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Flood Recovery Update

Stuart Howkins28 Jan - 07:20
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Rugby returns to Vandals

I’m pleased to report that a combination of warmer temperatures, strong winds and the general dropping of the river levels has seen the vast majority of our floodwater subside on Sunday and Monday. Chris Notton and our grounds team are working hard to make our pitches safe to play on and this involves scarifying all the pitches with a tractor mounted Amazon to collect any remaining silt deposits or debris from the river and then spraying all the pitches with an antibacterial sanitizer.

The positive news is that ALL our pitches other than our training pitch will be ready to play on this weekend. The training pitch will need further work to repair the damage the ice lake caused but we hope this will be useable by the following weekend, in the meantime we will use the floodlit South Downs pitch to train on.

We had a really constructive meeting with the RFUs facilities and pitch team last week which was preceded by a meeting with a team from the ECB the previous week. I’m very grateful for the support we have received so far and the help both governing bodies are giving us in applying for the Sports England Flood relief grant. I am grateful for the offers of fundraising support that I have received from members but our first priority is ensuring that we do everything possible to ensure our grant application to fund the cost of making our pitches playable is successful.

I would like to thank everyone who has given up their time to a) help us recover from the flooding and b) ensure our young players were still able to play rugby the last two weekends. I would also like to recognize the offers of support we received from local clubs notably Esher RFC who accommodated our entire mini section and Staines RFC who found us space for our senior players to train.

Well done to all our junior coaches who used their connections and ingenuity to make sure all our junior teams played rugby both weekends. A big thank you to Owen St Leger who managed to persuade his bosses at HSS Hire to donate the club a water pump and 100m of hosing to help us clear the river water off the pitches. Finally it was great to see our cricket chair and club captain working alongside their rugby counterparts last Friday to get the pump set up and running.

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