The Norfolk Arms (Steyning) Rugby Club is the only pub team in a league within the English RFU. Currently playing in Sussex Div 2 West, a couple of knockout competitions and a handful of friendly fixtures this season, our aim this year is to win promotion and fair well in the Sussex Plate. We will also look to tour to Belgium towards the end of our regular season in April 2014.
The club has just celebrated its 20th season. Having been founded in 1993 by a group of friends from Steyning - whom were playing elsewhere – the Norfolk Arms, started its life as a friendly Sunday pub team. Within a couple of seasons the Sussex RFU with a view to playing competitive rugby on a Saturday approached us. Our first full season was in 1996 when we had to play friendlies, a form of rugby initiation… we proved ourselves both on and off the pitch and were formally entered into the Sussex leagues in the 1997/8 season. Since then we have faired well against most clubs across the county. Our best performances have been promotion to Sussex League 1 and winning the Sussex Plate in 2008.
At our recent AGM it was agreed by all that we should be looking for promotion once again this year. With a clearly defined training programme and a big push to find some more players we believe this to be a realistic target.
New players and supporters are always welcome. We have always been known for our friendly attitudes to playing, training and celebrating. We are looking for players of all shapes, sizes and ages; this includes those that haven’t really played before but simply fancy giving it a go.
To compliment our plans to gain promotion this season we have set out a much more structured training programme. This will appeal to all abilities, a sort of back to basics attitude… we will be training in both Steyning and Wiston on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The underlying note to our training sessions is FUN!
If you want to know more? Pop in or call the Norfolk Arms on 01903 812215, visit our website www.norfolkarmsrfc.co.uk , find us on facebook or we are launching a new club app too…
Get in touch now and have some fun with us.