Cranbrook Rugby Club has a long history in the town and continues to play a vital role in the community.
The club has developed and maintains strong links with schools and community organisations and is widely recognised as adding significant value to the area.
Outside of hosting rugby festivals, County representative matches and County Finals, Cranbrook Rugby Club opens its doors to other sports like lacrosse, athletics, triathlon and cricket as well as hosting private parties, Comedy evenings and the local Slimmers Club.
Not only do we cater for sport but try to provide a hub for the local community.
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First game will be away to Uckfield RFC on Saturday 18th August.
The second will be at home to Streatham and Croydon RFC on Saturday 1st September.
Kick off times to be announced soon.
Both will be mixed 1’s/2’s squads, playing 20 minute quarters.
England's men come from behind to beat South Africa 21-14 to win a bronze medal in the rugby sevens at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. This takes Ruaridh's haul to Olympic Silver and now Commonwealth Bronze before heading off to Bath Rugby in 2018/19. There is still a small matter of finishing off the 7s circuit in Singapore, Paris and London before the 7s World Cup in San Francisco in July. Well done Ruaridh!
We are delighted to announce that Dominic Palacio has been appointed to be the Club Coach from July 2018, following the decision by Graham Arkley to step down after 7 years.
Dominic is Currently working towards RFU Coaching Level 3 and has worked at Harlequins, Saracens and Tunbridge Wells. Dominic is currently the coach at Southwark Lancers, where he has overseen a great turnaround this season. We beat them twice this season but only by 3 points over both games.
We were impressed by his vision and coaching philosophy. We are confident that under his guidance, the Cranbrook rugby teams will continue to thrive and enjoy their rugby.
The Cranbrook sports club committee consists of a handful of volunteers who are tasked with ensuring that the club functions smoothly and efficiently. Contrary to folklore the committee members are not paid but give up their time willingly.
According to the RFU there are about 60 positions that could be filled on a committee. Currently we have about 15 or 16 carrying out those tasks. Although the committee only meets once a month to look at policy and confirm decisions taken by the subcommittees if necessary, there are decisions being made every week about organisation of events, referee liaison, fixtures at all levels, sponsorship related matters and other problems that arise daily whether great or small.
Several on the committee have been in post for many years, although this season we have recruited some younger members. The reality is that we need more younger members because it is important that we look to succession in order to develop the club in the years ahead; there are challenges in relation to the new clubhouse and to ensure our progress as a sports club. The cricket section have gone from strength to strength, the minis and juniors remain vibrant and it is to be hoped that in the near future promotion for our senior teams will be forthcoming.
Of course we have many volunteers on the playing side of the minis and juniors, but our playing successes could not happen without the administration behind the scenes.
We welcome anyone in the club coming along to committee meetings to see how we operate and the amount of voluntary work carried out. Please feel free to come forward and offer your services. The committee details are in the handbook or on the website. Thank you.
Rugby Aware Comes to Cranbrook
Player welfare and safety is at centre of everything we believe in at Cranbrook RFC.
The recent School Injury Prevention Study has shown a beneficial impact of a newly-devised exercise programme aimed at reducing injuries within youth rugby. The results are so encouraging it has led to the RFU putting together an evening training session on how to implement this exercise programme.
The club are pleased to announce that we are hosting one of these sessions at the club on Monday 16th October from 7pm-10pm.
Places are limited but are open to all coaches, players and parents. Please email David Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your interest in attending this event.
Dear Members of Cranbrook Sports Club
I thought that it would be prudent to write to you all as some of you may not know that I have taken over as Chairman of the club from Peter. Peter has done an outstanding job over the past six years and it is the mark of the man that it will take several volunteers to take over all his tasks.
The theme that I will pursue is, that we are ONE Club with four sections making up the club, namely the senior men’s and ladies’ teams, the juniors/colts, the minis and the cricketers. As a club we have great potential which can only be realised if we all pull together. Club policies apply to all members equally.
The committee is already putting in place initial strategies to ensure that we achieve this common aim.
To ensure our effectiveness and efficiency, there is a need for more volunteers to assist whether by way of specific jobs or by offering extra pairs of hands. Dave Martin email@example.com 07799 600 911 is in charge of volunteers for the club and so please feel free to contact Dave ( or Steen, Tom, Michelle or myself) if you feel that you can help.
Initial dates to look forward to:
I will be at the Club on 3rd September for Minis and junior registration Day. Please feel free to talk about any issues of concern regarding the whole Club.
Strength and honour
Please refrain from parking on Angley Road and also do not park up on the pavement at Jaegers (or anywhere else for that matter). You will risk a fine from the Police and/or a few sharp words from Club Officials.
If the car park is full at the club then please use the parking facilities at The High Weald Academy further down the road next to the Weald Sports Centre.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE SPORTS CENTRE ITSELF!
NO PARKING ON ANGLEY ROAD!
ANGLEY ROAD SHOULD BE KEPT CLEAR AT ALL TIMES!
Cranbrook RFC's Ruaridh McConnochie gained a silver medal in Rio as part of a very successful GB Sevens squad. Despite losing to very worthy winners Fiji in the final, they played in some very tight games beating Japan, New Zealand Argentina and South Africa in their run to the Gold Medal match. Ruaridh was delighted to receive his medal and said "It's been a hell of a journey and minutes on the pitch were never a goal, just to enjoy the moment and I really did!" Cranbrook RFC is very proud of your achievements and we know you have more to come!