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West Sussex County Council Members’ Big Society Fund & Club Growth


Some more excellent news received today. We have been successful in our application for funding through West Sussex County Council Members’ Big Society Fund for support with our club house of £25,000.

Thankyou to all involved, especially Sophia Wilks and to Councillor Debbie Kennard for her support in the application.

With the many applications we have submitted for our club house campaign, one of the key things we have highlighted is the growth of the club over the past few years. What we hadn’t done is tracked the full growth as we knew we were adding at least one new squad every year.

Mark has provided the registration figures since he took on the role and it shows we have over a 79% growth in the youth section alone over 3 seasons. Adding the senior figures in, the club growth as a whole is at over 60%.

Shoreham Growth

Chatting with other clubs, the growth we are seeing is unprecedented but, we expect to continue growing year on year with the hope that in a few years our youth teams will naturally feed into the senior squad. It’s only 4 years until that could be a reality.

With our club now consisting of over 200 playing members, sharing the small facilities and 2 changing rooms we have access to this really does show the urgency for the club house.

Next season we will have at least 2 senior teams and 3 youth teams playing competitive rugby and hopefully not competing for changing rooms but using our new facilities.

Notification of Shoreham RFC LTD General Meeting

Dear Club Member,

I hereby give 21 days’ notice that a SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING of Shoreham RFC ltd will be held at The Crabtree Pub in Lancing on Friday 30th January 2015 at 19.30 to consider and, if thought fit, pass the following Special Resolutions:


  • Recognition that Shoreham RFC has become incorporated as Shoreham RFC Ltd on 17th October 2014 and that is now a company Limited by Guarantee.




  • That Shoreham RFC Ltd be allowed to apply for a Rugby Football Foundation interest free loan to enable the continuation of the clubhouse project within the current proposed timescales.


There is a minimum quorum of 15 club members present required to validate the meeting and there is no provision for proxy voting, therefore the above resolution will be voted on only by members in attendance at the meeting, so it is very important for you to attend if you wish your vote to count.





Simone Holmes / Club Secretary / Shoreham RFC Ltd

Club House Funding – Good News and Bad News

As you hopefully saw in the last club house update, things have picked up a lot of momentum as we approach year end and we have a couple of new developments to share with you.

Firstly, the bad news. We have talked a lot about the £50,000 RFU funding we had secured for the club house development. Unfortunately, we met with the RFU last week and were advised that that funding had been reallocated as they did not think we would be ready to spend in time. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case but we are discussing alternative options to ensure that it does not impact our overall position.

And now the good news:-

  • We have been successful with our National Lottery funding request and have secured £50,000.
  • We have been successful with our application to the council to help fund the club house, improving the facilities at Buckingham Park with a new Cafe, Public Toilets and obviously the Community Club House. This contribution is £150,000!

Currently the Club have raised approximately £30,000 and with these new awards our fund raising has reached a total of £230,000 and we expect the build to be in the region of £350,000 so we have a little way to go. We do have the option of an interest free loan from the RFU of up to £100,000 and we have started the process. Any loan needs to be agreed at an EGM so when we are in a position to proceed with this we will issue notice to convene one.

With the outstanding fund raising balance of only around £20,000 (obviously the more we raise, the less we borrow) we are in a very strong position to start building early in the new year. We will be starting many of the final fund raising initiatives shortly (buy a brick is a popular option), but if anyone has access to a company or organisation that would be willing to sponsor Shoreham RFC or if you can help Sophia with the fund raising then please let me, Mark or Katie know.

We will be forming a club house committee shortly to manage this project, so any member that has building experience or has some time to assist please let us know.


Club House Update

The club house project has been a little busier this month and we’ve now got the  architectural drawings back which should give you a clearer idea on the scale of change we are proposing and we will be tendering for this work shortly.

Work with the Council has been extremely positive, and with funding from the Lottery of £50,000 confirmed we hope to have confirmation from both the RFU and the Council their levels of investment which will help us identify what we have left to raise or borrow. We have also completed our incorporation, and officially now known as Shoreham Rugby Football Club Ltd which enables us to move forward with this project with less risk and in line with RFU recommendations.

You can see from the drawings at a high level we aim to have a two story build comprising 4 x Changing Rooms, 2 x Officials Changing Rooms, toilets, a Kitchen & bar and a treatment room. Attached to the building will be a new Cafe and public toilets. These will not be operated by Shoreham Rugby Club.


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Under 13’s continue unbeaten run

Shoreham 83 Crawley 0


The Shoreham U13’s continued their early season friendly programme with a storming performance against Crawley at Buckingham Park.

Crawley are currently trying to strengthen their side to cope with this year’s 15 a side game and this fixture against Shoreham will hopefully be a marker for them to recognise the difference in game play.

Shoreham’s dominance was a perfect opportunity for the home side to practice set moves being learnt in training sessions in a game situation.



Their strength and power again blew the opposition away and allowed them to score 13 tries with 8 conversions importantly keeping the opposition score to nil for the third game so far this season

The next fixture for Shoreham will be a local derby away to Hove on Sunday 2nd November which should be great test for both teams.

Under 13’s sweep aside Pulborough


The Under 13’s continued from their excellent start to the season with an emphatic 45-0 score against hosts Pulborough RFC for their second friendly of the season.

Shoreham started slowly in the first 15 mins of the game and Pulborough, whilst not threatening offensively, held the Shoreham team to no scores.

As the game went on Shoreham’s stamina and fitness started to pay off and after the first try there was only one team heading for victory.


Shoreham ran in 7 well worked tries and completed 5 conversions with no score against.

2015 6 Nations Tickets – Reminder

RBS 6 Nations








Dont forget, completed forms MUST be returned by 30th September.

We have a fixed number of tickets for the home France, and Scotland fixtures. Tickets for the Italy fixture at Twickenham, are available upon application with half price tickets under 15’s tickets available. You may also apply for Ireland & Wales away at £50 – final pricing will be advised when we receive any allocation.

Away games are allocated at the gift of the hosting union. No promise can be made of the club being allocated any tickets for these games. Priority will be given to applications from the club’s Sponsors, Vice Presidents and Volunteers

The club’s allocated tickets are not under any circumstances for resale, unused tickets must be returned to the club for a full refund. Please call Shaun with any questions – 01273700731/07901511279.

A deposit of £20 is required for each ticket issued. This will be returned when the ticket stub is returned or presented, to the tickets administrator or treasurer. If you do not return the ticket(s) after the match, the deposit will be forfeit, and you will not be issued any club tickets for two full seasons.