Saturday 23 June 9.30am onwards - Workforce Day ----    Thursday 28 June - Senior Players Training Starts (see below) ----    Thursday 19 July 7.30pm Members AGM ----

Membership 2018/19

June 20th, 2018 Comments off

The membership details, brochure and application forms for the various categories of membership for the new season are available under the Admission/Membership tab located near the top of this page.

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We Have a New Major Sponsor – Primeur Limited

June 18th, 2018 Comments off

We are delighted to announce that Primeur Limited has become the club’s fifth major sponsor, joining our existing quartet of In-Site Property Solutions, The Oldfield Group, Brook Taverner and Deliver Net. Our sponsors play a vital role in underpinning our financial security and, importantly, acting as a sounding board for club management.

Primeur is a privately-owned business based in Bingley. Operating out of c90,000 square ft of warehousing, it is the UK’s market leader in the supply of domestic doormats to the UK retail sector, supplying major DIY outlets, department stores, supermarkets and houseware chains.

James Keighley, managing director of Primeur, is a familiar figure at the club, having been involved at Wharfedale for the past 14 seasons. Explaining his decision to increase the company’s investment from the Cavalry Club to main sponsor status, James said: “I am a very proud supporter of WRUFC and everything it stands for. I have had many happy hours both helping with the Juniors and supporting the Senior teams. My first memory of WRUFC and a trip to The Avenue was back in 1982 when playing for the Bradford and Bingley Colts. Arctic conditions and a force 10 gale blowing from the River Ball End ensured a swift run for a warm bath. Unfortunately for all the visiting lowlanders the boiler had packed in and were forced to wash ourselves with hot tea (milk ‘n all) from the urn. Little did I know at that stage 36 years later I would be sponsoring the club and hopefully contributing towards a new boiler.

Primeur have contributed to the Mini /Junior section for many years and lately the Cavalry Club. We feel now is a perfect time to give further support to help ensure the club can move forward and compete at the highest level.”

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Player Movements

June 18th, 2018 Comments off

It is that time of the year when people start speculating about player movements. The new rugby management team have been very active in talking to prospective new players and are excited about some of the names being pencilled in but, as always, we will not be announcing any new signings until pen is put to paper, which is likely once players get into pre-season training in a couple of weeks time. However, we know of some who will be moving on, all for understandable reasons, and would like to thank them all for their efforts on behalf of the Green Machine:

Tom Davidson is moving to Preston Grasshoppers to take on a player-coach role alongside going back to college for a PGCE course. With nearly 150 starts for the club and close on 500 points, TD has been a key figure in midfield for several seasons.

Adam Howard is also understood to be signing for Preston – in his case primarily for family reasons as it is much closer to home. Adam, Natasha and the children have been hugely popular members of the Wharfedale family and we know that they are sorry to be leaving.

TD’s younger brother Robbie Davidson is now living and working in Sheffield and has found it increasingly hard to get back for training so has decided to sign for Sheffield Tigers, adding his pace and game-changing ability to their already significant back three firepower.

Ian Larkin has taken a job in Dubai so will not be available this season. Fellow hooker Stevie Graham has found the demands of travelling from Wakefield too heavy alongside his work commitments – particularly once he stepped up to a coaching role in January – so is understood to be signing for Morley, although he will still be coaching our minis on a Sunday morning where his son Noah is shaping up to be a combative front-row forward in the family manner.

And, finally, Kieran Frost, who made such an impact after joining as a student last summer, has agreed to join Yorkshire Carnegie who expect great things of him.

All have been great servants of the club and we wish them all well at their new clubs. They will all be welcome back at the Avenue when the time is right.

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Workforce Day – Saturday 23 June

June 15th, 2018 Comments off

This year our Workforce Day will be held on Saturday 23 June from 9.30 onwards. We have a considerable amount of work both internally and externally to carry out in preparation for the new season including wiping down and touching up the paintwork in the changing rooms, cleaning out the stands, washing down the advertising boards, goal posts and floodlight columns, removing weeds from the Tarmac stand and the various paved areas, repainting trip hazards, car parking and no parking lines etc.

We hope that as many people as possible will turn out on the day to help us with these tasks. It would be very helpful if volunteers could bring with them either a bucket and sponge, or a shovel or broom for sweeping.

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Annual General Meeting – Thursday 19 July 2018

June 14th, 2018 Comments off

All members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting that will take place in the clubhouse at 7.30pm on Thursday 19 July 2018.

More details are available by clicking here.

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Senior Players – Pre-season Training (Revised)

June 14th, 2018 Comments off

Pre-season training for senior players will start on Thursday 28 June at 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7.00 and then on Saturday 30 June at 8.30 am. It will continue at the same times on subsequent Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the times indicated.

All senior players, and prospective senior players, are invited to attend. Any queries etc should be addressed to Rob Baldwin, our Director of Rugby, on either 07947 818815 or rbaldwin@byworth.co.uk.

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Minis & Juniors – Preparation for Next Season

May 1st, 2018 Comments off

As you may well already appreciate, there is a great deal of work to carry out at the start of each new season associated with player registration and membership etc.

To go some way to reduce this work load in September, we would appreciate your help by providing now an up to date photograph (head and shoulders) of all players who will be in the U10s, U13s and U16s next season (i.e. those currently in the U9s, U12s and U15s) for RFU passport purposes.

Would you please forward a suitable photograph in jpg format to me at gms@wharfedalerufc.co.uk as soon as possible. Please include the name of the player and his/her current age group. If you do not have access to the internet, would you please pass a copy of the photograph to the appropriate coach with the players’ name and age group marked on the back.

Thank you in anticipation of your help in this.

Adrian Parry
Youth Registrar & WRUFC GMS Data Officer

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