IWRFC Weekly Club Events
|Tue. 2 Sep.
||7 pm start at club|
|Thu. 4 Sep.||Pre-season game v Sandown & Shanklin (H)||6.15 pm meet at club - 7.15 pm kickoff|
Sat. 6 Sep.
|No game - club work day||9 am start. Please try to help for at least part of the day - much work is needed to get club ready for the end of September|
|Tue. 9 Sep.
||7 pm start at club
Thanks to our sponsors old and new, the club has shelled out for new kit for both 1sts and 2nds this season! Here’s a sneak preview before they go into match action.
Above is the new 1st team kit!
Above is the new 2nd team kit! This will also serve as change kit. The colours are the original colours of the Isle of Wight RFC.
A full 2014-15 fixture list is now available on the Fixtures 2014-15 tab on the sidebar of this page. This list is subject to a few possible remaining changes, and does not as yet include the proposed 2nds/development Friday night series. The first of these Friday night fixtures is provisionally fixed for Friday 22 August at Ventnor.
Members of Isle of Wight RFC swapped their rugby balls for power tools as part of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend. Created by RBS, RugbyForce is a community initiative that supports local rugby clubs in building for their future. Since the initiative was launched in 2009, RugbyForce has helped over 1,500 clubs at the grassroots of the game by providing them with tools to help coordinate a community-wide effort to give facilities a ‘make over’, online guidance and financial support. This year, IWRFC was awarded the top grant for the region of £2,500 to carry out works including refurbishing the toilets, as well as upgrading the disabled and baby changing facilities. This was combined with a whole club makeover, including repainting the changing rooms and smartening up the bar area. The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, helped the club clean up its act by helping out on the day. Richard Freeman, Community Rugby Development Officer for the Isle of Wight, was also in attendance to provide support.
IWRFC Chairman, Nick Puckett, said: “The club is going through a sustained period of change and as the oldest rugby club on the island, which is also celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is well placed to offer men ladies and children the chance to play rugby ahead of the rugby world cup next year. A brilliant turnout of players, partners and children over the course of the weekend ensured a great atmosphere while we worked and allowed us to complete all of the tasks we wanted to get done. This means that the work on the clubhouse is on schedule to be finished in time for the new season.
The IWRFC held its Annual General Meeting at the clubhouse recently. Members who attended discussed the season just past, and looked forward to the club’s upcoming 90th anniversary season. Officers for the 2014-15 season were elected as follows:
President: Paul Simpson
Chairman: Nick Puckett
Hon Secretary: Andy White
Hon Treasurer: Tony Newnham
Membership Secretary: Martin Newnham
Fixtures & Match Secretary: Andy Puckett
Coaching Co-ordinator: Simon Samuels
1st XV captain: Dan Tennant
2nd XV captain: Mark Westley