West Norfolk R.U.F.C
The club was founded in 1925 at a time when there were only two other clubs in Norfolk: Norwich and Lowestoft Yarmouth. The club was initially based in Swaffham moving to King's Lynn in 1930's, based at the Dukes Head Hotel until the outbreak of the war.
The club reformed after the hostilities and began its association with North Wootton. Initially making its home at the Red Cat Hotel using the stables for its changing facilities, the original pitch was some distance from the hotel out on the marshes.
By the early sixties the club was running two sides regularly and the need for a dedicated clubhouse and ground became more apparent. The present ground comprising of approximately ten acres of land and a layout containing three full size pitches, was acquired in 1965. After draining and seeding the playing facility came into use in 1969 with the initial prefabricated clubhouse coming into use in 1970.
During the seventies and early eighties the club saw significant development on the playing side with the senior side of the club expanding to three regular sides and a strong veteran’s team. During this period West Norfolk was the first side to successfully develop and run an under 19 Colts team. The latter part of the eighties and throughout the nineties has seen sustained growth of all rugby sections with the club developing a strong mini and youth policy resulting in representative sides at all age groups from under 7's through to under 19's.
The continued expansion and success of both senior and more significantly junior and mini rugby during the latter part of the eighties has meant that the original clubhouse and facilities became inadequate. This lead to the last major building project to develop the clubhouse and improve both the changing and medical facilities. The project started in 1989 and was completed in 1992.
Over recent years the club has continued to prosper and develop, and last year achieved the major landmark of being awarded the Rugby Football Union’s Whole Club Seal of Approval (see press article below).
The West Norfolk ethos is to welcome current, past and new members alike - whether you want to learn, play or just watch and talk rugby, West Norfolk is the club for you!
Our Men’s training is taken by our club coaching team, headed by Mark Foreman at the club on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We run three senior sides. If you'd like to have a go then come down to a training session and join in - you can be assured of a warm welcome. Or if you'd like to know more first then contact the relevant coach or team captain (contact details can be found on the team pages or e-mail email@example.com and we will forward your enquiry to the relevant person).
Our Mini & Youth teams training alternates with matches on Sunday mornings. Please see the team fixtures list to see where we are on specific Sunday.
We run teams for boys of the following age groups: Colts (under 17-19), U16s, U15s, U14s, and U13s; and we run mixed squads at U12s, U11s, U10s, U9s, U8s, and U7s. Boys U13-U17 play the full game of rugby.
At U12s and below we operate the Rugby Continuum as designed by the RFU. The Rugby Continuum ensures that every youngster gradually acquires skills required for the full 15 a side game. It aims to improve individual performance through purposeful and enjoyable activity, with competitive fixtures and festivals played to test skills acquired. The Continuum is a logical progression of modified games for children, with individual rules reflecting ability and safety. Players safely progress through clearly defined stages compatible with the development of their physical and conceptual abilities.
For U7s and U8s we coach Tag Rugby. Very young players can learn the basics of mini tag rugby in one session, discovering that the faster runners are not always the best, that they need to pass to team mates and being agile and able to dodge and evade helps their game. It is far more inviting to smaller, lighter, and less confident players and as rugby union has always been promoted as “a game with a position for everyone, irrespective of height, weight, size, gender or ability” mini tag rugby supports this excellent concept from the start. Players can be taught to “run at the spaces, not at the faces”, helping steer them away from the ‘always look for contact’ option.
If you'd like to have a go then come down to a training session and join in - you can be assured of a warm welcome. Or if you'd like to know more first then contact the relevant coach or team administrator (contact details can be found on each team’s home page or you can contact the mini and youth chair by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and your enquiry will be passed to the relevant team).
Spectators are welcome at all of our home fixtures. We have full facilities onsite.
West Norfolk Whole Club Seal of Approval Award
Annette Edris being presented with WCSOA plaque by Bob Cranna
Bob Cranna, Eastern Counties Chairman, presented West Norfolk RUFC with their Whole Club Seal of Approval Plaque at a pre-match lunch last Saturday (1st Oct) saying:
"Obviously this award is a giant step forward and an indication of how ambitious the club is. They recognise that their Coaching, Playing and Volunteer structures are the foundation of the club and to be sustainable they must encourage and attract more members. This award is evidence that they have developed a whole club development plan which will ensure future growth and prosperity for this club and will provide an improved rugby experience for current and future members.”
The Rugby Football Union’s Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation is a major landmark in the development of every club, West Norfolk RUFC have now achieved that landmark and can join clubs like Ipswich YM, Colchester and Wymondham as one of four clubs in Eastern Counties to have achieved that status. This accreditation confirms their elevated status as being one of the best run organisations in the country.
The Whole Club Seal of Approval assesses every aspect of a club’s infrastructure and was introduced to take the Mini & Youth accreditation to a more advanced level. It is an even more challenging benchmark, but across the game clubs are signing up to both disciplines and putting in place procedures and programmes that deliver the highest levels of safety and support to anyone joining a rugby union club.
West Norfolk RUFC President Mark Ballman said,
“We are delighted to have earned the RFU’s Whole Club Seal of Approval. It shows we are a well-run rugby club and puts down a marker that this is a good place to bring your youngsters and play in a safe environment.”
He also praised the work of everyone at the club including the scores of volunteers who help run the different sections and he gave a special vote of thanks to Annette Edris who worked hard to coordinate the accreditation process.