The road back to rugby is nearly open, it definitely taken a turn in the right direction!
Following the latest Falmouth RFC Leadership, Management & Players Group meeting, and the RFU’s Return to Rugby Road Map, the plan for restarting rugby at the Recreation Ground is in place with all hoping that there are no more hiccups in terms of Covid and Lockdown. John Bullock, as all at the Club, will be pleased to see players and the wider rugby community coming together later this month with games starting during the Easter Weekend.
For the Senior and Colt players, the first opportunity to play is scheduled for Thursday 1st April. Club Captain, Tom Spiller, and senior players were unanimous in getting players back on to the pitch, initially for conditioning and ball skill training but later perhaps, to play ‘Ready4Rugby’ before moving onto the new contact rules in subsequent weeks. Plans for a Club-wide R4R Festival on Saturday 17th April, along the lines of previous successful events were also discussed, with, hopefully, the Clubhouse Bar open to serve pints in the sun – the real message is ‘let’s get back together as a community’.
Looking a bit further forward, with the start-up dates set by the RFU Road Map in mind, there could be a Club friendly (Truro?) played in early May and planning has been discussed for pre-season training and friendlies (with touring teams) in August – all very exciting I hope you agree!
Colts Coach, Darren Becconsall, has training and games scheduled for the Club’s young guns already; they just want to play!! Fixtures with Truro on the 2nd April and Redruth on the 10th, again playing R4R rules, are already in the diary. For those in the rugby community who like live local rugby, this will be a good chance to see the best of your Club’s developing talent in action – come and watch and support -they are good!! Additionally, the Colt players are welcome to attend training with the Seniors on April 1st as training will be non-contact.
Pete Collett, the Chair of the Academy, has already contacted Academy Coaches about a return to activity on Sunday 4th April. There will no doubt be exciting opportunities for the young players to get on to the Rec and enjoy the facilities. Again, come and support and we believe tea and coffee will be available. Let’s see those children enjoy themselves on the best pitch in Cornwall that is the Rec, and please assist the coaches and volunteers - they make the Club work!
However, the first action on the Recreation Ground out of lockdown will be O2 Touch Rugby on Monday 29th March. This fast and exciting 6 a-side version of the game, is really inclusive and is for all players, of all abilities, with Seniors, Vets and Colts, as well as Academy, male and female, able to enjoy the game. James Bunt has already had plenty of emails enquiring about when we can start, and he is ready to get the game going. The intent is to continue O2 Touch throughout the summer with perhaps a festival or two - thoughts?
As an aside how’s your Six Nations Fantasy League going?
Now to the serious stuff - Until the end of the March we must continue to adhere to the current Government directives that have seen us stay safe; training at the moment is only one plus one. But, as promised, on the 29th March we are good and ready to go!
The future’s bright. The future’s black and White, be optimistic, it’s coming.
As ever, Falmouth RFC