On Sunday afternoon I got the following email from a colleague in Surrey:
“It is twenty past four, Sunday afternoon
I returned about an hour ago after refereeing Haslemere u/15s against their Guildford counterparts. Both teams stuffed full of boys at RGS Guildford, but equally both teams with boys at schools who do not play rugby. About 100 parents coaches and spectators in good form on the touchline. Cracking game, a lot of running open rugby, one knackered referee (!), match ended 0-0…….but Haslemere won the boat race in the clubhouse afterwards!
Yesterday I was at Rosslyn Park, refereeing their 6th team against Arioch Crusaders. Again two teams who wanted to play rugby
It doesn’t get much better than this
As we battle with funding issues, regulation compliance and all the other paraphernalia that goes in to running Surrey Rugby, I do hope that each of you has managed to have as enjoyable a week-end of rugby as I have just had…….because if you haven’t, why on earth should we bother?!”
This prompted me to remember that Rugby should be at the heart of everything we do, and unless we enjoy what we do as volunteers there is little point continuing.
My Saturday was spent at Cambourne Exiles RFC, a Cambridgeshire club formed about six years ago in a newly built town, run by players for players. They meet at the local pub before and after games and get changed in portakabins a couple of hundred yards from the pitch.
The Parish Council have got together with the local developers and have started work on a new £½m clubhouse, with four changing rooms and an upstairs club room with bar, to be used by the rugby club, football, tennis and cricket. Great news that will secure Cambourne’s future as a sustainable club.
I stayed to watch the game against Shelford 4s but the drizzle and cold persuaded me to leave at half-time and head back to Colchester to catch the last few minutes of their game against Thurrock and enjoy a few post-match pints with old friends. Sunday was rugby-free as I visited my Mum in London on her birthday.
So what did you get up to? Leave a comment and share your rugby weekend.