How things have moved on since I played with Royal Arsenal Rugby 2yrs ago.

In October 2017 I made the superb decision to move back to Woolwich. I figured that it wasn’t only a great place to live, but it is also a great place to play rugby with great people. How right I was.
Since moving back, I’ve had a chance to reflect on how things have changed (i.e. John totally asked me).
When I lived here in 2014 – 2015 a handful of us used to chuck a rugby ball around on a Sunday
morning in Wellington Park. We would screw the grass up so much people were complaining on
Royal Arsenal Connect (fame!). Soon, Sunday tag was a highlight of my week – it is the perfect thing
to do on a Sunday morning (with other possible exception of a perfect poached egg on sourdough
toast, that is. #middleclass).
Now, Sunday tag in the park has grown into something much more than that. It is amazing how
much the club has grown. We often have 20 or so people on a Sunday, and I see new faces every
week! The benefits of this growth are huge. More numbers mean more options for all levels in
terms of learning, games, leagues, and tournaments, and of course – a larger community of friends.
I’m delighted. Clearly, the Club committee has been wonderfully devoted to moving things on – and
they still are.
So, where does the future lie? This isn’t for me to say. However, what I would suggest is that if we
continue to grow our membership, stay true to our welcoming and inclusive community spirit, and
ensure that everyone – at every level of playing ability – can get involved, then we will continue to
have, quite frankly, an awesome time.


Josh Pugsley – Member Player| Sub Committee Coaching/Development RARC


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