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Rosslyn Park looks forward to welcoming U9s players, coaches, referees and supporters to our Richmond Park training grounds on Sunday 18th February 2018.
Tuesday 13th January 2018 : The pitches are good to go.
Referees’ / Game managers’ briefing – 9:15am
1st matches – 9:30am
All done by 11:05
The car parks in Richmond Park are free but can get very busy.
SW14 8BJ – nearest sat nav for Sheen Gate Car Park. Go into the park then take the immediate right to the car park. This car park is nearer to Pitch 1 and is considerably less busy as it isn’t used by the many cyclists or golfers.
SW15 5JR – Roehampton Gate Car Park. This car park can get very busy as it has a cafe.
The league was created as the West London Development to help developing players in clubs with large squads who did not get many opportunities to represent their clubs in competitive matches. It aims to give players the chance to improve their rugby and to play rugby in a friendlier competitive atmosphere than at Festivals. The structure is a series of friendly matches with a competitive edge and played in a shorter time frame than all day Festivals, within usual training time.
For 2016-17 the competition has expanded to offer the short structure appreciated by all to entire age groups and not just the Development teams. Each round now sees multiple hosts to accommodate the increase in numbers.
It has come a long way since the first sunny fixture hosted by Rosslyn Park at Barn Elms back in November 2010. It started over a chat about the (then) lack of development festivals between the Minis Chairs of Ealing, London Irish, and Rosslyn Park and Teddington. Rugby historians will be pleased to note that the League was officially founded at a meeting in a pub – The Mute Swan by Hampton Court Bridge. For the first few years it was limited to two development sides per club but grew to a whole age group format last season.
Rosslyn Park are the only club to have hosted a round in every year (though there were a few re-schedules in the earlier years) of the League including 2016-17 where Park hosted the WLL on all 4 rounds and covered all 5 age groups in that year.