It is now only four weeks until the competitive season kicks off against local rivals, Newark RFC in the Notts Lincs & Derbys Senior Shield.
West Bridgford RFC’s continued success and reputation has seen an influx of new players joining the Club. In addition to the new signings we welcome back from long term injury, six regular 1st XV players who played little or no action last season.
After two inter-club practice games already, West Bridgford RFC travel up to play the once famous West Hartlepool RFC on Saturday 12 August, with two teams in the first of three pre-season warm up games.
Club registrations are now open, 5 new players from higher divisions have confirmed they will be playing for West Bridgford RFC this Season adding to an already strong squad.
Head Coach Gareth Kerr (who joined the club from National 2 club South Leicester last season), along with our new forwards coach – James Penman – also a new signing for Nottingham Rugby & Calum Gunn (returning this season to his home club from National 2 club, South Leicester) as skills coach, have been really impressed with all the players and colts through the first 5 weeks of pre-season training. An average senior attendance of 42 is exceptional given it is traditional holiday period too.
Club director, Ian Marriott commented “It’s very exciting to see some new faces join the club and to see the return of so many players returning from long term injury. There is a real buzz around the club and we are all looking forward to a great season in a very competitive league. The Club’s mission statement is to give all players and members the best coaching and facilities, on and off the playing enclosure”.
Last Thursday evening, saw the second inter club training game take place and we were grateful to Rob Teare, an ex-player and now refereeing in the national leagues, to take charge of the game and gave very positive feedback.
It was a great opportunity to watch some of the new signings take the field – Calum Gunn (National 2), Ian Knott (National 3), Luke Brown (National 3), James Phillips (Midland 1) & Joshua Shaw. Returning players – Ashley Watts, Henry Henson, Ben Berridge, Jared Kelly, Joe Wade & Daniel Graney. Within the already strong squad, we are proud of our three young Nottingham Academy players, namely – Jake Hicklin, Natty Brisco and George Harris.
West Bridgford RFC seniors and Colts train on Tuesday and Thursday at their 2nd base on Alford Road playing fields, West Bridgford. NG12 4AU – www.sports-facilities.co.uk/sites/view/6002098
The club cater for all standards & abilities and anyone who is interested in having a go or returning to rugby is most welcome to come along. For further club information, please follow the link to our website – www.pitchero.com/clubs/westbridgford/