At Stockwood Park RFC the premature end to the 2019 – 2020 rugby season, instigated by the game’s governing body The Rugby Football Union as a result of the Covid – 19 pandemic, has left the Club in 4th position in both the Leagues which involve the Park Senior Men’s team, Midlands 3 East (South ) and the Stockwood Park Ladies team, National Challenge 2 South East ( North ). Park’s Men’s 2nd XV came 2nd in their league when in contention for promotion.
All these league finishes are a very satisfactory conclusion to a season in which Park have been able to give a number of 1st XV debuts to promising youngsters from their Youth section as well as welcoming a number of new playing members who have had a major impact on the Club’s playing strength. All of this promise has been backed up by an encouraging increase in playing numbers at Youth and Mini level where the Youth Coaches and Managers, led by Chairman Gary Gomm, have been proactive in campaigning within Schools and the local community for new recruits to the game.
Mens 1st XV Captain Tom Childs, who has been inspirational in his leadership role and Park’s talented Head Coach Tom Edmunds are both optimistic as they look ahead to a new season which we all hope will begin on schedule.
Head Coach Tom Edmunds comments : “It has been a very strange end to the season, but a very strong finish for all teams. Training numbers have been high, and all teams have won more games than last season. A great deal of preparation has already gone into next season and the Senior Men’s Management group will be ready for when the new season starts back “
Next season Park are joined in Midlands 3 East (South) by Birstall, Northampton Mens Own, Stewarts and Lloyds and Luton. They replace Stamford, Oakham, St Neots and Northampton BBOB. The arrival of Luton in the league to join neighbours Stockwood Park and Dunstablians adds plenty of extra local interest to the new campaign.