West Nautical are delighted to be a sponsor of the South Shields Westoe Rugby Football Club.
‘Westoe’, founded in 1875, changed 140 years of tradition in the 2015/16 season by changing their name from Westoe Rugby Club, by adding in the location of their club, South Shields which is a coastal town in the North East of England.
South Shields, on the banks of the River Tyne, has an industrial history of mining and shipbuilding. Today the town is famous for hosting the world’s largest half marathon event, ‘The Great North Run’, and is home to South Shields Marine School, a world renowned maritime training center established in 1861, where many yacht officers and crew have studied for a range of short courses, high level training or apprenticeships.
A family club steeped in history and with close links to the marine industry, the 1st Team plays in the North One East league, as well as having a second team and many youth and junior teams, Westoe is a local club with fine pedigree.
With Head Coach and former Italian National lock Carlo De Fava at the helm, Westoe hope to return to their former glory days of reaching Twickenham for a national cup final, and pushing for promotion into the higher national leagues.
West Nautical Managing Director Geoff Moore has played for Westoe for over 12 years until sustaining a serious neck injury requiring surgery to fix it, but he has not given up hope of playing again.
“Rugby is a passion, and not something you get over, even when your body is telling you otherwise! My son is now a junior player and I’d love to be able to play a match with him sometime in the future, that is a ‘bucket list’ ambition I hope to fulfill, and to do it in a West Nautical shirt would be the crowning moment!”
Being a local club with amateur players, Westoe’s success on the pitch has always varied depending on the availability of the payers, which has diminished in recent years, but with an excellent juniors setup continuing to develop players, and the successes of the Rugby World Cup having escalated the popularity of Rugby in comparison to its more famous cousin Football, the club is continuing to mature its youth who are stepping into the 1st team and delivering some exceptional performances.
Having played and captained Westoe at various levels across the decade, and won several trophies, Geoff has a strong connection with the club.
“Westoe made me feel at home when I moved to the area at 18 and starting my career at sea. The club has had its ups and downs, but its played a major part of my history, and we’re delighted that West Nautical can now play a part of its future”
Geoff Moore, Managing Director, West Nautical