This month sees the launch of a new name in local rugby, Dominion Royals RFC, a club which has been established to be the natural home for social rugby players on the Island.
Initially, the core membership of Dominion Royals RFC is to be made up of former players from United Banks RFC and Beeches RFC, which are Clubs who have decided to cease playing in their own right. The club has had very positive talks with Sports Development on securing use of Grainville Pavilion as their club house and membership is open to players of all backgrounds and abilities, including novices. Social rugby is for players who are happy to train once a week and play one or two fixtures a month during the season. For many such players, regularly travelling to the UK for games is not practical due to work and family commitments.
“Giving quality game time to everyone will be equally important as winning every game” said Club Captain Ed Dingle, adding “We also expect to offer other formats of rugby alongside the 15 man code.”
The Royals RFC are delighted to announce that Dominion have agreed to provide financial support to the Club for the next 3 seasons to sponsor a ten game invitational challenge series aimed at bringing appropriate opposition to the island. It is believed this will provide the level of challenge needed to motivate many more social rugby players in Jersey to stay involved in the game.
The Royals also aim to be an inclusive community club for the centre and East of the Island. They plan to support the work of Jersey’s Rugby Development Officer, David Felton, to develop community rugby through various initiatives with schools and other groups, and have ambitions to establish other squads for juniors, veterans and ladies.
Chairman Steve Kearns highlighted that “Rugby is renowned for comradery and we want to create a real social club environment, through offering great hospitality to the sides that visit us and establishing a busy calendar of social events and charity fundraisers that everyone can enjoy getting involved in.”
Ben Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Dominion, said “In deciding to support this new venture, Dominion recognised the strong link between the ethos of Royals RFC and our own values of supporting community based initiatives on the Island. The Committee of the Royals RFC are very eager and committed to the newly formed Club and we’re positive that they will provide a high quality and socially focussed community club to the Island. The opportunity to bring over 10 visiting teams is a huge benefit to the Island as a whole and will create links with many UK and European teams and also provide opportunities for other local clubs to interact with them.”
Training commences on 17th August at Grainville from 19:00 to 20:30 led by David Felton, the Rugby Development Officer for Jersey. Keep an eye on the clubs Facebook page Royalsrfc for news of fixtures or email email@example.com if you want to be notified directly.