Freshers, thank you for taking an interest in one of the best clubs at the University. You will soon realise that your time at Uni goes very quickly and that you should make the most of it. Many students will tell you that being part of a club has a massive impact on their University experience and you will be joining RUFC at the best possible time.
We currently have 4 teams representing the University, all competing in BUCS leagues against other Universities. Last season (16/17) was our most successful season yet, with 3 out of our 4 teams winning their respective leagues. Our 1st team comfortably won the South Eastern 2A division, promoting them to the very competitive and tough league of 1A. Our 3rds also won their league, promoting them to the South Eastern 4C division, where they’ll be playing the likes of Chichester and Brighton. Our 4’s stormed their 6A league with ease, also earning them promotion. Unfortunately, our 2nd team just missed out on the title and finished in second place, which was also a strong season for them. Last season’s success will provide a firm base to then build on next season, as we push for more and more trophies. Unlike many other clubs, we take all our teams seriously and support and push each and every player to be successful. Our philosophy is to offer a structure throughout the 3 years you are here and to develop you as players and welcome you into RUFC as valued members and future leaders of our club.
All training is on campus and is set to take place at 5-7 PM every Monday and for an hour on Friday on the large AstroTurf (located next to the Henley Business School). Other sessions will vary depending on the team players are training in - each team will run different sessions depending on what they want to work on. Each Monday, from the off, local UEFA A licensed coaches will be coming down and running our training sessions.
As important as the on-field performance is, the club places a huge emphasis on socials. The club is a tight nit group from the first to fourths and without this it would be impossible to keep everyone as involved as they are. Without a doubt, many of the boys at the club will name football socials as some of their best nights at University. After every game on a Wednesday we as club meet in park bar and head onto union, where we celebrate the days results. These Wednesdays are not to be missed and are quite easily the best night of the week.
If you are interested in getting involved with the club it is important to get to know some of the committee.
President – Ed Williams
Vice President – Tom Powell
1st Team Captain – Rhys Wood
2nd Team Captain – Elliot Fletch
3rd Team Captain – Dylan Jones
4th Team Captain - James Kirby
Secretary – David Boote
Treasurer – Tommy O’Neil
Social Sec – Andrew Mills
Vice Social Sec – Elliot Fletch
Media Secretary – Rossi Probert
Welfare Officer – James Mckim
Any questions feel free to contact any one of us on Facebook and we will be happy to help.
Trials will take place on Friday the 22th September at 11 AM in front of Sportspark. As one of the largest clubs at the University do not be disheartened if you do not make a squad instantly from trials. There is an intermural league that runs on weekends where societies and halls compete. Many current RUFC players have been scouted through the intermural league.
Come down to the Sports Freshers Fair during freshers week and meet some of the current members of the club. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have and we can register you to the best club at Reading University.
You, along with every member of the club, will be required to pay a registration fee of £50. This will go towards weekly training facilities and ensuring we have sufficient equipment throughout the year. To attend trials there will be a £5 fee. However, if you then go on to join the club this amount will be deducted from the £50 registration fee.
I look forward to seeing you all for another top year with RUFC.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Ed Williams if you have any questions (email: D.Boote@student.reading.ac.uk, or E.D.Williams@student.reading.ac.uk)
Secretary of Reading University Football Club