Record Mini & Junior memberships are a very clear indication that the sport and particularly our local Wilmslow Rugby Club, are in rude health. There's been a very enthusiastic and energetic return to training this month, with fixtures against many of our local rivals on the horizon over the coming weeks.
Sunday mornings continue to be a hive of activity with around 300 Mini & Junior members training and playing matches. "We have much to offer all ages and abilities and we welcome all families to the club on any Sunday morning to experience for themselves just why it is so popular. Great facilities, excellent coaching, exercise, matches, tours and entertainment throughout the winter, along with a free hotdog for match players & U6s every week.
"It's a great place to be." according to Junior Chair Tony Smith. Younger children can also join in the fun via the very popular Rugby Tots from 2 years upwards.
This year is Wilmslow's 50th anniversary of the founding of the Mini & Junior section, during which time players have gone on to play at every conceivable level of the sport. From social community rugby right through to the British & Irish Lions, the club has ignited a passion for the sport in thousands of young people.
It's not just the youngsters finding fun in the quiet backwaters of Pownall Park. As a fully amateur club, the club is open to senior players of all ages and abilities from Touch rugby and Vets, to the leagues of the senior sides.
Chairman Ric Noden says the door is always open to current or lapsed players, "If you've not played for a while, or fancy a change of sport, then we'd be delighted to welcome you to training on a Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm. We firmly believe that rugby is a sport to be enjoyed with a smile and that the
friendships forged through the sport at our level, should be made at an amateur level where players play for the love of the game. The ethos of the Wolves is centred around enjoyment and friendship."
Full details can be found on www.wilmslowrugby.co.uk.
This season Wilmslow have acquired a new club sponsor in the form of Aus-Bore, a Wilmslow based property business run by the Burgess family. James continues to play for the Wolves and the club is extremely grateful for the support and commitment they have shown. Other new sponsors will be very evident on the new kit, led by Astley Moss Construction on the front of the shirt through Rob Lancaster, Kingston Cabinetry through Dan Kingston, Shoosmiths from former player Dan Hargreaves and Cowgills via current player Ben Day. The shorts remain under the Jak Steel brand through Dan Jones. Their collective support is vital and their financial contribution much appreciated.
Current senior players, Conor McMurdock and James Nicholson will continue this season in the coaching of the Colts section for 17-19 year olds. They provide the perfect bridging to senior rugby and they also bring a current and youthful dynamic to the age group which worked very well in its inaugural year.
If playing isn't your thing, come along on Saturday afternoons to watch the senior games with a cold drink from the club bar. Match details on www.wilmslowrugby.co.uk and on Insta, Twitter and FB.