OPM RugRats Grand Launch

It is with great pleasure that we announce the GRAND LAUNCH of the OPM RUGRATS on SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY at 10am at King George V Playing Fields, Elburton, PL9 8HR.

This is a completely new section of OPM Junior Rugby and is for boys and girls in the foundation year at school or the pre-school year at nursery.

This group will be very little to do with rugby, but will focus on FUN and LAUGHTER while enjoying the fresh air and getting some healthy exercise. For the remainder of this season the sessions will be FREE. Normal junior section charges will apply when we start the new season in September.

If you, or any of your immediate family, know any appropriately aged children who would like to come along, please contact Dave Glastonbury on 07905 447323 or daveglastonbury@hotmail.co.uk to register. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to existing club members.

If you have any queries please contact Dave on the above number.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th February to enjoy the fun and chaos without a computer in sight.

THIS IS NOT A PITCH UP AND PLAY EVENT – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

OPM Junior Rugby Newsletter Sep 2018

Welcome! A New Season and New Newsletter format.

Karen Gerson has handed the duties over to Helen Foale for the publication  of the newsletter.  A Big thank you from the OPM Family and committee to Karen for all her work and effort she has put into all the previous very informative newsletters.

To download the full article please CLICK HERE

Darren Wills of Kier Living presents OPM Rugby committee member Martin Finlay a cheque

Darren Wills of Kier Living presents OPM Rugby committee member Martin Finlay a cheque to help towards the refurbishment works at the Pavilion at King George V Playing Fields at Elburton.

The refurbishment works provide a social space for the Clubs flourishing junior section to relax and socialise after their games at Elburton whilst enjoying their after match food prepared in the extended kitchen. The area also provides a comfortable seating area where the parents can appreciate a cup of tea or coffee in more pleasant surroundings

KGV Social Area Grand Opening

OLD Plymothian & Mannamedian Rugby Club have created a new ‘clubhouse’ at their King George V Playing Fields, which they opened at the weekend.

Sara Raine of Devon RFU was in attendance and wrote… (pictures by Sara Raine)

The Devon One have totally renovated the changing pavilion at their Elburton home.

Among the changes were turning two old dressing rooms into a large, bright social area with club photographs around and male and female toilets, plus a modern kitchen. They have also improved the other changing rooms and made a new referees’ dressing room.

The redevelopment has been done primarily for use for their juniors, although the senior team did use it on Saturday for the visit of North Tawton.

It does mean junior teams will be able to enjoy after-match food at the venue, while parents will be able to enjoy a drink or breakfast while their children train or play on a Sunday morning.

“We have primarily done it for the juniors,” said club chairman Matt Glastonbury.

“We want to have more of a club feel. Teams were travelling down but they had nowhere to congregate.

“We are hoping that it will really help promote the juniors and give a real rugby club atmosphere for teams coming down.

“We have got a new catering manager and it is a venue that we’ll be able to use for lots of other things.

“This weekend went very successfully. All the parents were very pleased with it. It means they don’t have to stand in the rain now. Their feedback was that they wanted somewhere to go – and that’s what we have provided.

“There’s a small area at the front where we are going to be putting table and chairs out so that if it is nice weather the parents have an nice vantage point, but also when it is horrible they can go in where it is warm and have tea or coffee and a bacon bap.

“This shows that we are moving on. It is pretty much the start of our grand plan.

“We have got under-14s now and in a couple of years’ time we’ll have under-16s in the Fisherman’s Cup and then it will be colts so we need to be ready.

“Our focus for the last couple of years has been on the juniors and this proves that we are really serious about them. Hopefully, it will help us attract even more young people.”

He added: “But it is not only the changing rooms and social area that have been redeveloped, we’ve done a new referees’ room as well. The whole place has been redeveloped to a point now where we feel it is sustainable. Like I said, we do have some other plans for the future, but we’ll start with this.”

The club’s two senior teams normally go back to the OPM Club at Plymouth College after games, but some sides from outside the area do not always want to make the trip there afterwards. Now the club can offer an alternative. They did get a temporary licence to serve drinks for last Saturday’s game against North Tawton.

“We still go back to the OPM Club and we will continue to do that this season,” said Glastonbury. “The college really support us.

“But teams like North Tawton, Buckfastleigh, South Molton don’t always necessarily want to travel back into Plymouth.

In the long-term we would like something there every Saturday and Sunday. At the moment we’ll do something there on occasional Saturdays, but it is mainly about the Sundays and making sure the juniors have a nice experience.

“If say Tavistock or another club bring all their teams down they can all have a dressing room and can go somewhere and have food afterwards.”

The revamped pavilion has six changing rooms, plus two breakout rooms, a new large social area with kitchen and toilets, a snug room, a referees’ room and an outdoor area at the front of the building.

OPM Rugby AGM Friday 22nd June @OPM Suite 19:30

OPM Rugby AGM on Friday 22nd June – OPM Suite @ 1930

We are holding the Annual General Meeting, where we will be looking back at the past season and let everyone know our plans for the for next season. We will also be looking to all members to elect the leadership of the club, and invite those interested to join us in with helping this club grow.

There will be a BBQ for all attending  – free of charge to paid up members (Direct Debit), and a small charge to Pay As You Play or Non-paying members.

I hope that you will be able to join us and help us shape the future of our club!

If you are interested in any of the roles below, please put your name down or let your interest be known to one of the

OPM Rugby Committee

Club Officers for Election – Main Committee

  • Chairman                           [Current: Matt Glastonbury]
  • Vice-Chairman(s)              [Current: Henry Matthews and Chris Pasco]
  • Treasurer                           [Current: Martin Finlay]
  • Junior Committee Chair  [Current: Jenny Trinder]

Club Roles/Officers to be appointed by the Main Committee

  • Head Coach
  • Fixture Secretary
  • Social Committee Chair
  • Touch Co-Ordinator/Recruitment
  • Sponsorship, Marketing and Communications Chair
  • Disciplinary Chair
  • Webmaster
  • Membership Secretary
  • Devon and Plymouth Combination Representative
  • International Ticket Co-Ordinator
  • Others Roles

Thank you for your interest and i look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Many Thanks

Matt Glastonbury

OPM Chairman