Between The Posts

 MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB

   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

July 2020

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. I trust I find you well and keeping safe in these strange and difficult times. There is some good news this month with the club re-opening albeit under restrictions but good news after 4 months of nothing!

 

WELCOME BACK

Yes that is the message to you our members and supporters after what has been a long four months without rugby both on and off the pitch. We have finally been given the opportunity to open up the club although of course not only will we have to be outside but also 2 meters apart! We looked at the situation long and hard to see if it was viable and of course safe to commit to the many regulations that we must adhere to. Thanks must go to Chairman Simon Evans who has taken on the role of Covid 19 co-ordinator to ensure we cover every situation. A tremendous amount of work has been done and thanks also to Richard Davies for covering all the risk assessment and Health & Safety regulations and Skinny and Julie for their endless cleaning to make it as safe as possible!

The club will be open from Friday 17th July from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday with the same times as Friday. You can enter the club through the main entrance and follow the designated path up the stairs to the bar where you must first give your contact details. You will then be served and directed out of the club down the fire escape to the outside area where you must stand 2 meters apart. We would ask for your compliance to these regulations to ensure we stay open as we know regular checks will be made by the Police and local authority officials who have the authority to close the club down if it is seen anyone is not complying!

So we do hope to see you over the weekend and hope these are the first steps towards being back to some sort of normality. Note: Opening subject to the weather!

 

ON THE PITCH

Not only are we back in the club (outside!) but we are back on the pitch but again under very strict rules. Training can commence from 1st August but I’m afraid any sign of competitive rugby may not happen until January. Simon logged into one of many Zoom meetings and was presented with the following timetable:

SCHEDULE OF PHASED RETURN TO PLAYING RUGBY

ALL TEAMS SENIORS, YOUTH AND JUNIORS

 

August – Commence training in small groups

September – Pre season maybe larger groups

October – Best scenario could be start of competitive games

November – No community rugby due to Autumn Internationals

December – If no rugby in October pre-season for January start

Note:

All of this depends on Welsh Government confirmation of the lifting of restrictions.

 

Sorry we can’t be more specific but as you can imagine regulations are changing all the time. We will be updating our website as quickly as possible or there will be info on Facebook and Twitter.

 

FUN IN LOCKDOWN

I understand some enterprising events have been going on during lockdown especially with the U16’s organised by Jon Price. Jon managed to get no fewer than 17 families together via Zoom over the VE weekend for a VE Day virtual rugby tour. It started on the Friday with a fancy dress Zoom party and families decorated their houses as well as a few drinks being taken during the party!

Saturday families posted BBQ and VE Day celebrations and no doubt more drinks!

Sunday was U16’s Got Talent Day all live on Zoom. And for the boys moving up to Youth rugby next season there were good luck video messages from Simon Evans, Chris Founds, Swansea RFC Capt Bonny Fox and Wales International James Hook!

Truly a great weekend for the boys and their families during these difficult times and just shows what can be done. Well done Jon.  

 

UNDERHILL PROJECT

Not much of an update for the project. There have been various Zoom meetings both of the Trustees and a newly formed fundraising group who are looking at ways to help the Trustees move the project forward by exploring different fundraising schemes. Obviously a very difficult task in the current situation with monies so tight but all avenues are being explored. One set back was that MCA were unsuccessful in their bid for £90K funding from the Garfield Weston Trust. However a substantial funding bid has been submitted to the National Lottery with the outcome expected in September.  

     

SOCIAL EVENTS

As reported last month the proposed MRFC Golf Day due to take place on 31st July has had to be moved. The new date is now Friday 16th October just in time before the clocks go back. Hopefully restrictions will be further lifted by then and we get a full day of golf in and maybe even a Dinner! Further details probably in August but make a note of the date and get some practise in!

 

GOOD WISHES

We have two of our long standing members recovering from non-Covid 19 illnesses who we send our good wishes too.

Club President Doug Baker has had a heart pacemaker fitted after a few problems. I understand he is ok and is in good hands with his daughters trying to make him take it easy as he recovers from the operation. Meanwhile Steve ‘Monty’ Elsworthy is receiving treatment after an operation for the partial removal of a brain tumour. We wish both guys speedy recoveries from these serious illnesses and hope to see you both back supporting the boys as and when we get back on the pitch!

 

MANAGEMENT and AGM

We continue to hold management meetings on Zoom, just to make sure we keep the club ticking along and ensure we are ready to operate both on and off the pitch once this crisis is over.

 

The AGM will take place on Monday 24th August further details nearer the date.

 

 

Well that’s it for this month, hopefully better news on a return to normality next month! Stay safe, stay well, together we will beat it!

 

 

Martin Rodwell                                                           martinrodwell123@btinternet.com