Young and not so young members of Uckfield Rugby Club have been busy around Sussex in the run-up to Christmas.
Players from the Rugby Club’s youth section gave up their Saturday to pack bags for customers at Tesco in the town and spread the word about the club, what it does and who belongs, to interested shoppers. And then members were delighted to receive a trophy commending their standards on match days.
The junior section includes under 13, under 14, under 15 and under 16 teams while ‘minis’ go from under seven to under 12. There are three adult men’s teams (first, second and third 15s,) two girls’ teams from under 13 to under 18 and an adult women’s team will be launched next month. The boys and girls who turned up at Tesco were raising money for specific projects at the club and to contribute towards an upcoming tour for the under 15 squad.
The club points out that anyone interested in playing for Uckfield RFC at any level would be very welcome.
Then on Friday, November 14 members of the Uckfield Rugby Club attended the Sussex Society of Rugby Football Union Referees 82nd annual award dinner at The Chatwsorth Hotel in Worthing.
They won last season’s ‘Sporting Spirit’ trophy for the second time - the first was in 2010.
URFC Club Captain Martin Chappell received the award from Willie Wildash, past president of the RFU. The invitation was from Harry Leach, current president of the Sussex Society of Rugby Football Referees.
A total of 86 people attended and the evening opened with a a minute’s round of applause to celebrate the life of Graham Thompson (a very active person within Sussex rugby) who had died the night before.
The trophy is awarded to the Sussex-based club considered to be the most welcoming to visiting referees, presenting their club in an organised manner on match days whilst extending a sporting welcome to their opponents both on and off the field. Referees mark clubs against set criteria and these results are collated. This has become a sought after trophy for all rugby clubs in the area.
The club’s Shona Cranfield said: “Huge congratulations to the whole club. Several representatives of URFC attended the SSFUR annual dinner last week to receive the trophy. We beat over 30 clubs to the post. At each home game the club is given a score by the referee for the quality of reception, ground, pre-match, match and post match. An overall score is then collated for the season. It just shows that we are a friendly bunch.”