Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Club Captain Update - welcome to the 2012/13 season

Men, women & children of Millwall,

So it’s time for my first email as Men’s Chair - I hope you are as excited as I am about the season ahead. I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, but there are a fair few points to cover so here it goes:


Venus and Youth have already started their pre-season on Wednesday nights and Men’s training will start from Thursday 2nd August on Millwall Park at 7.30PM. Touch will continue to take place this Tuesday night (31st July) and there’s talk of a reporter from one of the major UK papers being there for interviews/photos, so make sure you get yourself down to Millwall Park. Time for us all to work off the summers excess and get stuck into some good training!

The clubhouse will be open afterwards, so please make the effort to stay down and give any new members a good old Millwall welcome. This Thursday (2nd Aug) we will be kicking off the summer (it’s been so hot we even had a tropical storm today) with a BBQ after training, so come down to the clubhouse and unwind with a refreshing drink and some great food - the clubhouse will open from 7:30pm for those not at training. We will also be hosting a toga party at the clubhouse on Friday (3rd Aug), so keep an eye out for further details and kick off the weekend in true Olympic style!

Club Open Day

On Saturday 18th August, we are opening our doors to the whole community, helping attract new players, and welcoming back old. The Youth will be kicking off the day in the morning and this will be followed by a touch rugby tournament in the afternoon. There will also be lots of other entertainment going on during the day so don't miss out!

The sun will be shining all day, so get it in your diary and make sure you send me your team entries (teams are allowed six players on the pitch at any one time with at least one being a woman)!

New Coach

We are making good progress with appointing a head coach for the coming season, so look out for the big announcement over the next couple of weeks.


We will send more details of organised recruitment events shortly (Bobfish and Sophie have already been busy organising), but please can everyone make an effort to get onto your mates/colleagues/boyfriends/girlfriends to come down to throw round the ball this season. We don't care if they've never played rugby before, or are a retired international; there is room for everyone at Millwall.


We will be starting the season with our traditional club trial game, with both the men’s and women’s sides playing Hackney RFC on Saturday 1st Sep.

The leagues start on Saturday 15th Sep for the Llamas & Odd Socks, with the 1st XV hosting Dagenham on the 22nd. The Youth (U14s) will host Chelmsford on the 30th September and then Venus will return to a league competition after 4 years, on the 7th Oct against Barking.

I appreciate there’s a lot going on so here’s a summary of key dates for the diary:

Thur 2nd August: Men’s Pre-season training starts & Summer BBQ a the clubhouse
Fri 3rd Aug: ‘It’s all Greek to Me’ Toga Party at the Clubhouse
Sat 18th Aug: Club Open Day
Sun 19th Aug: FindRugbyNow London Sevens (Venus and a bunch of the guys will be entering teams)
Sat 1st Sep: First adult games of the season for Mens and Venus at Hackney
Sat 8th Sep: Matt Shorrock’s testimonial on Millwall park (incl. Kev’s 200th cap)
Sat 15th Sep: First league games for Llamas & Odd Socks
Sat 22nd Sep: First league game for 1st XV
Sun 30th Sep: First league game for the Youth (U14s)
Sun 7th Oct: First league game for Venus

If you are still reading, thanks for sticking with me and I hope to see you all down the club in the very near future!


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