Spalding 'buzzing' for local derbies in the new year
Spalding Rugby Club have been given the green-light to get back under way in a local cluster league that includes the likes of Bourne, Deeping and Boston.
After the disappointment of not getting the chance to compete at Twickenham after winning the Midlands RFU Senior Vase for the first time in their 94-year history, it will offer a small crumb of comfort for the Elephants.
This small league will start on January 9 with an away match against Stamford – the first competitive action for either side since the first national lockdown in March.
The league consists of games against Stamford, Deeping, Bourne, Stamford Old Boys, Sleaford and Kesteven, but these games could still be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Spalding re-commenced training last week, as the Rugby Football Union gave the green light for clubs to return to some form of contact training.
Spalding player/coach, Harry Sharman said: “Thankfully we can get back to playing again, and everyone’s really looking forward to it.
“That’s all anyone who plays sport wants to do, and now we can do it again.
“Obviously we won’t force anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable and some people can still opt-out if they want to.
“But, for the club as a whole it’s a massive boost for us all, and something we all want to do. We started training last week and had 24 down there for that, and we’ll be training twice a week from now on as well, and everyone has let me know they’re buzzing to get back.
“It’s been a long time coming and we’re looking forward to playing Stamford on the 9th.
“The main thing we’ve missed is the camaraderie with all the boys, and especially as we haven’t really been able to meet up with them or anything, it just allows us to all get back together again.
“With an added impetus on mental health, I think doing some sort of physical exercise is going to help everyone an awful lot.
“Playing rugby allows that extra release of anger that’s been pent up inside of all of us during lockdown, and what better game to be playing than local derbies?
“Hopefully everything goes smoothly over Christmas, we don’t get put into any sort of lockdown in the new year, and we can get back playing again.
“Everyone will certainly be fit and ready.”