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On Wednesday 25th November 80 members, sponsors and guests attended a dinner in the Sidmouth rugby clubhouse to celebrate the completion of a five year plan to develop the clubs facilities and to recognise the great support provided by the Rugby Football Union in bringing the plans to fruition.


The guest of honour for the occasion was Jason Leonard OBE, the RFU president and England rugby legend.


Earlier in the day Jason Leonard visited the Sidford ground to inspect the facilities, watch junior teams training and speaking to the youngsters. Autographs were signed and photographs taken.     


After enjoying a four course meal, the club chairman Lester Willmington, in proposing a toast to the RFU, outlined the transformation to the club’s facilities. A pavilion has been built at the Sidford ground and the parking area extended. A new pitch has been added at Sidford and the existing pitches have been levelled and drainage installed. Meanwhile, the main clubhouse at the Blackmore Field has been refurbished to provide a modern bar and social space.


The chairman thanked the RFU for grants received from the Rugby Football Foundatrion and the Lead up and Legacy Fund. He also paid tribute to the RFU staff for their invaluable help and guidance along the way.


Jason Leonard replied on behalf of the governing body. After recounting several amusing anecdotes about his rugby career, he congratulated the club on its achievements and proposed a toast to the Sidmouth RFC. After the formalities, Jason Leonard spent the remaining time talking to the dinner guests, signing autographs and being photographed.






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This coming Wednesday 30th September Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the RFU and rugby legend, will be officially  opening the refurbished clubhouse and presenting a Gold Award, one of only five nationally, for the quality of the refurbishment. The opening ceremony will be followed by a cold buffet and a wine tasting session organised by St Austell Brewery.

The event is free and starts at 7.30pm with the opening ceremony at 8pm.

We would very much like you to attend as the custodians of our juniors, who will benefit from the legacy of this project together with the developments at Sidford of the pitches and the pavilion. The work you are doing with our juniors makes these legacy projects so much more important.  


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On Wednesday 30th September rugby legend and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont interrupted his Rugby World Cup duties to visit Sidmouth RFC and officially open the refurbished clubhouse. He also presented club chairman Lester Willmington with an RFU Gold Award for to recognise the quality of work carried out. This is one of only five awarded nationally.

The picture shows the presentation. Also in the photo are Kerin Hamill, who was responsible for the design work, and project manager Lee Sowden, who organised the contractors and supervised the work.  

The project was assisted by an RFU Lead Up and Legacy grant, a funding scheme to boost grass roots rugby clubs for expected increase in interest generated by the Rugby World Cup.

The clubhouse has been packed with members and supporters to watch England's matches on the big screen. 



England V Fiji Friday 18th Sept 2015

The newly refurbished rugby clubhouse was packed with supporters for the opening event of the Rugby World Cup last Friday.

The event got underway at 4pm with a Festival of Tag Rugby for local primary schools. The enthusiasm and skills shown by the youngsters demonstrated the legacy potential of  RWC 2016.

At the 6pm close of the Festival, the focus moved to the clubhouse, where the young players enjoyed sausage and chips, while upstairs the gathering crowd of adults tucked in to a “Fijian” curry. Up to 100 people of all ages were present to watch the opening ceremony followed by Englands 35-11 win against Fiji.

On Saturday, the Chiefs match was followed by the opening games of the Pullin Cup competition with the Under 8 and Under 16 age groups. Afterwards the clubhouse remained open for Japan’s sensational victroy over the Springboks and the final game of the day between France and Italy.

Next Saturday the focus will be England’s crucial game against Wales. A Welsh lamb hotpot will be served from 6.30pm before the kick off at 8pm on the big screen. To order a meal contact Terry O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01395 577403.