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Newsletter  / March 2015
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THERE'S A SPRING IN OUR STEP AT CHOBHAM RUGBY

As the first buds of Spring appear there's so much to celebrate and be proud of, both on and off the rugby field. Players of all ages are improving their rugby skills and enjoying successful games, festivals and tours. Proud supporters line the edge of the fields adding great support and energy. 

What we know for sure is that the spirit of Mighty Chobham begins with our brilliant army of Chobham volunteers. Directing traffic, raising money, accounts, arranging fixtures, preparing grounds, clubhouse maintenance, catering, coaching, refereeing, first aid, putting up tents and packing them away, manning stalls, filling in forms, opening the shop....the list is endless! That's someone's Mum, Dad or family helping to make Chobham Rugby a great experience for all members and players. 

Club President Nigel Heslop comments, "Our heartfelt thanks to each and every volunteer, you are all valued and your efforts are appreciated. We encourage everyone to get involved, many hands make light work and as we grow in scale and success, it is our volunteers who will shape the future and will help us to achieve our vision of community rugby at its best."

We are as ever sincerely appreciative of all of our sponsors and wish everyone a very happy Easter. Go Mighty Chobham!
YOUR CLUB SHOP NEEDS YOU

Would you like to gain some retail experience to add to your CV? Are you well organised and have a few hours to spare every week?

We are currently looking for volunteers to help manage the 
Club ShopYou will help to keep the shop stocked with all the kit required by the Club - ordering and managing supplies as well as conducting regular stock takes. In addition help is needed to run the shop, opening the shop to sell to members and collecting payments. We all use and enjoy the convenience of a shop on site so please consider if you can help in any way - if you would like to help please contact Carol Wickes 
CHOBHAM 1st XV CHASING VICTORY IN LONDON 1 SOUTH
 
Chobham 1st XV delivered another great performance on Saturday 28th winning 31-7 against Charlton Park. Nigel Guy Director of Rugby summarised the mood by saying "Another fantastic day in the life of Chobham Rugby Club. Thanks to all our players for delivering a great afternoon's rugby and particularly the 1st XV who's bonus point win keeps us in 2nd place and right in the National Leagues promotion hunt".

These are exciting times for all of us, Nigel adds, 
"We’ve two massive games left in this defining period as we strive for National League rugby and we look forward to our magnificent touchline continuing to provide fantastic support for us. The players are hugely appreciative of your encouragement and lets hope you can cheer us onto victory as our 16th man."

See all the latest fixture and points news on the England Rugby website. 
COMMUNITY RUGBY AT ITS BEST

2014/15 has been a very successful year so far for Chobham Rugby outreach. Liam Cranford reports that we have already had around 1200 children take part during the school day through our taster sessions or PPA cover and roughly 200 children have enjoyed our afterschool tag rugby clubs, 2 great half term rugby camps. More than 300 plus children took part in our annual tag festival! We also continue to provide support to the local secondary schools and Woking College. With the Rugby World Cup edging closer it’s important that we continue to spread the good word of Chobham and help support the growth of the rugby in the community. As always this could not have been made possible if it wasn’t for our tremendous, hardworking community manager Liam Cranford and coaches – Ollie Smith, Callum Edwards, Sam King and Sam Crook.

Pictured above: Another amazing Year 5/6 tag rugby festival! 
CHOBHAM MINIS RULE SUSSEX 

Chobham Minis enjoyed a fantastic Where's Wally tour to Sussex 20th March. The happy tired faces that alighted off the buses on Sunday were testament to a great time had by all. Our boys enjoyed rugby matches at Fordingbridge, Worthing and Bognor RFCs as well as fun time at the campsite in Selsey. Minis Chairman Ian Woodley echoed everyone's heartfelt appreciation, saying, “Congratulations to the Tour Committee for organising such a brilliant tour, well done to everyone involved." 
HARRY GUY CHOBHAM CENTURION

We congratulate Harry Guy who earned his 100th Chobham 1st XV cap in our match against Sutton & Epson and who joins the exclusive Chobham Centurion Club. A list of all our Centurions is on the honours board in the club house. 
JUSTIN ROWLAND SELECTED FOR ENGLAND COUNTIES U18 SQUAD

Chobham Rugby couldn't be more pleased to hear that Justin Rowland was selected by the England Counties Under 18 selectors for the International Triangular Festival at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire from 28 March 28 to 4 April. Congratulations!
CHOBHAM PLAYERS REPRESENT SURREY U20


We are all enormously proud of Alex Seers, Mickey McDonald and George Matthews - Chobham Rugby players selected for Surrey u20s, who retained the RFU National U20 Shield with a 30-12 victory at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday 15 March. Well done and congratulations!

Picture above: England Rugby

CHOBHAM U12s OFF TO TWICKENHAM 

A great day’s rugby hosted at Farnham, our u12s boys were the overall winners of the Land Rover Cup 2014/2015. Great effort, team spirit and enthusiasm from all the players and coaches. The boys are pictured here with Harlequins player Netani Talei and are looking forward to taking part in the Parade of Champions at the Premiership rugby final at Twickenham on 30th May. 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
MAY BALL 9th MAY - BLACK TIE WITH A HINT OF MADNESS 
 
The May Ball has completely sold out with 260 lucky people attending. It certainly has the makings of being a grand affair. If you have not paid in full please remember that payment needs to be made by 9th April at the very latest. You can do this online on our website. Social Secretary Geraint Parry adds, "The theme this year 'Black Tie with a hint of madness' - and that doesn't mean Suggs."  Geraint is also looking for quality merchandise and other products to offer as raffle prizes. So if you have something to donate please contact Geraint Parry or 07947 824 058 or  Carol Wickes
TOUCH TOURNAMENT 25th APRIL 

We are running a Touch Tournament on April 25th and all players will be from Chobham Rugby Club. 8 teams will make up the tournament and will play in 7 x 15 minute games. The games will be refereed and follow the O2 touch rules. Everyone is welcome to to join in the fun, for more Touch Rugby information contact Steve Cross or Beth James
NATWEST RUGBY FORCE CLUB MAINTENANCE DAY 20th JUNE

Hold the date! The NatWest Rugby Force Club Maintenance day is scheduled for Saturday 20th June. More news to follow. If you have any queries please contact Mike Vandenberg.  
HOLIDAY RUGBY CAMPS - AUGUST 2015

Make a note of upcoming Holiday Rugby Camps in Summer - if your children would like to join in the fun: (3 - 7 August 2015).  Please contact Liam Cranford for more information. 

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