Welcome to Westcliff Rugby Football Club

– formerly Old Westcliffians Rugby Football Club incorporated 1922 – 

Corona Virus Announcements

RFU Confirmed that Season 2019/20 is now Closed

As you have seen the Government and the RFU continue to release guidance regarding measures needed to be taken to reduce the effect of Coronavirus.  The clubs Executive Committee have met to discuss our responsibilities and the actions that we need to take.  As well as the suspension of all rugby activities, the Executive Committee has decided, with immediate effect, to close the clubhouse (including the gym) to protect our staff, volunteers, members, and visitors.  We need to play our part in the battle to reduce the impact of this virus.

Also, as part of the Coucils measures to mitigate against the spread of the virus, the road to the rugby club has now been closed off. This measure has been introduced to reduce social gatherings. We will advise you when access is reinstated.

The RFU has announced the end of the 2019/20 rugby season for all league, cup and county rugby in England, and the final league positions for all teams throughout the various leagues using a “results formula” .

We can confirm that:

The Westcliff mens 1st XV will be remaining in National 2 South next season having finished 15 points above the relegation zone. Yhey  will be joined next season by Guernsey , Barnstaple and Rochford who gain promotion and Canterbury relegated from National 1. National League 2 South 2019/20 – Points Table

The Ladies 1st XV had an amazing first season in the Women’s NC2 South East (East) league after last seasons promotion. An increadible effort was rewarded with a 3rd place table position.

Other results include:

2nd XV Lions – 3rd place in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 1
3rd XV Rhinos – 4th Place in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 4

The Essex Youth Legues:

U17s – 1st in Division 1
U16s – 5th in Division 1
U15s – 3rd in Division 1

The Executive Committee would like to congratulate all of the achievements of our players, volunteers, members and staff on and off the field, including the U18’s players who have made a successful transition into Senior rugby, and the U13s and the Mini’s whos numbers have swelled with enjoyment levels reaching new heights.  A massive thanks too, to all of the Volunteers who give up their valueable time. As many of you would have seen earlier this year the monies collected via the Legacy fund topped up with Clubs reserves secured a new lease with the council.  Thank you to all who that have donated to secure the next 60 years of our Clubs rugby.

In these uncertain times we have already seen a number of rugby clubs in financial trouble.  We can ensure you all that Executive team are undertaking the appropriate financial analysis and actions to weather this storm.  Our current financial position is ok with cost saving measures being introduced.

Please take care of yourselves during this difficult period, and we look forward to seeing you all back at the Club as soon as possible

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Finding the New Clubhouse

Westcliff Rugby Football Club

The Gables
Airport Business Park Southend
Cherry Orchard Way
Rochford, Essex SS4 1YG

Directions

Satalite navigation sytems are yet to catch up, so head for the following address, and take the roundabout exit opposite the Jubilee Park carpark:

6 Cherry Orchard Way, Rochford, SS4 1GP

Follow the new spine road, which runs along the back of the old playing fields, to the end turn left then right to reach the new clubhouse.

Click for Printable pdf Map & Directions

Westcliff RFC is a Level 4 rugby club that is a non-profit Community Amateur Sports Club whose members come from across Essex and further afield.  The members are from various backgrounds and are welcomed into an inclusive club environment where the key principles of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship are developed out in the fresh air.

Westcliff RFC Senior Teams compete in:

Mens 1st XV National 2 South (Nat 2 South)
Mens 2nd XV Shepherd Neame Essex Mens Merit League Division 1 (SNEML D1)
Mens 3rd XV Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 4 (SNEML D4)
Ladies 1st XV National Championship 2 South East – East

We run Youth and Mini Teams for girls and boys from our Academy of Under 18’s and 17’s to our Under-6’s, and a girls Youth section called the Wildcats. We also run an expanding and increasingly popular Lion Cub section for children aged 2-5 on a Saturday morning.
 

The Club already benefits from excellent facilities but will be moving to brand new purpose-built facilities in 2019 that will match our progressive ambitions and goals for the years to come. Although we take great pride in developing players from within we are also an open and inclusive club that invites players of all levels of experience and ability to join us. If that sounds like you, we would very much like to hear from you and welcome you to The Gables.

AWARDED SOUTHEND BOROUGH COUNCIL CLUB OF THE YEAR

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500 Club December 2019 Winners

£500 – Dashiel Allum (898)
£250 – Steve Diggins (221)
£100 – Rosie Skinner (444)
£50 – Cherie Allum (106)
£25 – Carolyn Wilkins (540)

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Noel Kelleway

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that Noel died on Tuesday 3 March after a short illness.   Noel was synonymous with Westcliff RFC for over fifty years, having first played for the club while still at Westcliff High School, where he was a giant on the rugby field, representing Essex, Eastern Counties and London Counties.  Noel played for the club 1st XV for nearly two decades, showing his incredible versatility by occupying positions as diverse as prop forward, hooker, back row and centre, playing with alacrity wherever he was required.   He skippered the club in 1977-78 and was a mainstay of the Magnificent Seven, during a golden age when countless sevens trophies found their way back to The Gables.   Noel also served as club secretary and treasurer, and was a life-long supporter off the field, sponsoring many club lunches either in partnership with Ian Francis or individually, and was a highly-respected senior Vice President.   Outside of the club, Noel was heavily involved for many years with the Old Westcliffian Association, of which he was president, and was well-known figure around the borough, raising large amounts for good causes by dint of his marathon running, which he still undertook until recently.  He was also a respected senior partner at Rickard Keen Chartered Accountants, with whom he enjoyed a successful career.  Our sympathies are extended to Sheila, Rachel, James and Sarah at this sad time, and respect their request to be allowed a short time to reflect in private.  The club owes a huge debt to Noel, and we will miss him and his presence greatly.

There will be a private cremation service on the morning of Friday 17 April 2020 attended by the immediate family only. Please do not send flowers.  Alternatively charitable donations can be made and a list of suggested organisations will be published in April.

Due to developments in the Covid19 epidemic an open event to cellebrate Noel will have to be deffered.

DateTeamOpponentsVenueKick off
Suspended1st XVtbctbc
SuspendedLionstbctbc
SuspendedRhinostbctbc
SuspendedLadiestbctbc
SuspendedUnder 18’stbctbc
SuspendedUnder 17’stbctbc
SuspendedUnder 16’stbctbc
SuspendedUnder 15’stbctbc
SuspendedUnder 14′tbctbc
SuspendedUnder 13’stbctbc
SuspendedMini’stbctbc

DateTeamOpponentsScore
7th Mar1st XVOld Albanians RFC10-16
11th MarLionsChingford RFC (A)36-12
29th FebRhinosChelmsford RFC (H)36-10
1st MarLadiesBeccehamian RFC (H)0-36
5th JanUnder 18’sHarlow RFC (A)Cancelled
1st MarUnder 17’sWoodford RFC (A)20-14
8th MarUnder 16’sUpminster RFC (H)7-24
15th MarUnder 15’sUpminster RFC (H)29-22
15th MarUnder 14’sUpminster RFC (A)39-7
2nd FebUnder 13’sMaldon RFC (H)60-15

Home Match Lunches

DateVisiting TeamSponsor/Cause
7th SeptDings Crusaders RFCLight Blue
5th OctOld Redcliffians RFCNoel Kelleway
19th OctTaunton RFCMick Goff
2nd NovHenley Hawks RFCIan Francis
16th NovOld Albanian RFCMessrs Francis & Kelleway
23rd NovRedruth RFCPrinciple Personnel Ltd
Friends of WRFC
7th DecEsher RFCLight Blue & Messers Dudley,
Montgomery & Davies
21st DecBury St Edmunds RFCThe Flush Group
The SPGS
11th JanSutton & Epsom RFCMick Goff
25th JanBournemouth RFCStellisons
Leigh on Sea Cricket Club
8th FebWorthing RFCOld Westcliffians Cricket Club
29th FebTonbridge Juddians RFCFat Boyz
DHH Timber
28th MarClifton RFCCalled off
18th AprBarnes RFCCalled off

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BIG BANDS £15.50 (over 1.2m) JUNIOR BANDS £12.00 (1m to 1.2m) MINI BANDS £12.00 (under 1m)

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