Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 83

Nuneaton Old Edwardians floodlit games. And we aim to collaborate further with local schools to promote school rugby festivals on our pitches and to use these festivals as recruitment opportunities for our junior academy. We want to continue encourage the local community to utilise our facilities both for social functions and sporting activity: for example we host outdoor Commando boot-camps, local static bike club activities, coffee mornings for our local community of dog- walkers and we aim to do more of the same. We have invested in our Social Media presence and will continue to do so, with nearly a thousand likes on our Facebook page so far...” Youth “We started a junior academy in November 2016 and from this humble beginning we are seeing steady growth in numbers with over 30 players registered so far. We are working closely with the RFU, Wasps and local schools to reintroduce rugby in to the curriculum and to act as a fertile source of recruitment for our academy. We’re planning to hold another Junior 10s tournament on Sunday 29th April 2018 open to U13s, U14s, U15s and U16s. We’ve had two players represent Warwickshire at senior level this last season, Zac Cooper a promising second rower who also represented the County at under 20 level this term and Tom Hill a strong No 8 who shows promise after a long layoff due to reconstructive knee surgery. One of our Junior Academy players is signed up with the Wasps Academy and looks a real prospect for the future.” Community “We are a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and actively encourage the local community; schools, colleges, clubs and residents to utilise our facilities both for social functions and sporting activity. We host outdoor Commando boot-camps, local static bike club activities, coffee mornings for our local community of dog-walkers and we actively aim to do more of the same via our Community Development Officer Louisa Crook: noerfcbookings@gmail.com.” Facilities “We are very happy with our facility but we are also keen to develop further; a three phase project is being drawn up that will see: two new RFU compliant and self- contained changing rooms, refurbishment of existing changing and showering facilities and an extended or possibly even a new clubhouse that will accommodate all ages, cultures and genders. That’s enough for now, though the first two phases of this plan are realistic and we aim to raise funds internally and from funding agencies to manage these aspirations in to a reality.” Challenges/Ambitions “Our biggest challenges ahead will be playing numbers and succession planning for senior management roles. We had our first female delegate Roz Emson through the RFU’s Leadership Academy and Roz graduated in May this year. It is our ambition to consolidate our position in Midlands 2 West (South), regularly field two teams growing to three and to make Nuneaton Old Eds the best Social and Family oriented Club in the area.” www.rugbyclubmag.com 83