Club Centenary

In a first floor room at York House, Worthing, on a late summer’s evening in 1920, a group of young men met because of their common sporting interest. Many had started their education at Worthing’s old Steyne School (now the Chatsworth Hotel) and had gone away to public schools. They returned to the town determined to continue playing the game of rugby.

At 8pm on Friday, 10th September the small group gathered in the flat in Marine Parade overlooking the sea. A light breeze blew gently over the sand.

It had been a fine, warm day but a slight chill in the air reminded those present that the rugby season was approaching.

They unanimously approved the first item on the agenda, “that a rugby football club should be formed in the town and should be known as The Worthing Rugby Football Club.” Its object was “the furtherance of amateur rugby football on the South Coast.”

As a club we now count down to the centenary with a full schedule of activities engaging  all sections of the club and all members past, present and future.

We will be posting out more information in the coming weeks in the mean time if you have an story’s, photos or suggestions please email as we would love to hear from you.

Worthing RFC 2020-21 Centenary Season Planner

Date Event Overview Links
10th January 2020 Launch the Centenary Business Club To introduce 100 new sponsors of Worthing RFC
19th July 2020 Centenary World Record Touch Rugby day Whole Club touch rugby day


01st August 2020 Centenary 10’s Festivals Men & Women’s Social Rugby Festival
15th August 2020 Raiders pre-season warm up game Guest team to be confirmed – Local
22nd August 2020 Centenary Community Cinema Day Community park & ride open air film and entertainment day
10th September 2020 Centenary day – Old meets New Fireworks at 8 p.m. to mark the Club’s anniversary – gathering of past and present members,


11 September 2020 Centenary Reunion Dinner Black tie dinner for past and present members at the Club with RFU toast to the Club
12 September 2020 Raiders home league game and 1920’s themed day British Army Red Devils Parachute Display Team match ball delivery, whole Club and Community engagement with curtain raiser and evening entertainment
2nd October 2020 Centenary Charity Dinner – LION’S PRIDE; Rewriting History. Avisford Park Hotel with ex International Guest speakers.
October 2020 Centenary Golf Day Annual Golf Club challenge
26th December 2020 Boxing Day Academicals game
26th December 2020 Centenary Xmas Draw 100 prizes
2021 League lunches Mini, Junior players and parents through the ages Past teams to reunite with targeted age group managers
2-4 April 2021 Centenary Easter Vets tournament Guest Touring teams
May 2021 Centenary Sportsman Dinner Local sports team/Club events with sporting celebrities from across the sporting world
June 2021 Centenary cricket match Worthing RFC Presidents’ XI -v- local Cricket Clubs
26th June 2021 Centenary Gala Dinner At the Dome following the unveiling on Worthing Pier of the WRFC Centenary glass window
22nd July  to 09th July 2021 Centenary SA club tour 3 Lions tests tour with WRFC Under 14s