Newsletter  / December 2015
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Rugby World Cup 2015 was the most successful to date and worthy winners, the All Blacks, are fantastic role models for our young Chobham players. The All Black "better every day" philosophy is a great reminder to always do your best for the team, that players are always learning and that hard times often present the best learning opportunities. 

Our 1st XV team, who finished at the highest league position ever in 2015, has navigated a long player injury list this season and ended the year with a win against Dover at home. Seniors, Juniors, Minis, Girls and Touch rugby players are making immense progress. Our new starters have enthusiastically braved the cold mornings and strong winds and we've enjoyed several successful and well attended social events, including Chobham Fireworks and RWC Club events. 

The spirit of Mighty Chobham is unquestionably strong. Chobham supporters, Mums, Dads and families on the sidelines ask "Did you have fun?" to our younger players and shout "Go Chobhaaaaaam!!!!" at every match. Every Chobham player makes us proud; win or lose, demonstrating
rugby's core values on and off the field. 

We thank all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who work behind the scenes to make it all possible and wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous 2016. The new year holds many exciting prospects for Chobham with lots of great rugby, new ideas and initiatives ahead. Go Mighty Chobham! 

We are delighted to have joined forces with SCL to launch the very first Rugby Academy in Surrey for students 16-18 years old. SCL offers an unrivalled education programme and Chobham Rugby will deliver an outstanding rugby excellence programme, providing a unique opportunity for players to train and study to develop their academic and sporting performance.
Over the 2-year duration students will study for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Extended) in Sport Performance and Excellence, which is a fully funded, full-time education course delivered in partnership with SCL. Successful completion of the educational programme will enable players to follow pathways into Higher Education at University and employment opportunities within the sport and leisure industry, including coaching placements and apprenticeships.
Vince Kerr; Chobham Rugby Chairman, says, “As part of our quest to be one of the South East’s premier community rugby clubs the aim of the Academy is first and foremost to motivate and encourage young people to stay in education and provide pathways to higher education or career prospects, in an environment where they can also develop as rugby players.”
In recognition of his exceptional work in growing the Chobham Rugby schools rugby programme; Liam Cranford has been appointed as the Rugby Academy Manager. In this role he will take responsibility, working with the SCL team, for all aspects of the sporting excellence programme.
For more information about the education and rugby programme please visit SCL Website or the Academy page on our Website and tell anyone you think might be interested to come along to the trails on 15th February 2016


Thank you from Club President Nigel Heslop to the 160 members who completed the Club survey. Nigel adds, "It has been excellent feedback to inform the Clubs thinking for the next year(s). We promise that every response and suggestion will be looked at in detail and you will see many of the ideas appearing in what we do." Here below a brief overview of your responses:  

Facilities (40%):
Space, one training location for all, pitches, clubhouse, scoreboard, car park and car park lighting, changing rooms, gym improvement, food and drinks, bench seating outside, boot wipers, toilets
Club Management (20%):
One club connectivity, technology, volunteer support, forward planning
Coaching (13%):
Structure, one club approach, discipline, transition juniors to seniors, athlete development 
Communication (12%):
Onboard new parents, website, fixtures, external promotion, age group duplications
Finance (7%):
Transparency, further revenue options, discounts for early payment, online technology, members business directory, pay for coach and ref courses
Social (4%):
More of, senior links to rest of club, family 
Other (4%):
Dogs and dog poo, club achievement board
(% reflect the numeric mentions for each topic area)

A more detailed summary will be available on the website early in the New Year. If any member wishes to follow up the survey with a longer response, please email Nigel Helsop 


305 minis enjoyed their Christmas lunch following the last training session of the year, the highest number anyone can remember. A huge thanks to Gareth Wilkins the Minis Social Secretary, Dave Buchan and his team and all the parent volunteers for pulling the whole thing together. Also a big thanks to all of the parent volunteers who helped put up and take down the marquee around the other activities of the Club at the weekend. Santa was also there…. we know they have all been good! 


Ian Woodley, Minis Chairman comments "Whilst we are still crunching the numbers, it is certain that Minis numbers are up this year and will comfortably breach 400. The World Cup factor has obviously had some effect although the poor showing of the home nations doesn’t appear to have slowed the army of new recruits. The u6s in particular are likely to settle at around 100 which is a tremendous effort by all concerned."

Photographs: Camille Morgan / Steve O'Brien with the u7s


Seen by many Quins fans as the big one, Chobham have secured 300 tickets for the big grudge match with Saracens at The Stoop on 9th January. With both sides having made a strong start to the season it should be a cracker. As part of the package the Minis will get a chance to parade around the pitch at half time and Chobham benefits by 20% cash back on all adult tickets sold above a minimum qualifying figure which we shall reach comfortably. The game will most certainly be televised so look out for the Mighty Chobham!

Congratulations to Chris Dodd and Zarah Alam for being selected for the next cohort of the RFU Leadership Academy. This is a high profile course to train the future leaders of club rugby. It is supported by the Institute of Leadership and Management.



The High Performance Group (HPG) programme provides 9 talented and committed players from u15s - u17s additional training and learning opportunity to help support their development and nurture their talent. Join Liam Cranford in congratulating the players on their selection! Read more on our website 



A huge thanks to Jane Cross, Josh Devitt, Ollie Fester Smith, Carole Wickes and many more who arranged a fantastic Ladies Breast Cancer Lunch at Chobham. Not only did they raise money to fight breast cancer, our clubhouse was decorated beautifully in pink, players wore pink socks and everyone enjoyed a great curtain raiser against London Irish from Zarah Alam and the girls. 

Our Little Cannons group is growing. The focus is to enhance the physical and social development to children through fun rugby themed activities to start their career at Chobham RFC! Sessions are aimed at 3 - 4 years and kick off 5th January at Chobham, every Tuesday 10 - 10:45am. We are aiming to add on additional sessions so if you are interested please contact
Liam Cranford or visit Little Cannons on our website.


Preparations are already underway for the hugely popular Chobham Rugby May Ball which will be held on 7th May 2016 with tickets on sale from 15th January 2016. Watch this space! 


In June 2016 Helen Strudwick will be stepping down as our Treasurer so we'll be looking for someone to step up and hand over during the season. At the same time we are planning to break down the role into three or four parts. The three roles will be book keeper, payroll and tour treasurer with the Hon Treasurer overseeing all three. 

We are pleased to announce that Clive Wilkinson will pick up the tour treasurer role and interface with the minis, juniors and seniors tour organisers. If you would like to help with book keeping or payroll please contact 
Vince Kerr or Mike Vandenberg
 for more information.


Are you confident, enthusiastic and willing to learn? We are looking for a part-time (20 hours per week / £ 10 per hour) community coach to join the team delivering after school tag rugby clubs with further opportunities to deliver rugby camps, taster sessions and birthday parties. Training and stash provided. If you are interested please contact Liam Cranford for more information. 

The community team had their busiest term ever working with over 125 children during primary afterschool clubs, over 600 children during primary school curricular coaching, as well as running sessions at Woking College, Collingwood, Winston Churchill, Magna Carta and SJB.

Make a note of upcoming Holiday Rugby Camps next year if your children would like to join in the fun:

Spring Half Term: 16th – 18th February 2016
Easter: 29th – 31st March 2016

Please contact
Liam Cranford for more information.

Congratulations to Steve Cross, Beth James and the team who arranged a brilliant World Cup Touch Tournament in November. This has earned Chobham recognition from O2 as the top performing touch centre and includes a visit from the RFU O2 Touch Van and Team - more details to follow. 
UPDATE for u11s, u12s and u13s CHOBHAM RUGBY PARENTS

Minis Chairman Ian Woodley sends a heads-up to Chobham parents: 
"Your managers will already be aware but we are promised an announcement in early January regarding the format of u12s, u13s and u14s rugby from September 2016. These changes are part of the RFU Age Grade Review which has been ongoing over the last few years and also incorporates schools rugby. What we do know is that from September 2016:  
  • 15 a side rugby starts at u14s
  • u13s new rules are implemented nationally in 2016 -17
  • Lineout introduction is delayed to u14s
  • No formal league rugby before u15s  
There is also the potential for u12s to leave Minis Rugby so they line up with the primary/secondary school transition.
It is to be noted that these are national initiatives which will affect all counties, all clubs and all schools. We will make you aware of the details as soon as we can but suffice to say we have already been discussing the likely implications behind the scenes."


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