Kingsclere RFC is a village club in North Hampshire, affiliated to the RFU, Hants RFU and Berks RFU. Our 1st team compete in Hampshire Division 2 and 2nds play in the Thames Valley Invitational League. We have around 100 club members, playing and non-playing. We benefit from good sponsorship which allows us to keep playing / membership fees at the lowest in the local area. Our focus is on community rugby, we play to win but emphasise the importance of enjoyment, on and off the pitch.
We play at the Fieldgate Centre in Kingsclere on a floodlit pitch with access to excellent facilities – four changing rooms, separate referee changing room, hall, kitchen, bar, meeting rooms and projector for watching international games.
Adults training is held on Wed. evening 7 – 9pm, we have RFU level two coaches and occasionally hold additional coaching sessions run by a Hants RFU.
In the summer we hold a turn up Touch Rugby tournament for six weeks which allows anyone male or female from the age of 14 upwards to just turn up and play touch rugby in a safe enjoyable environment.
Our Minis section started in 2012 for girls and boys, we currently run U6 to U11 teams. U6, 7 & 8 is non-contact Tag rugby, U9’s upwards use the RFU’s progressive rules of contact. Training is 10.30 till 12.00 on Sunday mornings at the Fieldgate Centre, Sept to April.
Our emphasis for Minis is the importance of learning through enjoyment and fun.
History of KRFC
Kingsclere Rugby Football Club was founded on 4th August, 1975 by a group of people who were regulars at the Crown Public House, Kingsclere. The founder members were from various walks of life such as engineers, farmers and school teachers and the purpose was to provide rugby to those individuals who could not play on a Saturday and as a consequence could be available on a Sunday. Through friends of friends it attracted players from Basingstoke, Bracknell and London.
The opposition were mainly sides from other established clubs, specific Sunday clubs or pubs. Initially the club was nomadic in that it did not have a home ground and eventually adopted Down Grange, Basingstoke as the home venue.
When the plan to construct the Fieldgate Centre in the village was launched the club became very active in the project which was led by Chris Smith who was one of the founder members and long serving club secretary. The project which was completed in 1991 when the centre was officially opened and the club played its first ever home game in Kingsclere at the start of the 1991/92 season.
Our new home ground attracted a fresh batch of younger players from the village and as this grew the decision was made to create a Saturday side to run alongside our Sunday side. The first Kingsclere Saturday match was against Tadley Bandits in Sept 1994, we continued with friendlies that season and applied for Hants League 3 status in 1995/96 season.
We club continued to play in the Hampshire leagues, twice becoming Division 3 Champions in 2002/3 and 2004/5 seasons.
Due to a restructuring Hampshire ended up with two leagues and Kingsclere was allocated to the new Hampshire 2. The club did have a spell of three seasons in the Berks Bucks and Oxon leagues from 2011 –2014 after which it returned to the Hampshire 2 league.
Tours have great feature of the club over the years, with legendary trips to Prague, Belguim beach rugby, Belguim Gumball, Jersey beach rugby, Jersey 7’s, Edinburgh, Cork, Finland, Blackpool, Cornwall & IOW.
In 2013/14 season the club established a minis section, which continues to grow each season. We currently have over 50 children, running mixed teams of boys and girl’s at U6 to U11 age ranges.
KRFC Mission Statement
To promote and develop the game of rugby football within the local community, in order to encourage maximum participation and enjoyment of all players and non-players.