|As current Farnham Rugby Club members are now firmly established in a magnificent Clubhouse at Wilkinson Way one wonders what the founders felt was in store for them back in 1975. It has been with great pride that many of those initial players including Peter Bewsey (the first 1st XV captain), Mark Whitford, Charles Macadam, and Duncan Kent now enjoy the Club and its new facilities which were officially opened by Lord Coe in September 2012. Surely none of this founding group could have foreseen the development of Farnham Rugby Club into the highly successful community club it is today. In a little over 30 years, Farnham Rugby Club has grown to become Farnham's largest charitable community sports club with over 1000 members including more than 100 senior rugby players. Each weekend over 600 boys and girls from as young as 6 years old, regularly play rugby at Wilkinson Way. The Club has support from over 100 volunteers including more than 80 qualified coaches.
The Club has produced a number of players who have gone on to play for professional clubs and international honours the most famous of whom includes Jonny Wilkinson World cup winner in 2003 and finalist in 2007 and Peter Richards a World Cup finalist in 2007. A new generation is now coming through the latest of which is Ryan Wilson currently a regular for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland.
Following their 3rd promotion in as many years Farnham 1st XV despite a huge effort at the end of their first season in London 2 South West were relegated and will play in London 3 South West in the 2015/16 season. New players are welcome and being sought to assist and strengthen them in their quest to be promoted once again. The Club also wants to add a 4th team to the existing four senior teams to provide some "social" rugby.
In summary we have:-
Three other senior teams who play in Surrey merit tables throughout the season
Introduced a 4th XV for 2015/16 to provide “social” rugby.
Set in place coaching to re-establish our Women's team.
A large and enthusiastic mini/junior section that aspires to high standards of play and sportsmanship
An army of parents and supporters who help week in, week out
A management team staffed with enthusiastic, professional people
An impressive and expert coaching team.
A modest but secure financial situation.
The ability to provide the community with a multi-use facility.
Developed home grown players Jonny Wilkinson (ex British Lions, England and Toulon),Peter Richards (ex England and London Irish) and Ryan Wilson(Glasgow Warriors and Scotland A).
- A 1st XV playing in London 3 SW