Here at Cheltenham Civil Service RFC we take the welfare of our players very seriously. The Club operates strictly within the all the English Rugby Football Union (RFU) Rules and Guidelines. This is reflected in the Club’s Safeguarding Policy. We also have a separate Sharks Policy which can be seen here.

If you have any questions about  welfare at the club, or if you as a junior section player or as an adult have a concern, then please contact the club Safeguarding Officer by email. Concerns about safeguarding can sometimes just be a gut-feeling. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, that is the time to raise it. All information will be treated according to the confidentiality protocols required by safeguarding principles.

The Club Safeguarding Officer for Cheltenham Civil Service RFC is Michelle Smith. You can email Michelle on:, alternatively you can use the form below.

Additionally, the RFU Safeguarding Department can be contacted directly on: Tel. 0208 831 7454 or email:

If you are concerned that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm, dial 999.

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Michelle Smith


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For further Safeguarding information, please use this link.

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.