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Are you an overseas player thinking of having your gap year or a break playing rugby in England? There is no better place than Norwich, a friendly city set in the heart of the British countryside on the East Coast within easy connection of London Stansted airport and daily direct rail links with London Liverpool Street station.
Norwich is the city of the County of Norfolk which is the 5th largest of the 48 counties of England but with one of the lowest densities of population by area. It has the lowest crime rate in the UK and is a very rural county with lots of wide open spaces. Norwich is the largest conurbation with less than 400,000 people. Norwich RFC is on the edge of the world famous Norfolk Broads, a tranquil haven for fishing and sailing. The county also boasts unique landscapes from the vast skies of the farmlands in the west of the county, bordering Cambridgeshire, to the rolling splendour of North Norfolk with its spectacular coastal fishing villages. Lord Nelson was born here and the Queen owns the magnificent Sandringham Estate where the Royal Family traditionally spend Christmas and the new year.
Ok, so much for the area, it’s a great place to live or visit. What about the rugby? Norwich RFC are keen to encourage any overseas player that would like to come and join the party. We run three adult teams so you don’t need to be a star player to be made welcome here and we encourage senior players to try their hand at coaching too if that is of interest.
Check out this promo video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y11QH9aHkS8
or this one:
We recently enjoyed the company of Michael Campton-Smith from Goulburn Australia for almost 2 seasons and he made a huge contribution to the club, winning the player of the year award during his first season with us.
Campo said "I had the pleasure of playing at Norwich RFC for two seasons the boys made me feel right at home. The club supported me by helping me get a job and find accommodation. I had a great time playing some good rugby and seeing the sights Norwich has to offer, and have made some mates for life."
Check out Campo's spectacular finish in his first game against Holt RFC. Thanks to Holt for posting the video.
Of course to play rugby you have to sustain yourself and while Norwich RFC is an amateur club, there are strict guidelines enforced by the English RFU regarding amateur players status that we fully enforce. We have an extensive and established local network of members that can help connect new players to local employment opportunities and convenient accommodation. As one of England's oldest clubs, founded in1884, not many clubs have such an extensive local network of members, so talk to us and we’ll see if we can help with a connection to find work that you are suited or qualified for. We have in the past welcomed a number of players to the club from Poland, New Zealand and Greece and regularly welcome players moving to the area to attend the renowned University of East Anglia located on the edge of Norwich
Typical end of season revelries. The boys don't normally get dressed up like this. Oh, hang on, one does but he is the exception to the rule!
Further, we are always interested in forging regular exchange programmes giving younger players the opportunity to experience rugby in other cultures and lands with players from our Club travelling in the other direction in the future with your club back home, why not give us a call, we’d love to hear from you.
The photos below will give you a flavour of our County If, on the other hand, you find the tranquil serenity of the area is not your style, you will be pleased to learn that Norwich is the nightlife capital of East Anglia as no doubt some of the senior squad will be only too pleased to show you!
Elm Hill, Norwich
The stunning Snetterton memorial. East Anglia was a mass of airfields during WW2. Lest we forget.
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