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Updated 24/03/17




The sponsors day will be held on Saturday 22nd April (final 1st Team game of the season against Bolton). Sattysfaction are doing the catering and I am just waiting on the final menu. As per last year, the cost is £10 per person. I will email out details of the food and times when I have them.

Also, in the evening will be the End of Season dinner, again, Sattysfaction will be doing the catering. It will be a hot and cold buffet as per previous years. The cost of this is £15 per person.

If you would like to attend any of these events can you let me know how many tickets you would like and any dietary requirements.


Chris Thompson


We need urgent support with U16 coaching.  Richard Dalton is doing a great job, however, as he is rarely in town during the week he really needs some help with the coaching, as it is now starting to impact on the team and fulfilling their fixtures. 

The team trains on a Wednesday and some Friday's and if any one can help could they please contact Rich Dalton directly.



The next Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 29th of March 2017 at 7.30 pm.


With the start of the New Year we would like to remind you all that memberships now need to be renewed for 2017. We’d like to stress that membership fees underpin the business plan for your Sports Club and we earnestly ask that all Sections ensure that their playing members pay their fees.

Membership forms are available from behind the bar at the club or can be found on the club website on the membership page:



Andy Woods, General Manager

Hawcoat Park Sports Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4HF

Tel: 01229 825000



Despite working long periods of time out of the country offshore, there is no doubt home is where the heart is for Peter Gillespie and since his playing days he has been a loyal and generous financial supporter of our rugby club.

At no stage ever wanting to 'blow his own trumpet' Peter is one of a few lads who each year individually sponsor the club and in Peter's case in many and varied ways.

Recently returning home he found out he had won £100 cash on the clubs summer draw.

His first thought was to hand it to me and ask I arrange for the full amount to be donated to the FGH Oncology unit in memory of and in respect of Jeff Simm.

This is one occasion I would like to highlight Peter's generosity and take the opportunity to thank him for all that he supports and puts back into our club.

John Horne


Just heard of the sad passing of Jeff

Condolences to all at the club and his family

A real gentleman, great mentor and competitor

Grateful to have had a great reminiscent yarn and a few beers with him on Cabaret Night up the club back in December 2014 when I was last back in Barrow.  Fought hard to the end and always positive

Will be sadly missed

RIP old mate

Karl (Dodd, Australia)


Tyldesley have dropped out of the league refusing to travel so we have been reinstated into North Lancs Cumbria.


Hawcoat Park RUFC is saddened to record the passing away of one of their stalwart and famous members. Colin High has been battling with cancer for the past year but unfortunately he lost that battle at 3.30 a.m. on Wednesday 13.04.2016.

Colin, besides becoming an international referee, was a hard worker for the Club, known in the 50`s and 60`s as Vickers RUFC. He held several positions on committees and was the Fixture Secretary for some 32 years in the times before leagues when fixtures were gained by playing at a good standard and treating the opposition with respect. In this capacity the Rugby Club ventured into South Lancashire, Wales, North East England and Cumbria / Yorkshire. He made many friends in many areas of the game, even after finishing playing and taking to the whistle, who we know will be devastated at his passing not least the Cumbria County Committee where he represented the Club for some 25 years. Latterly his refereeing involvement brought him into contact with the upper echelon in RU circles on becoming Elite Refereeing Manager where he introduced Professional Refereeing into the game but this never affected this Barrow Lad.

He began playing rugby at the Technical School and started playing for Vickers RUFC in 1957s gaining his 100 first team colours in season 1959/1960 and continuing to become captain of the side for 5 years from 1964. Playing at wing forward his was a determined no nonsense style of play giving no quarter and expecting none in return. His commitment to the sport was total and this rubbed off on his team mates who he led by example both on the field and afterwards when they let their hair down. A very engaging character as well as being serious in preparation and performance on the field he could be great company when having a few beers after the games and many stories spring to mind in this respect.

His rugby career was interspersed with a few injuries, nothing serious, but whilst on the field he would diagnose his injuries immediately. A famous one at Penrith when he went down was, second /third rib gone left hand side, which gave his team mates some fun during the night time revelries making him laugh, cruel or what, he was never allowed to forget this instant. Colin`s fitness regime has always been very strict even in the latter times of his illness he would talk to friends about how he was going to tackle his recuperation to resume a good level of fitness, something he held high in his priorities. During this time Colin held the post of `FLY HALF`, reporting the local games for the Evening Mail, a post he held for around15 years.

On finishing playing he took up the whistle with the Cumbria Society initially, then moved on to the Manchester Society where  he  was given more challenging games and finally International recognition came his way in 1987.

Throughout his refereeing career he has been supported by Cora, his wife who frequently went with him to games for support and occasionally to drive home. Cora and Colin had several common pastimes, attendance at the gymnasium and cycling, they thought nothing of taking their bicycles into the lakes and completing a round 20/30 mile circuit. One of the most talked of though was their passion for fell walking especially in Scotland where the couple completed approximately 200 Munro`s together, also, he loved fly-fishing, again making numerous trips to Scotland to participate in this sport. Over the past few years both Colin and Cora could be found in the Duddon Valley planting trees and clearing streams of debris to help ensure a clean environment and open waterways, he was in fact secretary of the Duddon River Association, we are not sure how they found time to become so  involved in these various activities. One thing is for sure lots of his friends and many organisations are going to miss his involvement in their activities, he will leave a huge hole in many lives. 

All of his many friends at Hawcoat Park Sports Club extend sincere condolences to Cora, Julia and Stephen at their tragic loss and wish them good fortune for the future.

The Funeral Service has been arranged for 2.00 pm at St Matthews Church  on Friday 22nd April 2016 and afterwards at the crematorium. Refreshments will be served at Hawcoat Park later.

The RFU and Cumbria RFU have a tribute to Colin on the links below:





Following a recent misunderstanding when it was understood this club was receiving a specific warning rather than a club general reminder.  I felt it was a good opportunity to remind everyone involved within the club be it players or supporters of the continued importance of showing respect to referees.  This, of course, applies not only when at home but also on our travels when other society referees officiate our games.

With our geographical location most of our referees have to travel quite some way to officiate our games.  They are all volunteers, generally looking to put something back in to the game after their playing days but most importantly enjoy their leisure time away from work commitments.

Please treat all our referees as guests of our club, with the respect they deserve and help make their time with us enjoyable and in particular avoid any form of verbal abuse.
John Horne




A snap from my handover of the shirt to the a-team main sponsor last week.  Over a couple of pints........

Adam Williamson

 be held in the club on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 8pm


Following the announcement of the new IRB Scrum Directive we have received a number of requests for clarification around the appropriateness of referees touching children and or players of the opposite sex. Therefore please follow the guidance below.

IRB Laws Directive I

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol.

Ensure they are aware of how you will indicate that you are happy for them to put the ball in:

a)      If on the far side of the scrum to the put-in the referee will raise his hand and nod his head in a yes motion when he happy for the ball to be put-in.

b)      If on the same side as the put-in the referee should tap the scrum half on the back when he is happy for the ball to be put-in.

Guidance for those refereeing children and or players of the opposite sex

Below should be included as a protocol to be adopted if refereeing under age games and women and girls.

To support the new IRB Scrum Directive the following additional guidance is offered:

Ensure scrum half (and scrum half replacements) are briefed to the new protocol

With under age games suggest that when you brief the scrum half the coach is present so there can be no ambiguity regarding where and how you will touch the scrum half to indicate they can put the ball in.  Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable with this, manage the scrum from the far side to the put-in but please ensure the safety elements and need to move to put in side if the need arises.

With male referees refereeing women and girls matches please ensure a similar process is adopted to ensure there is no doubt about where the contact will be made.

If necessary, whilst the protocol indicates touching the scrum half on the back, at underage and women and girls games you may feel more comfortable touching the player on the shoulder but it is essential that the player is briefed accordingly


When selecting a player who has suffered a head injury and suspected concussion, the course of action that should be taken to ensure he/she is fit to play is documented under IRB player welfare.com, (welfare tab then click IRB Guidelines and concussion) check also IRB regulation 10 Medical

Head injuries - Rugby Injuries

Head injuries are usually caused by direct contact with other players or falling onto the ground in rugby. Head injuries may also be caused by scrummaging.

Types of head injury

Head injuries are usually classified as external or internal; external injuries usually affect the face and scalp, while internal injuries affect the tissue and vessels inside the skull and the brain. The most common head injuries in rugby include concussion and superficial cuts and bruises.


What is concussion?

Concussion is a condition which causes damage to the brain; it is usually brought about by a direct blow to the head or a fall.

Symptoms of concussion

Common symptoms include dizziness, confusion, nausea, headaches, blurred vision, a lack of balance and loss of memory; these symptoms usually appear shortly after the incident. Symptoms that may appear some time after an accident (up to 3 weeks later) may include dizziness, forgetfulness, prolonged headaches, mood swings and blurred vision.

Treatment for concussion

Mild concussion is usually treated with pain relief and rest; more serious cases may require hospital treatment as the patient will need to be observed and monitored. Occasionally, concussion may cause a player to lose consciousness; this will usually require emergency medical treatment and a subsequent long period of rest to aid recovery.

Serious head injuries

Although serious head injuries are fairly uncommon, they do occur in rugby.

Effects of serious head injuries

Serious head injuries will usually cause a player to lose consciousness; if this is the case emergency medical help should be sought. The head should be supported while resuscitation takes place and the player should be admitted to hospital as quickly as possible. Once a player’s condition has been stabilised, they will be monitored closely for a period of time. Once the player has been discharged, they should take care to rest; pain relief may also be prescribed.

Symptoms of major head injuries

Symptoms of head injuries include a loss of consciousness, confusion, nausea and dizziness; there may also be bleeding or a secretion of liquid from the ear.

Treatment for serious head injuries

Treatment may include surgery in serious cases; this may be required to remove blood clots and restore damaged tissue. Other treatments will usually include pain relief and plenty of rest.

Preventing head injuries

Many professional players wear head guards to protect their head and ears; this is particularly common amongst players involved in the scrum.

Headaches and head knocks

Headaches in sport are usually the result of a knock or blow to the head; this may be caused by a fall or by contact with another individual or an object.

Effects of a head knock

Gentle knocks will usually result in a mild pain which will usually subside quickly with the help of pain relief. Moser serious knocks can potentially be very dangerous and even life threatening. The severity of the knock is often determined by the strength and location of the blow; a blow to the temples can be particularly dangerous.

Symptoms of head knocks

Minor cases will usually involve a mild headache; however more serious injuries can result in several other symptoms and can potentially be very serious; these symptoms include drowsiness, prolonged headaches which do not improve with pain relief, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, slurred speech, double vision and blood coming out of the ears. The symptoms listed above may represent a serious head injury and the patient should be taken to casualty immediately.


Concussion is relatively common following a knock to the head and often causes drowsiness and confusion. If somebody has concussion they should be monitored carefully as they may lose consciousness.

Treating head injuries

Serious head injuries will need to be treated in hospital and the patient may need to be monitored over a period of time to ensure they do not lose consciousness. In extreme cases, head injuries in sport may leave players in a coma; in this case the individual will be taken to an intensive care unit ad will be monitored closely. Less serious head injuries will usually be examined by a doctor; if they are satisfied that the injury is not serious, the person will be discharged and pain relief may be prescribed.

Preventing head injuries

Many professional sports players wear protective head gear in order to reduce the possibility of them suffering a head injury; this is particularly common in rugby, where the head is often vulnerable to injury.


For anyone who really thinks they know the laws and have a few minutes to spare please take a look at this: http://www.learnrugbyunionlaws.com/index.asp


Father and 2 sons in the same team - Peter, Jim and Richard Steele after the A team victory

The photo above was sent to us by Peter Docker, ICT and Resources Manager, Furness Academy who thought the grounds looked in great condition. Many thanks to our great team of grounds staff for all their hard work. Thanks also to the photographer for this aerial shot - (Fitz will be climbing Thorncliffe Tower to get one soon - just kidding I hope!)


All players are reminded that the insurance taken out with RFU provides cover in the event of a serious injury. Everyone's circumstances are different, but it is recommended that all players give consideration to taking out their own personnel accident insurance cover.

 A copy of RFU Insurance Policy from Marsh Insurance, will be available from tomorrow night (Wed 17th August) for anyone to read in the large changing room, (rooms 2&3 which have been knocked into one large room). 

This includes Compulsory Cover (the club pay this) and Voluntary Cover details (players pay this if they wish to top up cover). 

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