Saturday sport: Wisbech Rugby Club hold fun day ahead of new campaign

WISBECH Rugby Club held a fun day today as they prepare for the new season and plans to extend their clubhouse.

The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech, Nicholas and Sara Meekins, and was organised to raise funds for the Harecroft Road outfit which continues to go from strength to strength.

Running two senior sides and eight junior teams has led to plans being put in place to offer larger facilities for the hundreds associated with the club.

Chairman Jeremy Pallant said: “It was a gathering more than anything which coincided nicely with the Bank Holiday weekend.

“I think that the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wisbech at the day shows what an important part of the town our club is. It was a privilege to have them here.

“The club has grown immensely since we last extended the clubhouse in 1998 and with the enthusiasm of our members we believe we can do so again.

“We have to entertain a lot of people throughout the season and we’re trying to progress the social side of things too so it makes sense.”

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Club merchandise, cake stalls, a BBQ, inflatable games, and a planned tug-of-war competition were just some of the sideshows on offer.

Junior players were given the chance to play in small-sided matches before a mix of both senior sides faced Norwich Crusaders in a friendly to help prepare them for their first league game against Lowestoft and Yarmouth at home on September 11.

“It’s a chance for everyone to raise the profile of the club,” said Shaun Etherington, chairman of the mini and junior sides.

“It’s feels like we are one massive club from the youngsters right up to the seniors and days like this help continue that feeling.”