E4R Club Partner - Blackwood RFC

April 14, 2016

It’s great to be working with Blackwood RFC, one of our most recently signed Partner Clubs. They are engaging with us brilliantly and we are helping them - the partnership is working well. Blackwood RFC is an old club, it’s been around since 1889 and it’s been a member of the Welsh Union for nearly 100 years now. A milestone to celebrate in 2018!! 

 

Their Season So Far….

Currently the 1st XV play in the Welsh National League Division 1 East and can count themselves as one of the best 24 clubs in Wales. This season has been tough though and the club find themselves battling it out at the bottom of the table hoping that results turn around. The club have just one league game left this season and will look to try and finish the season on a high with a win against Nantyglo RFC.

 

The Teams….

Alongside the 1st XV there is a 2nd XV as well as 2 women’s sides that play and as with many clubs around the  UK, there is a big youth and mini section. There are around 180 players included within these age groups. Clearly a club that is thriving both on and off the field and it's great to see clubs with so much depth through different age group to reinforce what is being done at the senior levels. This association with the club will hopefully last for a lifetime.

 

 

The Club Itself….

The Clubhouse as it is today was once a police station and was bought by the club in the 1960’s even though it sits in the middle of a residential area! Not ideal for some of the late nights at the bar! Blackwood also won their playing fields at Glan-Yr-Afon with changing rooms there too. Playing space was increased in 1998 when 1.5 acres of land was bought from British Gas. A new period of redevelopment followed and a new club house was built in 2003 and the club are now proud to own an all weather training surface which has been endorsed by the WRU. It ensures that the players can always train and is also let out to other sporting organisations. A great way to generate funds for the club! Blackwood is one of those luck enough to own their clubhouse and playing fields on a freehold basis. On the back of the settled nature of the club and due a successful centenary year, an 800 seater stand was built.


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