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Chess Valley Rugby Football Club

Chess Valley RFC
File:ChessVallyRFC Logo.jpg
Full name Chess Valley Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Founded 1996
Location Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England
Ground(s) Croxley Guild of Sport
Chairman Phil Coulter
President Mike Atkins
Coach(es) Tony Richards/David Stokes
Captain(s) Richard Harvey (Club), Josh Wilkinson (1st), Andy Ruffell-Ward/Marc Adams (2nd), Nikki Thomas (Ladies)
Official website

Chess Valley RFC is a rugby union club from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. It is a member of the Hertfordshire Football Union[1] and the Rugby Football Union, and is one of the youngest clubs in the area. It is a community club and fields adult men's and ladies' teams as well as junior, midi and mini sides.

Adult Rugby

The senior men's section of the club fields two sides. For the 2013/2014 season the 1st XV are again playing in Herts/Middlesex 2 having consolidated their position in the league after promotion from Herts/Middx Merit League 5. Games take place on Saturday afternoons with training being held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Women's Rugby

The 2009/2010 season saw Chess Valley put together its first senior Ladies side. They managed to win their first piece of silverware, winning the Windsor 7's Plate Final 41-0 against Thames Valley Ladies.

Junior Rugby

2008/2009 season saw the first Junior side put out by Chess Valley in the U13 age group. For the 2010/2011 Season Juniors are represented at U13's and U15's.For the 2012/13 season youth sides will be represented with one under 17s team (div 5) two under 15s teams (div 2 and 7) and an under 13s team (div tba).

The U13's played in the Saracens Herts Middlesex Junior League Division 4 and the U15's in the Saracens Herts Middlesex Junior League Division 5.

The U13's won the Saracens Herts Middlesex Division 4.

In the 2011/2012 season the U14's have won an amazing 6 trophy's including Saracens JP Morgan 7's tournament, The Hertfordshire 10s Cup tournament, Leicester tigers tiger challenge, Aylesbury 10s, the Hertfordshire plate tournament, and finally league three championship gaining promotion to league two. To win all this silverware the Valley under 14s have beaten Cheshunt, Aylesbury, Hemel, Fullerians, Minehead, Datchworth, Old Albanians and Saracens Amateurs to name a few. Three players have been selected to county and two to Herts school of rugby with good hopes of more lads being selected next season. Will thse lads get promoted three seasons in a row and end up in division one find out in 2013.

The U15's are in Division 2 and the U17's are in Division 5 of the Saracens Herts Middlesex Junior Leagues.

Training is mid-week on a Wednesday evening and games are played on Sunday mornings. Sundays without games are also used to train.

Mini/Midi Rugby

The Mini's section of the club was started in the 2000/2001 season by the then Club Chairman Ian Robb and sidekick Danny Kearns with assistance from several senior players. Training and games take place on Sunday mornings.

Children playing U7s and U8s (stage 1) play Mini-Tag Rugby, U9s and U10s (stage 2) play Mini Rugby and U11s and U12s (stage 3) play Midi Rugby. A player’s age grade is determined by their age at midnight on 31 August at the beginning of each Season. The only exception to this are players that turn six during the season may start to play immediately rather than waiting until the following season.[2]

For the 2010/2011 season all age groups up to U12s are represented at Chess Valley.

Match & Training Venues

Croxley Guild of Sport

The new home of Chess Valley having left their original ground and birthplace Rickmansworth Sports Club at the end of the 2012/13 season. Senior training and fixtures are usually played here.

Croxley Guild of Sport
The Green

Rickmansworth School

Training and fixtures are played at Rickmansworth School for both the Mini's and the Junior sides. Some overflow Senior games also take place here.

Rickmansworth School
Scots Hill


Formed in 1996, it is one of the youngest rugby clubs in Hertfordshire.

The club is often fondly referred to as "The Valley" by players and supporters.

Club Officers History


External links

  • Official Web Site
  • Senior 1st XV Herts/Middlesex 3 Results
  • U15's Division 5 Saracens Herts & Middlesex Junior League Table
  • U13's Division 4 Saracens Herts & Middlesex Junior League Table
Season President Club Chairman Club Captain 1st Team Captain 2nd Team Captain Mini/Youth Chair Ladies Chair
96/97 Brian O'Connor John O'Rouke Chris Whitwell
97/98 Brian O'Connor John O'Rouke Paul Kleian Mark Kelly
98/99 Mike Atkins John O'Rouke Mark Kelly Ian Ormerod Pete Wilson
99/00 Mike Atkins John O'Rouke Mark Kelly Ian Ormerod Mark Dunford
00/01 Mike Atkins Ian Robb Mathew Shepherd Neil Cusack
01/02 Mike Atkins Ian Robb Mathew Shepherd Mark Dunford Andrew Fawssett
02/03 Mike Atkins Jerry Green Richard Nemeth Michael Horwood Mark Kelly Andrew Fawssett
03/04 Mike Atkins Jerry Green Paul Kleian Michael Horwood Greg Bertolotti Andrew Fawssett
04/05 Mike Atkins Jerry Green Paul Kleian Timothy Simmonds Greg Bertolotti Andrew Fawssett
05/06 Mike Atkins Neil Brooks Paul Kleian Timothy Simmonds Alan Walters/Adam Farnsworth Mike Baldwin
06/07 Mike Atkins Neil Brooks Paul Kleian Matt Lever Adam Farnsworth Mike Baldwin
07/08 Mike Atkins Neil Brooks Adam Farnsworth Richard Nemeth Mike Baldwin
08/09 Mike Atkins David Stokes Adam Farnsworth Mark Dunford Richard Nemeth Alex Wodzicki
09/10 Mike Atkins David Stokes Adam Farnsworth Paul Foskett Dirk Ovenstone Alex Wodzicki Nikki Thomas
10/11 Mike Atkins David Stokes Phil Coulter Graeme Coles Mark Ryder Andrew Fawssett Nikki Thomas
11/12 Mike Atkins David Stokes Mark Dunford Phil Morton Andy Ruffell-Ward Andrew Fawssett
12/13 Mike Atkins Phil Coulter Richard Harvey TBA Andy Ruffell-Ward Andrew Smith
13/14 Mike Atkins Phil Coulter Richard Harvey Josh Wilkinson Andy Ruffell-Ward/Marc Adams Andrew Smith
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