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2018 – 19 Welcome Pack


Our 2018-19 Season Welcome Newsletter is here.

Packed with useful information including the Junior Chairman’s welcome, the player pathway, Club Captain Connor Thompson’s comment, safeguarding and team news from our age groups.

The newsletter has been sent to all parents via the Old Pats email.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome the U9’s

Click the image below to view, download and print off.


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2018-19 Welcome from Junior Chairman

Alistair Armstrong Old Pats Junior Chairman

Many of you will know that this season, I have taken on the role of Junior Chairman from Matt
Cape. On behalf of the club I wish to begin by thanking Matt for the work and time he has dedicated to the Juniors in the past five years.

Matt has overseen an extremely successful period for the Juniors on and off the pitch. Through his hard work we have established ourselves as the largest Junior section in the County. I am pleased to say that Matt will continue to work with us helping out with the Colts.

Like Matt, I am extremely keen to see as many children involved in playing rugby at the club as is possible. It is vital that we develop the children from tag through to the Colts in order to provide players for all the senior teams at the club. We are focused on developing our players, whatever their skill level, so that they enjoy their rugby and their time with teammates. Our ethos of inclusivity succeeds in achieving these aims. We appreciate that different players develop at different times. All our coaches understand this and are dedicated to the development of your child on the rugby pitch.

Success is measured in many different ways and not only by the games and trophies that we win, which we do, but our greatest success is having almost 600 hundred registered Mini and Junior players.

This coming season will see our younger players once again involved in the County Festivals for the U9-U12 age groups. However the GRFU will not be running competitions for the U13 – U16 age groups.

They are conducting a review of these competitions and will make a decision later in the season as to their future.

We are successful in many other ways. Our Safeguarding team ensure that we have all the relevant measures in place so that the environment your children play in is safe.

We have marketing experts who strive to identify sponsors and market the benefits of our club. We have administrators who deal with the RFU, player registration, finance and fund raising. All these people contribute significantly to the success of our club.

We also have a fantastic and generous group of sponsors. Without their commitment to the Junior section we would not achieve all that we have. Should you need any of their services please think of them first.

We are also grateful to all the schools and Gloucestershire University who allow us to use their facilities. Without these pitches we could not function as a club.

The conclusion of the season saw the fourth annual Junior Summer Ball. I am grateful to all those who helped organise the event and to the 170 people who attended. This event raises vital funds for the club and you can read about it elsewhere in this Welcome. This year we will be using some of the funds raised by the Summer Ball to provide a subsidy to each registered player to purchase an item of playing kit.

The forthcoming season again promises to be exciting for the club. The first team are promoted and playing in the South West Premier Division and the Junior section will do all they can to support their efforts in this league.

In November we will welcome the new U9’s to the Junior section. I am confident that with the support of all the coaches, administrators and supporters the juniors will go from strength to strength. I wish all our players and coaches success for the new season ahead and I hope that your children have as much enjoyment in the forthcoming months as they did last season.

Alistair Armstrong – Junior Chairman

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President’s Welcome to the 2018-19 Season


It’s my pleasure to welcome players, coaches, officials, sponsors, supporters and opponents to the 2018-19 season. Our return to the South-West Premier Division gives us the opportunity to engage in some new rivalries and to re-new some old ones. We welcome all our visitors.

Last season was one of huge progress for us. The highlight was our 1st XV achieving promotion. This was hugely satisfying for our players, coaches and supporters, after coming so close the previous season. We pride ourselves on being an amateur club with a professional attitude; it’s great to see that pay off on and off the field.

We are one of the few clubs in the local area to field three senior XVs regularly. 36 players represented our 1st XV last season, showing the competition for places that exists at the elite level. No fewer than 85 players turned out for our 3rd XV, showing the opportunity that we provide for participation as a true community club. The success of our 4th/Veterans side in the Combination Minor Cup is proof of the depth that exists throughout the Club.

Our youth section continues to go from strength to strength, with over 350 juniors regularly playing contact rugby and 250 + children playing Tag rugby on a Sunday. The County Cup win by our Under 15s, final for our Under 16s and plate-final for our Colts demonstrate the effort and skill of the players and coaches.

We continue to provide the opportunity for players to advance to the highest level. We’re very proud that three of our players represented Gloucestershire at senior level and that we are strongly represented in the Gloucestershire Under 20s and the Gloucester Rugby Player Development Groups. Issac Marsh was selected in the England under 17’s squad which is a significant achievement. We are delighted that Will Safe, an ex-junior and now 1st XV skills coach, has signed a full-time professional contract with Gloucester, Jake Morris & Ewan Fenley have also been awarded Senior Academy contracts. It was fantastic to see 4 Old pats players representing Gloucester Rugby in the Premiership 7’s with all 4 playing in the plate final!

Lots of work has gone into preparing for the new season. This gives us great optimism. Let’s hope that the efforts of everyone involved are repaid by some successful and enjoyable rugby.

Let’s also recognise the hard work of those who contribute off the pitch: whether you’re a coach, touch judge, committee person, work behind the bar or in the kitchen, help our juniors or play a part in our social activities, your contribution is greatly valued.

Our players represent the Old Patesians with enthusiasm, effort and a great spirit. Please give them your whole-hearted support; and please come back to Everest Road regularly.

Allez les Pats!

Dick Tyler
President Old Patesians RFC


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Old Pats Business Club at 131


We are pleased to announce that the next Old Patesians RFC Business Club event will be held at Crazy 8’s – 131 The Promenade, one of Cheltenham’s most celebrated venues!

Thursday November 23 2017 at 17:00 finishing around 20:00

    • £15 per ticket

    • Opportunity to network with like-minded people associated with the club

    • Q & A session with rugby legend Gary Gold Director of Rugby at Worcester Warriors and ex Springboks coach  

    • Fabulous buffet

    • Wine Tasting

    • Update from Matt Cape, Chairman of the Mini & Junior Section

    • Update from event sponsor Nigel Church of First Solution

”We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to hold our business club event at this fantastic venue, the night promises to be our best yet” Matt Cape – Juniors Chairman

To book your tickets via Eventbright please click here

The Business Club is sponsored by its organiser Nigel Church owner of First Solution.

First-Solution-Technologies Limited

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Fish n Chips at the Clarence Social


We are pleased to announce that the next Old Patesians RFC Business Club event will be held at the Clarence Social – another one of Cheltenham’s newest venues! 


A private room has been made available to network and enjoy a fish and chip finger buffet and gin tasting.

The event was scheduled for Thursday March 9 but has had to be put back due to preparations for Race Week.

  • £15 per ticket

  • Opportunity to network with like-minded people associated with the club

  • Welcome from Matthew Cape, Chairman of the Mini & Junior Section

  • Welcome from event sponsor Nigel Church of First Solution

  • Fish and Chips Finger Buffet

  • Gin Tasting

  • Q & A session with guest speaker Laurie Fisher

  • Networking

  • May 4 @ 5 for 5:30 finishing around 8PM

”This is another great opportunity for businesses connected to the club to network whilst having a great evening out at another new venue in Cheltenham” Matt Cape – Juniors Chairman

Please use the form below to book your tickets

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Business Club Events are sponsored by:

First-Solution-Technologies Limited


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Aviva Community Project Funding


We need your vote

‘Old Pats have entered the Aviva Community Project Funding. We are looking at getting as many votes as possible, to put us within a chance of winning between £10,000 and £25,000! The projects which receive the highest number of votes go to a judging panel. As a club we desperately need it as our changing rooms, showers and physio room are all in dire need of work!

All you have to do is go to this link and vote. It’s free to vote! If once you have voted you could please share to as many people, we’d be very grateful!

We’ve also made a video for you to pass onto as many people:

This is our GREAT club and we have the chance to do something about it!’


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Bangers & Artizan Coffee – A Full Flavour Networking Breakfast

The Old Fire Station Pub and Restaurant Cheltenham

Join us for the Old Pats Business Club’s first Business Breakfast at Cheltenham’s newest highly-acclaimed pub-restaurant The Old Fire Station!

Thursday 6th October 2016 08:30 – 10 ONLY £15 per ticket

The Old Fire Station CheltenhamPlusBusiness BreakfastPlusScandinavian Coffee Pod CheltenhamPlusDavid Humphreys Gloucester RugbyPlusRugby Tour

”Forget cold bacon sandwiches and stewed coffee, business breakfasts don’t get more fresh and flavoursome as this”

Matt Cape – Juniors Chairman

Great opportunity to network with other businesses associated with Old Pats as well as all this:

  • Welcome from Matthew Cape, Chairman of the Mini & Junior Section

  • Locally sourced premium Sausages from Bath Road butchers with a great tasting cup of coffee, specially roasted for this event by the Scandinavian Coffee Pod

  • Opportunity to connect with other like minded local businesses

  • Q & A session with Guest David Humphreys, Director of Rugby for Gloucester & former Ireland player

  • Chance to have some fun, put your Manager head on and in teams have a go at picking the starting 15 line-up for the Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand next summer!

Please use the form below to book your tickets

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Business Club Breakfast is sponsored by:

First Solution Technologies

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2016 Summer Ball

Princess Hall

This year’s Summer Ball  in the Princess Hall at Cheltenham Ladies College was a resounding success.

With 163 tickets sold, £1200 raised by the heads and tales game and over £4000 raised in total!

Parents from every age group enjoyed drinks in the gardens beforehand followed by a sumptuous meal prepared by Gusto of Montpellier.

”Everyone had a really great time and Princess Elizabeth Hall was a prefect venue” Matt Cape – Juniors’ Chairman




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New Business Club Website

Old Pats Website

Welcome to the new Old Pats Business Club website. The purpose of the website is to provide members with with a single point of contact for all things Business Club and Old Pats RFC sponsorship.

However it’s still early days as there is still a lot of content to add including member business details in the directory.

Here’s a quick tour:

  • The Home Page provides an overview for first time visitors and lists the club’s main sponsors.
  • About Us provides an overview of the club, why we set it up and its benefits to various stakeholders such as the club itself and members.
  • The Business Directory is a directory of all businesses associated with the club, in a way it’s a bit like a local marketplace where potential customers/clients will look first for products and services.
  • Club Sponsorship is where potential sponsors can find out more about the sponsorship packages offered by the club and how they can become a sponsor
  • Discussion Forum is where members (who are registered users of the website) can discuss topics relating to the Business Club and Sponsorship
  • The Blog is where you’l find all the latest Business Club news and events
  • Contact is a simple contact form for contacting the Business Club

If you have any ideas then please let us know either by commenting on this post or contacting us via the contact form.

Please note that there are a few directory entries already however we are expecting many more as we promote the club.