Wimbledon Rugby Football Club is one of the UK’s oldest rugby football clubs and is just one of the 12 surviving clubs which founded the RFU in 1871. Today, their ground overlooks Wimbledon Common, Merton and is a prominent sporting institution in South West London, with many teams and coaching available at most levels.
Wimbledon Rugby Football Club has been in existence since November 1865 making the club one of the oldest in the country, and one of just twelve surviving clubs that founded the RFU in 1871.
The club's move to its current clubhouse in Barham Road, off Copse Hill, coincided with the launch of league rugby in Britain in 1987-88. Both events have benefited the club considerably.
Today, Wimbledon Rugby Football Club consists of senior rugby, ladies rugby and junior rugby.
Senior rugby at the club currently consists of 5 teams including 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, 4th XV and 5th XV. Originally, when the team was first founded they played on Wimbledon Common until the First World War, using the Rose and Crown Pub and Hotel in Wimbledon Village as the changing rooms and clubhouse.
The ladies team was founded in the 1990-91 season. Their team mascot is Alderney, one of The Wombles.
The first ladies match was against a selection of players from the men's teams. Due to a lack of playing experience the men emerged the victors. Since then, the Ladies section has grown from strength to strength with several of the players reaching national and international level.
The team currently plays in the London 1 South League, with a regular squad of over 30 ladies as well as a strong mini and youth section offering rugby for all ability levels for 5 to 18 year olds.
Wimbledon Rugby Football Club has been encouraging younger generations into sport and rugby for many years now. In addition to three senior men’s teams, a veterans team and a ladies team, Wimbledon has for many years now had a thriving Minis and Youth section. Coaching for junior rugby at the club ranges from under 6’s all the way to under 18’s. It's a great place for children of all ages and all abilities to learn and enjoy to play rugby
Wimbledon Rugby Football Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club and is run by a team of volunteers voted in at the annual club AGM.
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