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Are you looking to play rugby locally?

North Dorset Rugby Club, situated on the outskirts of Gillingham at Slaughtergate, is actively encouraging new membership of players of all ages & abilities.

The club is looking to recruit new players who have moved to the area or are looking to do a team sport. Perhaps you would love to play a game of rugby either on a regular basis or even just the occasional game . Maybe you played as a Mini or Youth, gave up the game for a while but feel like getting out on the pitch to play the ‘oval’ ball game again.

North Dorset RFC, at present, fields three Senior sides, competing in Southern Counties South, Dorset & Wilts (South) and Dorset & Wilts 3 (South) along with an occasional Veteran Team.

The Club was founded in 1951, with the original Clubhouse and changing rooms in Gillingham behind the Phoenix Hotel in South Street. These moved to the Slaughtergate site in 1993.

Bringing us up to date, the Club has, over the past year, acquired the neighbouring 8 ½ acres field, and is in the process of re-seeding and preparing the ground for an   extra full size playing pitch, youth pitch, training ground and much needed additional car parking space, making the grounds approximately 20 acres.

The Club offers a friendly welcome to all. Rugby is played at North Dorset from all ages, Under 6’s – through to the three Senior sides and the Vets.

Along with actively looking for senior players, the club welcomes boys & girls looking to play rugby between the ages of 6 to 13 Years, on Sunday mornings. Children start by playing non-contact touch rugby to learn the basic skills. Together with the minis, we have Youth and Girls rugby, again training, having interclub matches, & competitions on a Sunday morning along with extra training nights during the week. Finally, we have two Colts teams, U17’s & U18’s playing interclub games and integrating into the adult teams. The Club offers players the opportunity to learn, train and play rugby with in house qualified coaches up to National Level 3.

Playing rugby is a great opportunity to make new friends, watch and support local rugby, enjoy the Club House facilities and numerous social events throughout the year .

The club very much considers itself a family club, with members of two or even three generations having all played up at North Dorset.

For more details please contact:

Club Captain, Dave Stickland 07826 855056 or Director of Rugby, Greg Pearce 01747 822830 or email

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