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Totnes RFC became affiliated to the Rugby Football Union in 1889, though there is evidence that the Club had been in existence for a few years before that. We claim to be the oldest sporting club in Totnes. In the 2002-03 season our First XV won promotion to Devon League 1; we also run a Second XV playing friendly matches and a few times each year we put out a Veterans’ side.

We are gradually building up our youth section. At present we run sides in the Under-14, U-13, U-12, U-11, U-10, U-9 and U-7/8 age groups. We very much like and do include girls in our youth section.

Membership is open to all, subject to the usual provisos about behaviour, etc. In addition to playing membership (senior and junior) we have social members, including family membership, and Vice Presidents who, in return for an increased subscription, receive certain benefits, including an invitation to an annual Vice Presidents’ and Sponsors’ Buffet Lunch and the facility to apply by post for International Match tickets. Potential members should contact the Membership Secretary and potential Vice Presidents should contact the Vice Presidents’ Liaison Officer; details of both will be found elsewhere on this website.

We are enormously grateful to those firms, local and otherwise, who sponsor us in various ways. Potential sponsors should contact the Sponsorship co-ordinators. Main sponsors are also able to apply for International Match tickets, as are members of all categories.

What you can expect from the Club

Clear and current information and good communications
Safe environment
Respect
Welcoming and supportive coaches and helpers
Fun
Skill development for coaches and players
Enthusiasm
Regular fixtures
All weather training
Structured training
Social events – cheap beer!


What the Club expects from you

Commitment
Prompt payment of subscriptions and match fees
Involvement
Ideas
Help
Communication – including player availability, talk to us!
Compliance with parent/player codes of conduct and club policies
Provision of kit and safety equipment where appropriate


Player Code of Conduct

Play because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents
Remember skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game
Be attentive at all training/coaching sessions
Work equally hard for yourself and your team and both will then benefit
Recognise good play by all players on your team and by your opponents
Be a sportsman – win or lose
Play to the laws of the game and accept without question all referee decisions
Control your emotions – verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents or math officials is not acceptable
Treat all players as you would like to be treated
Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player

Spectators Code of Conduct

Remember children play rugby for their enjoyment, not yours
Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all youngsters, irrespective of which team they play for
Respect match officials decisions, remember they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby
Never verbally abuse young players, match officials, fellow spectators or coaches.
Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the “win at all costs” ethic
Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way. If you do want to shout make sure it is for, not at the players.
Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence
Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability. Never ridicule any individual player regardless of the team they play for.
Remember – It’s only a game!

Match Officials & Coaches Code of Conduct

Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment
Emphasise the spirit of the game
Appreciate the needs of the young players before the needs of the sport
Recognise the safety of young players is paramount
Explain decisions – all young players are still learning
Always penalise foul play
Be consistent and objective
Ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches and spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately
Be aware of and abide by the RFU Child Protection Guidance, Policies and Procedures


Fixture List and Training Arrangements

Please see separate Fixture List for details of matches and training sessions.
Home Games/Training – Meet at 10.30 at the clubhouse, ready to start at 10.45. Training will finish no later than 12 noon, individual coaches will let you know the exact finishing time for their team.


Don’t forget refreshments for players will be provided on match days after the game.

Our Kitchen now provides hot and cold drinks and snacks on matchdays and weekend training days


Away Games – Please contact coaches for details of meeting times, venues, and directions, as these will vary.


Registration - We register all our players with the RFU


Subscriptions – To be paid yearly or monthly by Direct Debit

Kit List

Totnes RFC play in Royal Blue shirts, Royal Blue shorts, and Royal Blue socks all of which can be obtained through the club. As part of your membership, as a player, we include the supply of shorts and socks when needed. Second hand kit and boots are often available at the clubhouse and donations of kit are always welcome.
Boots - these are particularly important, especially the studs. All studs should have the British Standard Institute Kite mark, which again can be obtained from the club. If you are not sure, please ask your coach.
Gum Shield – This is the most essential piece of safety equipment – Please ask your coach for advice.
Match Kit – all of the above is required.
Training Kit – alternative shorts, shirt and socks are acceptable. Please make sure players have suitable clothing to remain warm and dry.
For both matches and training please have a change of clothes, towel etc.
Other safety equipment is available – please speak to your coach for advice.


Insurance

As an RFU affiliated club playing members are covered by accident insurance. This covers pretty catastrophic incidents so please consider obtaining your own personal cover.


Under Age Drinking Policy

Totnes RFC strictly abide by the laws concerning the supply and consumption of alcohol.


Sponsorship

Totnes Rugby Club is generously supported by a number of local sponsors, and new sponsors are always welcome. Please see your coach or official.