Croydon RFC - the home of rugby in Croydon
If you want to be part of a club that plays in a competitive league that also upholds a long tradition of sociability associated with rugby football then Croydon is your club. We are committed to improving playing standards for both young and experienced players of both sexes through a dedicated team of coaches, parents and supporters.
Whether you are a member of the club or a visiting rugby enthusiast who enjoys playing or watching, enjoy this site and why not come and join us.
Seal of Approval
Croydon RFC achieved the valued RFU Seal of Approval for the Club's Youth Development Policy and Organisation in 2006 and reconfirmed in 2008. Croydon RFC is only the third club in Surrey and South London to achieve this "Year Two" recognition by this date.
History of Croydon
The Club was started in 1956 by a mixture of players from rugby playing schools and those who had never played before to form Shirley Wanderers RFC. After 7 years as a wandering side, it opened its clubhouse on the present site in 1963 leasing three pitches from the City of London Corporation.
Despite a serious fire in 1974 the clubhouse; gym and training facilities have steadily improved, with the support of players and members, to the extent that Croydon boasts one of the most spacious and atmospheric amateur rugby club facilities in the Kent/Surrey area.
In 2003, members of Shirley Wanderers RFC welcomed Old Croydonians RFC to join them to form the present Croydon RFC. Old Croydonians (formed in 1924) survived the War Years raising a team to play Selhurst Grammar School in the 1943-44 season. The Club became "open" and Old Croydonian sports club was founded. A famous event in the club's history was to reach the finals of the Middlesex 7's at Twickenham in its 50th year. With the closure of Selhurst Grammar School, the club lost its regular supply of new young players and therefore relied on attracting players from other clubs, young men relocating to Croydon for employment and from non-playing rugby schools.
Croydon RFC currently retain two of the old pitches leased from the City of London Corporation and in 2005, the main pitch and training area, leased from Thames Water PLC, was re-laid and drained providing Croydon with one of the best floodlit playing surfaces in Surrey and South London. Thanks to the generosity of club member Peter Cook, who provided for the floodlights, this pitch has already hosted several inter-county U16 and U18 evening matches.
Currently Croydon run three senior sides, all competing in Surrey Leagues, and five junior sides. With more former players returning to the club and ever expanding publicity rugby is now getting in the media, we hope to field four senior sides in 2008/09. The club are indebted to a small team of dedicated former playing members, supported by a pro-active group of parents for its success in recent years in providing a club in which youngsters and adults with no previous rugby playing experience are able to receive coaching from a team of committed coaches whose skills are gained from regularly attending RFU sponsored training courses.
Croydon - Arnhem Link
Thirty five senior members and ten U21 members of Croydon RFC travelled to Arnhem RFC in Amsterdam to either play in or watch the Croydon Arnhem Rugby Cup presented for the first time by the Club in 2008. This is following generous financial support from Croydon Council's Arnhem Link Committee. It is intended that the Cup will be contested in alternate years in Croydon and Arnhem.
The 2007/08 season saw the U13, U15 and U17 age groups steadily expanding and successfully competing strongly in their league and other competitions. An enthusiastic group of boys and girls in the 8-12 age group receive training in basic rugby skills and tag rugby every Sunday morning. The U17 team and coaches are visiting The Hague in Holland over Easter thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Jack Petchey Charitable Foundation.
U21 Academy Squad
The 2008/09 season brings with it an U21 Academy Squad to produce a competitive team receiving high quality coaching to prepare them for senior rugby during and after further education at University and College. These players will gradually be released into the senior sides to provide continuity that we believe is necessary to foster the future success of the club.
In October 2008, the first U18 girl's squad was formed and successfully competed in a local triangular tournament in February. Links with local schools and colleges will be used to build a successful women's rugby section. New members are welcome and we hope to field a regular girl's side in the coming seasons.
Croydon enjoys the active support of retired players who still value the ethos of amateur club rugby and welcome former players who now work or reside in surrounding areas to join us on the touchline to support our current players and participate in the Club's social programme.
Our spacious club bar and hall hosts several well-supported social events during the year and lettings for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions are increasing, thus providing a cash-flow that, with the support of all our members, will enable the club to live up to its tradition of playing ambition and high social enjoyment.
The Club's 50th Anniversary year provided the focus for the modernisation and remodelling of the Club's facilities both in the clubhouse and on the playing field. With more improvements planned there is much to look forward to.
We invite you to become part of our future.