It's not quite the start of the season, there is patchy coverage of pre-season warm up games and limited training is underway. However Rugby doesn't really rest over summer and on occasion there might be the slight hint that there is something going on. The Wooden Spoon charity put out one of those calls for a little summer fun, a bit of Beach Touch Rugby at the Gloucester Quays, for combined teams of the coming seasons Under 9/10s and Under 11/12s. Well not being a club to turn down an opportunity to see the blue family in action, messages were sent and our moment on the sand was booked.
Rugby in a shopping centre that's different but to turn up and find a beach and an inflatable rugby pitch at the site of the 2015 World Cup Fan Zone was another thing. Under 9/10s played in the morning and I think only the players were keeping an eye on the score as they battled against Painswick RFC, in-between building sand castles.
Gloucester's coaching team and players were then spotted as they took to the pitch under the direction of the clubs community coaches and spent lunch time keeping the kids entertained before some extreme autographing and selfie grabbing gave the young referees the opportunity to grab a bite to eat.
Next up two combined Under 11/12 teams took to the beach against Painswick and Royal Wootton Bassett RFC teams. It wasn't about the score as every try seemed a triumph and to be fair to our players they scored plenty against more experienced opposition. All teams played amazingly and the level of commitment was inspiring and in fairness they made it look really quite easy. In fact easy enough for me to throw the gauntlet down to the oppositions coaches once more. 5 versus 5 on tropical sands with the smells of BBQ food and the cheering crowds carrying the oldies of the club on to the pitch for a self refereed game of "Touch" and our own man keeping the score - there was only ever going to be one outcome, the boys have still got it 7-4 Supermarine, cheers Finn you made my day!
So it's a massive thanks to Gloucester RFC Players, Coaches and Community Team for hosting the event and having so much time for the kids. Justin Cliff from Wooden Spoon for the invite and organising the kids matches and of course our kids, parents and coaches who showed Gloucester Quays what Supermarine Rugby is all about. Hopefully this isn't the last time we will see the sand-dunes of Gloucester and if you didn't get the chance to make it this season, it's got to be a trip for next year.
Updated 11:38 - 1 Sep 2017 by Barry Christian