Westcombe Park and NEC Harlequins in Joint Partnership
15 December 2003 15:29pm
The future of rugby in the South East is looking stronger now that Orpington based Westcombe Park Rugby Club has formed a joint partnership with Zurich Premiership side NEC Harlequins.
The partnership offers both teams many benefits at a time when interest in the game is at an all time high. The strong ethics that define rugby at a community level; respect, team work, honesty, and fun all mean it can be enjoyed by all age groups either through playing or being involved socially.
Both clubs commitment to these ethics will allow families to enjoy special occasions, possibly none more so than when Westcombe Park were invited to be photographed with the Rugby World Cup, The Webb Ellis Trophy.
In playing terms Harlequins coaching staff will visit Westcombe Park to help run team coaching clinics as well as, coach the coaches sessions. Westcombe Park's junior sides will be invited to play pre match and curtain raisers on The Stoop, Quins famous home ground and will form the welcome tunnel as the senior players run out on to the pitch.
Westcombe Park Minis have recently embarked on a three year strategy to build a rugby academy and have an ambition to become one of Kent's rugby centres of excellence. They are looking to learn from the corporate successes of the Quins and will be helped in the creation of their business plan to turn Westcombe Park into a recognisable brand in the local community. Through ticket cash back schemes, summer coaching courses and senior player appearances at festivals the Quins branding will also benefit.
Huw Howell, Westcombe Park Minis Manager said, "Our partnership with Quins is a very exciting move for the children. Most importantly, minis rugby is about the children enjoying themselves in a safe and healthy environment and our aim is to ensure that Combe has the very best to offer the community. In years to come, the foundations we are building now will hopefully nurture the next Jason Leonard or Will Greenwood!"
Westcombe Park Minis train on a Sunday morning at Goddington Dene, Orpington at 10:00 am.
Westcombe Park Rugby Club is located just next door to Goddington Park at the top end of Orpington. They regularly field 5 senior sides and 17 junior and mini rugby sides.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.