As we all know, in March 2020 the world we knew came to an end, and a new one began.
As we all sat down on that Friday evening in March to listen to our Prime Minister, no one knew what lay ahead, but it certainly became an exceedingly difficult year for us all. We sat there in disbelief as we were asked to stay indoors, save lives, and save our NHS. At first, we thought it would be over as quickly as it arrived, but a couple of lockdowns later we are still uncertain of when things will return to exactly as they were ‘pre-covid’. However, with the outstanding service of our NHS, we can now begin to return to some sort of normal.

For us, that normal will start on Monday 29th March 2021. St Columba and Torpoint RFC will be following Government and RFU guidance to help bring us all out of lockdown and return to the game we all love ‘Rugby’.

The game will be very much, player welfare driven, with lots of touch training to help build our fitness and ball-handling skills. We will also be building on small contact training sessions for those who wish to do so, starting with ‘tower of power’, working all the way through to actual tackling One on One after a few training sessions.

For matches and games across all sections of the club, we hope to have some friendly fixtures towards the end of April and a possible competitive cup come league table being run in May for the senior teams. This is likely to be supported by the Plymouth Combination RFC, which our great club is part of.
We also have a great summer season ahead and some events to look forward to.

Towards the end of June, we will have the Natwest Rugby Force day, a chance to catch up as a rugby family. We can sort a few jobs around the club, paint a wall or two, cut those bushes back, clean that guttering out and hopefully finish with a BBQ.

In July, and only if allowed by Government guidance, we intend to run the Annual Andy T Day – Tag Rugby and Music Festival being held at our club grounds.

The Men & Women’s Team will be looking forward to August when we take ourselves away to play in the Weston-S-Mare Beach Rugby Festival for the first time. (Hope the weather stays dry!!).

The Chair (Ellie) and Head Coach (Andy) are planning to run training through the summer months, Monday to Friday, keeping as many weekends as possible free for beach and family time. This will allow us to build our fitness and strength as the club prepares for the new 21/22 season due to start in September. Player welfare will always be the driving factor for this. If our game is to return to its full glory, we must be strong, fit and ready to go into contact.

St Columba & Torpoint RFC Men XV for season 21/22 will be entered into The Merit League and at least one Plymouth Combination Cup. The Merit League is likely to start in October, Cup games are possibly due to start in September however, all Leagues and Cups will need approval by the RFU.