Announcement: 2nd July
Esher Rugby is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement in principle for Championship club London Scottish to play their first XV matches at Molesey Road from September 2021. The plan is for the arrangement to last for two seasons, with an option to continue for a further two. London Scottish have ground-shared with Richmond for more than a century at the Athletic Ground - a link that will finish at the end of the forthcoming season
Esher president Ross Howard has described the proposal as 'a boost for the game of rugby' in Esher and the surrounding area
'At a time when the sport is facing a whole raft of challenges, it will be great to be able to offer the area a high quality rugby match to watch just about every weekend of the season. London Scottish have a rich history and we are sure they will enjoy using our facilities at Esher before they finally find a home of their own'
Members will be kept updated at regular intervals about the more detailed planning surrounding the link-up. We intend to have an FAQ available on the website shortly, relating to some of the more obvious issues that will arise
Summer Update: 3rd June
As you will be aware we have been working to ensure that the club is in shape for next season and despite furloughing most of the staff we have made good progress. Fundraising has been hugely successful so far with contributions from many and for that we are hugely grateful – it shows how many people care about our club
We are now in a position to open up more to members who would like to get down to the club and help out. The club is open much of the time but regularly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.- otherwise the phone is on divert
If you want to get out and take in some fresh air, stretch your legs in a social distancing way then feel free to pop down. Tim Bale is organising work for anyone that would like to join in. Meet from 10.00 a.m. on Mon, Tues or Thurs – any time you can spare would be much appreciated
We are also looking to complete specific tasks and need specialists in tiling and landscaping/paving – if that is you please call Tim to arrange and agree a plan – 01932 220295
In due course we will need decorators, DIY experts etc. so please do let Tim know if and when you are available
1st XV Volunteers
The 1st XV are looking for a match day doctor. More details to follow.
Please note that we are inviting all members to renew membership with a special incentive for season tickets for 2021/2, knowing that we are still uncertain about the start date for the season (see News items for more detail). The General Committee has considered this long and hard and has decided to invite membership renewal inline with normal timescales to ensure funds are received to further ensure the club is protected over the Summer and into the Autumn.New way to raise funds at no cost to you!
We have now launched a new initiative where you can help raise funds without it costing you a penny. Just sign up to the Easyfundraising scheme CLICK HER and do your online shopping via the Easyfundraising website and selecting the retailer for example 'Amazon' then continue to shop as you normally would. Esher Rugby will benefit from a small donation from the retailer and this will not affect the price you pay for your goods. To quote one retail giant 'every little assists' or something like that!
Click on this video link to see how it works
Please share this with your household and friends – anyone that does online shopping can help.
Many of you have been very generous and we have raised in excess of £20,000 on the GoFundMe campaign, this is still open for those that wish to help that haven't yet had an opportunity and any additional funds will particularly help to ensure that our pitches are in the best possible shape for the start of next season. LINK TO OUR PAGE HERE
We are still exploring other grants and other options to raise funds from a variety of sources.
We will be sending out news over the coming weeks about plans for the AGM, player signings and re-signings for next season and more.
In the meantime stay safe!#OneClub #HelpUsHelpYou #StaySafe #StayAtHome 500 Club
A reminder that Esher Rugby's 500 Club is open to all to sign up to. The 500 Club is Esher Rugby's answer to the National Lottery but with no tax and no admin costs. You can buy as many tickets as you like for just £1 per month. For further details CLICK HERE
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