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7. 2016

Slough RFC at St Bernard's Prep Christmas Bazaar

All Schools Programme

Slough RFC hosted a series of matches for local secondary schools as part of the RFU All Schools programme.

Slough RFC at St Bernard's Prep Rugby Tournament

Slough Rugby Club was pleased to send a referee to help St Bernard’s Prep school with their U11s tournament yesterday.

Paul Thompson gave advice and refereed matches for the 5 schools that took part.

Dirk Barendse, PE and Games Coordinator at the school, thanked Slough RFC for their continued support and commitment to the school, adding that Paul had been outstanding with all the schools full of praise for his work on the day.

Slough RFC MacMillan Coffee Morning

Slough Rugby Club took part in world's biggest coffee morning on Friday 30th September to raise money and show support for the wonderful team at Macmillan cancer support. Organised by Louisa Caldwell, whose son plays for the Club’s U11s team, this was the first time the rugby club had hosted a MacMillan Coffee Morning.

The event was a great success with a combination of cakes, coffee and raffle raising a total of £340 on the day and a further £265 raised by a second raffle and donation pots over the weekend.

Total raised by Slough RFC = £605

A huge thank you to Louisa for organising and running the event and to Chris and Karen Winter and Paul Thompson for all their help and support.

click for a few photos of our coffee morning

Slough RFC at Colnbrook Apple Day

Slough RFC had a lovely day at Colnbrook Apple Fair yesterday resulting in a good number of boys and girls joining us today to 'Give Rugby a Try' across our youth age groups :)

A very big thank you to Sebastian Gray and Paul and Robert Cooksey for their help and to Sal Butt for his alcohol support.

Slough RFC at Slough Canal Festival

Slough Rugby Club took the club stall to the Slough Canal Festival for the first time yesterday. Unfortunately the sun didn’t shine on Slough RFC on this occasion and constant rain made for a very quiet day. Many thanks to Javier Gonzalez and his girlfriend who gave up their day to man the stall at this annual event.

Slough RFC at Slough Polish Club III Family Picnic

Slough Rugby Club was pleased to be invited to the Polish Club's 3rd annual family picnic this weekend.

Ben Harris, Javier Gonzalez and Lukasz Niedzwiedz had an enjoyable day running the Club’s spin-the-wheel game and talking to people about Slough RFC, its teams and more, raising awareness of the club in the local area ahead of the new season.

Slough PlayDay

Four members of Slough Rugby Club’s youth section attended Slough PlayDay 2016 where they trialled a new stall idea and ran an obstacle course. Both ‘attractions’ proved to be very popular and a busy day was had which saw lots of children enjoy running with a rugby ball in hand and a good number of families signing up to receive more information from club coaches.

A big thank you to Callum Gray, Barry Dillon and Harry Dillon who gave up their time to support and ensure that the club had a solid presence at the event.

Wooden Spoon Musical Trail Opening at Arbour Vale School

New Slough RFC Chairman, Nick Hoon, was recently invited to open a musical trail at Arbour Vale School, a special school situated on the outskirts of Slough which provides education for approximately 250 pupils between 3 and 19 years old who have moderate, severe profound or multiple learning difficulties.

Invited by Rugby charity Wooden Spoon, Nick Hoon and Slough RFC County Rep Ray Gagnon had a tour of the school and met staff and pupils before opening the new Wooden Spoon Musical trail.

Nick Hoon said afterwards that he had had a wonderful but humbling day. ‘All the children were so happy and the staff and parents do a marvellous job, often under extremely difficult circumstances to meet the children's various needs. It really was an enlightening day and an absolute pleasure to give something back to the community.’

Langley Academy Sponsored Walk

Slough RFC was pleased to be able to offer Langley Academy the use their grounds and facilities as a pit stop this week when the entire school took part in a 10K sponsored walk to raise money for Khalsa Aid and Great Ormond Street charities.

Slough RFC at Claycots School Fete

A big thank you to Steff who organised and ran an information stand at Claycots School fete to promote the club within the school community on Friday.

The stand, which included a table-top display of photos, rugby balls and books, generated a lot of interest and Steff and grandson Marley( U7s) had a busy time answering questions and giving out leaflets and wristbands throughout the afternoon.

Slough RFC at Langley Carnival

Slough Rugby Club was pleased to return to Langley Carnival for a third year this weekend.

Unfortunately we were unable to do a display in the central arena at this year’s event however we still managed to attract a good deal of interest in the club and local rugby with our Throwing Challenge stall.

Many thanks go to U8s parent Paul Cooksey and U12/13s player Harry D who gave up their day to help out with promoting the club at this year's Langley Carnival. Also thank you to U7s Bradley, U11s Dorien and their dad who stopped by to give us a break mid afternoon :)

If you know of an event that we can attend please get in touch - Thanks

Slough RFC at Stoke Poges Village Fete

Slough Rugby Club had an enjoyable day at the annual Stoke Poges village fete on Saturday with a good number of people visiting our promotional stall to ‘give rugby a try’ and find out more about the club, including this friendly bear ;)

Slough RFC at Burnham Donkey Derby

Slough RFC took the club promotional stall to the 25th annual Burnham Donkey Derby yesterday.

Callum Gray, Mary Blumbergs, Phil Hunt and Steff Richards manned the stall, giving out leaflets and inviting people of all ages to ‘Give Rugby a Try’ by taking our Throwing Challenge. As well as lots of boys and girls we also saw a Club VP, players from our own and a variety of other local rugby clubs and a clown take us up on our challenge! A good day was had with glorious weather and a steady number of visitors to the stall.

Slough RFC at Chalvey Big Get Together

Slough Rugby Club was pleased to support Chalvey Big Get Together, an event aimed at celebrating community cohesion in Slough and recognising the hard work that local community groups do.

Paul and Robert Cooksey, Sebastian Gray and Mary Blumbergs ran the club stall which gave people the opportunity to handle a rugby ball while raising awareness of the club and rugby provision in the area. A busy day was had with a good number of people visiting the stall, taking part in our throwing challenge and asking for more information about the club.

Overall a successful day connecting with the local community. Many thanks to Thames Valley Police, Groundwork South Trust Charity and ChalveyYouth and Family Support for allowing us to be a part of their event.

Slough RFC in Natwest Slough

Slough Rugby Club was pleased to be invited to spend a day in Natwest Slough promoting the club to the bank's customers on Friday

Members of Slough RFC's youth section took slots throughout the day to man the club's information stand and encourage passers-by to take a leaflet and/ or wristband and to have a chat about the club.

As well as enabling us to have a presence in the town centre, having a base set up in Natwest Slough allowed us to approach cafes, barbers and other small businesses in the area who mostly agreed to display a few of our leaflets for us.

A very big thank you to U8s coach Phil Hunt, parent Harry Rai-Dhillon, father and son Paul and Robert Cooksey and U12s Harry and Cristian who all gave up their time to help and support throughout what proved to be a long, but hopefully fruitful, day.

Parlaunt Park Primary Tag Rugby Club

Slough was pleased to be able to provide a coach to assist with an after school Tag Rugby club at Parlaunt Park Primary this term. The club, for years 3-6, ran for an hour a week and included a number of activities and games to help improve rugby-related skills. Pupils were given Slough RFC wristbands over the course of the club and invited to come along for a free taster session one Sunday before the end of the season. We hope a few will take us up on it!

Slough Schools' Tag Tournament

The sun shone on the annual Slough School’s Tag Rugby tournament run by London Irish and hosted by Slough RFC today.

Approximately 300 pupils from local primary schools came to take part in round robin pool stages followed by knockout semis and finals. There was some fantastic rugby played and it was a real pleasure to see so many children enjoying their Rugby experience at the club.

Well done to everyone that took part and congratulations to Lynch Hill who won the yr3&4 section and Marish who won yr5&6.

Slough RFC at Willow School Winter Fair

Slough Rugby Club brought the Club stall out of hibernation today to attend Willow Primary School’s winter fair.

Our Throwing Challenge proved to be a popular attraction and many pupils were wearing one or more of our wristbands by the end of the afternoon with a lucky few taking away a mini rugby ball. Overall it was a very successful event and a great opportunity to get involved with one of our local schools.

Slough RFC is keen to make new links as well as strengthen existing bonds within the community. If you would like to see our stall at your school( or other) event please contact

click to view our stall at various events

More photos here