“RNA Branch AGM”
Venue: New Headingley Club, Leeds
The Annual AGM meeting takes place chaired by our Vice President. All branch members are requested to attend. This will start at 1100, POSTPONED Due To Covid Restrictions
Saturday 14th April 2021
“Nepali New Year”
The Leeds Ghurka veteran’s community have invited the Leeds RNA to take part in their Nepali New Year celebrations. This includes a curry evening.
POSTPONED Due To Covid Restrictions
“Royal Navy verses The Army”
Statement regarding 2021 Inter-Services Championship.
The management committees of the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force Rugby Unions have today issued a joint statement regarding the 2021 Inter-Services Championship.
After considerable discussion and deliberation, we have made the collective and unanimous decision to cancel the 2021 Competition.
This is the first time that the Inter-Services Championship has been cancelled in advance since the Second World War, and the heavy hearts which accompany such a decision will hopefully be understandable.
The ongoing and fluid nature of the current pandemic and lockdown, combined with our collective commitment to positive management of player welfare and wanting to provide certainty to the many thousands of supporters of all three Unions, meant that there was little alternative to cancelling the Championship and instead we will turn our focus towards making the 2021/22 season a year to remember.
Community rugby within all three Services Unions has not been able to be played this season, a situation brought about by the pandemic and national Covid-19 Tier restrictions and lockdowns. This not only has eliminated any opportunity for players to put themselves forward for selection, but also means that if the squads were to start training now a considerable amount of time would be needed to bring them up to the fitness levels required to play the high standard of competition we want in our showpiece competition.
There are non-sporting considerations we have taken into account as well, not least the anticipated number of personnel from all three Services who are required to support the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme, which has to be everyone’s first priority.
In short, the circumstances have conspired to be against us in 2021. But by making the decision now we can instead turn our attention towards putting together an outstanding Inter-Services Championship for our Senior Men and Women, age group and Veterans teams in season 2021/2022.
We thank all our players, coaches, referees, staff and supporters for their understanding, as we do with all our sponsors and commercial partners, who have maintained their backing of Services rugby throughout these uncertain few months.
We wish everyone involved in and associated with Services rugby the very best of health.
Saturday July 3rd 2021 (11am)
“Flag Raising Ceremony”
Councillors Jane Dowson, Caroline Gruen and Mohammed Iqbal, and members of the armed forces and veteran’s associations – under Parade Marshal, Jeff Gantschuk – have arranged a short parade and flag-raising to mark the start of the annual Armed Forces Week. This prestigious event takes place at Victoria Gardens on the Headrow
Saturday July 3rd 2021
“Leeds Armed Forces Day 2021”
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
Hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Leeds will celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 3rd July, 11am – 4pm with a free event on Briggate in Leeds City Centre. Leeds City Council have along with many UK Towns and cities due to the present status of the Covid Pandemic to have a “virtual Armed Forces Day” this year. Details of this will be provided by Leeds City Council and this will be found on their website shortly.
Event details may be submitted to change dependent on Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.
July – September 2021
Destination to be decided also dependent on Government Covid Guidelines at the time
Saturday 23rd October 2021
“Trafalgar Night Dinner“
Venue: Horsforth Golf Club, Leeds
The Royal Navy hold an annual dinner to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson’s victory at the “Battle of Trafalgar”. These take place at all Royal Naval Bases, ships, submarines wherever they are in the world. The Royal Naval Association also commemorates this anniversary.
The event will be attended by Members of the RNA, The Captain and crew of our affiliated Royal Navy submarine, the ships company of HMS Ceres, other military services and our guests.
If you are interested in attending our Trafalgar Night Dinner then please contact Paul Walker via 07980 989096 or John Rance on 0113 2263677. Our evening follows naval traditions such as “Splicing the main brace” (Tot Time) etc.
Sunday November 14th 2021
Venue: Leeds City Centre & St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Headingley
Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 14th November this year, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Serving members of the armed forces along with former service veterans will march through Leeds City centre and the parade will form opposite the museum which will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph on The Headrow.
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Venue: New Headingley Club, Leeds
The Leeds RNA Christmas gathering provides a buffet for branch members and guests.