Sherborne RFC Newsletter - September 2021

Welcome back everyone for the beginning of what has been a long awaited season of grassroots rugby.

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Damian who is stepping down as the Chairman of the Youth section this season. He will be greatly missed by us all, he has worked tirelessly to help shape the future of our club and for that we will be forever gratefully. We wish him well in his new venture.

There is a lot going on this season but first a bit of housekeeping.

  • All players need to be registered with the club to be covered by insurance.
  • Players that are taking part in contact need to have a gumshield.
  • When playing rugby clothes should not have zips or hoods.


For all new players and anyone finding it challenging using the RFU registration system our club registrar Lucy will be at the club to help. She will be in the clubhouse and will be able to answer your questions or direct you to the relevant information.

The Kitchen

The kitchen will be open this season and will be run by Becks Chandler from the U15 team who has a fabulous can do attitude. There will also be volunteers from each team on a rota during the season. The more people that get involved the easier it becomes.

The menu so far

The Clubhouse

We are asking people to keep to the one- way system in the clubhouse and we also encourage people to use sanitiser where possible please.


Upcoming Games

On Saturday the 11th September the men will be playing their first home game. This will be against Chippenham RFC at 3pm.

There will also be a touch game which will involve Yeovil girls, North Dorset Vixens and Sherborne Sharks as well as a Colts 7’s game. These games  will take place before the men’s game.


In each newsletter we will be focussing on a senior player and a Club Coach/Manager. This month we have Tom Hopkins from the Seniors and Andrew Landers who coaches the U11 team.

Photo: Sherborne RFC U16 tour of South Africa in 2008.

We asked Tom the following:

How long have you been a part of the club?

I have played at the club for 14 years.

What is your best moment while playing?

Not being injured! Although it wasn’t very often… Or touring South Africa when we were 16!

*The U16 team toured South Africa in the summer of 2008 after their exams. The team consisted of 24 players plus supporters. While they were there they played 4 matches and won 3. They also visited some of the following sites Rorke’s Drift, Robin Island and a crocodile farm. 

Enjoyment and playing with your mates on a Saturday.

What is your goal for the future of rugby at the club?

To continue playing in the league we’re currently in while bringing through the next generation of players! 

Favourite food?


Favourite film?

American Gangster or most Romcom’s!

What is your favourite sport other than rugby of course?

I enjoy most! But I’m not very good at any of them…



Gym and coffeeing 

If you could invite anyone from history to dinner who would it be and why?

Good question. Adam and Eve to get the real story!


Photo: Andrew and his U7 players in 2017/2018 season

We asked the same questions to Andrew.


How long have you been a part of the club?

I joined the club on the 8th January 2012, the day I took Ryan up to start the U6's. I feel this was when I officially became part of the club, within a few weeks I was helping with coaching.

What is your best moment coaching?

So many to choose from, it's been great being part of SRFC. The biggest smile was to see 50 children turn up to play rugby for the U6s on the 1st day of the season.

*He has also been instrumental in organising some very successful visits for the Youth section to Exeter Chiefs and latterly Bath. Those days will be remembered for many years to come.


What does rugby mean to you? 

As a non- player, coaching rugby has become a huge part of my life for many years, supporting the 1st XV and 2nd XV, when Ryan turned 5 many years ago my journey started as a coach. 

*He has been very proactive within the club including completing his RFU Leadership course.


What is your goal for the future of rugby at the club? 

My goal currently is to continue helping with the U11s and progress up the years. I will continue helping out where I can. 


Favourite food?



Favourite film?

Pirates of the Caribbean.

What is your favourite sport other than rugby of course?



Koi Fish and SRFC, Ukulele.

*Andrew has organised for the Yeovil Ukele club to play at the club for us on the last Sunday before Christmas for several years. Unfortunately, last year was not possible but fingers crossed for this year.

If you could invite anyone from history to dinner, who would it be and why?

As I'm from New Zealand it's got to be Jonah Lomu, one of the greatest All Black's Player. 


Club Activity for the next couple of weeks.

The Youth teams will be training for the next couple of weeks. While the Sharks will be busy on the 11th and also taking part in the Dorset & Wilts Girls Super Cluster at Devizes on the 19th.The Super Cluster normally involves approximately 120 to 140 girls from the three age groups U13/U15 and U18.


The men are playing at home to Chippenham RFC on Saturday 11th September, both games start at 3pm.

news articles

  • Saturday 25th September

    Mon 20 Sep 2021 21:01

    If you manage or coach a team then we want you ! If you provide administration to keep things safe or help with the catering in the kitchen on a Sunday or serve behind the bar or the … view

  • Youth Rugby returns Sunday 5th September 2021

    Mon 06 Sep 2021 18:00

    Dear parents and guardians, I am pleased to inform you that youth and mini rugby at Sherborne RFC will recommence on Sunday 5 September, at 10am. The combination of government and … view

  • We are hiring !

    Mon 23 Aug 2021 11:58

    Come and work at the Rugby Club for a few hours on a Saturday . Two shifts available either 1pm through to 4pm or start at 4pm and finish at 7pm. Its well paid work and a good fun … view