In the light of the Government restrictions on movement and the closure of pubs, cinemas, retail and other public places, Officers of Fylde Rugby Club have decided to close the Clubhouse with immediate effect – for rugby, hospitality, conferences and social activities. There will be no access to the building and staff will be working from home. There will be regular security checks on the Woodlands Ground, especially in the light of recent problems with the behaviour of local youths.
These are very difficult times for the UK and globally, with the priority being the safeguarding of the health of everyone. On a local level, it is especially disappointing that the coronavirus crisis has come to a head towards the end of the Club’s 2019/20 Centenary Season.
Although the premature ending of the season has meant the cancellation of major events such as the Wooden Spoon/Fylde RFC Charity Lunch, Ladies Day, the End of Season May Ball and the highlight of the celebrations when the world famous Barbarians were due to play a Fylde XV on 13th May, there’s every hope that at least some of these events will be rescheduled later in 2020.
As the Barbarians’ President John Spencer said on 23rd March: “We have every intention of rescheduling each affected match and are working closely with USA Rugby, Fylde RFC and Oxford University RFC to find alternative dates.”
Other very positive news is that our hospitality partner, Campbell & Rowley, will be operating a food delivery service to the local community from the Clubhouse Kitchens.
As soon as coronavirus is beaten and the national restrictions lifted, we are sure that Fylde and the entire rugby community will come back stronger than ever! In the meanwhile, please stay safe and observe the Government advice on social distancing and movement restrictions.
NB Club members will receive regular newsletters to keep them informed of the actions being taken to protect our Club and how they can help.