Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 40

Frampton Cotterell FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG Frampton Cotterell RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB F rampton Cotterell RFC is a fantastic example of the important role that a club can play in its local community. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman Andrew Pullen to find out more about the good work that they’ve been doing lately. Atmosphere He told us, “The Club is buoyant in terms of numbers both playing and supporting. Our junior section has squads from 6 through to U16 with numbers up on previous years. Our senior section fields four senior sides including U17s Colts. Sadly, many of our local rivals and teams in the wider locale struggle to field all junior age groups and can only field one or two senior sides.” Last Season “Across the club we have had brilliant success, exceeding all expectations. We fielded four senior teams (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Colts). In a roller coaster ride of a season our 1st XV came good in the end. After showing such promise throughout the season and with such a young player base we had challenges and some testing losses but in true Frampton style trained hard, learned lessons, played hard and grew in stature. 40 Issue 73 I had the pleasure to witness many games and the progress made over the season. We have a sizeable young player base and if we continue in the progress made over this year we have a very very bright future. Our second XV had a successful season, finishing 3rd in Bristol & District League 1. Our Third XV enjoyed a competitive season with many games against some first and mostly second team opposition. We are very lucky to still have a Thirds, many other clubs don’t. Our U17 Colts competed very well in the Somerset Colts league finishing a fantastic 4th. We look forward to them joining the senior sides next season.” The Summer “After a few weeks break we are back into senior training and touch rugby for the wider club and wider community. We have events planned throughout the Summer including our Beer and Cider Festival and our head coach Andy Jarrett has some interesting away days and weekends on Brecon to boost player fitness for the new season. Our touch rugby sessions, organised by John Britton for the club and wider community have been a tremendous success. Players from all teams across the Club, Parents and Coaches have turned up in numbers, not sure if it’s the rugby but the pizza goes down very well after!” Youth “Youth rugby is hugely important to our Club. Our minis (U6 – U12) are the club’s foundation, the juniors (U13-U16) the walls and the Colts (U17) and Seniors the roof that makes us such a happy family club, one that I am so proud to be part of. We won’t sit on our laurels and we work hard to retain/recruit new players, develop the coaches to ensure we continue to offer the best rugby experience locally and above all ensure all have fun on the journey.”