Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. This is my 17th and last article for 2014 so I thought I’d take this chance to wish you all well over the coming fortnight.
I’ve been living in Scarborough now for six months and have had a wonderful time thus far.
I’ve learned a great deal since working here but looking back I’m a little frustrated that I didn’t know what I know now when I started but I guess that’s just part of life.
Now that I have a greater awareness of the area and the demands of this club, I’m in a much better position than I was six months ago, to help deliver a better service to our community.
When January comes around I’ll be hoping to kick on after this short break and keep moving both the club and this town forward in every way I can.
Last weekend was a quiet day at the club with the majority of our minis playing away at Malton.
However it was a memorable day for the under-sixes that were training as we held our first indoor session of the season.
With plenty of equipment and padding our coaches were able to deliver a fun filled session without fear of cold weather or rain.
If you’re concerned about your children playing in harsh conditions it may be worth coming to Scarborough RUFC on a Sunday morning and seeing our indoor sessions.
It’s a great way to keep the little ones involved as much as possible without testing their grit against the cold temperatures outside.
This Sunday our minis section (under-sixes to under-12s) will have their annual Christmas party.
Following training our youngsters will have the chance to take part in the holiday festivities with each other from 12pm-2pm.
Our under-15s will be taking on a combined side from Yarnbury/Moortown in their next fixture in the Yorkshire Bowl.
This side (fondly known as Odin’s Warriors) have a real chance at winning this competition so hopefully they put in a good performance on Sunday.
Any support would be much appreciated for their 11am kick-off. Meanwhile our under-16s will be travelling away to Malton to fulfil a fixture there.
Congratulations are also in order for England women’s rugby senior side for winning the Sports Personality team of the year award.
It was certainly deserved for their monumental success this year. I think this is another step forwards for the women’s game and one that will certainly help our youngsters consider taking up the sport in the future.
Progress in our region’s schools has been phenomenal. School participation rates in the sport are soaring and the great news is that this is expanding at a considerable rate too.
We already have plans in place to reach more schools in 2015 which will only be a good thing for this community and the sport.
I’d like to say thank you to McCain for all its support in 2014.
McCain have been invaluable to Scarborough RUFC and the Active Youth Scheme. Without them we really wouldn’t have been able to have pushed on as much as we have this year.
Their positivity, willingness to be involved and attitude to bettering lives in the area makes us so lucky to have such a great business in the community.
It has been a really eventful six months and I’m very pleased with all the positive change I’ve seen since I’ve been here.
We now have a fully competitive women’s senior side, I’ve had contact with and coached in over 85 per cent of schools in the region, and our mini and junior sections truly are thriving.
Having said that, there are always areas of improvement but these are to be embraced and used to really propel this club forward long term.
From everyone at Scarborough RUFC thank you for your support and have a special Christmas.
Thanks for reading,