Firstly, a massive congratulations to all of the boys and girls who went out and played some great rugby in pretty dreadful conditions yesterday! Our U14s had the fun of a windy flight to Guernsey for their league match which was a very hard fought 12-5 victory. Coach Neil Upton worked tirelessly to make all the necessary arrangements so a huge thanks to him and well done to all players, coaches and parents who helped make it a very memorable day for the team. 

A big well done to all of our U7/U8/U9/U10 and U11s who battled the elements and the conditions for a successful festival at Crowborough. I do hope there are some parents who have photos from the event that you can share on the club facebook page. 

Our U13 and U15 girls combined with Horsham to produce a couple of very good performances against Heathfield – the U13s over at Heathfield and the U15s up at Horsham. I went over to Heathfield and the improvement since the start of the season was tremendous to see. As the girls teams grow, Louise would welcome having some others start to develop their coaching skills alongside her – please do let me know if you would be interested or speak to Louise directly. 

It was left to the U6s and U12s to battle the elements for training – a great effort from all of you! The U12s looked very wet and muddy by the time I left the club – good luck washing machines!

This Sunday, the U7s to U11s are again away at various festivals across the county – best of luck to all of you. The U14s have a home match v Pulborough and the U13/U15 girls are having a joint training session with Horsham at home. At time of writing, I am waiting to hear if the U12s have a friendly with Crawley – keep an eye out for updates from your coaches. 

A date for your diary – the senior men are through to the Sussex Cup Final on Saturday 13th April at Uckfield RFC.It would be great to get as much support over from the minis and juniors as we can – especially those of you with coaches who are still playing on a regular basis – a chance for them to show you how they play!!

This Wednesday, several of our U12 boys are playing in the Sussex Schools Cup Final at Brighton RFCfrom 12 for their school, Downlands Community College. On behalf of the club, all the very best to all of you and enjoy the experience. 

Finally, as you know this club is run entirely by volunteers and we really need some more help if we are going to continue providing the children with the great experience that they enjoy week in and week out. If you can provide some time, there are lots of ways in which your help would be appreciated – whether you are interested in developing your skills so you can help on pitchside, if you can spare some time to help organise fixtures, help with some team management, etc, we would love to hear from you. Nearly all of the key junior/mini section non-coaching roles are currently undertaken by parents who have a player in the U13/U14 team – it would be great to get parents from the younger age groups more involved. Please do drop me an email or come and see me if you could give a bit of your time to help. 

Many thanks