Cheltenham Civil Service
Rugby Club

Men’s, Women's and Mini's & Junior's Rugby in Cheltenham

Men's Teams

Cheltenham Civil Service RFC currently field two teams. The 1st XV compete in Gloucestershire 2 North and the 2nd XV in Gloucester and District 2. We also run a very successful Vets side.

The squad typically trains on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm at Tewkesbury Road. The squad will work on skills and additional conditioning sessions around official training.

Whilst the Senior Squad is internally competitive and highly ambitious on the field, we are also deeply connected to the rest of our Club. No individual is more important than the Club, and our player culture is one of humility and respect.

If you feel you could make an impact in our Senior Squad and would like to join us, feel free to come along to training or get in touch via the form on our contact page.

Women's Team

Cheltenham Civil Service RFC - Women's players on the brteak

Our Women’s XV currently play in Women’s NC 2 Midlands (South).

All new players welcome, to just turn up for training on Thursday nights from 7pm at Tewkesbury Road.
Established in 2010 the Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies is a competitive and friendly women’s team.

Made up of players of all different levels of experience – we actively welcome new players of all ages and all abilities. Whether you are picking up a rugby ball for the first time or returning to the sport – you’ll be welcomed with a smile!

Sharks Rugby

Cheltenham Civil Service Sharks Action photo

Our SHARKS minis and juniors section is growing from strength to strength!

Our excellent coaching team put the child at the centre of everything we do and our aim is to develop the children socially as well as physically and as rugby players. We want children to fall in love with rugby and stay in love with rugby!

New players and coaches are welcome to come along and join us on Sundays from 10am. For more information take a look at our Sharks Rugby page.

Looking for a new club? a new challenge?

We have some of the best pitches and facilities in Gloucestershire and would welcome rugby players of all ages and abilities to join us and become part of the Service family.

Our Current Sponsors

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Cheltenham Civil Service RFC, Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association, Tewkesbury Road, Uckington Cheltenham GL51 9SL

The club was formed, as the Foreign Office Rugby Football Club, in 1947 when Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was based at Eastcote on the outskirts of London as part of the Foreign Office. The idea to form the club was the brainchild of Geoff Hardy and Hooky Walker while sitting in the bar overlooking the grounds of Swakeley’s House in Ickenham, the home of the Foreign Office Sports Association. Swakeley’s was a large mansion set in some 20 acres which also had space for about 10 residents. Both Geoff and Hooky were among those residents and although Geoff was playing for Wasps and Hooky for Pinner they decided that life would be much easier if a club could be formed to play rugby in their own backyard.”

The club colours became navy blue because a set of shirts was acquired from London Scottish – in those day the club had to apply to the Board of Trade for a supply of clothing coupons to buy kit, which was then re-sold to the players.