Thursday 22 August - Foresters v North Ribblesdale (H) KO 7.00pm ----    Saturday 24 August - 1st XV v Blaydon (A) KO 2.30pm ----

The NCA have recently interviewed Phil Woodhead about his experiences last season, playing for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership 7s and his hopes for the future. The article on the NCA web-site is available by clicking here

Wharfedale scrum-half, pocket rocket Philip Woodhead, had a very good excuse for missing last Saturday’s training: he was guesting once again for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Sevens at Northampton, playing in every one of their matches on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately his team were called upon to do much less attacking than defending, and it was in that department that Woody excelled. This comes from the Tigers’ website: ‘Phil Woodhead produced a superb try-saving tackle on the ankles of Sarries skipper Joel Conlon to keep Tigers in the game as the clock ticked down.’

Two of Wharfedale’s longest-serving members have been honoured at the Yorkshire Rugby Awards Dinner. Chris Baker received the Club Volunteer Award for his services to the club over many decades as player, Chairman, car park attendant, scoreboard operator and anything else that needed doing. The top honour, the President’s Award, went to Michael Harrison, player, coach, Director of Rugby and synonym for Wharfedale since his schooldays, when as an Ermysted’s pupil he captained the England Schools side. The photograph shows Past President of Yorkshire and Wharfedale member Gordon Brown receiving the presentation on behalf of ‘Clarty’, who is recovering from a serious farming accident in Pinderfields Hospital. The latest news on that front is that progress is being made, albeit slowly, but he does not expect to be discharged for some weeks. The Yorkshire Rugby Awards Dinner, held at York Racecourse, made a special point of wishing Clarty a speedy recovery.

Data Protection law is changing and we want to keep you up to date with the steps Wharfedale RUFC is taking. The European Union has taken a monumental step in protecting the fundamental right to privacy for every EU resident with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be effective from 25th May, 2018 (replacing the Data protection Act). Simply put, EU residents will now have greater say over what, how, why, where and when their personal data is used, processed or disposed. This rule clarifies how the EU personal data laws apply even beyond the borders of the EU. Any organisation that works with EU residents’ personal data in any manner, irrespective of location, has obligations to protect the data. Wharfedale RUFC is aware of its role in providing protection of its members’ personal information and meeting their GDPR mandates. Wharfedale has always honoured our members’ right to data privacy and protection. Wharfedale RUFC does not carry out systematic and extensive processing activities, large scale processing of special categories of data including genetic or biometric data. This means that we have no necessity to collect and process members’ personal information beyond what is required for the functioning of our Club. To find out more, please take a look at the Wharfedale RUFC Privacy Policy by clicking on the Privacy Policy link near the top of this page or by clicking here.

Last September the Under 9’s took part in the filming of the new BBC food programme called ‘Top of the Shops’ which is currently being aired on BBC 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8pm. The programme is about artisan food producers who try to sell their food at the Farm Shop at Airton so there are lots of local people and scenery featured! Tom Kerridge visited the club and chatted with the boys after their training session when they sampled a curry sauce! Filming in the Clubhouse The team was featured in last night’s programme which is now available on BBC iPlayer and by clicking here.