The Eagles Nest Update: Returning to community rugby.
By Justin Brookfield – Junior Chairman
It’s been great to see Sunday mornings at KGV looking much more like normal in the last few weeks with Mini’s and Juniors all back to training together for the first time since the first lockdown in March 2020. As a board, we think that it’s really important that players of all ages can see the progression that they can make through the ranks of the Eagles and everyone feels that they belong to what we think is a pretty special rugby club.
I am delighted that this weekend both the U12’s and the U15’s are taking part in “touch festivals” with a number of other clubs, giving the players their first opportunity to play some competitive, albeit adapted, rugby for the first time in over 14 months. The U13’s and U14’s age groups have decided that they’ll focus on training at the club for the remainder of the season and start to prepare for competitive rugby in September which will see the current 13’s moving to 13 a side and the 14’s playing full 15 a side rugby.
As is always the case, as Junior players start to move through the age groups, there is an inevitable drop off in numbers, so we are always looking for new players especially in the U16’s and the Colts (U17’s and U18’s) to join the club. The board are working on a new approach to coaching and training across the Juniors age group which we hope to be able to announce ahead of the new season in September.
New Sponsorship Secured
The Board are pleased to announce that a number of new sponsorship deals have been agreed over recent months. The financial commitments from the new partners, which include Berkeley Homes, Tomorrow Advertising and Home Instead are a real boost to the club as we start to hopefully see some light at the end of the tunnel.
Our over-riding objective as a board is to ensure that we can continue to make our club the best possible place for everyone to enjoy their rugby from the minis all the way through to the seniors. As with every other amateur sports club, even without a global pandemic, we have no choice but to rely on commercial partnerships to supplement the revenue that the club can generate from its members, so we are delighted to have been able to secure these deals during this difficult time.
For any sponsorship enquiries please contact Juniors Chair Justin Brookfield: moc.httworromot@bnitsuj
Please join this WhatsApp group if you play O2 Touch, or are thinking about playing…
It’s purely for comms and info re sessions and you won’t be bombarded with unnecessary messages 24/7
Open this link to join the Eagles WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CkvbNiRQVHEKNFeWKh8o81
O2 Touch from Wednesday 31 March at 7.30pm. For those of you who do not know, O2 Touch is a year-round, minimal contact, inclusive version of the game. With an emphasis on social fitness, music and pitch up and play activity it is a rugby format that is intended for everyone – so why not come down on Wednesday and give it a go?
Eagles Strength and Conditioning Fitness Classes
Nick Butcher Ultimate Fitness classes twice a week.
Wednesday 7-8pm (Strength Training)
Sundays 10:00am-11:00am (Cardiovascular Training).
Eagles Half Term Rugby Camp – Places available
Following on from the success of the Eagles Easter Rugby Camp, on 3 & 4 June the Eagles Head Coach Dan Leek will be leading another fun, covid secure games-based camp with different skills covered across the 2 days (9.30am to 3.00pm). It is aimed at Years 1-8, U6-U13, and costs £35 a day, Full details are on the Eagles website.
Effingham & Leatherhead RFC relies on volunteers – for coaching, first aid, management of teams and age groups and much more. Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding, and community sports clubs provide long-term benefits to physical and mental health, so please consider getting involved. There are loads of ways in which you can help, and at the moment we’re particularly looking for more people to get involved in coaching mini rugby.
If you’d like to find out more, please email: bulc.ybgurselgae@gnireetnulov.