Gosforth Rugby Club are embarking on an ambitious training program post COVID-19 for their coaches, covering both junior and senior elements of the club and thanks to a generous grant from Sport Newcastle, they are getting ready to get the players back on board. Mike Booth from Sport Newcastle presented the cheque yesterday to Chairman - Neil Jamieson.
Curtailment of the current season and delay to start of 20/21 season may well result in losing young members to other interests, and the cancellation of fund raising activities has meant a loss of anticipated income plus the additional costs of making clubhouse Covid-free.
The club have kept contact with coaches and committee members via Zoom over the lockdown and are about to launch a new improved and exciting website including GRFC.Tv where photos and videos from the glory days of the John Player Cup to the present day will be available to all our members.
Chairman, Neil Jamieson says, “its important to get past members back and attract new members. Having well qualified and knowledgeable coaches is the key to doing so. We have put together a fantastic new team of coaches from the under 6s to our seniors and looking forwards to seeing the players return. With a new Schools Liaison Officer working with the local schools, we are really pushing the boat out to make Gosforth the best place for kids to enjoy rugby”.
Under the direction of newly appointed Director of Rugby, Ian Moralee, the club are keen to promote RFU best practices and upskill all age grade coaches to provide the best rugby experience that is safe, instructive and enjoyable.
Following the risk assessment of the grounds and clubhouse using the RFU guidelines, the club is gearing up to project restart and from the feedback and constraints of lockdown, the players and members are really keen to start the new season as soon as they are allowed.
Since moving back into the Gosforth area under the BiG project, the club at Broadway West, has made fantastic changes to the ground with a new pitch, new floodlights and completely redecorated clubhouse. This year it’s all about the players and post lockdown, providing a COVID-19 free, welcoming and enjoyable place to provide great rugby.