The club is running a great initiative in association wth the Lunch Bowl Network to bring some festive joy to our young and less privileged Ruts in Kenya this Christmas.
The "Christmas in a Bag" team will be coming round during training sessions over the next few weeks with Ruts bags for you to buy at £2 each. The idea is that you purchase one or more bags (red for girls & blue for boys) and fill them with some useful & fun age-related goodies for kids suitable for a child of similar age. Individually wrap the goodies in Xmas paper - details of what you can/can't include are detail below. Once your bag is filled with goodies and ready to send, just bring it back to the club by Sun 4 Dec and it will be delivered by British Airways to our Ruts friends in Kenya just in time for Xmas!
We really hope you will support this great idea and take advantage of a really quick and easy way to bring so much joy to Ruts youngsters in Kenya.
Thanks everyone :)
- Written by Holly Campbell
- Written by Administrator
Following a review of the current Seniors strategy Ryan Walsh and Colin Lloyd have stepped down from their first team coaching roles.
With the amalgamation of the U17 and U18 squads into the Senior set up, vital for our long term development, Director of Rugby Stacia Long, Junior Chair and U17 coach Paul Cecil and U18 assistant coach Tim Long will run the Wednesday training sessions at The Hub and work with Chair Mike Stallard on running the 1st and 2nd teams on a Saturday.
Old Ruts is nothing without volunteers and I would like to put on record the appreciation of the whole Club for the sterling work put in by Ryan and Colin in the past and hope the Club can build on the foundations set in place by them and Sam Keohane who retired as coach last season but is still such a welcome presence on the field for Old Ruts. Whilst we can sometimes disagree on how to move forward, everyone concerned has only ever had the very best interests of the Club at heart and we owe a huge debt to them all.
Gary Forge has also stepped down as Fixtures Secretary, an unheralded but vital role which he has undertaken superbly for many years and we will miss Gary on the Rugby Committee not just for the great job he has done in sorting out fixtures but for his wise council on a whole range of matters. Luckily, we will however continue to see his evergreen presence on the pitch!
The last 5 years have seen a transformation of the younger section of the Club from Rugruts through Minis and Juniors so that we are now seen as a major force in Surrey Rugby.
It is the intention of the Rugby Committee to make sure that with a similar focus, the same transformation occurs in the Senior section and that we are a Club that retains its own players, attracts new talent and is seen as the place to play in South West London.
Mike Stallard, Chair Old Ruts Rugby
- Written by Mike Stallard
Some of you may already be aware of this heart warming rugby initiative. The club really needs you all to be responsible for sharing this with EVERY parent and player in your Old Ruts age group and Old Ruts network – past and present please.
James McGreevy a player from the current Old Ruts U16s re-located to Kenya permanently in 2014 with his family to support a charity that his parents set up to specifically help the children living in the Nairobi slums in Kenya.
James had a passion when he moved to Kenya to set up a rugby club for 1000s of under privileged families in Nairobi to enjoy & come together as an extended rugby family. He has now established an Old Ruts junior club whereby some schools and charities in Nairobi lend out their mini buses and drivers and ferry in hundreds of children from the slums at weekends to enjoy a game of rugby on proper grass pitches at these school venues followed by a proper rugby meal. He has also started to get the Kenya RFU behind him and now has access to some Kenyan 7’s national team players to help him with coaching.
Last summer we had a clear out of some redundant Old Ruts kit – shirts, shorts, old balls, water bottles, cones etc. from the club storage containers and had it all transported out to Kenya to help James and his family build up their rugby club. Last Sunday was the opening day of their season and they had an amazing 120 youngsters enjoy a fantastic run out.
Please see the attached photos of deep joy in the players faces and one photo with James coaching in the background, which looks like a scene from Poplar Road !!
Clearly as a club this is something we intend to build on and continue to support James and his family in different ways and I am sure that ideas will start to come in from our members about other ways that we can look to help James as this great community initiative evolves and grows!
First and foremost though having been asked James he has said they are desperate for the following items right now:-
More Old Ruts kit – shirts, shorts, socks, hoodies – any Ruts clothing basically that your son/ daughter has now outgrow including any adult wear as the coaches also need kit
Rugby/ football boots – any old boots – please CLEANED with new laces and studs (so they last) and boots tied together by the laces to keep them as a complete pair set
Any old training bibs and rugby balls – the smaller the better as in Kenya they can only get hold of size 5 balls!
Other spare stuff like shoulder padding, rugby scrum caps, Ruts beanie hats etc. anything you think may bring a smile.
- Written by Peter Stokes