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Pride of the Nation!

Get voting for Shoreham R.F.C.

Show support for your rugby club today and we could win a visit from an England legend over the NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

To celebrate the launch of NatWest RugbyForce, the RFU have teamed up with NatWest to create the Pride of the Nation – a nationwide competition to identify and reward grassroots rugby clubs with the biggest support in their local community.

The ultimate winner will receive the prestigious “NatWest RugbyForce Pride of the Nation” plaque AND an exclusive visit from an England legend to their club over the 2013 NatWest RugbyForce weekend on June 15 and 16, as well as a brand new BBQ – up to the value of £250 – plus five RBS 6 Nations match balls from a match played at Twickenham to auction off over their NatWest RugbyForce event, helping them to help raise vital funds for the club.

The prizes for the top three clubs from the regional leaders boards include a regional “NatWest RugbyForce Pride of…” plaque to sit proudly in their clubhouse and they will also win a brand new BBQ – up to the value of £250 – and five RBS 6 Nations match balls, from a match played at Twickenham to also auction off over their NatWest RugbyForce event to help raise vital funds for their club.

Get voting here !

We are currently in second place for our region and eighth for the whole of the UK!



NatWest RugbyForce £4000 grant


At the beginning of April, Nigel Wilks, Andy Bell and Mark Norris attended the RFU RugbyForce session hosted at Eastbourne RUFC. For attendance at the session, we were awarded £500 towards the clubs proposed Changing Room remediation project, and an additional £3500 would be awarded to one of the clubs present following a review of the projects business case. Obviously, given the title of the post we received some great news today!

Following the National Panel meeting this week I am delighted to let you know that your club has been successful in being selected as one of the 35 clubs to receive an additional grant of £3500 towards your NatWest RugbyForce 2013 weekend renovation project.

We really need some help over the next few weeks so we can make the 15th/16th June a success. If you can help with the fundraising, or want to get involved in the changing room renovations please let Sophia Wilks know!

A Big Thank you!

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A BIG thank you to you all for coming and participating in the Shoreham presentation morning.  The weather gods were very kind to us, which meant that we were able to have a fantastic morning. An EVEN BIGGER thank-you to everyone who donated things, or sold things and brought things  – we were able to raise a fantastic £530.


We are looking to hold a “Family Fun Day” following a similar format on the afternoon of 15th June, but this time want to open it up to all friends and family too. So put a note in your diaries and we’ll send out more details within the next few days.

Thank you for your support.

Vicki Norris

Rye Tour


Another fantastic tour to Rye completed; and although the teams didn’t get the 1st or 2nd place trophies this year, two Shoreham teams were awarded the Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations to the Under 8 & Under 10 Players, Coaches and Parents as the award is true testament to everything the club stands for.

AGM – Thursday 23rd of May 2013 at the Crabtree Pub, Lancing from 7:30pm

SRFC will hold its AGM on Thursday the 23rd of May 2013 at the Crabtree Pub, Lancing from 7:30pm until close.

The following committee positions are up for re-election at the AGM:

Honorary Secretary, (Current Secretary not standing for re-election)
Honorary Treasurer
Director of Rugby, (Current Director of Rugby not standing for re-election)
Vice Chairperson, (Current Vice Chairperson not standing for re-election)
Safeguarding Officer (Current Safeguarding Officer not standing for re-election)
Chairperson for the junior section

If you wish to nominate yourself for any of the committee positions above please contact Andy Bell as soon as possible expressing your interest by e-mail. (

There are also a number of other club officer positions within the club, which do not require election but are essential to the running and continued development of the club, if you are interested in any of these roles please contact Andy also.

Legacy Director (Club House Project)
Fixtures Secretary
Sussex representative
Club coaching coordinator
Club volunteer coordinator
Club referee coordinator
Fundraising Officer

If you want any information about what is involved in any of these roles please ask for a “job” descrition.

This is your club and you have the power to change it for the better!
If you are interested in helping in any way please contact me and come along to the AGM!

April Club News Roundup

Recent News

      • Last year saw a growth in the club bank account which allowed us to apply for an RFU Match Funds Grant. This has now enabled us to purchase a new storage container, letting us to vacate the condemned bunker currently in use and to obtain mobile floodlights which mean that we will be able to increase the amount of night training we can offer.

    Mark Norris has been elected as “interim Executive Chairman” for the club, agreeing to undertake a role which has been vacant throughout the season. This will complete the club’s executive structure which will allow us to apply for incorporation status in the future months.

Future Plans

    • Plans have been put together for the new club house, and we are waiting for final written confirmation of agreement from Adur District Council. As soon as this is received the massive fund raising task will commence and whatever help you can provide with this will be met with open arms. – Separate details will be distributed shortly – Watch this space…


  • The “Natwest RugbyForce 2013” workshop was attended and the club now has a 1 in 4 chance of securing an additional £3500. The weekend of 15/16 June 2013 will be used to revamp the existing club changing rooms and showers.

Autumn International Tickets
Tickets are now available for any registered adult players or associated Social Members to apply for.
England v Australia Twickenham Saturday November 2nd 16:00 £83 £70 £60
England v Argentina Twickenham Saturday November 9th
KO: TBC £83/£41.50 £70/£35 £60/£30
England v New Zealand Twickenham Saturday November 16th
KO: TBC £83 £70 £60

Just complete the necessary application form and return to Shaun O’Connor by 15th May.

The clubs 1st XV are currently 4th in the Sussex Intermediate League and the clubs 2nd XV has been relegated from Sussex League Two West.

Coaching Courses.
Our club aim is for all age groups within our Mini’s sections to have a coach qualified to “Level 1 Coaching Children Rugby Union” organised by the RFU. Six club coaches have started their level 1 courses.


  • Five Club members were recognised as valued RFU volunteers at the recent Sussex volunteer’s dinner.
  • The U11’s won their age group at the recent Bognor Festival.

Dates for the Diary

  • 21st April is the Uckfield festival
  • 28th April is a Training day in readiness for Tour
  • 3rd – 6th May – Junior tour – RYE
  • 3-6th May – Senior Tour – Majorca Beach Rugby Festival
  • 12th May is the Presentation Day, at the Park from 10am.
  • 18th May – Over 30’s Vs under 30’s Game.
  • 23rd May – AGM, Crabtree Pub, Lancing, 7:30pm.
  • 8th June – End of Season Dinner, Ardington Hotel, Worthing.
  • 15-16th June – Natwest RugbyForce weekend – all hands on deck!

Don’t miss out on this year’s end of season dinner

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The Place: – Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing, BN11 3DZ
The Date: – 8th June 2013
Upon arrival and throughout the evening, Indigo lounge will be available for guests to buy drinks and socialise.

Serving at: – 7.30 – Smart Dress


  • Freshwater Crayfish, Locally Smoked Salmon and King Prawn Cocktail
  • Chicken Liver Parfait, Homemade Sloe Gin and Apple Jam, Granary Toast
  • Homemade French Onion Soup, Gruyere Crouton


  • Duo of Scotch Fillet and Braised Beef, Shallot, Mushroom and Cognac Sauce, Gratin Potato
  • Oven Roasted Fillet of Cod, Spring Onion and Ginger Wine sauce, Creamed Potato and Asparagus
  • Breast of Chicken, Wild Mushroom Sauce, Gratin Potato

Dessert Trio

  • Lemon Tart, Profiteroles with Baileys Cream coated in warm Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Strawberries with Double Cream

Coffee/tea and mints


The Cost = £30 per person


Please email us using the form below to confirm how many tickets you would like reserved.


Payment can be made directly into the club account (201280: 33016978) or send a cheque payable to Shoreham RFC to 9 Brierley Gardens Lancing, BN15 9EF.


If you have any questions please ask.

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New Club House

After much hard work from Nick Gray and the Committee, the Club House plans have progressed significantly and we have a solid plan and designs. We are hoping to receive funding through various avenues to assist the project but will need to raise more funds to complete, so please if you can assist through Fundraising, Sponsorship or donations please let us know.

The Project is being split into 3 Phases. Phase 1 will be to improve and decorate our current changing rooms and club facilities which will occur during our RugbyForce weekend in May. Phase 2 will implement the first part of the modular club house, providing social facilities to be completed by December 2013 and finally Phase 3 will deliver new shower and changing facilities and we expect this to be completed late 2014.

In the meantime, please see below the current plans for the club house which will be built in front of the current facility.

Club House Design March 13