Wisbech Rugby Club talk future plans at annual meeting

David Wadsley is the new club captain of Wisbech Rugby Club.

David Wadsley is the new club captain of Wisbech Rugby Club. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech RUFC have begun preparations and planning for the next season.

The club held its annual meeting on June 4 and a new management committee has been elected.

One important change in personnel sees David Wadsley take the role of club captain. David is a longstanding member of the club.

He made his senior rugby debut at the age of 17 and went on earn the respect of team mates and opponents as an uncompromising player.

David was 1st XV captain during the 2012-13 season.

Former club captain Oliver Mackett, who has been club captain for four years, said: “I’m very excited to focus back on playing this year.

“I’m extremely excited for the club going forward. We have a lot in the pipeline for next season and a number of new players joining the club.

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“I’ve played alongside David for a number of years and look forward to his leadership. I know he will set high standards for both the 1st XV and the Wildcats.”

The new management committee will include a director of rugby, which will be a new role at the club.

The management committee expect to appoint the role ahead of pre-season training which starts on July 24.

The management committee will also be appointing a new head coach as soon as possible and talks are already underway with prospective candidates. There is more exciting news in that a number of players are joining Wisbech RUFC for the 2018-2019 season.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Eastern Rent a Van the senior squad will once again take part in Robbie’s Rugby Festival, a charity 10 a side event in support of the Robbie Anderson Cancer Charity and the Jake McCarthy Foundation, at Loughborough Grammar School on July 28 as part of the pre-season programme.

Chairman Leonard Veenendaal in his address to the annual meeting said that the key aim for the next part of the club’s development would be to successfully transitition young players to senior rugby.

He praised the work of all coaches in the mini and junior sections and encouraged those who undertake coaching at the club to attend coaching courses with the support of the club.

Leonard emphasised his ambition for the club to deserve its reputation as the leading rugby club in Fenland and one of the most progressive clubs in the Eastern Counties.

The 2018-2019 season will see the 1st XV continue to compete in RFU London & South East Division Club competition by playing fixtures in the London 3 Eastern Counties league. T

he Wildcats will play in the Eastern Counties Division 3 West. Both senior XVs will also enter the Cambridgeshire Rugby Union Cup competitions.

In the club’s junior section, squads for U13s to U17s will play friendly fixtures as well as take part in the Cambridgeshire Rugby Union Cups and Eastern Counties Rugby Union competitions.

Mini rugby for young players aged six years to 12 will continue to provide an introduction to the game as well as playing friendly fixtures, attending festivals and taking part in Cambridgeshire Rugby Union events.

The new season for mini and junior rugby will start on Sunday September 2.

New players will be very welcome and more details about the start of the new season will be advertised in August.