Bytown Blues Update December 23rd 2016 – Christmas Edition

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Blues Winter Training is a GO

The coaches have been notified and the players are eager. Winter training will happen with the senior men, who are encouraging the juniors to join them. With 10 sessions, at the Lees Dome, we should have a great ability to keep our bodies ready for the season. These are full contact training sessions, with coaches being present and fun guaranteed. It is a 10$ drop in fee if you don’t want to pay the 100$ up front, but you will not be able to train without paying.


Saturday 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Jan 8 – Apr 9
1/3 of field

Etransfer the money to Cecilia ( or make alternate arrangement with her.

Club Dues Can Be Paid Early (Jan-June)

Through the hard work of Jim Shaw and Cecilia Nicol, we have made it possible to pay 75$ a month from January to June ($450) to pay your dues. This was envisioned in order to give people a better budgeting tool for the year. This also allows us to gain some capital before April in order to secure ATs and Travel. With us staying in the Prem League we will have 1 additional away game this year, increasing our travel costs and most likely, increasing our club dues. The budget has not been set, so there may be some room on that, but it is looking like they will be increasing.

Once again for most monetary subjects, Cecilia (, is your first port of call.

“Try rugby” volunteers wanted

Ian Bingeman (duff), our new VP of Minor Rugby is looking for senior men and U18 volunteers to help him with the “Try Rugby” program he has currently set to start in 2017. The soft dates for these events are January 28th and February 25th. He is looking for people to help him with facilitating drills and organizing players, but also for some to assume an “ambassador” role with talking to parents and fielding any of their questions and to encourage a club atmosphere.

If you are looking for questions or need specific details please email Ian (

Blues Player Selected to U18 Ontario 7s Team

Congratulations to Gabriel Casey as he was selected to the U18 Ontario 7s team who will compete at the National U18 Sevens Championship in Burnaby Lake, BC in March.

7s is still new to the High Performance system in Canada, so it is really exciting to see our club represented.

If you would like to see the entire program announcement you can do so here

Junior Program Volunteers Needed

The historically strong Blues Junior program is looking for additional volunteers for the 2017 season. These roles include Managers, Organisational leaders and a few other minor roles in order to keep the coaches focused on coaching.

If you are interested please email our esteemed president and Rugby Ontario Volunteer of the year Jim Shaw (

VP Womens Rugby Still Open

The Executive is still looking for a volunteer for our VP Womens Rugby position. This does not guarantee a womens team, but with the strength of our junior program we would be looking to first starting a junior womens program.

Merry Chirstmas to all and a Happy New Year. 2017 will be a hugh year for the Blues and Ottawa, so we are excited to see all of you. As per usual if you have any questions or want to provide additional information feel free to email us at


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