We are always looking for new players and supporters to reinforce our team! if you have never played rugby before, or if you have some experience, we’ll be really happy to welcome you: so join us! Most of our players have learned rugby with us from scratch, and after some months they start playing matches with us.
Is rugby something for me?
You don’t need to be huge and muscular to play rugby. This game needs fast and small players for certain positions as well. And well, after a couple of weeks of training with us, your body will slowly start developing those muscles that you will need for the sport and it will get easier. If you like team spirit, if you’re a fighter, if you get motivated by challenges, and if you enjoy learning, then you’ve got what it takes to become a Straffe Ketten.
Moreover you can always join the team as a supporter. That means you get all the excitement of the matches and the third halves, you can come to all our social events, and travel with us to the international matches and tournaments. You just skip the training sessions, the sweat and mud of the matches, and the showers.
What do I need to play?
For your first training session, just bring your usual sports shoes, a pair of shorts, an old t-shirt (maybe some warm clothes if it is cold) — you can always buy proper equipment later. The only thing you should buy is a mouth guard (from any sports store), that you will have to prepare in advance to fit to your teeth (they all come with instructions).
Got piercings or jewelry? You’ll need to remove that before training and playing.
Help! I don't know anything about the rules
Don't worry, we will help you learn the rules of rugby during training sessions, just keep in mind a few basic things. Always play with your team. Pass the ball always behind you. Run forward. Keep the line.
There are plenty of great videos online with all the rules. This one on the right is very good for beginners.
And remember, our coaches and experienced players are there to help you. Don't hesitate to ask!
Is it expensive?
The season fee in 2017-18 is €200 (from August to July), which includes your sports medical insurance, as well as professional coaching and access to our rugby facilities. When you join mid-season, the fee can be recalculated. If your financial situation requires it, it’s possible to pay in several installments. If you participate in our fundraising actions, you can lower your fee.
When starting you can buy a complete rugby equipment (shoes, socks, shorts, shirt & mouth guard) from around €70 at Decathlon.
The team also organises several trips abroad every year, but we try to find sponsors, raise funds, and keep costs as low as possible, and there’s no obligation to take part in those.
So you’re interested? Contact us, we’ll answer all your questions!