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Rochford Hundred Rugby Football Club, Hawkwell

January 16, 2010 by  

Who are we?

Rochford Hundred Rugby Football Club was founded on 4 January 1962 and in its first full season in 1962/63 it managed to field two senior teams and a Colts (Under19) team, no mean achievement in a very short period of time.

The Club was fortunate to find the Rocheway School in Rochford with no sporting occupants and thus immediately had fine pitches and excellent changing facilities. Additionally the Horse & Groom public house in Rochford had a separate building which the Club hired to use as its Clubhouse.

The Club colours have always been black shirts, black shorts and black socks with white tops, not because we think we are the Essex version of the mighty New Zealand All Blacks, but more due to the economies of these early years.

After 5 happy years at Rocheway the Club purchased its present home in Magnolia Road, Hawkwell. The Club bought the 9 acre site at a cost of £3,200 in 1969 and in 1972 the Clubhouse and pitched were inaugurated with a match against an Eastern Counties side which contained at least one England player.

Since then the Club has prospered and now runs five senior sides on a Saturday, with the first team playing League rugby in London One, just one league short of the National Leagues and five away from the Premiership.

We also run a thriving Mini rugby section (for boys and girls) who have teams in every age group from Under 6 to Under 12, who train on Saturday mornings and play on Sundays (but not every Sunday), two very successful girls teams at Under 15 and Under 18, who train on a Wednesday and play on a Sunday and boys youth teams from Under 13 to Under 19 who train during on different evenings during the week and play on Sundays.

We have a great Clubhouse with separate shower areas for both sexes, fully equipped gym, referees changing rooms, physio room, offices, as well as bespoke changing rooms, large bar room and extensive kitchen facilities.

We run an open membership policy and we welcome anyone to join us, either as a player, spectator, parent, referee, coach or volunteer.

If you are interested in joining then please just turn up at the Club, e mail me at the address below or phone us on 01702 544021.

We hope to bring you more regular reports about us in the future, but to find out more about us just put Rochford Hundred RFC into your search engine and you will be directed to our pitchero web site.

Ray Stephenson
Press and Publicity Officer RHRFC
Mail to ray.stephenson55 [at] yahoo.co [dot] uk

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