On behalf of the members of Blaydon Rugby Club I welcome all our visitors to Crow Trees and trust you have an enjoyable visit, whichever team you may be supporting or event that that you are attending

We are a Club for the entire Community and in addition to our many Rugby activities we are home to many other sporting and celebratory events.

This year our 1st XV will play in National Division 2 North,  Level 4 in terms of the standard of National rugby, and will travel throughout the North and Midlands representing the area.  In recent years we have continually had player representation in the England Counties teams, and our Club Captain ,Keith Laughlin, is the current England Counties Captain. It is a real pleasure to be benefiting from such a high standard of Rugby which in recent years has showcased many young men who have gone onto full time professional rugby careers.

However, just as important, the sport of rugby is played by young men of all levels of ability and we continue to uphold the standards of play and fairness both on and off the field as we are confident that this develops players ,of whatever level, into better citizens of the future.

Sport in the North East is going through difficult times with the job and lifestyle opportunities offered by London and the South East a big draw for all sportsmen and women. However our area has long been able to produce outstanding talents and we will continue to do so over future years as we have a very effective youth setup under the guidance of Paul Vinnicombe.

At Blaydon we strive to provide excellence and entertainment at all levels of senior and youth rugby and produce rugby players who, irrespective of their ability, will continue to be a credit to this sport.

My continued thanks to our band of volunteers who enable this Club to thrive at this Level from the Executive Committee, to 4th officials, Car Park attendants and Car Boot volunteers. There remain plenty of opportunities to be involved so please let our Volunteer Coordinator Phil Partington  know if you have some spare time.

I would also thank all our many Sponsors for their continued support

We look forward to an entertaining game of rugby today and a chance to meet up with old and new friends in the Clubhouse later.

Bill Locke
Club President