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RARC: Hi Julia, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to take this interview.
RARC: What does it take get to your exceptional level on the rugby pitch, especially having got tag player of the league last year?
JS: I try and learn from others. The external coaches have helped as have the internal ones like Russ and Jason and I play as often as possible and think about better ways to play and work on all my weak points.
RARC: How did you start playing with the club?
JS: Errol persuaded me to come to the first blitz event, it was fun so I started coming on Sundays.
RARC: What is the best thing for you about the club?
JS: The game I think, really enjoy the sport, it’s simple but you need to play smart to do the things which allow the team to score a try. I like when many people want to try and get better with the club and come along just to play, everybody is welcoming.
RARC: If you were scouting for talent, who is the first person you’d pick?
JS: Hmm, Gordon, Russ, Dan, Annie, Charles (okay better stop now)
RARC: You are what looks like a very career driven entrepreneur, how do you plan(make time) to be as active as you are with the RARC?
JS: When it comes to playing I put it first. I know league nights and Sunday mornings I am busy and other stuff fits around it. There are plenty of other nights in the week.
RARC: If you had to start all over again, what career would you choose totally different to the one you are presently in now?
JS: Actually I like construction. Other choices would be politics or the UN.
RARC: Where do you see this club going down the road & will members just look as this as a fad, and stop playing one day ..?
JS: Everyone will stop playing one day as they move away, grow older, have kids, etc etc. But I think there is enough passion in the club that it will carry on for years to come. The challenge is to keep growing it, to keep doing fun stuff (the blitz, the adventure day outs like Twickenham) and to keep improving our skills.
RARC: What do you want to see the club achieve in the next couple of years?
JS: A regular professional coach (once a month for example). Our teams to go up in the league, to reach more women and beginners and to have regular “Adventure Day Outs”.
RARC: If you could encourage a colleague to play or join the club, what words of inspiration would you use in one sentence??
JS: Its great fun and it’s great for keeping fit, also if you can run and/or coach, you can play.
RARC: What do you think about playing in the league?
JS: Great fun, gives us something to focus on and we’ve met some great other players who we’ve become friends with.
RARC: Do you read our monthly newsletter?
JS: Yes, and I luv it!!!!
RARC: Would you recommend the club and the sport to other people?
JS: Yes whole heartedly.
Thanks once again Julia Stone. See you on the pitch!
We play every Sunday 52 weeks of the year up at the MOD playing grounds, just behind Tesco Woolwich Central about 10 min walk.
Summer we play at Wellington Park Royal Arsenal Riverside Wednesdays.
Winter we play indoors Bldg 10 on the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Wednesdays.
Keep an eye on our league games, sometimes we are away on Wednesdays!!! Updates on FB / TWR updates
It’s just over a year since the Royal Arsenal Rugby club popped up at the RA Farmers Market. So you get another chance get up and close again this Saturday March 25th, 2017. Probably the RA’s largest Social Club. There are many reasons to visit us and find out why? You also get a chance to check out our first RA kit, season 16/17!
Pop along to our promo stand (22) just inside the door of Bldg 10!
It’s not only a farm to table movement but it’s also all about the ‘Community’.
Open two Saturdays a month, all year round, ‘Royal Arsenal’s Farmers’ Market is known not only for its selection of fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses and artisan food, but for the unique stands showcasing what the Royal Arsenal Riverside has to offer.
MY SHOPPING BASKET INCLUDED TAG RUGBY!
I’d been living in Woolwich for about a year when one sunny Sunday morning, on the way back from my routine shopping trip, I saw a lively game of tag rugby in full swing. Having played rugby before I couldn’t resist the urge to get involved or at least find out more about this local club that had eluded me for the past year. I could see it was a diverse group of players, some had played higher tier rugby and some were just getting to grips with the odd shaped ball for the first time. So I put my shopping down and got stuck in, there was a good balance of competitiveness, positive encouragement and general fun. Though I had played rugby before I had never played tag rugby, by the end of the session I was hooked. Taking out the contact element of rugby gives the game a whole new dynamic and also makes it accessible to a wider group of people which is what I enjoy about tag rugby. It has now been 6 months and I feel like I’ve known the RA guys for a lot longer. There’s an amazing social side to the rugby club, the committee are regularly putting on events to help grow the game and the club. Some events are so much fun that you can’t remember them.. and you wake up the next day in A&E with 2 nurses standing over you. I’m looking forward to many more matches, memories and wins in 2017.
Happy New Year!
Charles Kibisu – RARC