Join The Steelers

As the club approaches our 25th birthday, now is the perfect time to come and join the Steelers, either as an experienced player or as part of our Pathway to Rugby program.

We're also welcoming players who may have rested for a few fallow seasons and want to take the sport up again to rediscover the joy of rugby.

Take a look at our 25 Reasons to Join and Frequently Asked Questions below, then please fill out our sign up form below. Our recruitment team will then be in touch to guide you through the full process.

Take the first steps today to become a Steeler and enjoy our community of rugby in our Silver Jubilee year and beyond.

25 Reasons To Join

  1. The World's 1st Gay & Inclusive rugby club a founding member of a global community
  2. 25 years of history on and off the pitch with celebrations planned for the year ahead.
  3. Award winning - National Rugby Awards Team of the year from an unbeaten season.
  4. Recognised for our contribution to sport and the community through the pride in sport special recognition award
  5. 1st XV competing at level 8 in the London 3 Essex league and looking for promotion
  6. 2nd & 3rd XV in the Shepherd Neame Merit tables providing a spread of ability lead rugby
  7. 4th XV and veterans side that play friendlies to develop our newest players and keep our old boys in the sport
  8. Excellent facilities with 3 tube and 1 overground train line links
  9. Qualified RFU coaches in all squads working under Head Coach Keith Green
  10. Performance based goals in a safe enjoyable environment that's player led & coach delivered.
  11. Club Physio and medical facilities available to all and free
  12. Annual international tournament that sees the Steelers as the top IGR club in Europe and top 4 in the world
  13. Close links to the RFU and a partner in inclusion matters
  14. A growing relationship with Harlequins rugby club and participant in their Pride Game
  15. Active campaigner against the use of homophobic language in rugby
  16. Pathway to Rugby - introducing rugby to adults for the first time with a 12 week program
  17. Great partnerships - The Two Brewers, Gayle, Canterbury
  18. Member of Out4Sport
  19. Close charity partnerships with THT and Diversity Role Models
  20. Low membership fees making the sport affordable to all
  21. Monthly socials with your squads and club
  22. Away games across UK and Europe against IGR clubs
  23. Marching in Pride in London annually to show our solidarity with the community
  24. World's biggest rugby fundraiser in London's iconic Heaven Nightclub
  25. Get fit in a social setting with great friends

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you train?
Memorial Park
5 minutes walk from West Ham Station
This is on the Jubilee, District, DLR and C2C lines.

When do you train?
Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-8:30pm

How many teams do you have and and what level do they play at?
1st Xv - Level 8 London 3 Essex
2nd XV - Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 4
3rd XV - Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 6 West
4th XV - Development and IGR friendlies

Do you have a women's team?
No, but we work closely with our friends the East London Vixens who train at the same locations and will welcome you. We can put you in touch.

I am not LGBTQ, can I play for you?
Yes - We are fully inclusive and welcome all players no matter their sexual identity

What facilities do you have?
Memorial Park has 4 grass pitches and a 3g pitch for training that we share with another club. There are ample changing rooms and facilities and our club house has 2 bars and function rooms.

Do you have medical and physio provision?

Yes - we have a club physio who is fully qualified in sports rehabilitation and support. We have a number of rugby ready first aiders and members who are medics that support.

How much is membership?
Last year our membership was £110 and a small match day fee for playing.
The club is reviewing this and also runs a number of fundraising events to keep membership fees as low as possible.

When will preseason start?
We are hoping that preseason will begin in July and will be run in accordance with the Government and RFU rules. Register now so you get all the information as it comes out.