How to Join for the 2021-22 season *updated 12 August 2021*

If you just want the how-to-pay bit, scroll down to: Arrangements for start of the season 2021/22

WELCOME
Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, and especially our thriving Minis and Youth section, is a great place for kids to play rugby! We're one of the founding clubs of the RFU (we celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2015). So if you live in the Wimbledon, Raynes Park, Earlsfield, Southfields, Kingston, South West London or the North Surrey area, come on down and play rugby at Wimbledon RFC. Subs for the full 2021/22 season are £160 for single children (£130 for U6s), £250 for family membership and £100 for Inclusive rugby. We have frozen the subs prices for the second season running.

The culture of the club is very much one of parental involvement. If you can help out by volunteering please email volunteers@wmrfc.co.uk - we can never have too many helpers!

JOINING WIMBLEDON RFC
For newcomers, any appropriate clothing can be worn and you are welcome to a couple of try-out sessions before deciding if you want to join. Please take note of the requirements for gum shields and appropriate footwear below. A player without a gumshield (under 9 and beyond) will not be able to take part in any contact drills or games.

To get in touch, and to arrange a free try out, contact the relevant age group manager here or just turn up every Sunday from September to late April. You can try out and join at any stage of the season.

Here's how to find us. Typical pitch arrangements by age group are here

REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON Membership and registration (which England Rugby now calls 'affiliation') are organised via England Rugby's Game Management System (GMS). Details on how to log in, update your details and pay your annual subs are below (scroll down!).

KIT
Club colours are claret and Cambridge blue. Shirts, shorts, socks and training tops are from Akuma. Our online kit shop is now open The Wimbledon Rugby Club Kit Shop is here. There are sample sizes to try on at the clubhouse (most Sunday mornings).

See the Kit page for more details.

All players U9 and above must have - and wear - a mounthguard (gumshield) before being permitted to take part in sessions. The heat-moulded mouthguards are adequate, but older players are recommended to have correctly fitted mouthguards. To buy a Wimbledon RFC-branded Opro mouthguard see details of how to order here.

Rugby or football boots can be worn, but must be fitted with rugby studs or have moulded plastic studs or 'blades' with no sharp edges. We recommend the one-piece aluminium studs that carry the BSI Kitemark. Trainers should not be worn as they do not provide enough protection and are not much use on wet grass or mud. Conversely, if the ground is very hard it is better to wear firm ground (FG)/moulded studs than old-fashioned metal rugby studs.


Arrangements for start of the season 2021/22

AFFILIATION AND MEMBERSHIP
Signing up for the season is a two-step process. (1) AFFILIATION: Having a parental GMS account - which means that your child(ren) can be affiliated (=the new name for being registered) with the club; and (2) MEMBERSHIP: Paying for your subs with that GMS account. Players must have paid their subs to the club and have their details registered on England Rugby's Game Management System (GMS). Every player in the club must be affiliated (=registered) on the GMS system, even those in the U6s. Please note that parents should NOT press the 'affiliate' button for themselves unless they also play in an adult team (yes, it's a bit confusing, sorry)

Club affiliation and membership needs to be renewed annually, and for 2021/22 subs will be:
Individual membership U5s & U6s – £130 - Membership for single player
Individual membership all other age groups – £160 – Membership for 1 adult / parent and 1 child
Family membership - £250 – Membership for 2 adults / parents and more than 1 child
Inclusive rugby membership - £100.
There are no additional match fees.


Step-by-step guide to affiliating and paying for your membership

There are three steps to sorting out your annual membership - logging into the GMS, player affiliation and paying for your membership on the GMS.

Step 1. Log in to Game Management System (GMS)

FOR THE MAJORITY OF PARENTS: Every existing parent needs to log in and confirm and/or update their and their kids' details - click here

OR: If you are new to the club or have never registered - click here

PLEASE BE HELPFUL. It is highly likely that you will have forgotten your password. Please press the "forgotten password" link and you will most probably find the reminder email goes into your spam. Please, please put in the effort and find it and log back into your existing account (rather than just creating a new one). The impact on club volunteers of lots of duplicate entries is pretty significant - please help us out here.

Here is a document explaining how to affiliate (register) your kids to the club

If you are struggling with using the Game Management System (GMS), there are lots of helpful tips here

https://help.rfu.com/support/home

Step 2. Pay your subs via the GMS

Our treasurer, Nick, has created this how-to-pay doc to help you pay your subs

Wimbledon are committed to making rugby accessible to all young people, regardless of ability to pay. Membership fees can be reduced for those who would not be able to participate otherwise. Requests should be made to age group managers - each case will be considered individually and confidentially.

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