The Chairman’s Update during lockdown
A few weeks ago it was announced that almost all grassroots sports in the UK had been suspended until designated dates or indefinitely in some cases, due to the Corona (Covid 19) virus outbreak.
From a rugby perspective that had included all senior games, training and the same for our mini and junior sections until April 14th at the earliest. We now know that the decision of the RFU has been to suspend all rugby for the 2019/20 season and no further games will be played now until September 2020 season begins. More info from the RFU can be found at https://www.englandrugby.com/news
Paramount to our committee is the safety and wellbeing of all our players, members, visitors and guests of all ages that come to Varley Park to take part in a multitude of sports.
We understand a similar suspension will be imposed on grassroots football which will affect the many youngsters who enjoy the facilities of the 3G pitch in the evenings and weekends. I would ask the principals and managers of any teams or clubs with contracts to use the pitches to contact us as soon as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 432 2150.
On a lighter and celebatory note that means that our first team, after a review by the RFU have ended the season as Champions of North 1 West and will now be promoted to the Northern Premier League with a chance to face some old rivals such as Lymm and Rossendale and meet some new ones such as Alnwick in Northumberland in what will be a welcome return to rugby we hope in September. Our congratulations to Northwich who ascend back to the heady heights of level 5 rugby who havd aslo beed adjudicated a promotion place. Congratulations to the large squad who have contributed to an exciting if not shortened season, the coaches, backroom staff, club house staff and of course our hardworking volunteers on the committee.
We will do everything we can to keep this page updated as the situation develops and update links to external news sites when we can, but we encourage all sports and social organisations that use our facilities to take their lead from relevant sporting authorities and government guidelines.
At the time of writing the club house and bar facilities have been fully shut down since mid March, sadly that has meant furloghing staff and a loss of casual work for our army of loyal bar and catering teams who help us through the busy times. Fear not, they will return and we hope to get everyone back working and earning as soon as the government restrictions are lifted and we can get back to been the hub of the community for rugby and beyond.
We are a small community sports club and like many others like us, the financial impact of these changes will be felt for many months and possibly years to come, so we thank all of you for continued support at this time.