NEWS & EVENTS

NEW HEAD COACH FOR WESTCLIFF!

Westcliff are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Waring as first team coach. Chris has extensive coaching experience having worked at Oaklands College for 9 years, as well as coaching the Hertfordshire under 16 team. Chris began playing rugby at Westcliff High School for Boys and played his junior rugby at Westcliff RFC from the age of 11 to 18, going on to represent England at under 16 level before switching allegiance to Wales at under 18 and under 19 level. Chris was also a member of the Saracens Academy from the age of 15, gaining a professional contract for two years on leaving school. On leaving Saracens Chris played for London Welsh for 3 years in the [now named] Championship before finishing his playing career with 6 seasons at Southend RFC, achieving promotion from the [now named] National League 2 to National League 1 in his first season.

WRFC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015

At the busy 2015 AGM a new Chairman and Director of Senior Rugby was appointed. Pete Jones takes over from Rick Compton as Chair and Nick (Ziggy) Sigwart is the new Director of Senior Rugby. Tributes and thanks were made to Rick and Bob Smith the outgoing Director of Rugby for their significant contribution over the last 9 years. Rick Compton was honoured with a Life Membeship and honour bestowed on Bob last year.
Pete's vision for the club is to play rugby at the highest possible standard whilst retaining its amateur status. He wants a club that sees children playing from under 6 through to the first XV. Other new rugby appointments include Peter Mahoney - Director of Mini Rugby and Darren Morrant - Director of Youth Rugby. Steve Johnson continues as the Academy Director.
Jo and Len Rasor have stepped down from their roles as Youth and Mini's Membership Secretary and Child Protection Officer. The club thanked Jo and Len for all their excellent work and support in these areas.
New Board Members are Chris Whiston and Phil Parmenter they will be the executive lead for Membership and Sponsorship/Fundraising. Karen Redhead has stepped down from the Executive but will work closely with the Board and wider club as Communications Manager. All other Directors were re-appointed.

MIKE BENN

We are sorry to announce the death of former B XV maestro and popular local teacher Mike Benn after a short illness. Funeral 1.20 at Southend Crematorium on Friday 10 July and afterwards at Rochford Golf Club.

International Tickets

France on 15 August and Ireland on 5 September. For France two tickets at £101 and five at £41 are available, for Ireland two at £101 contact Nick Crowe nick.crowe@seevic-college.ac.uk

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Chris Marsh on being voted Lions Players' Player, to go alongside his Player of the Year award. Not a bad season for Chris!

Getting Ready for Rugby's Biggest Year - WRFC, New Date - Monday 13th July, 7pm

Getting Ready for Rugby’s Biggest Year is a 2 hour workshop run by the RFU and is designed to support clubs to be ready, willing and able to retain new players attracted to rugby in September. The interactive session will bring together all sections of the club and will help us identify what new and returning players and parents are looking for and what can make a great rugby experience. Designed specifically to address operational and coaching issues, the workshop will help our coaches put in place contingency plans to meet, greet and ultimately keep new players at our club. All WRFC coaches are encouraged to attend as are all age group managers, referees and parents. We must have a representative from each age group. Please contact Georgina Morrant, WRFC Coach Co-ordinator, at darren.morrant@me.com to book your place.

ANOTHER BUMPER EDITION NEWSLETTER!

Here is the 11th Newsletter 'Gables Gossip'! updated 11 jun http://westcliffrfc.co.uk/newsletter/Gables_Gossip_11.pdf

NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES

The fixture schedule for the 2015/16 National 3 London & South East season has been released. http://rfulondon.com/15fix/n3l.pdf

WESTCLIFF LION CUBS

SARACENS BACK AT WESTCLIFF ON AUGUST 20th & 21st FOR SUMMER PRE SEASON RUGBY CAMP

The Saracens Rugby Camp Program is aimed at U7 – U14 boy and girls playing age groups and provides organised, educational, inclusive and structured activities, utilizing Saracens experienced, qualified and award winning coaches from the Community team.

To book your place on a this course, please CLICK HERE or call Ed Clark on 0203 675 7242

CLUB OPENING HOURS

From Monday 4th May the club will only be open during the following hours:- Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00, Thursday 18:00 - 21:00, Friday 18:00 - 21:00 (later if party), Saturday 12:00 - 15:00.

HIRE THE CLUB FOR YOUR PRIVATE PARTY

Hire either bar for your private party. Contact Dave Marsh on 07436 582477. Or email date & party nos. to admin@westcliffrfc.co.uk.

ADVENTURE ISLAND - HALF-PRICE WRISTBAND OFFER!

£15 for Big Adventure Wristbands and £12 for the Junior & Mini Wristbands. Also discounted Sea Life Centre tickets available! For more information, please contact Keith Dolman - kfd@dsl.pipex.com

BUY A BRICK

John Pacey is organising a new buy-a-brick campaign to raise funds for the club. Please contact him at jrpacey@btinternet.com to pledge A single brick can be bought for a donation of £100. Share a brick with a friend or relative for a donation of £150. Share a Team brick for a donation of £300.