......You know you don’t have to be tough to enjoy Vigo RFC and all that entails. Yes, we are a rugby Club but although we run three Senior sides, we also have a lot more to offer.
There are three senior sides and a Veterans side (over 35) catering for all abilities. Coaching is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under floodlights. The First XV play in Kent League 1 after achieving promotion in the 07-08 season, whilst the second string, have also gained promotion to Mid Kent League A as champions of Mid Kent League B. The Extra A XV is to bridge the gap between the Juniors and those who just enjoy the less competitive rugby of the Leagues. (contact: Tony 01634 241793)
We have always prided ourselves on our youth. We were one of the first clubs in Kent to embrace the concept of mini-rugby and we still have a thriving junior rugby section, catering for children from the age of 6, both boys and girls. Our coaches are fully qualified and we welcome parents to join coaching courses to help. Many of our coaches brought their children along, enjoyed the experience and signed up for RFU Coaching Courses. Mini-rugby is on Sunday mornings, with frequent matches against local teams and many rugby festivals around the county. The youngest children play ‘tag rugby’ with minimal contact, progressing to contact rugby the older they get. The spacious Swanswood Field is quite a colourful sight most Sundays as over 100 children are put through their paces. We have been proud to have seen several of our youngsters get County, and even one to get International, honours (contact Mark Mickelburgh)
There is a large Clubhouse with a cosy bar for those who just want to come and watch. The bar prices are reasonable, probably cheaper than a pub, with large picture windows when the weather is inclement. Frequent social events and themed evenings are run throughout the year, and the Social Membership is growing in proportion to the success of the playing side. The fields are a bonus for those with families where the children can play while the parents enjoy a friendly drink.
Vigo RFC began life as a ‘pub side’ and gradually evolved into the ambitious club we see today. But we have never lost sight of the fun, the friendliness and camaraderie that brought us together back in 1969, and we never will. We have a competitive playing side, but we are essentially a family orientated club. All are welcome from players to spectators, boys and girls, from children to parents.
There is always a warm welcome at Vigo RFC