Welcome to the 2016-2017 season
It is a privilege to be able to write this welcome message as your Chairman for a second year. Thank you all for your continuing support for our club, whether as player, other member, or one of our many hardworking volunteers. Last season was eventful, successful and enjoyable and it would be wrong not to reflect here briefly on some of the highlights.
Our 1st XV gained promotion for the second consecutive year after an exciting play off against Thornbury at Castle Road. It was a nail biting game but our players worked hard throughout against a very strong side and deservedly won with a penalty in the last few minutes. We now compete in National 3 (SW) – Level 5 – and this will be tough and exciting. Stewart Roderick, our Director of Rugby, has worked hard to recruit new players and to strengthen our coaching team, now led by Neil Loader, who has considerable experience at this level. The coaching team has also been extended to provide more consistent support and coaching for our 2nd , 3rd and 4th teams.
We successfully resurrected(!) Salisbury Veterans last season and thanks are due to Hamish Morton for his perseverance. We are also re-establishing a Salisbury Ladies team who will be looking to play some 7s games and friendlies this season with the aim of competing in a league as soon as possible. We now have a Director of Ladies Rugby as a Board position, currently held by Amanda Foster.
Our Colts team had another disjointed and difficult season but as a club we remain determined to rebuild this age group which is so important to the future sustainability of the club. This season is the 50th anniversary of Salisbury’s first Colts side and we will be recognising that (probably in May 2017) and hoping to get many ex Colts back to the club for a celebration.
The Juniors and Minis continue to thrive in every sense of the word – numbers are strong and our coaches and managers continue to work very hard with the right priorities: that we develop skills and try to ensure participation and enjoyment for all. Of course, I am also delighted that they win a lot of games and that we have had one of our most successful Mini Festivals ever in 2016.
Off the field, we completed the refurbishment of the clubhouse bars by upgrading the Reg Rowland room. This year it will be used for a Friday Fine Dining Club, for private sponsors lunches on some Saturdays and will be available for hire.
Now of course we are already focusing very hard on “Project All Change”, the redevelopment of our very out dated changing rooms to ensure that men, women, boys and girls can continue to use them safely and comfortably. We have RFU, Sport England and other statutory support for the venture but we still have to raise funds of over £300,000 and as we approach November, we have already raised our first £100,000. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed in many different ways to this project. However we need as a whole club to do much more to ensure we reach our objective and start building next summer. There are many ways to support: please consider what you can do to help secure the future of the club because without new changing rooms we simply will not continue to attract players and progress. Please watch out for the All Change publicity throughout the season.
1st XV Match days are becoming bigger events each season, which will be buoyed by five VPs’ Lunches this season, and the increasingly popular Sponsors/Supporters Lunches. Your support means a lot to the players and they (normally) enjoy hearing from you in the bar afterwards. But remember, if you can’t get to the 1 st XV games, the Club is alive with our other Senior teams on a Saturday, Minis, Juniors and Girls on a Sunday, and of course all the live rugby you would ever want to watch in our clubhouse bars.
I welcome all existing members and visitors to the Club, wish all our players a successful season, and to everyone, please use and support the club as often as you can. I look forward to seeing you at social events, by the pitch and in the bar.
Chairman of the Salisbury Rugby Club
Salisbury RFC is a thriving Rugby Club with over a thousand members.
We have a history that stretches back over 100 years, providing rugby and social opportunities for the people of Salisbury and the whole of the South Wiltshire, North Dorset and West Hampshire areas.DISCOVER OUR HISTORY
Our success isn’t just the number of active players appearing in our teams each weekend: four Senior Teams, Veterans, 300 minis, 120 Juniors & Colts, but also the pride we have in producing alumni such as Mike Brown (England), Tom Heathcote (Scotland), Mikey Daniels (Worcester), Tom Homer, Rory Jennings, Will Homer (Bath), Ollie Goss (Leeds Carnegie), Matt Evans (Cornish Pirates and Canada), Alex Penney and Phil Chesters (Ealing Trailfinders) and of course in earlier times Richard J Hill (England), Dave Egerton (England) and our other Richard Hill (England and the British Lions), Rugby World Cup winner and current England Team Manager.SEE OUR ALUMNI
Our current major plans are to establish the burgeoning girls section, develop a Senior Ladies team and build a state of the art changing room block that benefits all our players and the volunteers that make it happen.JOIN WOMENS RUGBY
We are affiliated to the Rugby Football Unionand Dorset and Wiltshire RFU. <we can supply url links to these>
We compete in National League South West (1st XV), Dorset & Wilts 1 South (2nd XV), Dorset & Wilts 2 South (3rd XV) and Dorset & Wlts 3 South (4th XV).
Playing colours: Emerald and White, White shorts, Green socks, with a change strip of Royal Blue and Gold hoops. Read the history about our club colours.
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SALISBURY RFC ALUMNI
Richard Anthony Hill MBEBritish and Irish Lions, England
Richard John HillEngland
Cadan MurleyEngland U18
Marcus OlsenEngland U21
Tom HomerEngland U20
Rory JenningsEngland U18
Will HomerEngland u20
Stuart BellingerEngland Sevens
Eddie GriggsEngland Colts
John MurleyEngland U16
Phil ChestersEngland Counties
Andrew HendersonEngland Counties
Andy JanesEngland U16
C R PotterEngland Schools
Roy HardingEngland U18