Lock down didn’t mean shut down
Canterbury RFC

What a year it has been. For all of us who have grown up watching apocalypse type films full of doomsday portent, who would have through that we would be living in our own survival movie. The toll has been catastrophic and at times heart-breaking, but one thing that has come to the fore is how resilient we are. It has been a divisive time with opinions polarised over how as global populace we can move forward and into a new era of ‘normality’. Things will never be the same again but is that such a bad thing. Look forward, move on…..

It has been a challenging time at the club, keeping positive, and maintaining a focus on the horizon and the rising sun of new possibilities. Yes, the doors have been closed, and no training or competitive games have taken place, but the club has been busier than ever. This is due in main to the many members, sponsors and donors who have generously ensured not only the survival of the club but also our ability to invest in and improve the facilities.

Springtime care work has been carried out on the pitches by the grounds crew, ready for training and matchdays. Work continues tending the gardens and plants around the pitches and clubhouse. The player’s changing rooms have been updated with better treatment facilities and a covered entrance.

The club house has had a face lift with wooden cladding added all around it making the exterior profile look a lot more elegant than when the concrete rendering was exposed. On the pitch side there is now a covered patio space where fans/visitors can enjoy the games, a drink or two or a meal under cover yet still have the al fresco experience.

Step into the club house and you will immediately see the changes. The wood burner in the corner adds comfort to what was otherwise a spartan space. Sound baffles have been added to the ceiling to control the acoustics in the room. Conversations can now be had without having to shout at the person next to you or being shared to everyone at the bar. The screens have been repositioned with sound systems and connectivity added to them to allow discrete presentations or simultaneous broadcasts across all of them. Not only a social space, but also a meeting space where groups can come to the club discuss, view presentations with tea, coffee, and refreshments at hand.

The club house space has also been remodelled to facilitate the relaunch of Saucy Flo’s, the club bistro. The kitchen has been extended and a new servery added for more efficient service. A new addition is the Breakfast Club offering a wide delicious menu to start your day.

We now have a dedicated communications team looking after our social media channels and website (new site being developed). If you have any club related comms, please contact communications@cantrugby.co.uk.

We are opening the clubhouse 12th April for Flo’s Breakfast Club from 8.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday*, Saucy Flo’s Pop-up Restaurant Wednesday to Friday from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, and Flo’s Roast Club Sunday 1.00pm to 3.30pm. View the menus – https://saucyflos.co.uk.

Bar Open Monday to Friday 5pm till 9pm and Sundays 11am to 3pm

Table service only to the outside seating area. Pre-booking only – saucyflos@gmail.co.uk

*Sunday and non-matchday Saturdays 9.00am to 12.00pm.

We have made every effort to ensure a Covid secure environment and look forward to welcoming you all back. Meet, socialise, cheer and shout, eat and drink! There have been a lot of changes to the buildings and grounds, but the ethos stays the same, #SupportYourClub #OneClub #YourClub