Another very successful Berkshire U18s season. Berkshire County RFU has four players in the final 23 to represent the South West England U18s. They are Ben Atkins, Thomas Scott, Louis Ellis and Paul Englezos, congratulation to these boys - and well done to all the boys who represented their County in this year’s divisional matches.
Steve Cullen, President of Berkshire County RFU, is delighted to confirm that Howard Thomas has joined the Berkshire Rugby Executive Board as CB Youth Chairman and that this appointment was ratified at its Executive Board Meeting on 11th January 2017.
Walking Rugby is growing in Berkshire as Reading RFC's lead on this version of the sport is attracting new participants weekly. The daytime walking rugby sessions are at Woodford Park Sports Hall from 11.30 every Tuesday until the end of March 2017. The Wednesday evening sessions pitch up time is 19.30 at Reading RFC.
Berkshire County RFU and the RFU invite all our member clubs to our inaugural Energy Night at Reading RFC on Wednesday 5th April 2017 commencing at 6.30pm. We would encourage all Club Chairmen and Facilities Managers to attend - it is much more than installing LEDs!
Wheelchair rugby for disabled men and women, in and around Berkshire, received a huge boost recently when it was agreed to set up a new satellite club to be called the Berkshire Banshees. Taster sessions have been arranged in February and March 2017.
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.