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June Update at Bridgwater and Albion RFC

| 18/06/2021

Light at end of tunnel at Bridgwater and Albion RFC

Bridgwater and Albion RFC have seen, both on and off the field we can see signals of lockdown restrictions easing. It is important we continue to follow all the required guidelines but given things are changing we thought it useful to provide an update for you.

Senior Men’s Fixtures announced – subject to some change

Senior Men’s fixtures have been announced for both our first and second teams. The first team will play in South West One (West) and the Second team in Somerset One. At the moment, these are provisional fixtures and will have some change. For example, our fixtures against North Petherton RFC are usually moved to Friday evenings. This has already been agreed with both clubs but have not yet flowed through to the fixtures lists. There may also be other changes request and agreed by other teams. However, it is great to have a fixture list and you can put the important dates in your diary! It is an important season for the men’s team as there is likely to be another RFU review and reorganisation of the leagues for 2022/23 season and finishing positions of the 2021/22 season will influence league allocation for 2022/23. You can find the fixtures on our website

Training update for senior men at Bridgwater and Albion RFC

Senior Men’s training restarted at the end of March and continued until end of May. A really positive response from all of the players and we have enjoyed healthy numbers attending. A big thank you to all of the players and coaches for all of their focus and hard work. We are going to take a break in June that will also facilitate some more pitch maintenance. The plan is to restart pre-season training on Tuesday 06th July for a “normal” pre-season schedule. We will arrange some pre-season fixtures too and of course publish these when known.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC Ladies

I am really pleased to be able to confirm that our developing Ladies team have been accepted into the NC3 South West League. Fixtures have not yet been announced but we look forward to an important season for the Ladies team.

Bridgwater and Albion RFC Youth

Following the easing of some restrictions and in line with Government and RFU guidelines we extended the training window for the Youth section until the end of May. The sessions were very well attended, and it was great to see the youth section putting their usual enthusiasm into their rugby.

Bridgwater and Albion Football

Congratulations to our football team who had a very successful run in to the end of their season (different CV19 guidelines for the football due to the non-contact nature) where they won six of out six fixtures in their cup competition resulting in hosting the Final at our club bringing in new revenue for us at a time when the facility would otherwise be unused. Our team did well in the match, they went behind early in the game but levelled things up in the second half to finish all square. No extra time, but straight into penalties where at the end of the standard round it was all still all square. Then our team pulled it out of the bag in sudden death shoot out where we won 6-5. Well played lads.

As a result of checking the facility to authorise the location, the football authorities offered the opportunity to host another final the following week for a Somerset FA U18 final – another new revenue opportunity for us.

Activity during lockdown

Lockdown has certainly not been a quiet time. A lot of activity has taken place to include such things as the outdoor general maintenance of the facility, redecoration inside the facility, the support for the CV-19 test station and much more. We are sure you will see the difference when you next visit and we look forward to welcoming you back.


Understandably, membership in the past year has significantly dropped. We will shortly be publishing the membership options for the coming year. Membership is a vital source of income and support for the club. You will appreciate the reliance the club (your club) has on its membership. Please do renew your membership when it is published.

200 club

We have announced an exciting opportunity to raise funds for the club whilst providing members with the chance of winning a monthly prize. Many clubs run 200 clubs (or 100 clubs) where basically members of the 200 club pay a monthly subscription (usually £10) and have the chance of winning, by draw, cash prizes. 50% of the monthly subscription is given as prizes so if we do get 200 members paying £10 each there could be £1000 in prize money with chances of winning (199 to 1) that are far better odds than many other lotteries and there will be decent size prize pots. We hope to go live at the start of the playing season. Please sign up as early as you can if this is something of interested in joining.

And finally……….thank you

It must be recognised these have been difficult times for many, that makes it extra special that so many of our sponsors have stayed with us and continued to support the club. We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors and let you know that your support is never taken for granted and that it is really appreciated. We encourage all our members, their families and friends to use the services of our sponsors wherever and whenever you can.

So much has happened and there are so many people we need to thank for helping keep the club running during lockdown. It is dangerous to start naming names in the fear of forgetting to mention an important name. All the work is not done, we still have much to do but for now, from us to all of you, we want you to know that we really appreciate all the help provided.

Hope to see you all soon.

Geoff Sluman                                                Steve Smith

Director of Rugby                                         Chairman

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