East Grinstead Rugby Football Club East Grinstead RFC is a fine example of a club whose sound financial business plan is allowing them to play a vital role in the community both on and off the field. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman, Bob Marsh, to find out more about the good work the club has been doing.   He told us, “I’ve been with the club for thirty years now. We were in difficult circumstances around eighteen months ago and in danger of going into administration. Since then we’ve returned to being a thriving community rugby club supporting three senior teams, aRead More →

Gala Rugby Gala Rugby took the decision recently to return to their roots with a focus on playing with passion for enjoyment and have enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign with plenty of attacking rugby on display. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Vice President Ian Dalgleish to find out more about the good work they’ve been doing lately.  He told us, “I am currently Vice President of the Club, elected to the position in June this year. Having been born and brought up in the town and been away for over 40 years working in the construction industry I wasRead More →

Swaffham Rugby Union Football Club Article provided by Jim Crouchman, Hon. Secretary & Minis Chair, Swaffham RUFC  I first became involved with the club about six years ago following my eldest son taking up rugby as an Under 10. He was soon followed by his younger brother who started as an U6.   We were attracted to Swaffham because my son already had school friends playing there, we live very close to the ground and, being relatively small, it is a real family club where we were instantly made to feel welcome.   I soon got drawn into coaching and quickly went from helping out the coachesRead More →

Tredegar Rugby Football Club Tredegar RFC worked hard during the off-season and with a new coaching team in place is now focused on a bright future. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Nolan Nicklin to find out more about the good work they have been doing lately.   Involvement  He told us, “I have been involved with the club on an ‘on and off’ basis since the late 90’s as a player and more latterly as Team Manager. Tredegar RFC was a former merit table club and was one of the most famous clubs in Wales at one point along with other GwentRead More →

Ards Rugby Football Club Ards RFC was first established in 1928 and won their first game but had to wait until 1962 to win their first trophy. By the seventies they had established themselves as a hugely successful Junior Club and went on to win three Ulster senior club titles in the 1980s.    At present the club competes in the Ulster Qualifying League Division 2 and Rugby Club Magazine was keen to find out more about Ards and with this in mind we caught up with their Honorary Secretary Ian Wallace   RC: What do you think has been the key to the club’s longevity?  IW:Read More →

Percy Park Rugby Football Club Percy Park RFC is a club putting its faith in youth this season as they look to put together a successful campaign. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Keith Atkinson to find out more.   Atmosphere  He told us, “The mood here is enthusiastic; we have a young 1st XV and even younger 2nd XV led by 18 year old Jake Smith. With the direction of former Samoan International Lome Fa’atau and valuable assistance given from Nili Latu, the former Tongan Captain, it’s easy to see why the word enthusiastic can be used. There is a youthful energyRead More →

The Rugby Lions Rugby Football Club The Rugby Lions RFC have fought their way back from the abyss.     The Club played in the top flight of Rugby in earlier days, in those long forgotten amateur days. However in July 2012, the Lions found themselves totally out of the league structure after an ill fated takeover and subsequent destruction of the Rugby Lions Club.     This could have been the end for the Club, but a stalwart group of supporters had other ideas. A new committee was formed and put in place plans to keep the Club alive which resulted in a year of regrouping outside ofRead More →

East Dorset Rugby Football Club The club changed its name from “Old Portcastrians” in the early 2000’s in a bid to attract new players and to re-invent itself. Old Portcastrians had begun in 1966. I first joined the club in 1986 and over the years I have been captain, Head Coach and now progressed to Chairman.  The most challenging part of my role is to make sure the club committee and members all play active parts in keeping the club happy, tidy, functioning and afloat. The most rewarding part is seeing our senior side play on a Saturday and the youth and mini train andRead More →

Whitehall Rugby Club Whitehall Rugby Club was founded on the 11th May 1931. The original chairman was Mr A Hamlin who was the games teacher at Whitehall School. The majority of the players at this time were 16 years of age and the club was originally called Whitehall Old Boys, this was later changed to Whitehall Rugby Club.  In the early days games were played on council owned land and a local pub served as the clubhouse. By the 1980s, as the Club continued to grow, they approached the council to build their own clubhouse on the land where they played. They were offered anRead More →

Trojans Rugby Club Trojans Rugby Club is a fantastic example of the important role that a club can play in its local community. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Secretary Lee Forster to find out more about the good work they have been doing lately.   Involvement  He told us, “I joined Trojans twenty one years ago when I moved to the area for work. I just looked for the local teams and went for the one that was easiest to get to. I had been playing for some years in London and just wanted to carry on playing.  Just like in life generallyRead More →

Malton and Norton Rugby Union Football Club Malton and Norton RUFC is a fine example of a club playing an important role in their local community and they have been working hard in recent times to make sure that they have a one club mentality. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with their Club Secretary Bill Laidler to find out more about the good work that they have been doing lately.   He told us, “I have been involved with Malton & Norton RUFC since 1980 when I moved to the area.  Firstly as a player for 5 years and then as a coach before takingRead More →