Welcome to the Norfolk Knights!

I’d like to begin this week’s blog by welcoming a new team into the family – the Norfolk Knights have just taken receipt of their new Roma chairs and have secured training sessions at Wymondham Leisure Centre starting on Saturday 11am on 5 August. It’s fantastic that we are now reaching out to East Anglia and providing opportunities to play in a new part of the country. We will be looking to support the Knights and help them get fully established and look forward to seeing them take part in future competitions. And next it’s congratulations to Kirsty on her recent marriage to Holly I’m sure you will all join me in wishing them both a very happy life together. Kirsty returns to...
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CEO Blog: A Huge Achievement

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Congratulations to the GB team, athletes and staff who today won the gold at the European Championships in Germany. It was a huge achievement as since Christmas we have worked with a very small staff held together by Lee Stutely and Head Coach Paul Shaw and Assistant Coaches Rob Tarr and Darren Mathews (pictured below) who have worked in a voluntary capacity. This victory is even sweeter because even though we knew the risks we did not compromise our values around the importance of family and so Jim Roberts, perhaps our strongest player, went home after the...
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Look on the Positives!

Look on the Positives!   In my last blog I spoke about the small acts of kindness in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack. Since then we have witnessed more horrors with the Finsbury Park attack and the Grenfell Tower fire. Our hearts go out to the victims of both and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones. Once again we saw the courage of others and the power of the community shine through; ultimately it is human kindness and the dignity of the human spirit that always triumphs. These horrors do put our own lives and worries into perspective and whilst we are still focused on how we will raise the funding we need for our GB team, such challenges pale into...
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It’s the small acts of kindness that shine through

I know you will all join me in thought and prayer for those who lost their lives, or were injured in the Manchester bombing. It was a truly evil act but I would rather focus on how the face of humanity shines through evil. I am thinking of the many small acts of kindness that we saw in the wake of the horror. The taxi drivers ferrying people home without charge, the people of the city who opened their doors to strangers and offered them a bed for the night, the homeless man who was sat outside the venue at the time of the explosion and who immediately rushed to help victims – the sort of man we all walk past in the street! The incredible work of the police, emergency and security services ...
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Storm retain BT Nationals Cup & North East Bulls take the Shield

It was a great #rugbyfamily weekend and lovely to see so many friends, families and especially children enjoying the Nationals. We were all kept on our toes by the Stackhouse twins – Pearl and Willow who are now walking and enjoyed going up and down the stands, whilst Pearl was pretty good with Rebecca’s whistle. The Nationals is always a great celebration because it brings together so many of our clubs and both old and new players. As for old - Pricey tells me this was his last tournament as he has now moved back to Devon – not quite as good as Cornwall – but he is getting closer to paradise! Next season he will be coaching instead though I can’t quite believe that we will not see...
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Getting Ready for the BT National Championships

It was a grey, wet bank holiday weekend in Cornwall so I hope it was brighter where you were! I did get to the skate park with my 8 year old son – which is almost as dangerous for me as getting in a chair and trying to play rugby, but at least it was warmer than his surfing classes which start next weekend!  It was a good bank holiday though and I enjoyed watching a fantastic performance from Exeter Chiefs who demolished Saints 36-12, with Cornishman Jack Nowell having the most amazing game. Our Chairman tells me that Quins were on fire as well and that our ambassador Mike Brown had one of his best games. And then there was the fight – Anthony Joshua’s defeat of Klitschko – just fan...
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