Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Matchday Experience at Stourton Park

The league season started in earnest on Saturday 7th September, with the First XV taking on Loughborough Students in National 2 North at Stourton Park, running out 31-20 winners against the University team. Unfortunately, it was a different story for the Lions XV who traveled to Midlands 1 West newcomers, Kenilworth, suffering a 31-7 defeat.

Match days at Stourbridge are always a whole Club affair, which creates a real buzz and atmosphere around Stourton Park and make it a great afternoon out for the whole family. From 12 noon, a two course lunch is served in the Club Room for those who like to start their matchdays early. The diners are usually joined by opposition fans and officials, with short speeches from both Clubs’ Presidents to start the afternoon off. For the many who prefer a less formal way to watch a rugby match, there’s always the ever-popular Club BBQ, which serves, delicious burgers, hot dogs and chips from the tent outside the Club House.

This season, there will be more curtain-raiser games played by our 350 strong Mini, Junior & Girls teams, who will take it in turn to entertain the crowds before the main event. Many of these players will then perform ball boy or girl duty at the main event - the BIG match.

League matches normally start at 3:00pm (2:15pm for Midlands 1 West in the Winter) and with our teams competing at Level 4 and Level 6 respectively, the quality of rugby is outstanding. The Stourton Park crowd is usually very difficult to quieten, which makes for an intense atmosphere at every home game.

Friday Night Lights

Friday night games have become the norm in the Rugby Premiership and have attracted big crowds to watch their teams under the floodlights. At Stourbridge, this is also the case, with five Midlands 1 West matches already scheduled for Lions XV on Friday nights. The first of these is against our close neighbours, Old Halesonians on Friday 11th October, with kick-off at 7:30pm. If you fancy making it a real night out, delicious locally-made Pie & Mash is served from around 6:30pm. The Friday Night Lights games have become very popular, with the mixture of rugby, night sky and floodlights adding to the already electric atmosphere at Stourton Park.

If you’d like more information about match days at Stourbridge Rugby, visit the website at www.stourbridgerugby.com or give the Club office a call on 01384 395000.

We look forward to seeing you at Stour soon! #ComeOnStour!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

40 Years in business for one of Stour's longest-standing sponsors

This year sees the 40th Anniversary of Jonathan Lee Recruitment, one of Stourbridge Rugby's longest-standing sponsors and this week's match sponsor for the National 2 North fixture against Sedgley Park Tigers.

Jonathan has been a player, supporter, member and sponsor of Stourbridge Rugby for even longer than Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been in business. His continued support of the Club is very much appreciated.

Let's hope that we see the right result on Saturday for Jonathan and the Club he has dedicated so much time to.


Monday, 9 July 2018

Stourbridge RFC Summer Rugby Camp

Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th August 2018 for Girls & Boys aged 6 to 14

Stourbridge Rugby will be hosting a Summer Rugby Camp from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th August 2018 for boys and girls aged between 6 and 14.

Each day will start at 10:00am, finishing at 3:00pm. The cost is £25 per day or £85 for all 4 days. You can book your child for singles days are all 4.

The Camp will be run by our Director of Rugby, Neil Mitchell, along with a number of our First XV National League (Level 4) players.

ALL ARE WELCOME, even if you're not members of Stourbridge RFC.

To book your place, please contact the Club Office on 01384 395000 or rugby@stourbridgerugby.com

The Summer Rugby Camp Consent Form is available as download from the following link http://www.stourbridgerugby.com/news/summer-rugby-camp-at-stourbridge-rugby-2318642.html

PaymentsYou can now pay for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 days of the Camp in the Payments section of the website http://www.stourbridgerugby.com/payments


Monday, 19 March 2018

Stourbridge Rugby’s ‘In Touch’ Earns 2017 Constant Contact Solution Provider All Star Award

Stourbridge Rugby is recognised for achievements using online marketing tools to drive success

Stourbridge Rugby has been named a 2017 Solution Provider All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing solutions. The annual award recognises the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s worldwide customer and Solution Provider base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organisation during the prior year.

 Stourbridge Rugby sends out its In Touch e-news every week during the rugby season, informing members and sponsors about upcoming games and events, match reports and the achievements of Stourbridge’s teams.

Stourbridge Rugby’s Director of Communications, Mark Denison commented, “We’re happy to be recognised by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and engaging with our members and sponsors. Constant Contact’s tools have helped us to create an informative weekly e-mail news that covers all aspects of the Club. The high click through rate we enjoy from the weekly issues has contributed to keeping the website very high in the rankings.”

 Constant Contact Solution Providers are businesses that provide services tailored to the needs of small businesses - everything from web developers, to online marketing consultants, to advertising agencies and more. They use Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to generate more business for both themselves and their clients. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following during 2017:
  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools
 “Email marketing continues to deliver the highest returns of any marketing channel.” said Jamie Waldinger, Vice President of Marketing, Constant Contact. “We’re thrilled to recognise Stourbridge Rugby for their achievements in using our solutions to reach their target audience.”

 About Constant ContactConstant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing since 1995, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business.

 About Endurance International GroupEndurance International Group Holdings, Inc. empowers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to vitalize their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Domain.com, BigRock, SiteBuilder and SinglePlatform, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Official Launch of the Rugby365 Artificial Grass Pitch - Saturday 2nd December 2017

The first game to be played on the new RFU Rugby365 Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) will be the Stourbridge vs Sale FC game in National 2 North on Saturday 11th November 2017.

The Official Launch Day will be on Saturday 2nd December for the Stourbridge vs Hinckleygame. There will be 3 games on that day following the official opening ceremony at 12:00noon and admission will be FREE to all, although there will be a commemorative programme on sale throughout the day.

The itinerary will be as follows:
  • 12:00noon - Official Opening Ceremony with Peter Wheeler (Leicester, England and British & Irish Lions) and our two local MPs.
  • 12:30pm - Stourbridge U14s vs Hinckley U14s
  • 3:00pm - Stourbridge vs Hinckley in National 2 North
  • 5:30pm - Dudley Kingswinford Vixens vs Invitation Women's XV
It promises to be a great day of Rugby at Stourton Park, so please SAVE THE DATE and come down to show your support.

There's a Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2003308606661075/ where you can tell us if you're coming down.

This will be a massive day for the whole Club and we'll need your help to make make it work like clockwork. Watch out for a news story detailing the areas we'll need volunteers to help with throughout the day.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Stourbridge Colts go from Strength to Strength

The 2016-17 season proved to be a great success for Stourbridge Colts. Moving up in to Division 2 of the Other Midlands Colts Sunday Leagues, the team that came together for the season was made up of a mix of established U19 & 18 players , who welcomed in the U17s moving up from Junior Rugby.

The team gelled very quickly, recording an excellent win at Bromsgrove in their first outing, going on to finish 3rd in their new division and beating 2nd placed Sutton Coldfield Colts in the final of the Fred Rowley Cup at Walsall.

Pre-season training started in July, with the Colts mixing it up in the Lions and Greyhounds XVs' training sessions. Training with senior sides certainly seems to have paid off, as the team recorded a 93-0 win over Veseyans Colts in the first game of the 2017-18 league season.

Their next fixture is against Tamworth Colts at Stourton Park on Sunday 24th September with a 2:00pm kick off. It would be great to see as much support for the lads as possible.

If you're interested in joining Stourbridge Colts, please call Sean Firth on 07780 000437


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Director's Cut - Luctonians Programme 9th September 2017

Welcome to Stourton Park and to our first home fixture of the campaign.

It’s not often that the first league game for Stourbridge has been far from home, so last week the trip to Otley was going to be a real test for our squad, bearing in mind the limited preparation we have had due to slow recruitment over the summer. We have had to cut our cloth financially to comply with the impending financial restrictions placed on our league by the RFU and unfortunately several targeted players wanted more than I was prepared to offer or sanction.

Many of our more experienced heads could have easily moved elsewhere for a better financial deal but have been loyal to the club which is a credit Stourbridge RFC. We clearly present a product here that appeals to attract good players and not journeymen. Rod Petty has worked hard with me during the summer and has produced a game plan that we are both very happy with. It is something that has scope for continual development during the campaign and not only asks questions of the opposition defence but requires our players to think outside the normal parameters of conventional plays. We have had a substantial turnover during the summer with 17 exits and 16 new faces, some having been with us before namely, Jack Spencer who comes back to us from Hartpury and my good friend and current British Police Captain Llyr Griffiths who joins us from Nuneaton following a ten-year absence from Stourton Park.

Sam Pailor a physically robust number eight joins us following spells at Coventry and Moseley and will lead the side this coming season. Sam is a very charismatic young man who leads from the front and I expect great things from him this season. Rest assured most of you will have shaken Sam’s hand by six o’clock this evening! Other players who’ve made a big impression thus far are Niall Gibbons a combative open side, Charlie Jeavons Fellows (son of former captain Tom) and George Morgan who joins us from Kidderminster. Steve Leach who came to us from Old Hales has also had a big impact in Stourbridge colours.

We are also in a partnership with Worcester Warriors following a long absence who have loaned us four players on dual registrations who should be available for up to 20 games this season. Having a link with a senior club is essential for us to remain competitive in this tough Northern League.

We were obviously pleased with the away win last weekend but as the other scores showed there is some real power in National Two North this season. I was very impressed with many aspects of last week’s performance and our only real minute defensive frailties came about due to injuries for a ten minute spell resulting from having to play lads carrying injuries and out of position due to the 4:1 bench format.

Lucs got a great win at the death last week on the road and have recruited some great experience in their side. Personally I’m saddened to see Alex Davidson no longer involved and I think he’s left big boots to fill. Ryan and Mike will no doubt impose their own style and ethos and as their first result  at the helm showed it’s working. What a shame though no more ‘naked bus’!

Enjoy the day!

Neil Mitchell
Director of Rugby