The countdown for Aycliffe’s Rugby season has one more week to go and the first match for the 2015/16 season kicks off 3pm at Moore Lane against Barnard Castle in the Durham County Junior Cup.
Preparations have been going tremendously well for the club pre-season with recruitment of new players being its highest for years. Following the success of the 3rd place league position last season, the club have focused improving all aspects of the club from voting in new chairman John Whitehouse, to welcoming new signings from surrounding clubs and beyond, to improving the pitch and organising new spectator barriers and purchasing new playing equipment and storage hut.
The Army were called in to help manoeuvre the new hut into position. A huge thanks go to Aycliffe 124 Recovery Company of the TA for helping us out.
The enthusiasm amongst all the committee members and players old and new has been prolific. At least 40 players have already shown up for training pre-season and coaches Peter Ryans and Dale and Liam Kelly have been very busy. It is hoped that the player numbers will be sustained in order to field a regular 2nd XV side from about mid-September. This is magnificent news for the club and the depth of players will undoubtedly enhance the 1st XV push for promotion next season. There is still room for new players so just turn up and make yourself known if you fancy playing. Training sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm and Saturday afternoon 1pm, at Moore Lane sports ground. Although this Saturday 22nd Aug will be the final Saturday for training as the season starts the following weekend. The community of Newton Aycliffe are more than welcome to come down and watch the games at home or away, free of charge with refreshments available throughout the match at Moore Lane. The Sports Club facilities and bar will be open to supporters.
Finally the club wish to thank the following sponsors who have pledged to support the club for the coming new season. Whitehouse Funeral Service, S Cars, Emre’s Barber Shop, The Mortgage Advice Centre, Beaumont Ground Maintenance,
J & C Coaches, The Shred Centre, Hayward Home Appliance Services, Redworth Hall Hotel and A1 Multisport.
Any financial or material assistance from local companies is greatly appreciated. Good luck for the new season Newton Aycliffe RUFC!
“Come on Ayc!”

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