Information for visiting supporters (2018/19)
To: visiting supporters for 2018/19 season
To help your trip go as smoothly as possible, here is some information to assist you. We hope your visit to Jersey Reds will be part of a really enjoyable weekend.
We have partnered with Seymour Hotels who are offering fantastic rates for visiting supporters for the 2018/19 season. Choose from either The Pomme d'Or Hotel (from £85 per room including breakfast), a superbly located 4 star hotel within walking distance of all the restaurants, bars and clubs that St Helier has to offer and just a 2 minute walk from Liberation Bus Station with regular services to Jersey's rugby ground. Alternatively The Merton Hotel (from £75 per room for B+B), a lively resort style 3 star hotel boasting a number of restaurants and bars within the hotel, a superb range of leisure facilities and walking distance to St Helier town centre.
The Barclays Pavillion at the club will be open between 5.30pm - 7.30pm on selected Friday evenings before a Saturday league games. It's a good chance to meet some 'native' supporters, engage in some pre-match banter and have a 'recce' of the ground. The 'Jersey Pride' ale will be tapped and Sean Dunne the Club Manager will be providing free nibbles.
PRE-MATCH ON SATURDAY
We have introduced a number of new options for pre-match feeding and watering at Stade Santander International and our aim is to offer something for everyone.
Two seasons ago we added a new marquee to the facilities within the ground, and this marquee has recently been moved to a new pitchside location.
The Santander International marquee will offer all supporters the chance to have a two-course sit-down meal, comprising a hot main course followed a cheese platter and coffee at a cost of £10 per person. Book asap with Club Manager Sean as space is limited. The marquee includes a fully-stocked bar, including 'Jersey Pride' ale on tap.
There is a formal pre-match luncheon on the day for members, sponsors and corporate guests in the Clubhouse. Visiting officials are invited, however beyond this we're afraid lunch is usually sold out. If you are interested it may be worth contacting Sean in case he's had any cancellations - firstname.lastname@example.org. As a result, the Clubhouse is only available (pre-match) to the 200 lunch guests.
The Barclays Pavilion Bar adjacent to the Clubhouse will be open to all supporters from 12noon, offering full bar, including 'Jersey Pride' on handpump, plus food such as 'special of the day', 'posh dogs', pasties, burgers etc. It gets busy in the hour leading up to kick-off. Other mobile units around the ground, opening around two hours prior to kick-off, will also be serving food and drink.
The Club Shop near the main entrance to the ground opens at 1pm on match-days until 5pm.
THE MATCH/ TICKETS
For the match itself Ground Admission is £19, or £7 for full-time students with suitable ID. Under 18s are free, proof-of-age is required. Sorry, but there's no senior citizen concession. It's a good idea to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the off. The majority of seats in the Lord Jersey Stand, sponsored by RBC, are taken by debenture holders although there are a small number available to purchase for single matches, please call the office to check availability. For those with serious mobility issues, Jersey Reds staff will try and help out with seats, but these are at a premium and can't be guaranteed. We have allocated two tiered benches for anyone who has difficulty in standing for long periods of time. Please call the club on 01534 499929 between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday or Thursday and speak to Vicki or Sean if you need to arrange a seat.
Tickets are available in advance via our online partner Eventbrite and you can save £4 on the non-member admission rate by purchasing more than 48 hours before kick-off - to purchase click THIS LINK - or you can pay for admission on the day, although this may involve 'double queuing' during pre-match 'rush-hour.' Please note you'll need cash to buy tickets on the day as there are no card facilities at the gates. Payment by card is possible at food and drink outlets inside the ground, and at the club shop.
There's limited space under cover (standing or seating) at Stade Santander International, although the terrace at the east end of the ground has a cover across its full width, so it's wise to have warm / waterproof gear in case of inclement weather, and some sensible footwear. In assessing the likely weather conditions, we recommend Jersey Met Office - their forecast is updated every four to five hours, plus alerts on Twitter.
New for this season, the Jersey Reds match-day programme is now a free online publication which is made available to all supporters the day before the game. The programme includes team news, match reports, profiles of opposing players/coaches and links to additional video content. The free publication contains the team news as per the official announcement and also forms part of Jersey Reds' commitment to the environment.
To check out the programme from the August pre-season match against Harlequins, see HERE
The Clubhouse is open to all after the match and we will only restrict admission if we've reached capacity. The bars in the marquee and Pavilion will also remain open for at least an hour after the final whistle; after this punters will migrate to the Clubhouse as the other bars get ready to close. Normally, for an afternoon game, things start to wind down around 8pm, when people head for St Aubin or St Helier.
For those flying in/out on the day, the ground is less than 10 minutes walk from the airport. A taxi to/from the ground to town (St Helier) will be around £15. Or there's the No 9 bus to/from St Helier (£2.20 cash/ £2 contactless) which stops outside the ground or the #15 to the Airport (same prices; get off at the penultimate stop, The Mermaid, and it's a 5-minute walk) or the #22 to L'Etacq (get off at the Jersey Aero Club, which is adjacent to the club). Return bus times will be posted at the main gate on the day of the match or you can visit www.libertybus.je . If you have a car, there is free parking available close to the ground, but traffic tends to be busy, so please allow lots of time.
NEWS ABOUT THE GAME
The Jersey Evening Post has a match preview in Friday's edition (on sale from 7am), with more rugby in Saturday's edition (on sale from 7am), followed by a write-up on Monday. The match will be previewed on BBC Radio Jersey on Fridays, and on ITV Channel Television between 6 and 6.30pm. BBC also provide commentary on all league and cup games which is available on the radio and online. A preview will be posted on Jersey's website www.jrfc.je , with team news on Friday at 12noon and the latest news is on Twitter - twitter.com/jerseyrfc or Facebook. Match reports of all Championship games are published in The Rugby Paper. NB the above timings will generally move forward 24 hours for Friday night games.
There has been feedback from some visiting supporters who have received large phone bills on their return from the Island because the small-print on their tariffs didn't include Jersey, leading to higher charges, especially for data if you are roaming. If in doubt about this, visitors are advised to check out their phone contract in advance, or use devices sparingly or with the roaming function disabled. Wifi is available in and around the clubhouse, ask club staff for details.
We'd recommend visiting www.jersey.com which is packed with info about where to stay and what else (besides rugby) to do while you are here. If you're considering visiting a particular tourist attraction, it's worth giving the Tourism Office a call to check the opening times of your intended destination - many venues aren't open 365 days a year. The number is (01534) 448800 and the opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 1pm at weekends.
Although shopping may not be everybody's idea of an approved rugby tour activity, the Island has a fine range of shops, especially in St Helier. One word of warning though - most large shops are not open on Sundays, except for the four or five weekends prior to Christmas. Those arriving early can however take advantage of late opening of a number of the major shops in St Helier on Thursdays until 7pm.
Finally, we hope you have an enjoyable trip to Jersey and look forward to your company.
Updated September 2018