Chichester Rugby Football Club was founded in 1926.
Oaklands Pavilion is the home of Chichester Rugby Football Club (CRFC) being located within Oaklands Park, this large tree lined park is situated to the north of the City of Chichester and is one of the most picturesque Rugby locations in the South East of England; with fine views of the City and Cathedral from it’s balcony. The recently modernised Clubhouse overlooks the 1st XV pitch which is recognised as one of the finest pitches in Sussex. The club location is Wellington Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6BB.
Chichester is a city with many historical connections especially its Roman origins and Georgian background. The City is growing at a rapid rate, hosting many local and international businesses together with a traditional agricultural industry. CRFC has established links with local schools, and further education establishments; Chichester College of Further Education, Chichester University for example. The Club also has a long tradition of welcoming players from the Southern hemisphere. Connections with local business have enabled us to provide work and accommodation for these visiting players.
The Club has just completed it’s first season in National League 3 London and SE for the first time and finished mid table.
The Director of Rugby for CRFC is Paul Colley with the senior coaching team comprising of Rob Lawrence (Head Coach), who is ably supported by Danny Gray, Ken Dowding, Mike Middleton, Rosie Tugwell, Warwick George & Dave Outen. Our 2nd XV (Development XV ) play in the Zoo Shield Division 3. The 3rd XV play in Sussex Spitfire Division 1 which our first Team played in not so many years ago. The 4th XV (Hunns) Play in the Sussex Orangeboom 2 West League. We are hoping to field an occasional 5th XV Social Side’ this season.
All fixtures are on this website.
Simon Cross has the very important role of Head Coach of the Colts Academy.
We will continue our links with the University and Chichester College, this continues to be a major success and we have seen an increase in the playing strength at all levels within the Club. This is strengthened by our Rugby Development Officer (RDO) and the Academy system which encompasses both institutions and will be an important source of players.
In December 2004 CRFC were delighted to be awarded the RFU Seal of Approval, a standard of excellence for the coaching and administration of the mini/junior section. Since then we have been awarded the Whole Club Seal of Approval by the RFU in a ceremony at Twickenham which recognises that the entire club is run on a very professional basis. This has since been reviewed and again we received a glowing report. This is a testament to the fine band of volunteers who run the many sections of the club.
Senior training is on Tuesday and Thursday commencing at 18:30
Players & Coaches Charter
A new Players and Coaches Charter has been jointly agreed and shows what is expected of all players and coaches in selection and coaching activities. This has been produced by the selection committee and coaches and players input.
The club has completed a large clubhouse extension this year which will give us excellent facilities with which to deliver the best Rugby possible for all age groups.
The club was also selected to be an O2 Touch Centre.