With both Rew Valley Youth Football Club and Ventnor Football Club hit with a major increase in their costs for winter training areas, Ventnor Rugby Football Club’s committee has sat down with the 2 clubs to find a solution to the problem.
A deal has been struck that Ventnor FC will provide a currently unused piece of land that Ventnor RFC will convert to a training area. It will be floodlit and available for both clubs to use on there respective training nights.
This new agreement will mean that major cost savings will be seen by both clubs and training on a non pitch space will help protect playing surfaces in the wetter months.
Ed Blake, Chairman of Ventnor RFC has said:
“The proposed new training area will help both clubs massively. I’d like to thank Ventnor FC for quickly getting round the table to sort out the problem. Hopefully we can extend the deal to include Rew Valley FC soon so that Watcombe Bottom is fully utilised by the whole community”
On the pitch, Ventnor RFC took on Cranleigh in the RFU Junior Vase Cup at the weekend. The Surrey-based team proved their higher rank but the home team didn’t roll over easily.
Unfortunately, a major injury to regular first teamer Sam Lines occurred in the first few minutes of the game. It is thought he will be out for some months.
On a more positive note, Ventnor’s defensive showing was much improved with player development building momentum.
The game was the main event as part of the clubs’ involvement in the Beer and Buses Event. Large crowds lined the pitch at Watcombe in the autumn sun filled with new and old faces.
Ventnor 0 – 43 Cranleigh
AJ Wells Man of the Match – Chris Hill
Red Funnel Moment of the Match – Ricky Keyes
Team: Stemmet, Keyes, Pratt, Hargreaves, Annandale, Tucker, Hill, Dawson, Lines, Wheeler, Turner, Urbonas, Blake, Atkins, Babington, Riches, Fox, Green