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Richmond FC new players 2012-2013
Now that the excitement of the Olympics has passed we can turn our attention to our first season in National 1 with our usual annual pre season fixture against Blackheath taking place this Saturday 18th August KO 2pm (preceded by the 10K Race in aid of the Gareth Savin Trust/SIA - see below for further details). Regrettably the planned Vikings game KO 12 noon has been cancelled as Blackheath are unable to field a team due to injuries etc
It is a great opportunity to meet the players that have been attending pre season training and I provide below brief details of our new recruits who will of course be in the bar after the games where I am sure they will be delighted to meet as many of you as possible.
Tom Cobb – Barking
Tom Burns – Barking
Charlie Lenygon – Taunton
JP Attlee – Sale Sharks
Gareth Bansor – Caldy
Phill Davies – Barking
Julian Poff – Sidcup
Tom Sargeant – Exeter Chiefs
Steve Wood – Barking
Jamie Gibbs – Ealing
Henry Taylor – NEC Quins loan
Will Nelson – Barking
Louis Grimoldy – NEC Quins loan
Martin Freeman – Southend
Toby Quarendon - Leeds Academy (home grown former RFC Mini/Youth/Colts/U21 player)
Ryan Brend – Hartpury
Players who have moved on – and we wish them well and thank them for their magnificent contribution in helping us gain promotion:
Toby Henry – moves to Barnes
Kyle Sinkler and George Merrick – NEC Quins
After having spent two seasons at Richmond FC coach James Brooks has been offered the opportunity to coach full time abroad. Richmond has agreed to release him with immediate effect to take up this opportunity. James will however be leading the Richmond Pre-Season Kids Camp on August 28-30th. The club would like to thank James for his contribution and wish him all the success in the future.
Director of Rugby Steve Hill added; ‘Brooksy has been an important part of the coaching team over the last two years and has really developed as a coach. I wish him all the best in his new role.’
Director of Rugby Richmond FC
9th August 2012
RFC Subs and Season Tickets
Annual subscriptions became due on 1st June and our thanks to those of you who have paid promptly. For those of you that have yet to get round to that piece of paper at the bottom of that pile, we are delighted to advise that Richmond has moved into the digital age allowing you to complete your membership/season ticket application on line and to pay by Direct Debit annually, both of which will make life simpler for you and your club. Click here for further details.
Pre Season fixtures
Friday 24th August KO 7.30pm
A ‘friendly’ (!!) against London Scottish and I would mention that London Scottish are intending to charge match entrance - £10/head which is a special members rate, but you will need to produce your 2011/12 membership card to obtain the discount.
Other summer dates to remember
Annual 10K Run Saturday August 18th
A reminder to all you runners out there of the Annual 10K Run which this year is again being held in aid of the Gareth Savin Trust and the Spinal Injuries Association and details of which can be found here
Mini/Youth August Pre season Training Camp
As the long summer holidays begin please remember the pre season summer camp we are intending to hold on Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th August. Run once again by James Brooks, First XV player and coach, the focus will be on preparing the boys/girls for the new season ahead with hopefully a couple of International players coming along to share their skills.
The intention is to cater for all age groups from Under 6 to Under 17 although that range will of course depend on take up. So perhaps an ideal opportunity for an age group to get together and make a block booking (I am always open to discount discussions!) to take advantage of the very high level of coaching skills that Mr Brooks and his team bring to the party. Having helped the First XV reach National 1 speaks for itself I feel!
The cost is £25/day/child (siblings get a 10% discount) with a discount for 3 days of £70. You can come for one day or all three - we do something different every day. You do not have to be a Richmond member as the camp is open to all boys and girls so friends are very welcome.
Registration is at 9.30am and a packed lunch will be needed plus plenty of drinks as well as clothing suitable to the weather and boots and trainers plus mouth guards where necessary. Collection is at 3.30pm.
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From examination of the Fixture list for the new season it will become apparent that the First XV will be making quite a few forays into northern parts, the first of which will be on 22nd September when they visit Sedgley Park in Manchester KO 2.30pm.
The team are travelling by train (9.40am from Euston returning 18.55pm from Manchester Piccadilly) and I would encourage any supporter that wishes to make the trip to book sooner rather than later to secure the best price.
Virgin trains are the carrier and if you book on line through easyfunding (click here) then you earn 1% of your fare for the club – so please do make a note for future reference