Further to the below I am pleased to advise that several clubs have already expressed an interest in our first Friday Night Under lights event to be held at Basingstoke RFC next Friday 15th September. (Trojans, Eastleigh, A few players from Tottonians, Southampton and Millbrook have also already confirmed).  
With pre-season nearly finished next Friday will provide an opportunity for players who have had little game time to have a run out on the paddock.
If you would like to bring a team or a few players along let me know no later than 2200 Thursday 14th September: pierreclark@rfu.com
Friday Night Under Lights  Is Back  Related image2017 -18 Season
Building on the success of last season and in collaboration with Hampshire RFU the England Rugby Community team will once again run a series of ‘Friday Night Under Lights’.
The evenings are coordinated to help our clubs provide social rugby to:
·         Re engage those players that are not able to  commit  to regular training and Saturday Rugby
·         Support our clubs trying to grow a new team (Millbrook 3rd XV, Locksheath Puma’s & Eastleigh 4th XV are a few examples)
·         Provide opportunity for Dad’s and lad’s  / friends to play together  (Example Tottonians RFC)
·         Provide rugby for those teams that have had opposition cry off earlier in the week (Romsey RFC  2nd XV are an example from last
          year )
2017-18 Program:  To try and engage more teams throughout the county and cut down travel time we have engaged more venues but also front loaded the fixture to help our clubs recruit and retain players at the start of the season.  (We will hold more events post xmas to be advertised).
Frequency: There is not a necessity for teams to travel to every ‘Friday Night Under Lights’ but we hope that the options available will provide you and your players along with some cluster of clubs to play at regular intervals and suite your requirement.  
It is also hoped that the venues will make participation more accessible for more clubs to be involved.
Dates & Venues: (All on Friday nights)
·         8th September              Millbrook RFC – to enter contact Ivan Torpey  ivantorpey@rfu.com  - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
·         15th September           Basingstoke RFC - to enter contact Pierre Clarke  pierreclark@rfu.com
·         6th October                  Eastleigh RFC - to enter contact Ivan Torpey  ivantorpey@rfu.com
·         3rd November              Millbrook RFC - to enter contact Ivan Torpey   ivantorpey@rfu.com
·         10th November            Basingstoke RFC - to enter contact Pierre Clarke   pierreclark@rfu.com
·         24th November            Winchester RFC - to enter contact  Pierre Clarke   pierreclark@rfu.com     
Format for the Evening:  The relaxed format of the evening allows for the rules to be adapted to the ability and fitness of the players.  E.g. Contested or Uncontested scrums, Contested or Uncontested lineouts; etc. these rules are decided between both teams before the start of each game.  This ensures that the games continue to be played in a competitive but friendly manner which caters for all ages and abilities of the players.
Whoever turns up is guaranteed game time, the evening caters for squads of any number. (Clubs have joined forces on previous evenings especially when fatigue sets in with a few players)!
As with previous events the games will be refereed by the England rugby development team; A qualified first aider / physio will be in attendance. If budget allows refreshments will also be made available
If you would like to participate in the first event please contact ivantorpey@rfu.com
Entries to be received no later than 2200 Thursday 7th September.

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