London Welsh RFC
London Welsh Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in London that currently plays in
the English Pemiership,
currently known as Aviva
Premiership, the top division of the English rugby union league system.
London Welsh, established by and for London's Welsh community, has played senior-level rugby in England since its formation in 1885.
Over the years the club has contributed 177 players to the Wales national team and 43 players to the British and Irish Lions. Seven London Welsh players were selected for the 1971 tour to New Zealand (a Lions record in amateur times): captain John Dawes (now London Welsh president), JPR Williams, Gerald Davies, Mervyn Davies, John Taylor (now board member and ITV commentator), Mike Roberts and Geoff Evans (now a WRU Committee man).
London Welsh is one of the few 'senior' clubs that have retained the atmosphere of an amateur club. Unlike many clubs in the professional era, who have tended to run a 1st XV squad and distance themselves from 2nd, 3rd and lower sides, London Welsh still run multiple senior sides. They also have a successful social section, the Occasional's (or 'Occies'), who go a long way towards maintaining the 'amateur ethos' of enjoying a game and a pint on a Saturday.
The London Welsh C.A.S.C.
To ensure the security of the London Welsh amateur sections it was decided that they should be set up as a separate entity. It is to be financially self sufficient and have its own governing body and committee. Application was made and CASC status was granted in 2004.
The success of the CASC is to be achieved by the continued efforts of the many volunteers at the club and through gaining charitable status. This will allow us to make better use of contributions from the members and local small business to larger corporations. Their generosity ensures there is a safe, friendly and inclusive environment for people of all ages, race and gender to enjoy the experience of being involved in one of the oldest clubs in the world. The unique mix of Welsh rugby passion, history, song and culture in this stronghold of English rugby, makes for a unique experience. This has served to benefit children and youth of many generations. Getting them out from behind their playstations and TVs and on to the playing field, where friendships are made and the old traditional rugby values of fair play and comradery are taught and hopefully absorbed.
The CASC comprises of five sections. The main focus of the CASC is on the youth and minis sections in providing an outlet and facilities for over 350 children of all ages. This requires a big commitment from the many volunteers and a big financial commitment. It is all worth while, not only when players who have started their playing career at London Welsh go on and achieve representational honours, but when each child is seen to be having a great time on a Sunday morning. Or experiencing their first tour away to spend a few days among fellow rugby teams from West Wales and Ireland to Italy and Malta The two mens senior sections, Occies and Wizards, do much to add to the atmosphere at the club. Many dads and coaches manage to put their boots on for yet another season in these teams. The women’s team are a competitive side. They also focus on individual development as well as winning on the pitch. All these senior sides fund their own team costs.