Wed 07 Jul 2021 09:51

This weekend saw Saffron Walden Rugby Club celebrating the end of a remarkably
successful season. The success was despite the pandemic which, like most outdoor sports,
saw the long periods of inactivity, restrictions in competitive activity and complicated
procedures to manage the distancing rules.
‘What has come out of the pandemic is an even stronger sense of community’ said
Chairman of Mini and Youth, Dominic Russell. It just goes to show that competition is not
everything’. The Senior squads have grown to unprecedented sizes as has the Junior
section. As Club Coach Coordinator, Jason Marshall, said ‘the lockdowns have reinforced
peoples’ desire for activity and mums and dads have really appreciated their children’s
need for the exercise and for the camaraderie of rugby’.
This weekend was framed in Head Coach, Neil Gaffan’s vision of ‘One Club’ where senior
players and coaches share experience and talent with all their youth counterparts over
two days. Neil made the point that ‘Saffron Walden and all its constituent parts are
becoming one unit, moving towards a future where the community is at the heart of all
we do.’
In a weekend which saw all ages competing in 10 aside touch competitions from Midday
‘til late on Saturday and fun and frolics with the mini section on Sunday, awards were
presented in two categories ‘most improved player’ and ‘Players’ Player’, rewarding
those players who had contributed most to their teams overall. The awards ceremonies
were attended by Club Chairman, Iain McKernan, and Club President Kevin Moll. Said Ian,
‘the club is in a happy place at this time, despite all that we have been through this year’.
Kevin thanked all the volunteers, coaches and players for making this season ‘such a
pleasurable experience, setting us up really well for a return to the full season in

If you’d like to join the Junior section, please call Dominic on 07703 532822; or for Senior
Rugby, Neil on 07515 524730