Rugby Club Issue 72 - Page 48

Rochford Hundred FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG The community spirit is augmented every year when the club host the Donna Pickering Pink Sock Day, in memory of former player Mark Christopher’s wife who sadly passed away in 2006. The day revolves around the main event, which is a light hearted rugby match accompanied with; hog roast, sweet and cake stalls, auction, raffle, DJ, live music, bouncy castles, all day bar and much more. Mark told, us “all proceeds are donated to Southend Hospital, and the event seems to get bigger every year. The rugby club and it’s community have always been there for us as a family and it’s great to put on such a tremendous day and in the process give something back to Rochford in return.” CONNAUGHTS SITE INVESTIGATION LTD We are a Geotechnical Engineering company. Our main work is to give recommendations on footing depths and design. Otherwork includes Borehole Drilling | Test Soil Samples Excavate Trial Pits | Issue Geotechnical Reports TEL: 01702 528098 E-Mail: connaughts@aol.com 35 GREEN LANE, LEIGH-ON-SEA, ESSEX, SS9 5AP This will certainly have meant that any supporters attending their matches will have been well entertained and should encourage more of the local community to get behind the side in the future. This in turn has the potential to provide them with a valuable source of additional revenue which is particularly important in the current financial climate. Rochford Hundred is not a club to focus solely upon their senior set up and this is reflected by the fact that they also have a thriving youth section. This part of the club looks to provide young players from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. 48 Issue 72 It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent and this is an area that they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters are able to progress over the coming years. In order to help make sure that they enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game they also run a number of additional sides. This allows them to gain experience of adult level rugby even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process. Another benefit of running extra sides is that it allows the first XV to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever left short on numbers through injury or work commitments they have the option of calling replacements up with a limited amount of disruption. There is much to admire about the fine set up that Rochford Hundred currently has in place and this is thanks to all of the hard work that has gone into making the club a success. Hopefully they will be able to continue in the same manner for many years to come and everyone at Rugby Club Magazine would like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck.