Endless Winter

  • Endless Season Doesn't Work - New Plan Required

    Back in 1993 Stephen Jones wrote an excellent book entitled “Endless Winter” which drew attention to the unremitting cycle in rugby union which was then an amateur game. Little did we know that it was only the start of a process in which international rugby and club/regional rugby have been equally culpable. One of the key lessons in sports marketing is the importance of creating high profile, large scale events in a fixed position in the calendar. Making the big bigger is the mantra. Both...

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  • Premiership Pitches Protected Over Winter Months

    Nigel Felton may not be a household name but the former professional cricketer is one of the many unsung heroes who play a massive role in Aviva Premiership rugby. Felton's company Sports and Stadia Services Ltd is responsible for ensuring that the pitches for all 12 Aviva Premiership clubs are protected and that no matches are called off due to the weather. And as the season enters its coldest and wettest months, Felton is focused on being prepared for whatever the elements may throw at him....

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  • Pitchcare Maintenance Diary - February

    Pitchcare.com have kindly allowed us to reproduce their advisory for rugby clubs for February. Please click here to read the full February column. To date, apart from the last couple of weeks in January, most parts of the country have had a reasonable Winter, with temperatures remaining above freezing for much of the time. These spells of mild weather have, in some cases, stimulated some much needed growth, and, best of all, have prevented many games from being cancelled due to frost. However, t...

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  • Ashton Gate Redevelopment To Progress

    Bristol Sport, the company managing the redevelopment of Bristol Rugby’s new home Ashton Gate, have confirmed that no application for a Judicial Review has been received within the permitted time period on the proposed stadium. Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “The project remains on track to start work in May of this year, at the end of the current season. Not only will we have two completely new stands but the existing Dolman and Atyeo stands will also undergo major redev...

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  • Local Clubs Talk Clubhouse Development

    The clubhouse for many a rugby club is its heartbeat. However, there comes a time when the pacemaker starts to struggle to meet the Endless demands of its body and a new younger model is required. Running Rugby spoke to two clubs who have recently taken the dive into developing a new clubhouse. Ilkley Rugby Football Club is based just north of Leeds and play their rugby in Yorkshire Division 1. Their new clubhouse earned the club a Rugby Football Union (RFU) President’s XV Award in recognition...

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  • England and Ireland to play World Cup games in ground breaking new stadium

    The Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand has a fully transparent fixed roof, made of a plastic material which is 1/100 the weight of glass. The unique stadium was opened this year after construction began back in July 2009, it is the first time worldwide that natural grass has been grown under a fixed roof. England will begin their World Cup campaign at the Forsyth Barr Stadium against Argentina on September 10th, as well as playing two more of their group games at there. Ireland also pl...

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  • Winter Men Refuse To Bow To RFL

    A vociferous minority continues to hold out against the Rugby Football League (RFL) and its dream of turning amateur British rugby league into a summer sport. The RFL claims a vast majority of clubs will take part in the first official summer season beginning next month, but there is entrenched opposition elsewhere. In May 2010 the RFL began consulting amateur clubs, administrators and players on a possible switch of seasons from the traditional Winter campaign to a schedule centred on the summe...

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  • Touch And Go All Year Round

    If you thought Touch Rugby was just a way of keeping in shape during the summer, think again. Super League giants St Helens are extending their community provision of the non-contact form to the autumn and Winter as demand for Touch goes through the roof.Saints, in partnership with the Rugby Football League, will run a 10-week indoor Touch RL competition at Thatto Heath Training barn from October 10. It is a progression for a key participation driver.“We have been running Touch during the su...

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  • Nigel Melville: Bringing My Passion For Rugby To America

    Former England rugby captain and current CEO of USA Rugby, Nigel Melville, spoke to The Daily Telegraph about how he has carved out a happy niche introducing the game to Americans after a rocky start to life in Boulder, Colorado. I arrived in Boulder, Colorado in January 2007 as CEO and president of rugby operations for USA Rugby, with a big challenge ahead of me. My task was the raise the profile of a sport that has a history in America few knew about. Colleges played it here in the late 1800...

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  • Felton Prepared for Premier Protection

    With another cold Winter forecast, thoughts turn to how rugby can ensure that as few fixtures as possible are lost to the elements.As a professional cricketer Nigel Felton was familiar with the frustrations that bad weather can cause. For the last 10 years he has made it his business to strive to prevent rain, snow and ice from postponing sports fixtures.Felton’s company, Sport and Stadia Services, owns the `MacLeod system`, effectively a huge plastic cover that is inflated over a pitch by a c...

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