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Getting Ready for Rugby
Updated 10 May 2021
This is changing landscape but our club is now open for rugby. All RFU guidelines are in place to play rugby in a fun, safe and secure way for everyone. But we need your help. To meet the RFU guidelines we kindly ask parents/carers not to mix with other households or bubbles and for only one parent/carer for each family come to the club. No dogs are allowed. No food provision and no changing facilities.
For all visitors/parents/players. Please note, we have limited parking capacity within the school and so it is very important that cars are parked responsibly and truly consider the needs of our incredibly fabulous neighbours (do not block any neighbour driveway under any circumstance).
Age grade rugby; if your child is 5 years and above please pop down to try rugby on Sunday mornings at the Academy. Please note the different times dependent on your age group. Our current RFU season continues until the end of May 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 most of the coming weeks in every way we can, but we need your understanding once again. It is inevitable that there will be changes which are likely to be fluid in nature but we will support playing rugby at every opportunity within the context of any Government and RFU guidance. We will do our best to make it fun, safe and secure for everyone.
Neil Loftus (Club Chairman)
Now for some helpful details
Firstly, park responsibly. We have limited parking within the club and we really ask for your help. Please be courteous to all our volunteers as they try and help and most of all please park responsibly in our neighbouring roads. Do not block access to a neighbours driveway under any circumstance.
Next point is to look after a few logistics; please do not bring your dog into the club grounds (for self evident health and safety reasons), we are not in a position to provide food just yet, changing facilties for juniors will not be open and finally please note our provision of food will be unlikely up to the end of this season (May 2021).
We are really looking forward to seeing everyone once again and it is really important to be aware of the practices that will be in place to make sure rugby is fun, safe and secure.
So lets start with safety. We need to make sure that everyone in the club follows the RFU and government guidance;
Please do not attend any organised activity if you are unwell or have symptoms. We will have a robust had hygiene in place and we will have enhanced cleaning arrangements for raining/playing. The Test and Trace program will be actively encouraged and supported.
Now to the time-lines to play in a fun, safe environment. The first Mini and Junior session will be Sunday 11 April 2021 (the first weekend after Easter Sunday). Everyone is incredibly welcome to join in and any new members or players are encouraged to try it out.
Sundays at the Academy | 09.45-10.45h | U6, U7, U8, U9
Sundays at the Academy | 11:00-12:00h | U10, U11, U14, U16
Tuesday evening | 18:00-19:00h | Placeholder for U16
Weds / Thursday evening at Lymm / Toft | Placeholder for U14 Colts/seniors
Please note, current guidelines allow us to organise matches from the 26th April and will be announced in age group communication.
Looking forward to later in May/June it’s likely that we will be made aware of further guidance on events and we will be sending out information when we can.
Chris Edmonds (Junior Chairman)
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
In brief, the support from so many has been amazing and has made the first half of the season
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.
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.
Knutsford Rugby Club
Knutsford Rugby Club is incredibly grateful for our sponsors Valley Resource, the WPI Group, Gough Associates and Knutsford Academy in their continued support.
We are committed to supporting the RFU Core Values program. The key elements of the program focus on Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
Further details are available from the RFU web site
Behind every club is a small team of volunteers who put in a huge amount of time and effort to make things happen. At Knutsford Rugby Club we have
an amazing team including our President elect Tony Evans, Chris Edmonds, Russ Finn, all our junior coaches and volunteers. Its important to note that
all of this would not be possible without the absolutely fabulous support of Knutsford Academy. Our considerable thanks to Mike Claddingbowl and
James Routs at the Academy.