Guildfordians Recent News

 
 


 
 
Created : Monday 8th Aug 22

Guildfordians Schools Event

Bristol Bears and Red Roses England International Rugby star, Leanne Infante, was host, yesterday, to over 100 local Years 5 and 6 girls from nearby schools for a fantastic afternoon taster session of rugby at the Stoke Park pitches of Guildfordians RFC. The objective was to enthuse possible future players for the new Under 12 age group for the Girls’ section in September 2022. The RFU has changed the bandings for the girls’ game and that is why the club is recruiting for that age group in September 2022.

To be fair, the great weather for the event was down to luck, but every other aspect of this highly successful event was down to the meticulous organisation by Leanne, supported by an amazing set of volunteers.

Also there, to inspire the girls, was Marlie Packer of Saracens RFC, also a highly capped England Rugby international. Leanne and Marlie were fully supported by the current Guildfordians Girls’ coaches, assisted by Guildfordians teenage players...


 
 
Created : Friday 8th Jul 22

Guildfordians Womens Team for 2023-24 Season

We are very excited to announce that we will be running a Women's team from the 2023-24 season.

Girls’ and Women's rugby is one of the fastest growing female sports since 2013 and it continues to grow across the country following the continued success of the England Women’s team The Red Roses.

We are extremely lucky to have Leanne Infante (Riley), a current Red Rose, directing our girls section forward on and off the field as Head of Girls Rugby, Coach and club Director of Rugby.
Leanne set up the girls’ section in 2016 where we started with 25-30 girls varied from aged 7-17. We have since grown this to 75+ girls from aged 9-18, running 4-5 competitive teams in Surrey competitions.

If you are interested, please register your interest by Emailing Leanne Infante or Hannes Black : womens.rugby@grfc.co.uk

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Created : Wednesday 6th Jul 22

Senior Pre Season is starting soon

Our Senior Men's Pre-Season Training starts on Tuesday 12th July and runs though out the Summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Stoke Park. We are currently running two senior men's teams and will have a number of our Colts joining us this season.

Training is run by our new head coach Andy James.

Training is located just down from the club house on the Touch Rugby pitch.

Location : Stoke Park, London Road, Guildford GU1 1TU.
Time : 19:00 - 21:00

No experience is necessary, so if you are looking for a new challenge for 2022-23, have moved to the area and are looking for a team or just want to play rugby again come along and bring a friend. Do not forget to bring plenty of fluids as the evenings are hot.

You will be be sure of a warm welcome from our players and coaches, you can be a part of something big and exciting for the 2022/23 rugby reason.

The seasons fixtures will be published once they have been confirmed by the RFU and Sur...


 
 
Created : Sunday 8th May 22

Guildfordians U18s Girls in the Waterfall Cup

The Guildfordians U18 Girls entered the Surrey Girls Cup along with seven other Surrey Teams. We were drawn in Group B where we would play 3 pool games before finals day on 24th April 2022.

Round 1 vs Sutton & Epsom:
On 23rd January 2022 we took on S&E on their main 1st team pitch. We have not played a match since middle December, but the team has been training hard and came into the game nervous, but full of confidence after a strong run in the National Cup Pool stages. We had some fantastic games against S&E over the years so everyone was looking forward to this game. The Girls put in one of our best performances to date to beat a strong S&E team 0 – 50. Had it not been for some terrific last ditch tackling by their full back, we could have added another 3
or 4 tries to our actual tally of 8 unanswered tries. Player of the match as voted by our players was a tie between Ruby and Charlotte. Both scored a try each and I am sure the whole S&E team will be having...


 
 
Created : Thursday 5th May 22

Guildfordians are the Surrey Walking Rugby Champions!

On Saturday 30th April, 11 teams from 6 Surrey clubs, plus a few invited squads from old friends outside the county, came together for the inaugural Surrey Walking Rugby tournament, held this year at Esher RFC.

In a clean sweep, Guildfordians beat Wimbledon (2-1), Old Reigatians (3-1) Amesbury (4-1), Esher (2-1) and Chobham (4-2) to top their pool and meet old friends and rivals, Kingswood in the final. In a close fought match with both teams playing some superb rugby, it was Guildfordians who came through with a 4-3 victory to lift the Andrew Inwood trophy. Guildfordians' success was built on solid defence and praised by tournament organiser and Surrey Rugby vice-president Tyrone Lawless, as they conceded only nine tries for nineteen scored throughout the competition.

In the first walking rugby festival of the season, it was great to see so many players of all ages, gender and ability coming together to enjoy a fantastic mix of sport and social prowess and to see h...


 
 
Created : Wednesday 27th Apr 22

Guildfordians 1st XV in Bank Holiday Cup Final

Guildfordians 1st XV will face Mitcham & Carshalton in the final of the Surrey Rugby Chairman’s Bowl on Monday 2nd May, this coming bank holiday weekend.

The game will take place at Esher RFC with kick off set for 4:30pm. The team would be thrilled to see as many supporters as possible down, on what promises to be a fantastic day for the seniors section.

The game will round off the 2021/22 season for the club’s senior section following the 1st XV’s 4th place finish in the Surrey 3 league, with the cup representing a chance to win the side’s first silverware since 2014.

This will be the club’s first meeting since 2017 with opposition Mitcham & Carshalton, who come to the final off the back of a narrow victory over league rivals Old Paulines.

The game will also represent the final games in their current roles for Head Coach Charlie Maguire and 1st XV Captain Tom Halsey, who will each step down at the end of this season.

We hope that y...


 
 
Created : Saturday 9th Apr 22

Despite the efforts of accidents on the M25 & multiple councils doing their utmost to spend their roadworks budgets before year-end, 12 of us made it safely to the Old Deer Park & met 10 players from Richmond (who are recent converts to walking rugby). After a brief warmup, it became clear that Richmond have been playing different rules (including 6 tackles) so we decided to play 2 sessions to their version & 2 sessions to ours. It quickly became apparent that they play with the same spirit as Guildfordians so everyone enjoyed the games. After the 4 sessions, we then played a game with mixed squads - players fitted seamlessly together.

After the games, we graced the sports bar & 6 of us stayed on to watch the 1st XV match, courtesy of free tickets from our hosts. It was enjoyable though a bit chilly - unfortunately our hosts were beaten by a well-drilled Coventry team.

Our thanks to Vaughan for arranging, Liam for being press ganged into reffing & all at Richmond ...

 
 
Created : Wednesday 30th Mar 22

Its winter. Its Tuesday evening. Its dark and cold, and damp. I can see the pitch from my car, which is warm and comfortable. I think “Why do people like me want to go and chase a rugby ball around on a night like this?”
But I do get out of the car, and go to the pitch. My spirits rise as I see the other players. As soon as I have the ball in my hands, I get a buzz.
Then I realize, here, there aren’t “people like me”. This is as diverse a bunch of people you might hope to find. Young and not so young; men and women; former players and new to the game; different attitudes to playing Walking Rugby.

I sense there is a big story behind Guildfordians Walking Rugby. To start telling the story, I’ve collected quotations from many of the players. I’ve grouped them by decade of birth. I hope I got everyone right! By way of recognition and reward, a song title I hope you like. If you belong to that decade – this is your song.

Finally, there’s a group of quotes that simp...

 
 
Created : Wednesday 16th Mar 22

We are holding another accredited First Aid Course which takes between 5 and 6 hours and is valid for 3 years on Saturday 18th June 2022. The Course will be held at the club house and will be instructed by me.

The aim is to have at least 1 RFU qualified first aider in each team in addition to the existing first aiders we have.

The cost of the course will be covered by the club.

The EFARU course provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to give care and manage minor injuries and illness and potentially life threatening conditions specifically focusing on those occurring in a rugby environment. The EFARU course sits on the national qualification framework and is recognised as an equivalent to the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and is transferable into the work place. The course includes extra rugby specific elements and is designed for coaches, referees and volunteers.

Pre-Requisites

All Required...

 
 
Created : Friday 25th Feb 22

A number of members would have got an email today ( the exercise may have to be repeated a number of times until all the email address have been verified ) from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Game Management System (GMS) system asking them to verify their email addresses via a link on an email, this is a valid email request and not a scam.

This is in line with the same process that most online retailers now use.

A lot of accounts on the RFUs Game Management System were created many years ago before the RFU needed the email addresses to be validated but now their requirements have changed.

This news article is just to make you aware that it is genuine email requesting asking you to validate your email addresses on the Game Management System. The whole process should take less than one minute.

Thank you in advance for you help with this, if you have any queries or need more information please feel free to contact me via our co...

 
 
Created : Monday 21st Feb 22

The Harlequins Community Team are going to be bringing their recently won Men’s and Women’s Premiership trophies along to our club this Sunday 27th February as a part of their Double Champions Trophy Tour.

See the Harlequins men lift the Trophy the Trophy for the first time in 9 years.

The Trophies will be available for all to view and you will also be able to take photographs with them, hopefully this will help inspire all our players and our coaches

Did you know that Hugh Tizard played his Junior rugby at Guildfordians ? You can see all about Hugh on Hugh's Players profile. Could you follow in Hugh's footsteps ?

Provided the weather is kind to us the community team will be on the rear patio (inside if the wet weather returns) between 09:00 to 10:30.

Please do come along and pa...

 
 
Created : Saturday 19th Feb 22

The last Guildfordians' Club Lunch was a great success - thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making it such a great day.

The next, and last for this season, Club Lunch will be on Saturday 12th March. This is timed for the 1st XV's last home league match of the season, and England v Ireland in the 6-Nations.

Usual arrangement of 11am start for a 12.30 lunch at a cost of £16 for members and £17.50 for non-members.

To make a booking please reply by email to social_members@grfc.co.uk with your details including number of guests and any vegetarians, I will then send you the make payment details.

Look forward to seeing you there for what should be a great day of rugby on and off Stoke Park lets hope that the weather is good to us for supporting the team..

Finally, any donations for the raffle will be very gratefully received - all proceeds go towards supporting the club.

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Created : Saturday 19th Feb 22

On Saturday 29 January, Guildfordians RFC welcomed back ex-player and the next President of the English RFU, Nigel Gillingham, to a packed lunch at their clubhouse on Stoke Park.

Nigel played at the club in the 1970’s before going on to play for Leicester where he played in the second row alongside famous names in rugby such as (the now) Sir Clive Woodward, Peter Wheeler and many other internationals in that famous Leicester Team that dominated the 70’s.
That Leicester team won the John Player Cup in the 1980s and Nigel won the Middlesex sevens with Loughborough. He also played for England Schools.

Nigel’s term as President of the RFU will commence in the summer.
Nigel spoke of his plans for his term to continue to develop the game and of his time playing at Guildfordians and remembered fondly some of the ex-players at that time.
Trevor Greenwood, Guildfordians’ Chairman, said “It was really great to be able to welcome Nigel back to Guildfordians rugby,...
 
 

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