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Oxfordshire RFU is 90 years old….

Well, we dropped the (egg shaped) ball on that one!

 

Bill Williams from the old Burfordians Association recently wrote to us to remind us that we have an anniversary in common. Checking back and our first officers were indeed elected in 1931 which makes us 90!

 

I’ll be asking the (ahem) more senior members of the committee for photographs of the time but we are extremely grateful for Bill sharing a picture of the school team which played its first match in November 1931 against Oxford Municipal. Join us in congratulating them for 90 years of rugby in the county.

 

 

HONDA Volunteer of the Year awards 2022

Clubs! Its time to recognise and support our wonderful volunteers.  Please look to nominate them for these wonderful awards which will be combined into an event later in the year for all volunteers from last year and this year through the Oxfordshire Volunteer recognition Program so get nominating please…
This year there will be three categories to nominate in for the Honda Volunteer of the Year 2022 awards, which covers the last 12 months, and nominations can be made for either an individual or a team of volunteers.

Categories

1. Beyond Rugby: Connecting the Community – This award will recognise an individual or a group of volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution and had significant impact within their local community.
2. Unsung Heroes: This award will recognise an individual or group of volunteers that have gone above and beyond to support the club & ensure it is fit for the future.
3. Game for All: This award will recognise volunteers who have provided an inspiring and diverse offer, to open the game up to new audiences and make the game more accessible for all.
Nominations are now open and will close on Monday 28th February, with the awards being promoted via the Community Game Update, on the England Rugby website and across England Rugby social media channels. We would really appreciate your help in promoting these awards across your own clubs and channels.

How to nominate an individual or a team:

  • Nominations will be submitted online, via the Honda Volunteer Recognition page, and can be made either via written application or video.
  • Guidance on submitting a nomination is included on the website below so please pay attention to this when nominating.
  • Nominators will receive confirmation that their nomination has been received.
Good Luck everyone!

Brian Kentish (RIP)

We have been saddened to hear of the death of Brian Kentish, who passed away yesterday (Sunday 09/01/2022).

 

Brian was a member of the Oxfordshire RFU committee for several years, where he was the organiser of the Oxfordshire RFU Vets competition in the late 90s and early 2000s. He was awarded an Oxfordshire RFU County badge for his service and commitment to the county.

 

Brian was also a former player and member of the Blue Boar RFC at Longworth.  When his playing days ended, he continued as their secretary and was a major force in helping them get teams together to compete in the Oxfordshire RFU County Shield competition for many years.

 

Our condolences go to his family.

Message from Chris White re Women and Girls rugby.

 

On Behalf of Oxfordshire W&G Rugby I would personally like to thank you all for the marvellous things you are all doing to improve the numbers of girls playing rugby in the county we have made great progress in a short space of time keep up the good work I hope you are all enjoying the county Cup

Have a wonderful and enjoyable Christmas and stay safe.

Wishing you a prosperous new year.

Thanks again

Chris

Oxfordshire W&G Rugby

Major Stanley’s Match Day – Oxon Clubs Ticket Offer

 

On Wednesday 1st December Oxford University RFC (OURFC) will host the annual Major Stanley’s Match Day at the Iffley Road ground, the women will kick-off at 11:30 with the men following at 15:45.

For any Oxfordshire Clubs and/or their members wishing to purchase tickets in advance then OURFC would like to offer a 50% discount off the standard ticket price. As such, tickets can be purchased at the prices below if bought ahead of the day:

Reserved seat in the West Stand £10

Unreserved seat in the East Stand/ground entry £5

To purchase tickets please email: ourfc@sport.ox.ac.uk

It promises to be a great days rugby and the bar will be open from 11:00 until 19:30.