Friday, 24 February 2017

Girls Pitch Up and Play at Stourton Park

Sleet, mud and smiles as the

Girls take over Stourton Park.

The afternoon of Sunday 12th February may have been freezing cold and the pitches muddy, but there was so much enthusiasm, smiles and tackles from the 35 girls who attended the most recent Girls Pitch Up and Play at Stourbridge RFC.

Girls from six rugby clubs from as far apart as Oswestry and Worcester as well as some girls currently not playing club rugby had a great session developing from tag rugby into full contact.

These Pitch Up and Play sessions give clubs with smaller numbers of girls a fantastic opportunity to train with larger numbers and then to put skills learned into small contact development games. It was so good to see and hear so many girls enjoying rugby and the way they threw themselves into the game situations certainly gave some of the volunteer coaches who had never coached girls before a surprise!

Stourbridge Girls certainly get a lot out of these events both in terms of skills, game play and friendship and we are looking forward to the next one. If you have a daughter interested in playing rugby in years 7 to 10 we would welcome them with open arms.

Contact Nicki Spilman for further details.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Announcing the Stourton Park Corporate Business Lunch for May 2017

Friday 5th May 2017

We are pleased to invite you, your colleagues and associates to our annual Corporate Business Lunch, which will be held in the Grand Marquee at Stourton Park on Friday 5th May 2017.

This Premier Midlands Event is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people - over 1100 guests expected at this year’s event!

Tickets £95.00+VAT

The afternoon will include our guest speakers & MC; a delicious meal; fantastic auctions of International Tickets and a Premium Brand Watch; raffles and competitions.

This year, we are pleased to welcome Eddie Jones - England's Head Coach and Lord Digby Jones - Former Director General of the CBI, as our main speakers; with Philip Serrell - TV Antiques Expert, conducting the auctions and John Bentley returns once more as our Master of Ceremonies.

We are also pleased to announce that our special guest this May will be Glen Ella. Many of you will remember that Glen was Head Coach for a season at Stourbridge in the early 90s - WELCOME BACK GLEN!!!

Call 01384 395000 or e-mail


The booking form is available as a download from the story on the website...

Monday, 6 February 2017

Director's Cut - Sale Programme 4th Feb 2017

Our winning run came to an abrupt end in Harrogate last weekend when we lost a game we could have put to bed in the first forty minutes. However, unforced errors and uncharacteristic poor set piece left us at the mercy of a passionate home side fighting to avoid the bottom three at the other end of the table.

Credit, however to Billy, Nigel and Sam who all put in a big shift. Also congratulations to Dan Rundle who has scored in every game he has played for us. Daniel becomes a Stourbridge player this week following a loan from Coventry. Stato tells me that scoring as he has in six consecutive games is a National League record. Long may it continue!

We could use the mitigation that seven positional changes were forced upon us last week however the new faces accredited themselves well and I’m afraid some of the main body of the squad choked when Harrogate smelled blood!

Quite simply, we have used up all our lives in respect of challenging for an automatic promotion spot this term. Although there are 10 games remaining and 50 points up for grabs the lead Caldy have (21 points) I think now puts them clear favourite as champions. Sedgley Park and Caldy have yet to come to Stourton Park and yes there is a long way to go but I feel that our game today against Sale will determine our credibility as contenders for a play off spot. The contrast between our performance against Leicester Lions the previous week and our game against Harrogate was vast. I don’t doubt for a second that our squad now know what’s at stake and effectively every game is a knockout contest. Sale will not leave here today without knowing they’ve been in a game.

Our away support last weekend was excellent with many choosing to make a weekend of it. You deserved a  better performance and I believe somewhat cynically that some of the squad had half an eye on today’s game. However whatever the outcome this afternoon it’s the teams in the bottom half who fight for their lives who can define a tight league like this. The big games such as today's often look after themselves!

Enjoy the day!

Neil Mitchell
Director of Rugby
Stourbridge RFC