Newcastle Ravens RFC has welcomed a host of new members this autumn despite their normal activities being curtailed by the pandemic.
Summer is usually a huge time for recruitment for us, but without a physical Northern Pride or being able to engage with new people in person, they weren’t sure how this was going to go.
Nevertheless, they decided to host a Pitch Up for Rugby event in September, focusing on O2 Touch, followed by a four week Bootcamp for anyone interested in seeing what they are about.
Thanks to the hard work of their coaches it was a great success and they added 17 new or returning members.
Up until lockdown they were training as one team, old and new players, getting their heads round the rules of touch rugby.
They are now conducting theory sessions over Zoom on Wednesday evenings to keep people engaged while play is not possible.
Ravens Chairman Bas Olthof-Bakker said it was important to offer something to keep spirits up during a difficult year.
“Just weeks after hosting our most successful Hadrian Cup tournament to date in early March we were in lockdown.
“From online fitness challenges to socially distanced training in small groups to bringing in new members we have done all we can to keep our club thriving.
“It has been tough keeping on top of the changing guidance and maintaining a Covid-safe environment but everyone has risen to the challenge.
“We also want to thank the Percy Park Pirates for helping us get our touch game off the ground.”