turn up, they may not always get a full game but what commitment they give to the club.

So there you have it one small observation of the truncated 2019-20 season, oh and by the way we came 4th, well done everybody who took part, looking forward to seeing you all next season.

Colin Hurrell

June 2020