Exciting Times at Salisbury Rugby
Our 4 Senior teams are playing exciting rugby, the Women & Girls section is growing and our Juniors and minis are thriving as always.
Starting with the 1st XV, they are serving up an exciting brand of rugby in National League 3 South West. After starting with a couple of good wins, we then lost 11 consecutive games putting us in the relegation zone. However, we have been the form team, with the players and coaches pulling together to secure four consecutive wins and a losing bonus point at Lydney. This still leaves us fighting relegation in a league of largely semi-professional teams, but we are fast climbing the learning curve. The remainder of the season promises to be tough and nail biting...come along on a Saturday to be part of it, you will enjoy it and the players always appreciate the support.
What is particularly pleasing is we now field four senior sides and all three of our other teams are very competitive in their respective leagues, with the United XV (2nd team) through to the final of the Dorset and Wilts Cup, to be played on the 18th March at Warminster. We have also reformed our veterans' team, the Old Bustards, are in the process of rebuilding a Women's team and our Mini and Juniors sections continue to thrive both in numbers and performances, with the addition of 2 successful Girls' teams at U13 and U15 ages. That is a lot of Rugby.
Off the field it has been a particularly busy time with regular events and fund raising for "Project All Change", our ambitious quest to raise £600,000 for new changing rooms suitable for men, women, boys and girls to use safely and independently. We now have planning permission and have raised £110,000 from events, sponsorship and some generous members. We hope to get close to £300,000 from grants and loans from bodies such as the RFU and Sport England, but that still leaves a large sum of money to raise ourselves - please help however you can.
If that wasn’t enough, we are have plans to develop the main pitch, with grandstands and dugouts…..but that’s for another day.
The social aspect of Rugby is vital to a Club like ours. So here are some events for your diary. Tickets are always available behind the bar.
- Friday 17 February: Buy a Brick Draw, happy hour and curry night
- Friday 24 February: 45 RPM at clubhouse
- Friday 17 March: Wine tasting evening
- Friday 14 April: "Salisbury Live" music
- Friday 5 May: Juniors' meal
- Saturday 6 May: Club Dinner with guest speakers
- Sunday 7 May: Minis' Lunch
- Sunday 30 May: Music Festival
- Saturday 15 July: sponsored cycle ride for all
- Saturday 5 August: President's Walk
You will soon start seeing arrangements for our Summer Ball and a Summer Fete. We are a 4 season Rugby Club !
Please get involved as much as you can. There is plenty to enjoy and your support to help progress Salisbury Rugby, on and off the field, is always much appreciated.
Chairman Salisbury Rugby Football Club