The U15s Titans – 24 boys and 22 parents, including plenty of Mums – all dressed as Vikings, descended on Walesby Forest, Nottinghamshire, two week's ago, for a very successful tour.
Saturday morning was taken up with two very different team-building activities on site, at the excellent Walesby Forest Outdoor Adventure Activity Centre – a giant-crate stacking exercise and a 3G swing (3G as in gravity, not 3G/4G/5G telephones, as I thought. Ed.). The crate staking exercise encouraged the boys to communicate and work together, whereas the swing just induced projectile vomiting – with some notable success! Really great fun, and good opportunity to cement bonds amongst all the players – old and new alike. The afternoon was spent paint balling by the majority of the group, shopping for some, walking in Sherwood Forest or watching rugby in a nearby pub, for others. The day was capped-off with a campfire, a massive curry, kangaroo court and silly games for all.
On Sunday morning we travelled to Newark RFC and played their U15s. From the whistle to the final whistle it was a fast and physical game against a well drilled team, but our boys met them as equals and, drawing on reserves and a complete lack of sleep, they went on to win the game, 19-22. Newark RFC were marvellous hosts and we look forward to a re-match, at Wymondham, next season.
Like all tours, they don't happen without a great deal of hard work, and our thanks go out to all those who made the tour such a success, and a particular thank you to Katherine Dyer, for pulling it all together. Well done!