Mitcham & Carshalton Rugby Club are delighted to reveal a number of key developments at the club since it had its season prematurely halted due the effects of COVID-19.
After an unbeaten season 2019/20, which saw Mitcham gain promotion back into Surrey 4, win the Surrey 4 Chairman’s Cup, a Surrey T.R.E.D.S award, and a Mastercard Community Award, the club had to conclude their season prematurely. Whilst in lockdown, the club began plans for their next stages of development and when the government rules became more relaxed, were able to begin club improvements and a very active recruitment drive.
In March 2018, the club had eight registered players, and has now nearly reached fifty. The club has recently introduced the ‘Project 75’ initiative, an ambitious plan which will see the club aim to reach seventy five active player before Christmas.
As well as developing Men’s Rugby, after a long hiatus, Mitcham are actively recruiting for a Women’s side, with numbers looking really promising already. The side has already had its first two training sessions this month and plan to continue them on Mondays. New members are welcome to get in touch.
Director of Rugby, Ed Marsh, was thrilled with initial numbers and how progress has been. “We are delighted to be expanding the club into women’s rugby. This is a fundamental aspect of our culture and ethos here at Mitcham & Carshalton – rugby for all! We intend to grow the women’s side of the club over the coming months and years giving them all the support, coaching and facilities they need, promoting the ‘one club’ mentality“.
After weeks of hard work, the club’s changing rooms development are near completion. Previously comprised of a large open changing room with a separate room for the Home team, stud walls and divisions have allowed space for 4 separate changing rooms. A fifth room has also been set up to allow for a referee’s room / physio room. The club wishes to thank Ed Marsh, the Duggan family, Iain Honeyman Baker and Liam Davenport for their exceptionally hard work.