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About Our Club 2018-05-25T12:02:09+00:00

Welcome to Wallingford RFC

At Wallingford you can find a warm welcome whatever your reasons for playing rugby, whatever your level of skill or experience and however often you can join us.

The club was founded in 1967 as Cholsey RFC, but was renamed after moving 3 miles to Wallingford in 1997. The club now runs 3 senior teams, a senior development squad (the SDS), three girls teams (the Maidens) and regularly has 450 boys and girls playing junior and mini rugby on a Sunday morning.  A growing list of young players have progressed from Wallingford to premiership clubs and have represented their country.  See our hall of fame!

Senior Rugby

1st XV play in the Southern Counties (North) division.

2nd XV play in Berks, Bucks & Oxon division 1.

Matches are normally played on Saturday with training on Tuesday & Thursday at 19:30.

SDS

The Senior Development Squad
The colts team for U17/U18/U19, which we call the Senior Development Squad. This is part of the pathway to senior rugby.

The squad typically plays on Sundays and trains on Tuesdays at 19:15.

The Maidens

Girls rugby
Girls play with the boys up to U12. Thereafter, the Maidens play at U13/U15/U18 on most Sundays and actively work with other clubs in the South Oxon area to ensure numbers remain strong.

Training is every Tuesday at 19:00

Junior Rugby

U13 to U16
Normal rules apply: full contact, kicking, hand-offs etc.

Matches and/or training take place every Sunday at 10:00.

Mini Rugby

U6 to U12
Rules change as the kids grow older, starting with tag and ending with limited contact.

Matches and/or training take place every Sunday at 10:00.

Touch Rugby

Competitive rugby without contact
Mixed adult touch who play socially and seriously with summer leagues and friendlies throughout the season. We have players who come for the fitness, for the social side including the regular curry nights or to develop their skills through serious competition and/or in the summer leagues.

Training is on Mondays at 19:00.

We support rugby’s core values:

TEAMWORK – RESPECT – ENJOYMENT – DISCIPLINE – SPORTSMANSHIP

Who Is Wallingford RFC

Name Role Home Mobile
Richard Payne Chairman
Des LeRoy President 01491 641669 01491 822626
Alasdair Reay Vice Chairman 01865 858302 07812 183328
Stuart Mount Secretary
Jane Shaw Treasurer
Ralph Smith Senior Player Liaison
Jermaine Webster 1st XV Captain 07824 996166
Nick O’Donovan 2nd XV Captain 07502 591246
Martin Hoare Fixture Secretary 01491 834485 07747 800633
Doug Haggart Membership Secretary 07425 141657
Kris Social Secretary

This is the Constitution for Wallingford RFC, as agreed at the Extraordinary General Meeting, 8th June 2011.

Status of the Club

  1. The name of the club shall be “Wallingford Rugby Football Club”, and its main purpose is the provision of facilities for and the promotion of participation in the sport of Rugby Union, as played according to the Laws of the Rugby Football Union.
  2. The Club shall be affiliated to the Rugby Football Union, and to other representative bodies as the Executive Committee shall decide.
  3. The Club shall be a Member Club of Wallingford Sports Trust, with its headquarters at Hithercroft Road, Wallingford.
  4. The Club colours shall be Amber and Black

Management & Administration

  1. The management and administration of the Club shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee, consisting of the following Officers elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club:
  • Chairman
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Honorary Secretary
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Club Captain
  • 1st XV Captain
  • RFU Representative
  • Commercial Manager
  • Social Secretary
  1. The Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be elected for a period of two seasons; all other posts shall be elected for a period of one season.
  2. The following officers shall also be elected, and may be co-opted to the Executive Committee:
  • Fixture Secretary
  • Match & Team Secretary
  • House & Grounds Manager
  • Publicity Manager
  1. Captains of additional teams that the Club may intend to field in the season following the Annual General Meeting shall also be elected, and may be co-opted to the Executive Committee.
  2. The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint and co-opt additional members for any purpose necessary for the proper functioning of the Club, and appoint sub-Committees as considered necessary.
  3. The Mini-Junior Section and Ladies Section (see below) shall each have the right to appoint a representative member to the Executive Committee.
  4. A quorum at meetings of the Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairman (or ViceChairman), Honorary Secretary or Honorary Treasurer, together with three other members.
  5. In the event of the resignation of an Officer of the Club, or should and Officer be considered unsatisfactory in the discharge of their duties, the Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint a replacement.

Membership

  1. The club will be run by the Executive Committee. Election to this committee shall be by annual vote of the Members. The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint the President and Vice-Presidents of the Club.
  2. Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the game according to the Laws of Rugby Union on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs, without discrimination.

Membership Grades are:

  • Senior Playing Member (Aged 19 or over on 1st September at the beginning of the season in question)
  • Junior Playing Member (Up to aged 19 or over on 1st September at the beginning of the season in question)
  • Mini-Rugby Playing Member (Up to aged 12 or over on 1st September at the beginning of the season in question)
  • Lady Member
  • Non-Playing Member
  1. Senior playing members shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer an annual membership fee, decided by the Executive Committee. Fees will consist of monthly charges commencing at the beginning of the season in question and will consist of twelve monthly charges, if not paid by 1st December, the player concerned shall be liable to suspension by the Executive Committee.
  2. Senior playing members in full-time education (Student Members) shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer a monthly membership fee, which may be less than the full membership fee, decided by the Executive Committee: otherwise the conditions in paragraph 15 shall apply.
  3. Match fees for senior playing members shall be decided by the Executive Committee.
  4. Junior members shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer of the Junior Section, an annual membership fee decided by the Mini-Junior sub-Committee.
  5. Mini-Rugby members shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer of the Junior Section, an annual membership fee decided by the Mini-Junior sub-Committee.
  6. Lady members shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer of the Ladies Section, an annual membership fee decided by the Ladies sub-Committee.
  7. Non-playing members and Vice-Presidents shall pay to the Honorary Treasurer a Monthly subscription decided by the Executive Committee.
  8. A member may, with the agreement of the Executive Committee, become a Life Member by payment of a single specified subscription.
  9. Club facilities are to be made available to all members without discrimination.
  10. Membership fees decided by the Executive Committee are to pose no significant obstacle to the membership of the Club or the use of its facilities.
  11. The Executive Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or Rugby Union into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to an independent Appeals Panel which will be made up of club members.
  12. Payments to members can be entered into agreement by the Executive Committee for the supply of goods or services, or employ and pay remuneration to staff who are also members of the Club, provided the terms are approved by the Rugby Football Union (without the member concerned being present) and are on an arm’s length basis.

Income & Assets

  1. All surplus income or profits are to be reinvested in the Club. No Surpluses or Assets will be distributed to members or third parties.
  2. Upon dissolution of the Club any remaining assets shall be given or transferred to the Wallingford Sports Trust, or another registered CASC, registered charity or the Rugby Football Union for use by them in related community sports.
  3. In the event of dissolution and should the Club have any unspent grant this is to be repaid to the grant making body where this is a condition of the original grant. Once any contractual obligations have been met Paragraph 27 shall then be enacted.

Discipline

  1. Any member of the Club, whose conduct is considered by the Executive Committee to be prejudicial to the good name and reputation of the Club, shall be liable to reprimand, suspension or expulsion from the Club, subject to the right of a personal hearing before the Executive Committee.
  2. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to an independent Appeals Panel, which will be made up of club members.

Junior

  1. A Junior Section, responsible for players up to age 19 on 1st September at the beginning of the season in question, shall be administered by a sub-Committee of the Club under the overall supervision of the executive Committee.
  2. The Officers of the sub-Committee shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Section, by the adult representatives of the playing members.
  3. These Officers shall include the sub-Committee Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, and additional members as considered necessary.
  4. The Club Chairman shall have the right to attend meetings of the Junior Rugby subCommittee as an ex-officio member.
  5. Junior players up to age 12 will practise and play according to the current Laws of miniRugby. Junior players over 12 years of age will practise and play according to the discretion of the sub- Committee guided by the policy of the Rugby Football Union.

Ladies Rugby

  1. If there is sufficient demand, a Ladies Section administered by a sub-Committee of the Club, supervision of the Executive Committee.
  2. The Officers of this sub-Committee shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Section by the playing members or their adult representatives.
  3. These Officers shall consist of the sub-Committee Chairperson, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, and additional members as considered necessary.
  4. The Club Chairman shall have the right to attend meetings of the Ladies Rugby subCommittee as an ex-officio member.
  5. For players up to age 12, practice sessions and fixtures can be combined with those for miniRugby players in the Junior Section of the Club, at the discretion of the respective subCommittee. For players over 12 years of age, practice sessions and fixtures will be organised as considered appropriate by the Ladies Section sub-Committee, guided by the policy of the Rugby Football Union.

General Meetings 

  1. The Executive Committee shall call an Annual General Meeting, to be held before 31st May at the end of the season in question. The Honorary Secretary shall ensure adequate notification to members, and that a notice is displayed on the Club notice board for 28 days prior to such a meeting, specifying the venue, time and agenda.
  2. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall include.
  • Chairman’s Report

• Honorary Treasurers Report and Statement of Accounts (if the meeting is held before the end of the season this may be a provisional Statement, but a full Statement must be displayed on the Club notice board no more than 14 days after the last match of the season in question).

  • Election of Officers for the following season.
  1. The Executive Committee shall have the power to call an Extraordinary General Meeting whenever considered necessary. The Honorary Secretary shall ensure adequate notification to members, including display of a notice on the Club notice board for 14 days prior to such a meeting, specifying the venue, time and business for which the meeting is called.
  2. An Extraordinary General Meeting may also be called by notification in writing to the Honorary Secretary, signed by at least five senior members of the Club. The Honorary Secretary shall convene such a meeting as in paragraph 44 above.
  3. A quorum at a General Meeting shall consist of the Chairman (or Vice-Chairman), Honorary Secretary or Honorary Treasurer, and ten other senior members.
  4. Only senior members of the Club (including Non-playing members and Vice-Presidents) are entitled to vote at a General Meeting. Motions shall be decided by a simple majority, with the Chairman having a casting vote in the event of a tie.
  5. Any member seeking election to a position either as an officer of the Executive Committee or as a co-opted Committee Member must do so in writing at least 7 days prior to the date set for the General Meeting. The only exemption to this ruling is if no other member has declared in writing their intention to stand for election at least 7 days prior to the date of the General Meeting. The intention by the member concerned to stand for election must be publicly displayed in the approved manner i.e. entering their name on the official General Meeting notice displayed on the Club notice board.
  6. Any change to this Constitution can only be made at a General Meeting. Notification of the proposed change must be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary, proposed and seconded by two senior members of the Club. The text of the proposed changes shall be displayed on the Club notice board for 14 days prior to the General Meeting.
  7. Amendments to such proposed changes may be accepted by the Chairman at a General Meeting without prior notice being given.
  8. This is the proposed Constitution for Wallingford RFC at the Extraordinary General Meeting, 8th June 2011.
If your playing days are over or if you never played but want to be part of the rugby family, why not join our VPs.  This is a social group who meet for a FREE lunch, a couple of times per season to banter about the old days, network and watch the 1st XV play one of the big league games.

Meet Our Team

Des Le Roy
Des Le RoyPresident
Des has brought his brood of boys through the club’s youth section, coaching them all along the way. As he has worked his way up the year-groups, he has left energy and enthusiasm behind him which propels the entire club towards the future. The true club man!
Richard Payne
Richard PayneChairman
As an evergreen prop that has played for decades, it is thought that Dick has played with more members of WRFC than any other. His son, Jack, looks like he might well continue the tradition! Dick is, therefore, the ideal candidate to be Chairman.
Alasdair Reay
Alasdair ReayVice-Chairman
Alasdair joined WRFC in March 1997 having previously played for Harlequins and in the French 1st Division in the days of amateur rugby. He is famous for having retired from rugby about 8 times and can still, if the wife is away, be persuaded to play once or twice a season.