Junior Rugby tour to Croft Farm: Dorking RFC U13

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Junior Rugby tour to Croft Farm: Dorking RFC U13


After the much publicized effects of Covid-19 on grass roots sports it was a pleasure to welcome a group of 30 plus people from Dorking Rugby Club U13’s to Croft Farm in Gloucestershire at the end of September for their re-arranged rugby tour, which was originally due to take place at Easter.

With clear blue skies over the water parks lake glistening in the early autumn sun the group enjoyed a huge welcome BBQ to set them up for their arrival in the West Country.

After a good night sleep in their log cabins and a hearty breakfast the team enjoyed a group coaching session from Chris Kite (Director of Burleigh Travel). Here they learnt a variety of new techniques that will serve them well over the remainder of the season.

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Dorking RFC Player receiving their award.

The group then enjoyed a Ready4Rugby match rugby match at the parks very own ‘Rugby Meadow’. This was followed by a lunch of pizza, chips and (allegedly salad) at the water parks decking area overlooking the lake.

In the afternoon the players took to the lake to enjoy a raft building activity where they learnt how to work as a team under the excellent supervision and tuition from the activities team.

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Dorking RFC U13 – on the lake!

Their busy day concluded with an end of tour BBQ and campfire.

After breakfast, the group had time for a final game of touch rugby before making their way home, pleased to have enjoyed their long awaited rugby tour.

If you would like details on how we can produce a tailored tour weekend for your group or wish to participate in our new May Bank Holiday ‘Festival on the Farm’ please contact: [email protected] or visit our website:

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The boys prepare for their raft building challenge

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  • COVID has had a huge impact on every sector, travel being particular hammered. Our original tour was cancelled due to travel restriction but through great comms on both sides, DRFC and Burleigh Travel, we managed to set a new date in Sept. Burleigh travel refunded 3 families that could no longer make the rescheduled tour and the rest of us (15 families) had a absolute blast. Croft Farm was great in every respect - service, food, accommodation, activities. Chris put on an extra training session (which gave us coaches a break) and although we didn't play any rugby against opposition, the boys had a great time. In their own words - "best tour ever" and "can we do this again next year" It was by far the best team bonding session that our lads have had. Chris looked after us very well, under immense pressure brought about from COVID restrictions. We have already started speaking with Burleigh Travel to take part in a Summer rugby festival at Croft Farm in 2021.

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