Bill Sweeney, Chief Executive of the RFU, made an impromptu visit to the club on Thursday morning. He was on holiday visiting friends in the Dales and wanted to take the opportunity to meet a local club, so arranged with John Lawn to visit Wharfedale to hear our thoughts on a range of issues facing the game.

Bill spent a couple of hours with a small group comprising Robert Fort, John Lawn, David Baker, John Spencer and Jon Feeley. A wide-ranging discussion took in our views on governance (national, county and club) club finances, competition structure, player remuneration, welfare and …

The club would like to announce that memberships are now available for the upcoming (and eventual) 2020/21 season.

To start with, the membership fee of £40 per year is applicable to everyone including senior players but excluding season ticket holders. (Note that the membership fee for senior players who are either students or WRUFC sponsored apprentices is £20 – see the senior players membership application form for details (below)

Season tickets

Due to the very uncharted period brought about by Covid-19, it continues to be very difficult to confirm the cost of season tickets as the actual start date remains …

We would like to say a big “thank you” to the hardy band of volunteers who turned up on Saturday , in spite of the initially atrocious conditions, to assist in our second mini workforce day.

Fortunately, the weather did improve as the morning wore on and we were able to undertake a few more of the required tasks.

Thank you again!

We held a mini workforce day on 1 August during which we were able to make a start on the various tasks that were required. Due to the need to restrict the number of volunteers a good number of tasks were not started/completed. We will therefore be holding 2nd mini Workforce Day at the club on Saturday 22 August for about three hours starting at 09.00 am.

All work to be carried out will be outside of the building and will involve a variety of tasks including the cleaning and repainting of the lower parts of the floodlights and goal …

Members have been asking how close we are to seeing some competitive league rugby again – and regrettably the answer is that we still don’t know – but it will not be in September. This was made clear by RFU in a news release on 4 August. We still have the three “windows” which RFU published in July (start by 3 October, 28 November or 30 January, each with differing implications for the number of fixtures that will be scheduled) and we are promised that the next RFU announcement on return to league rugby will be on 1 September. As …

A good number of jobs were undertaken on Saturday morning by volunteers at the Mini Workforce Day, and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who turned up to help!

We had to restrict the numbers involved in order to comply with the current restrictions, so as a result we will need to repeat the exercise again shortly. So watch this space!

Thanks again,

Adrian

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