Wallsend RFC has always prided itself as a community club striving to improve many aspects of life in the local area whether that is socially, economically or environmentally.
Recently the club visited the Segedunum Museum to promote their new Wallsend Warriors jersey, but also to fulfil their duty to promote local businesses with the museum still open to visitors in a Covid-secure way. Wallsend Rugby Club has always had historical ties to Segedunum and this is reflected in the new Warriors jersey which pays a fitting tribute to the clubs rich Roman history.
Labour MP for North Tyneside, Mary Glindon, said: “Wallsend Rugby Club has a long history in Wallsend and it’s great to see the club honour Wallsend’s Roman history in the design of its new Wallsend Warriors kit.”
“Organising a photo shoot to highlight that our fantastic World Heritage site at Segedunum is safely open to visitors during the pandemic is great idea and one of the many ways the club is showing its huge support for our community during the Covid crisis. Wallsend Rugby Club is an organisation our town can certainly be proud of.”
The club recently went into partnership with STINGZ who have created the new range of kits for the upcoming season including the NHS jersey. The Warriors kit features shoulder and chest plate designs inspired by the armour of Roman soldiers, while the Scutum, the famous shield of the Legionaries, appears on the back of the jersey. The larger player numbers are in Roman numerals, while the corresponding, smaller modern Arabic numerals appear above them.
Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager, said: ‘We love the new Wallsend Warriors Team Jersey. I’m sure the troops in the Roman garrison would have approved! Segedunum was the original community and business centre in Wallsend; today the venue plays an active part in the Wallsend Chamber and is always keen to help promote the fantastic things the town has to offer.”
Earlier in the year Wallsend teamed up with mental health charity ‘What’s Behind The Smile?’. Wallsend Rugby Club offer a social rugby environment both on and off the field. People from all walks of life are encouraged to get involved with the club. Even if it is just for the occasional training session, exercise is essential as a mental release as much as a physical one.
Wallsend RFC Club Chairman, Duke McIntyre, said: “Wallsend is well known for its lively locals and the same could be said about us back when the Romans were here. We are growing bigger and stronger every week. This is reflected in our club motto “Situ Exoritor Segeduni” which translates into “Situation arises at Wallsend.”