IT was announced in the New Year Honours list that Clifton member Norman “Sandy” Mitchell has been awarded the British Empire Medal
Sandy is the president of the Bristol and District Rugby Football Combination and chair of trustees of the Lockleaze Sports Centre, where he has played a significant role in the development and running of these great facilities.
John Raine, club president, commented: “Sandy has been a club member for many years and was appointed as a trustee of the club’s debenture scheme. On its conclusion he was given the honour of becoming a Vice President as recognition of his diligence and work”
The club’s Mini and Junior section was formed in 1978 by four players. It now attracts nearly 300 boys and girls ranging from the under 5s to the Colts team. Many have gone on over the years to play in the 1st XV or even feature in Premiership teams.
Mini section chairman, Paul Bryan reports on current progress:
It’s heartwarming to hear about the positive start to the Minis’ 2023-24 season at Clifton and fantastic to see the continued progression of all the children as they learn the game. We have one of the most successful Minis rugby sections in the local area, which continues to grow with new players wanting to join and the continued development of our existing players, some of whom, have been with us from as young as six years old.
I strongly believe this is down to us maintaining a strong focus on rugby values such as teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, which is key to fostering a positive and inclusive atmosphere. None of this would be possible without the dedication of volunteers, coaches, team managers, and helpers who sacrifice their Sunday mornings and more, to ensure all of the Minis have a positive experience playing rugby at Clifton. I thank you all!
The youngest in the Micros have had a fantastic term. Regularly having up to 28 children in attendance, we’ve watched them grow from being barely able to hold a ball to conducting convincing passing and catching drills, tag games and general ball handling.