Community Group’s Head of Community at Chinnor RFC Thame, Matt Goode provides an update in his latest blog

Virtual Challenges

Throughout Lockdown 3.0 we have seen nearly 1,000 people involved in our challenges. The Chinnor Challenge throughout January showed us just how competitive the club’s members are with each other and a massive congratulations to the non-playing & supporters’ team for winning that competition.

We also ran the second Community Group Cup with Banbury RUFC over one of the weekends in January and it proved to be another success. Not only did we see participation increase from 700 to just under 1,000, but we also received some great feedback on social media. Posts included people completing their first 5k and 10k runs, as well as walking more than 10 miles – it was truly amazing to see what everyone was able to achieve and well done to both communities for coming together to support each other.

Bids

We continue to look at ways to ensure we support our community as much as possible and we have been successful in achieving grants from Sport England to ensure Walking Rugby continues to be delivered at the club and our women’s team, the Kites, have the help the coaches need.

We are also grateful to Oxfordshire Community Trust which has also provided us with funding to help with our mentoring programme, focusing on younger vulnerable students.

Easter Camps

Subject to RFU approval, we are excited to be running two weeks’ worth of camps at Kingsey Road during the Easter half-term. From April 5-9 and 12-16, we will have camps for Girls (Monday), Minis & Juniors (Tuesday-Thursday) and Under 13s and above (Friday). Stay tuned for further details on how to book.

 Q&A

In line with our virtual challenges, we wanted to keep our Chinnor Family engaged with the club during another period of lockdown. We launched a Q&A series and we were lucky enough to have five guests answering some great questions from people of all ages. A big thank you to Soane Tonga’uiha, Fran Ronan, Cosette Jackson, Richard Thorpe and Matty Mountford for their time and everyone who submitted a question! You can click HERE to watch the Q&As.

School delivery

We have continued to support schools during this challenging period and have mentored a number of young people.

With schools going back on March 8, we will be delivering in more than 10 schools over the next couple of months. If you know of a school that would like to know more about our programmes, please email matt.goode@community-group.co.uk.

Mini & Juniors

We are looking forward to the potential return of our Minis & Juniors from March 29 and we will continue to support our youth section on Sundays. As they did before Lockdown 3.0, players from our Senior Squad will assist age group coaches and interact with our young players. This was a really positive experience for all involved and it is great that we will be able to continue this when our Minis & Juniors return.


People who have come out of the community team.

We pride ourselves on delivery and engagement, but we also work very hard on upskilling and ensuring our staff can progress. Over the last couple of years, we have helped develop our coaches and provided them with valuable skills. We are very proud to say we have had coaches move on to brilliant pathways such as Head of School Rugby, Head of Sport Activities, Youth Mentor, Learning Support Assistant and Graduate Assistant.

Community Group continue to work hard to help strengthen and support our links with all of our community partners. If you, or anyone you know, would like to know more and how you can help us continue to support or sponsor the great work going on at Chinnor RFC Thame and our other partner clubs, please do get in touch – we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact me by emailing matt.goode@community-group.co.uk.

Stay safe and see you soon!

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