West Norfolk Rugby Union Football Club
The club was founded in 1925 at a time when there were only two other clubs in Norfolk: Norwich and Lowestoft Yarmouth. The club was initially based in Swaffham, moving to King’s Lynn in the 1930’s and based at the Dukes Head Hotel until the outbreak of the war.
The club reformed after the hostilities and began its association with North Wootton. Initially making its home at the Red Cat Hotel using the stables for its changing facilities, the original pitch was some distance from the hotel out on the marshes.
By the early sixties the club was running two sides regularly and the need for a dedicated clubhouse and ground became more apparent. The present ground comprising of approximately ten acres of land and a layout containing three full size pitches, was acquired in 1965. After draining and seeding the playing facility came into use in 1969 with the initial prefabricated clubhouse coming into use in 1970.
During the seventies and early eighties the club saw significant development on the playing side with the senior side of the club expanding to three regular sides and a strong veteran’s team. During this period West Norfolk was the first side to successfully develop and run an under 19 Colts team. The latter part of the eighties and throughout the nineties has seen sustained growth of all rugby sections with the club developing a strong mini and youth policy resulting in representative sides at all age groups from under 7’s through to under 19’s.
The continued expansion and success of both senior and more significantly junior and mini rugby during the latter part of the eighties has meant that the original clubhouse and facilities became inadequate. This lead to the last major building project to develop the clubhouse and improve both the changing and medical facilities. The project started in 1989 and was completed in 1992.
Over recent years the club has continued to prosper and develop, and has achieved the Rugby Football Union’s Club Accreditation for a third time.
The West Norfolk ethos is to welcome current, past and new members alike – whether you want to learn, play, or just watch and talk rugby, West Norfolk is the club for you!
Our Men’s training is taken by our club coaching team, headed by Director of Rugby Darren Clarke at the club on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We currently run two senior sides. If you’d like to have a go then come down to a training session and join in – you can be assured of a warm welcome. Or if you’d like to know more first then contact the relevant coach or team captain (contact details can be found on the team pages of our website – http://www.westnorfolkrugby.com – or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your enquiry to the relevant person).
Ladies’ and Girls
The Ladies’ and Girls’ teams train on Wednesdays from 6.30, under the direction of Teresa Dunn.
Our Mini & Youth teams training or play matches on Sunday mornings. Please see the team fixtures list to see where we are on a specific Sunday.
We run teams for boys of the following age groups: Colts (under 17-19), U16s, U15s, U14s, and U13s; and we run mixed squads at U11s, U11s, U10s, U9s, U8s, and U7s. Boys U13-U17 play the full game of rugby. The Girls’ squad is being developed separately and meet as detailed above.
At U12s and below we operate the Rugby Continuum as designed by the RFU. The Rugby Continuum ensures that every youngster gradually acquires skills required for the full 15 a side game. It aims to improve individual performance through purposeful and enjoyable activity, with competitive fixtures and festivals played to test skills acquired. The Continuum is a logical progression of modified games for children, with individual rules reflecting ability and safety. Players safely progress through clearly defined stages compatible with the development of their physical and conceptual abilities.
For U6, U7s and U8s we coach Tag Rugby. Very young players can learn the basics of mini tag rugby in one session, discovering that the faster runners are not always the best, that they need to pass to team mates and being agile and able to dodge and evade helps their game. It is far more inviting to smaller, lighter, and less confident players and as rugby union has always been promoted as “a game with a position for everyone, irrespective of height, weight, size, gender or ability” mini tag rugby supports this excellent concept from the start. Players can be taught to “run at the spaces, not at the faces”, helping steer them away from the ‘always look for contact’ option.
If you’d like to have a go then come down to a training session and join in – you can be assured of a warm welcome. Or if you’d like to know more first then contact the relevant coach or team administrator (contact details can be found on each team’s home page or you can contact the mini and youth chair by e-mail at email@example.com and your enquiry will be passed to the relevant team).
Spectators are welcome at all of our home fixtures. We have full facilities onsite.