A warm welcome to all visitors to Blaydon Rugby Club and our web site where I have the honour of holding my 9th year as President.
We strive to be a Club for the entire Community providing opportunities for all age groups to play rugby and hosting a variety of social and public events throughout the year from Circuses, Bonfire night, parties, business meetings and youth events. It is only through the support of our local community that we continue to provide this service and we are constantly looking for further Sponsors and individuals to assist us. We are most grateful to Mark Gilbert and his Company Wheel Nut who are to be our principal sponsor this season.
We are committed to providing rugby opportunities to young men of all ages from Youth to senior level irrespective of playing ability, and to uphold the standards of play and fairness both on and off the field. We have recently reintroduced women and girls rugby and are ambitious to see this grow.
The RFU funded 4G artificial pitch has been a big bonus to all our teams, allowing us to play attractive and open rugby and is very well utilised by all manner of local sports clubs with players of all ages.
This is our 2nd year as members of the Northern Premier League, the 5th level of National rugby, and having lost a promotion play off to Luctonians last season, all involved in the Club are eagerly looking forward to a new challenge and having the opportunity to meet up with our rugby friends from last season and old friends from Morpeth, Carlisle, Blackburn and Macclesfield who are now involved in this League.
We have changed our coaching team to meet this challenge and our former Captain Keith Laughlin will now lead a team of former players in Jason Smithson, Tom Penny, Lee Hogarth, Jim Houghton (and PJ Butler). Our new 1st XV Captain is Jack Davidson and we wish them well and hope for a successful and enjoyable season.
My thanks as ever go to our valued volunteers and Executive committee without whom the Club would struggle to survive.
I do hope we will see as many new visitors to our Club as possible this year and know that you will all be most welcome whether watching a sporting event on a ground prepared by our Groundsman Nathan, or attending a function in our Clubhouse under the helpful guidance of our Manageress Sharon Reed.