Club AGM: 21st May - everybody welcome for our club AGM 7.30pm for 8pm
start. Come along to hear the club facts and figures from the past season.
Please follow the links below to find a copy of the 2012 AGM minutes,
along with the 2013 AGM Agenda and the list of nominations of officers
AGM 2012 minutes
AGM 2013 agenda
AGM 2013 committee nominations
Kit Bag Sponsor
would like to thank Belvedere Products of Newton Abbott for their kind
sponsorship of smart new kit bags for next season.
Withy U10s season 12/13
summary: Played 30, Won 18, Drew 3, Lost 9
Annual awards night held on Friday 17th May 2013 presented by U10s Coach Mark
Player - Max Rickards
Most Improved Player - Will Jones
Coaches Players - Will Cooper and Matt Rye
Special Contribution Award - Tom Humphry
Rob Rickards Most Supportive Team Player Award - Jayden Gore (with Max
Rescheduled to 7pm Tuesday 18th June.
Junior AGM 2012 minutes
Junior AGM 2013 agenda
Junior AGM 2013 committee nominations
Junior AGM 2013 form for committee nominations
Recently, some cars
have been blocked in at the car park and this has caused some upset.
Starting shortly, a new system will be trialled whereby cards can be placed
in the car with a name and mobile number so that those who are blocked can
contact the person and arrange a move.
The club are always looking for additional help in almost every area such as
sponsorship, social, bar etc. If you can help in any way at all, or have a
skill that you think could be used to benefit the club, please let Merv or
anyone on the committee know. We want to build on the success of the open
evening where plenty of good suggestions were made.
Car Boot Sales
Our popular Car Boot Sales will be returning for the summer soon. More
details to follow.
The Under 9s Team and coaches who are enjoying a very successful first season of contact
Grounds Improvement -
On Saturday 9th
February Raleigh Park saw the first steps towards enhancing the car park
areas. The following took place:
Front car park - widening/forming easier access to the car park, removal of
the wire mesh fence in preparation for a new timber fence. The car park area
was cleared of grass & weeds in preparation towards planting borders and new
surfacing lining and designated disabled parking bays later this year.
Rear car park area - The metal waste items were disposed of and the grass
and weeds were cleared to start the formation of bunds. The proposed works
due later during this year will involve improved footpaths/new
gates/segregated vehicle and pedestrian access/grounds maintenance area/dedicated ambulance access.
Our thanks go to the following people for their help: Russ Chilton, Carl
Cartwright & Mini Digger, Sam Marles & JCB, Dave Josey, Ian Skinner and
Simon Lawrence. (Thanks also to Keren, John and Aaron Annandale for
supplying food and drinks to the workforce!)
A special thanks goes to the following companies for assisting with
supplying plant & waste skips FOC to make the works much easier!
Advanced Waste Services for supplying the waste skip: (01202) 870833
- Krysia Linter
Speedy Hire for supplying the compactor plate: (01392) 277333 - Julian Blake
And finally a very special thanks must go to our to sponsor Sam Marles Plant
Hire: (07970)549364 - Sam Marles. Sam and his JCB made much of the work effortless with his new
JCB 4CX ECO!.
The works have made a start to the improvement plan but please bear with us
if it looks like a building site at times. We hope you will see a noticeable
improvement over the future months and we will endeavour to complete the
works as quickly as possible!
The next working party will be in March and we would appreciate anyone with
spare/free hard-core and timber road sleepers/posts for the next area of
works. Please contact Simon Lawrence on 07973 243513 or via email:
you have any of the materials.
Super Saturday at Exeter
There was a good turn out by Withy Juniors at a recent Exeter Chiefs Super
Saturday v Northampton in the LV Cup.
Special Visitor on Friday 18th
On Friday afternoon the Under
7s were honoured to welcome the Heineken Cup to Raleigh Park. It was
polished and took pride of place in the club in readiness for members to
have their photos taken with it during the evening.
Withycombe Rugby Club were
extremely proud to have the Heineken Cup this Friday and special thanks go
to Mark Long who liaised and organised the Cup to visit us Withys!
Withycombe rugby club
under 8s were delighted to meet their new sponsor for the remainder for this
and next year. Sam Marles Plant Hire are a family firm providing plant hire
for all your needs on an hourly basis. Coach Ben Mardle said, "It is due to
the support of local companies such as Sam's that the club can continue to
offer the best junior rugby available. We cannot thank Marles Plant Hire
enough. The under 8s have had a fine start to the season and now look to
build on this in the new year". To find out more about Sam Marles Plant Hire
call 07970 549364
November 2012 Newsletter
Withycombe U11s would
like to thank Colin Mayor, chairman of Skinner Construction Ltd for his very
from Colin: 'Colin Mayor, Chairman of Skinner Construction Ltd has expressed
his delight with the opportunity to provide sponsorship (in a small way) for
the Withycombe RFC under 11s.
We feel these young players work extremely hard and are very proud to
represent the club. A huge amount of credit must
go to the coaches and parents who travel all over Devon throughout the
We are looking for a new coach
for our backs
Withycombe RFC needs a
backs player/coach for the 2012-2013 season. Expenses to be paid for the
right candidate. If interested contact Director of Rugby Nigel Symons
Juniors - Mini & Midi Festival 2012
March - 1st April Exmouth RFC hosted a massive Mini & Midi
festival. This festival of Junior rugby features dozens of
teams and hundreds of youngsters.
Click here for details of the Withycombe
Super Saturday at Exeter
Withy Juniors attended the Exeter Chiefs Super Saturday on 19th November
which was held prior to their European clash against Cavalieri Prato.
Exeter Chiefs skipper,
Tom Hayes presented trainer of the day - Max Rickards (U9s) with a signed
ball. Well done Max!
See more photos of the day on the
Exeter Rugby Club website
New players urgently
required to join the new Withycombe U11s Squad, School Year Group 6, age 10
on 1st September 2011. Please contact coaches Richard Blyth or Guy Bolwell
Senior Awards Evening
Saturday 14th May saw a
well attended Senior Awards Evening at WRFC, Raleigh Park.
made by Exeter Chiefs, Chief Executive Tony Rowe who is also Withycombe
RFC's Club President.
Player's Player - Danny Parry
Best Newcomer - Paul Talbot (pictured)
Coach's Award - Paul Talbot
Most Improved Player - Chris Gibbons
Top Try Scorer - Ben Turner
Dave Betts Trophy - Dave Thompson
Clubman of the Year - Neil McGuinness
Young George Toomey was presented with a new award in recognition for all
his assistance throughout the season at matches as he travels to all away
games with the 1st XV helping out, running the water on etc.
Players who reached 50 first team caps throughout the season were also
presented with WRFC 1st XV Team Ties. They were Dave Richards, Sam Manning
and Ben Wright.
Photos from the
evening can bee seen in our
Seniors Awards 2011 Gallery.
Withycombe Juniors 2010-2011 Season, taken at awards afternoon 8th May 2011. For more photos of
the Juniors this season please visit our
Photo: Exmouth Journal
Senior Fitness Training
Fitness training will
continue at WRFC throughout the summer months; it will take the form of
general fitness training, ball handling and tag rugby in an informal and fun
environment from 6.45 to 8pm on a Wednesday evening at the club. Come along
and keep your fitness level up throughout the summer! For details contact
Nigel Symons on 07791 774982.
April 2011 Newsletter
RFU visit to Withycombe
Raleigh Park welcomed
representatives from the RFU with their film cameras on Sunday 20th March
Melrose and Steve Harland, RFU Referee Training and Development Officers
came to Withycombe on Sunday to film the clubs Mini/Midi referees in action.
This was a follow-up to a course held at the club in July 2010 in which 9
members qualified as referees for junior rugby. The new RFU course
originally used Withycombe as "guinea pigs" to trial the course content last
summer. Contemporary video footage of the referees in action was required to
complement the new course hence the return visit. So, in the future as the
RFU go around the country running the course, the players and referees of
the Junior Section at Withycombe RFC will feature in the presentation. A
welcomed opportunity to help the RFU and a great national profile raiser for
Mark Wilkinson has organised Tag
Rugby for aged 16+ male & females on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. This is
just for fun and no experience is necessary – all enquiries to Mark on
U12/U13s Players Urgently Needed
Playing Opportunity for
Remainder of this Season at U13s Level...... just a few more players needed!
We are actively looking to
recruit more U13s players for the remainder of this season. Coach Kevin Howe
has been working well with an enthusiastic squad of youngsters and is very
close to putting a full team together with fixtures in place for the second
half of this season. In addition the club is very keen to welcome more U12's
players to form a team. Training every Sunday from 10 o'clock at Raleigh
Park, all welcome. Kevin Howe can be contacted on 07891245666 or via email:
Withy youngsters enjoy Super Saturday at a recent Exeter Chiefs v Leeds match
on 20th November 2010.
Under 15s News
The Under 15s squad along with
coach Chris Ellor are pictured with Ian Skinner of IC SKINNER TILING. Ian
was presenting the team with new sponsored shirts and club ties which he has
generously donated to the squad. The shirts were presented after the 5-0
home win over Torrington on Sunday 31st October.
Withycombe Sportsmans Dinner
who played for Bath and England was the guest speaker at Withycombe
Sportman’s Dinner last Friday.
Speaking to 120 guests, Dave entertained his audience with anecdotes about
his career, including being the only international to have drunk a can of
lager and smoked a cigarette during an International match against
Australia. Something to do with the thick fog at the time.
A three course dinner was served by the excellent Eat with England’s and
comedian/ compare Tank Sherman provided the entertainment and conducted a
Withycombe RFC would like to thank John Passmore for organising the evening.
Withycombe RFC Juniors big thank
you to Exmouth Lions Club.
On Sunday 19th September
Exmouth Lions Club made a very welcome visit to Raleigh Park during Junior
training to make a kind donation of 20 new size 3 Kooga rugby balls to the
clubs ever expanding youth section (along with some complementary "team
building" paint ball tickets.... for the adults !)
Next week sees a return to action for the youngest Withies (U7, U8 & U9s) in
their first competitive fixture of the season away to Honiton.
Pictured are U9s Coach Richard Blyth along with a selection of Withy Juniors
from the U7s, U8s and U9 teams receiving new training balls from Eve Oakman,
President of Exmouth Lions Club.
The Gallery is now live and it has lots of fantastic pictures of the U7s and
U8s. More photos will be added soon so do have a look at the
Withycombe RFC Kit Shop!
The club has a new Kit Shop. A selection of WRFC Logo kit is now available.
Please visit the Kit Shop
to see what's on offer.
Please help! To run
successful events, we need people to attend and to help out. The more people
that volunteer, the less the workload.
We currently require:
+ One or more people to organise the kitchen rota on match days.
+ Volunteers to serve food on match days.
+ People to collect money, direct cars, serve food etc at the car boot
+ Groups of 4 people to assist in the running of the bingo i.e. caller,
cashier and refreshments.
If you are able to assist at the club in any of the roles mentioned above,
please do get in touch with Becky Skinner on
01395 263423 or email her at
As you’re probably aware, thanks to the dedication of the coaches and
support of the club, Withycombe RFC has been extremely successful in recent
years in recruiting boys and girls to the club and now boasts a thriving
youth section with a number of youth teams in various age groups. To
continue the good work and provide the children with the facilities, kit and
training equipment they deserve requires ongoing funding. Whilst membership
subscriptions go some way towards this, we are always looking for new
opportunities to raise money.
Hopefully this is where you can help.
Please read here for further information.
New! Tag Rugby for Girls
Tag is a fun and exciting non contact form of rugby. Girls aged 9 and
above are invited to come along and enjoy the game! For more details contact
either Alan Humphry (07977 567188) or Iain Cooper (07766 443412).
Withycombe RFC - Juniors Committee
A fledgling Junior Section has existed at the Club since 2006 when an U11s
team was formed. Next season we will be running teams at the following
levels: U15s, U9s, U8s, U7s. We also hope to run teams at U10s and
U12s levels subject to finding suitable coaches.
WRFC’s long term aim is to develop a Junior/Youth Section fulfilling age
groups from U7s all the way up to U16s, followed by a colts team(s)
thereafter. To effectively manage the development of this Junior/Youth
Section it is timely that we, the Club and all interested
parents/guardians/coaches formally organise ourselves to provide the
necessary level of support to the various age groups.
Whether you have previous
connections with WRFC or are a relative newcomer we have a fantastic
opportunity to build something here and continue the good work already being
done at the Club. The long term development of a Junior/Youth Section
at Withycombe Rugby Football Club can only help further promote the Club in
the local community. We want to offer children of all ages the chance to
come and enjoy the sport of rugby and all that it has to offer within a
friendly, family rugby club.