It is with disappointment that we note the increased occurrences of incidents giving rise to the issue of red cards at Colts (U18) and Junior (U16) level games in the County in the first few weeks of this new season.
At the recent OMW International match against South Africa, the RFU President Peter Baines invited Berkshire to nominate a Valued Volunteer to attend the match as a guest of the Union. This is an annual award and this season it was the turn of Aldermaston RFC stalwart Rebecca Evans.
The Thatcham RFC clubhouse official opening took place on Saturday 10 September 2016 attended by RFU President, Peter Baines, guest of honour, who cut the ribbon, remarking that rugby in England is in a pretty good place at the moment. Former RFU President Jonathan Dance, Berks RFU President Steve Cullen and Berkshire RFU Council representative Dave Mcateer attended - alongside other Berkshire RFU and club representatives.
The Berkshire Referees Society, is hosting the inaugural Berkshire Ladies Referees Coaches Forum at Reading RFC on Wednesday 19th October, 19.30-22.00 pm. The agenda will include a presentation and discussion about the newly-introduced Laws for this season as well as a "what's on your mind?" open forum.
London Irish Academy is holding a coaching seminar at Hazelwood on 26th October 2016 (19.00-20.30) that is open to all Berkshire club junior and senior coaches. Clark Laidlaw and Declan Danaher will be running the session.
The Age Grade Rugby season kicks off this week. This season sees significant changes to make the game more about what motivates the players themselves and whilst change takes time, we all owe it to those young players to visibly drive the evolution together. We must also be prepared to be challenged by them and others if we drag our heels or are not aligned to the new framework of Age Grade Rugby.
Berkshire Referees Society hosted the forum for Berkshire clubs senior teams head coaches, directors of rugby and 1stXV captains at Reading RFC on Wednesday 31st August 2016. There was an excellent turnout and two-way debate to improve undertanding between both sides.
Berkshire Seniors went to Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday 14th May to play Dorset & Wilts and came away 35-14 winners. On Sunday Bershire Ladies made the long journey to play Nort Midlands Ladies and triumphed 34-10.
Against all the odds, Reading RFC beat second place Salisbury 32-28 at Holme Park to ensure their place in South West One East for next season. Starting the day second from bottom, securing 5 points yesterday and Trowbridge and High Wycombe losing heavily, contributed to Reading's great escape.