Welcome to Bicester Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC)!
Bicester RUFC is a family-friendly and inclusive club where players can develop in an enjoyable and safe environment. Our overall mission is to grow the game of rugby in Bicester and the surrounding area through a long-term, player-centred approach to development.
We integrate the core rugby values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship (TREDS) in everything we do - from U5, through the age grades and into our Senior sides.
Bicester RUFC is an RFU-accredited and KidsFirst pledged club - putting the players' enjoyment and skill development at the forefront of everything we do. We develop core skills and values in young players in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment. Our player-centred approach means that our coaching philosophy focuses on potential rather than current ability, player enjoyment, and encouraging a life-long love of rugby.
Competition supports player development - it doesn’t drive it. Research carried out for the RFU has shown that, for children, enjoyment is more important than winning - especially if it means they get to play with their friends. While being competitive is an integral part of rugby, prioritising winning weakens the player-led ethos behind Age Grade rugby.
The club is committed to “coaching excellence”, ensuring that our players develop with appropriately qualified coaches who are committed to our club philosophy of player-centred development. Our goal is to ensure at least two coaches in each age group hold an RFU Level 2 coaching award and attend regular top-up RFU courses.
As a community club, we are dependent on parent volunteers for all administrative and coaching positions. All volunteers who have contact with children are DBS checked. The club pays for our volunteers to undertake coaching and refereeing qualifications. If you have an interest in helping out, we are always looking for committed individuals - please contact the Club Secretary.
All members are kept informed of developments within the club, as well as events and activities, via our monthly newsletter, BRUFC - The Fox News.
We’re confident that you will find Bicester RUFC a friendly and happy place for your child to enjoy rugby. We undertake an annual club survey to seek feedback from all club members - including parents, and also welcome feedback throughout the year.