The Aims of City of Derry Rugby Football Club are:

  • To promote the game of rugby in the North West of Ireland.
  • To introduce and develop rugby at all levels in the local community, especially youth, through contact and coaching.
  • To nurture good relations with other rugby clubs throughout Ireland and further afield.
  • To provide a safe and sociable environment for those playing the game as well as those enjoying the sport from the sidelines.
  • To foster a sense of membership and association in both playing and social sections.

COLOURS: Green Jersey, Black shorts, Green socks with black top.

The Club is undergoing a process of change. A re-organisation of the management structure of the club has already taken place and there will be an ongoing process of development over the next few years to revitalise all aspects of the game and the club generally, including; strengthening the player base, facilities development, commercial marketing, and, developing a financial Strategy to bring it all about.

Our next stage will be to create a three to five year Strategic Plan. A sub – Committee is currently being set up which will consult with members and stake holders to identify Goals, Objectives and strategies. We hope to have a debate on the proposed strategic direction prior to the production of the Strategic Plan. Stage 2 will be to implement the Plan, following the strategic direction and vision as laid out.

Specific goals will be established, using key indicators to mark progress. An example of a goal might be for CDRFC to be ranked in the top four clubs in Ulster. Key indicators of our progress could be a consistent top four place in the Ulster League, or, reaching the semi final of the Ulster cup , whilst targeting winning the final within five years. Another Goal may be to regain Div. II status in the AIL within a specified time frame.

The Club is undergoing a process of change. A re-organisation of the management structure of the club has already taken place and there will be an ongoing process of development over the next few years to revitalise all aspects of the game and the club generally, including; strengthening the player base, facilities development, commercial marketing, and, developing a financial Strategy to bring it all about.

Our next stage will be to create a three to five year Strategic Plan. A sub – Committee is currently being set up which will consult with members and stake holders to identify Goals, Objectives and strategies. We hope to have a debate on the proposed strategic direction prior to the production of the Strategic Plan. Stage 2 will be to implement the Plan, following the strategic direction and vision as laid out.

Specific goals will be established, using key indicators to mark progress. An example of a goal might be for CDRFC to be ranked in the top four clubs in Ulster. Key indicators of our progress could be a consistent top four place in the Ulster League, or, reaching the semi final of the Ulster cup , whilst targeting winning the final within five years. Another Goal may be to regain Div. II status in the AIL within a specified time frame.

The Management and Strategic development of the club will lie in the hands of a General Management Committee consisting of:

President: Susan Spence
Senior Vice President: James Fleming
Junior Vice President: Marshall Kilgore
Chairman: Niall Birthistle
Vice Chairman Rugby Development: Moss Dineen
Vice Chairman Property & Grounds: Robert Thompson
Vice Chairman Finance and Marketing: Ian Stone
Honorary Secretary: Billy Kyle
Honorary Treasurer: John Love
Ulster Branch Senior Representative: Monty Allen
Ulster Branch Com Committee Representative: Mike Baxter
Volunteer Co-ordinator: John Black
All past Presidents:
Hon. Match Secretary: Charlie Chada

Whose functions will include:

  • Developing and reviewing a Strategic Plan for the club
  • Producing a Financial Strategy and Business Plan
  • Approving the monthly reports of the Development Committees
  • Monitoring & reviewing targets performance and direction.
  • Representing the dub at Ulster Branch and AIL committee level.
  • Trawling, interviewing, appointing and appraising the performance of all paid employees.
  • Implementing the complaints and disciplinary procedures
  • Monitoring the Equality and Child Protection Schemes.

Development Committees

The Operational functions of the club shall be in the hands of three Development Committees each managed and convened by a Vice Chairman.

Rugby Development

Convenor:
M. Dineen (Vice Chairman)

Convenor:
Ian Stone (Vice Chairman)
Finance & Marketing

Convenor:
Robert Thompson (Vice Chairman)
Property & Grounds

History of City of Derry Rugby Football Club

City of Derry Rugby Football club was established in 1881 – although there is evidence that rugby football was played in the city before that date.

The first trophy won by City of Derry was the Irish Provincial Town’s Cup in 1882/83 season – a feat to be repeated seven times by 1900.  In the 1900’s the club struggled in organization and playing strength and withdrew from the senior league in 1907 – not to re-enter that league for nearly sixty years.

In the 1920’s the club played at Duncreggan and then at the rectory field in the Waterside, which was its home for nearly thirty years.  The emergence of the North West league renewed interest in rugby football with the club winning the Town’s Cup on two occasions in the mid-thirties.  During the war years the club survived through the enthusiasm of a few members.

The club celebrated it 75th anniversary in 1957 and decided to seek its own grounds and build a pavilion.  This it did in 1960 when it acquired land at Branch Road.  In 1965 the club opened its new pavilion and three pitches and with the club in full gear attained senior status following the recommendation of the Butler Committee in 1966.  This was the era that saw the emergence of one of the club’s most distinguished players – Ken Goodall who became a British Lion and gained 19 caps for Ireland, thus following in the footsteps of the legendary Noel Henderson another British Lion who gained 40 caps for Ireland.

The club retained its senior status until 1977/78 when it was relegated to division two of the Ulster League.  These were dark days for the club – with two pavilions being destroyed following bomb attacks in 1979/80 the club showed tremendous spirit and Ian Crowe earned promotion to division one of the Ulster league and thus regained its senior status.

In 1992 the club decided to sell Branch Road to the I.D.B. and move to Judge’s Road – the clubs present home.  A fine clubhouse was built, along with playing pitches, an all-weather pitch for hockey and a cricket square.  This was the re-birth of City of Derry cricket Club and arrival of ladies hockey – Priorians Hockey Club.

During 2000 the engineered 1st XV pitch had flood lights added and plans are currently under way to provide a second flood lit engineered pitch and a flood lit engineered training area.

City of Derry 1st XV are currently in Division 2 of the All Ireland League and enjoyed one of our best seasons in 1999/2000 when we won both the Ulster League and Senior Cup and pushed for promotion in the AIL throughout the season, finishing a creditable sixth place.

City of Derry have always strived to have a good youth policy and during 1996/97, the club persuaded Derry City Council to fund a Youth Development Officer (YDO) for rugby in the city and surrounding areas.  Great inroads were made by the YDO who extended the experience of rugby beyond the two grammar schools to all secondary schools in the city as well as adjacent areas of Strabane and Co. Donegal.

The IRFU recognised the success of Youth Development in the North West and set up a regional office in L’Derry which was officially opened by the Ulster Branch president in November 1997 and a regional Development Officer (RDO) was appointed on a three year contract and based in the L’Derry Office.

Our Club has an experienced Public Relations Office who established good links with local TV, Radio and Press.  The level of cover by our local television and local radio (Radio Foyle and Highland Radio) has been excellent with live coverage of 1st XV matches and post match interviews live on air.  All Local newspapers devote several pages each week to rugby previews and match reports with photographs.

The Club prides itself in its progressive spirit which has been instrumental in its growth and development over the past 120 years, and is currently well prepared to face the many fresh challenges which the ever changing game of rugby union will provide in the future

Ladies Rugby

The club caters for all levels of fitness and experience. We are always on the look-out for new players with recruitment being high on our list of priorities. We promise a friendly reception to all new players whatever their skills level – complete beginners are particularly welcomed and encouraged.

If you are unsure that rugby is for you then come along and watch our next match or training session. Full training will be given!

Training is on a Monday and Thursday evening from 7.30 pm. Matches are normally on Sundays around 2pm.

Mini Rugby Aims:

The aim of mini Rugby at City of Derry RFC is to provide a fun introduction to the sport while developing the individual child in a safe and secure environment. Both boys and girls are welcome from primary 3 through to first year of Secondary school.

Rugby benefits children in a number of ways, it improves fitness and realises sporting potential, but just as importantly it develops confidence, self-discipline teamwork and social skills. Determination and courage are just as significant at this age as athletic ability and children of all shapes and sizes can compete equally; often those who don’t enjoy any other sport find their place on the rugby pitch.

The priority at City of Derry RFC is to involve and develop all the children who attend, and team performance and winning come second.

Children practice and compete in age group squads with qualified coaches. There are a number of home and away matches and tournaments throughout the season. See fixtures for more details.

Child Protection

The Club takes its responsibilities in the area of Child Protection very seriously and has a Child Protection Policy in place.

If any parent or youth, under 18 years, has any issues or concerns relating to their involvement in the club, such as bullying, harassment or any other inappropriate behaviour, they should contact the Child Protection Officer, David Orr, or any member of the Club Management.

Youth Convenor:

Malcolm Montgomery

Child Protection Officer:

David Orr

Coaches:

U 19 Coach:   Tim O Sullivan
U 17 Coach:   Philip Duffy
U 17 Coach:   Nathan Deeny
U 15 Coach:   Christy Curran
U 15 Coach:   Derek Young
U 13 Coach:   Adam Mc Cartney
U 13 Coach:   Sammy Burke
U 13 Coach:   Bernard Doherty

For Mini Coaches go to MINI/Maxi section

Child Protection:

The Club takes its responsibilities in the area of Child Protection very seriously and has a Child Protection Policy in place.

If any parent or youth, under 18 years, has any issues or concerns relating to their involvement in the club, such as bullying, harassment or any other inappropriate behaviour, they should contact the Child Protection Officer, David Orr, or any member of the Club Management.