All players, parents of Age Grade (youth) players, and volunteers are required to register with the club via the RFU's Game Management System (GMS). You can do this after selecting a membership option on this website, or going straight to the Bicester RUFC GMS portal. Once you are registered, you will not be required to re-register unless you are rejoining the club after a period at another club.
The RFU has produced guidance for parents of Age Grade (youth) players for registration via GMS.
The running of the club is solely dependent on membership subscriptions, fundraising activities held throughout the year, the generous support of a number of sponsors providing match shirts for each age group, and other individuals who have made personal donations. We make no money from the clubhouse (which we do not own) and have to pay for the use of all facilities and every blade of grass.
To ensure the survival of the club we therefore have a no pay, no train/play policy. For new players, we provide a trial period for three sessions, after which membership subscriptions must be paid.
We offer a range of membership options for players and non-players, available to purchase through the memberships section of this website. All BRUFC volunteers (including coaches and referees) receive complimetary membership.
- Senior men: £200 (ncludes shorts, socks, all match fees, training, and match teas)
- Senior men: £10 pay as you play (no membership rights)
- Senior women: £70 (includes shorts, socks, matches, training)
- Youth U13-Colts: £130 (includes shorts, socks, matches, increased use of training on U7-12, and match teas) - voting rights via parent
- Youth U7-U12: £100 (includes shorts, socks, matches/festivals, training, and match teas) - voting rights via parent
- Youth U5 & U6: £50 (training only, shorts and socks NOT included) - voting rights via parent
- Vice President PLUS: £250 (full membership and full voting rights, preferential early access to England international tickets, and VP lunch discount)
- Vice President: £50 (social membership, full voting rights, and VP lunch discount)
- Sibling discount (Youth): 50%
- Mid-season discount (from 1 Jan): 30%
- All other discounts were removed at our AGM on 15 May 2019 as part of a wider overhaul of our membership packages.
Hardship (Access to Rugby Fund)
The BRUFC Access to Rugby Fund was set up to support parents or individuals who are struggling to afford the cost associated with becoming a member of BRUFC. Those in this position can have their fees paid for by the Access to Rugby Fund.
The aim of the Fund is to remove the financial barrier and burden to individuals that can make it difficult for players of all ages to be able to play rugby and become a member of BRUFC.
How is the money raised?
Generous benefactors from within the Bicester RUFC community donate to the Fund.
Who can access the Fund and how?
Anyone! The Access to Rugby Fund is available to any youth/senior player and families.
How is money from the Fund allocated?
Referrals from club officials are processed by the Access to Rugby administrator. Self-referrals or peer referrals are assessed by the Club Chaplain, Rev. Ian Biscoe. If appropriate, he will contact the individual, assess what support is required and establish if the club can help in other ways.
How does the Fund work?
The Fund is run by an administrator, who attends to emails and refers individual/peer requests to the Club Chaplain. The Fund is held in a separate account, solely for Access to Rugby. Once a referral has been accepted, the BRUFC Treasurer is informed of whose membership fees have been paid for by the Access to Rugby fund. The Treasurer then transfers the monies from the Access to Rugby fund account to the BRUFC account. The individual/parent and referrer is the informed that the players membership fees have been paid by Access to Rugby.
The only people who will know the identity of a beneficiary of the Access to Rugby Fund are: the individual and referrer, Club Chaplain, Access to Rugby administrator, and BRUFC Treasurer. BRUFC is committed to keeping all information confidential.
The Fund is accountable to the BRUFC Board. Quarterly reports stating donations received, number of benefactors, and total amount donated to beneficiaries are relased to the Board. The Board is also provided some circumstantial examples which are completely anonymised, e.g. parent made redundant and unable to pay their child’s membership at this current time; single parent struggling to pay in October due to financial pressure of start of school and upcoming Christmas costs.