International referee to signal start of birthday celebration - The Evesham Observer

International referee to signal start of birthday celebration

Evesham Editorial 25th Jun, 2022   0

A SPECTACLE of all-things rugby will kick off when players of all ages and both sexes come together at Piddle Park to showcase and celebrate all Pershore Rugby has to offer in this its 60th year.

Topping the bill at the event today (Saturday) will be a men’s invitation XV contest between the Pershore Legends and Dymock Barbarians, officiated by Pershore’s home-grown international referee Rowan Kitt at 3pm.

And leading up to that from 1.30pm there will be demonstration matches from all the club’s sections including the youngest Pershore players – the Pershore Pups – and also the oldest of the club’s players from the UK’s first Third Age Touch, non-contact section, for retired or limited-fitness members.

Women’s contact XV Rugby Union will be on show, and also touch for mixed squads and mixed age groups where whole families can play together.




A pig roast will be followed by club presentations, when the winning youngster’s 60th rugby ball design will be announced, and there will be live music and inflatables for little ones and grown-ups alike, including a bungee run, which will to add to the fun, festive atmosphere.

Bill Hurley, chairman of Pershore Rugby said: “We have come a long way in the last 60 years, and it will be tremendous for all our players to come together to celebrate all that we have achieved – from the youngest to the oldest, and including our very first chairman, Roy Hirons.


“It was his and the original committee’s enthusiasm and hardy-spirit n 1962 that paved the way for our success today.

“Today, Pershore is one of the most progressive and inclusive rugby clubs of any, with women and girls playing, as well as men and boys and every age-group is represented – from two to 82 – and we offer many different types of rugby now, in addition to traditional 15-a-side rugby union.

“We are very proud as well to now have a fabulous, recently refurbished, clubhouse, with a new changing room block, three full-sized pitches and a floodlit training area, which allows many hundreds of players to enjoy rugby of all kinds at Pershore.”

Other 60th celebration events in the pipeline include a teddy bear’s picnic on July 10, a ladies’ day on October 8 and a grand final black-tie dinner and dance event on June 3, 2023, with a top speaker when newly designed 60th ties will be on show.

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