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Mixed Ability rugby at Ealing

This is a pioneering project to involve people with disabilities in rugby.

Mixed Ability Rugby Union teams have able-bodied players alongside team-mates with learning and/or physical disabilities. 

Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club aims to create such a team and become part of a vibrant community club run by volunteers, offering disabled women and men in London, from the age of 18,  the opportunity to play rugby.

The new team looks to support mixed ability rugby in Ealing: hosted by qualified coaches, offering excellent state-of-the-art facilities. We will commence non-contact training on Tuesday 3rd September at Vallis way, starting at 7:00pm for an hour or so, aiming to have similar sessions throughout the autumn every other Tuesday.

Our aim is to provide a safe, enjoyable and competitive environment for those usually unable to join in main-stream rugby; for more details please contact either Paul Hoban (07534 910 892 or Brendan O’Flaherty (07939 552 566

See file for more details

Men’s rugby with the Masaai Red tribe

International Impact – rugby from all around the world

We continue to deliver on our aim of supporting inclusive rugby at every level – this time with Sean ‘Lion’ Munemo, one of our Ealing Trailfinders 1871 players who is currently in Africa on a church support trip.

Sean is teaching the locals to play rugby and our Men’s Section has donated rugby balls to help with the project.

Sean reports as follows:

We arrived in the remote village of the Masaai Red Tribe Community just over a week ago on the 5th June.

We were so blessed by Ealing Trailfinders who understood the vision l had to coach and introduce the game of rugby to the Masaai community – their donation of rugby balls have been very gratefully received by the people who are eager to learn our game.

As we began our first training session, I was quite nervous about how it would all turn out. Especially when some of the kids in the Masaai Academy called the rugby ball an “egg”. It was the first time in their lives that they had seen a rugby ball.

My vision for this academy was to introduce them to 7s rugby.  So, on day one we started off with simple passing drills – it wasn’t easy for the boys but they adjusted quickly and began to enjoy the game immediately. Soon they began playing touch rugby. It was fantastic and we completed the day with the boys understanding that we pass the ball backwards and we run forward.

On day 2, we continued with more passing and attacking drills, began to introduce the offside line and knock ons. We had a solid 2-hour session of training. The boys and especially the Head Master loved the game. He noted how “this game will teach the Maasai boys to think more and to be more disciplined’. Valuable words for us all.

We rounded off our last day in Kenya with a game of touch 7s. The boys surprised me – and their skills exceeded my expectations beyond comprehension! They played the game like pros, they loved the game of rugby and they were thankful to Ealing Trailfinders for donating those balls to help it all happen. We are now thinking of continuing supporting the new Masaai Rugby Academy.

We finished by awarding and recognizing all the children that participated. They were delighted and we hope and expect rugby to become part of their sporting lives. This is a great example of how Ealing Trailfinders can facilitate and support rugby wherever there are people to encourage to participate in the game we all enjoy so much.”

Ealing Trailfinders 1871 – our new Team for 2019

Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club is currently as successful as it has ever been since its formation in 1871.

Season 2019/20 brings us the formation of a new club with full RFU affiliation – we have called the club Ealing Trailfinders 1871 in recognition of our long heritage.

We want to offer rugby in Ealing at an appropriate level for all players and our new team will help to deliver this. We will be closely linked to the existing Ealing Trailfinders structure, sharing the same facilities but operating independently within the RFU regulations and competing independently within the RFU league structure.

In the era of professional and amateur rugby it is important that clubs provide all rugby players with a structure that suits their rugby ability and ambition. By having two affiliated clubs with strong links and co-operation we can achieve this and in turn this will continue to develop rugby in Ealing and the surrounding area.

The new structure will not only play RFU league rugby in the London & SE Division but also give players opportunities to play Zoo Shield, and Middlesex Merit Table rugby as well as social and veterans’ rugby through the Exiles and Evergreens squads. In this way we will ensure we can offer rugby for players at all levels.

Additionally, this gives us a stronger player development route for the very successful Ealing Trailfinders U18 and U23 Academy.

The Ealing Trailfinders professional structure is a separate entity, but our strong links will enable players of the highest level to transition across either through the new Brunel University Scholarship Programme or through the Championship side’s own Academy structure.

The successful Minis and Youth sections will also benefit while continuing to be at the heart of Ealing Trailfinders with a clear development structure leading to Senior, U23 Academy and the Brunel University affiliated programme.

This is a big step forward for our whole club and all of the Ealing Trailfinders community – by creating a new RFU affiliated team, Ealing Trailfinders 1871, we are allowing our players the opportunity of a complete rugby journey with a single, powerful and success-led entity,’ commented Steve Weekes, Chairman of the new club. “Whatever age you are, whatever your ability and however you wish to enjoy your rugby, Ealing Trailfinders now offers you the option to participate as you feel most comfortable. We want to attract new and former players to be involved right now – and if you want to play in a recognised competitive league with promotion and relegation and full RFU affiliation our new team provides exactly this. We’re looking forward to building a great new club, a great new part of the Trailfinders rugby family.”

Ealing Trailfinders 1871

The Club has decided to create a new club with RFU accreditation for the new season.  The new Club, playing as Ealing Trailfinders 1871, will be closely linked to the existing Ealing Trailfinders structure, share the same facilities but will operate independently within the RFU regulations and compete independently within the RFU league structure. See HERE for more details.

U20s Tournament Announcement

Ealing Trailfinders Academy regret to announce that they have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2019 U20s 10s Tournament. We are very grateful to our sponsors who have all be so supportive for a 2nd year and to those who have given their time to plan the day. Unfortunately, over the last week we have had teams pull out thus making the day untenable. Once again huge thanks to our players, supporters, sponsors and opposition teams for the efforts they have made.

Academy U19 all set for Nottingham trip

The Academy travel to Nottingham’s Lady Bay Ground on Sunday 14th April, in their penultimate 15-a-side game of the season. The game will kick off at 2.00pm and looks set to be another huge challenge. The boys are looking to reverse the last minute defeat at Vallis Way earlier in the season.

There will be several new faces pulling on an Ealing jersey for the first time. Arthur Fitt and Luke Perkins are both recent recruits to the squad.

Academy U19 Head Coach, Tom Gamage said “We are really excited fir this young group of U19 players to go out against, what will no doubt be a strong Nottingham outfit. There is some incredible talent in the squad and it’s a great opportunity for some new players to make their Academy debuts after impressing in training.

We really see what opposition like Nottingham do for the development of their players. We expect there to be some great learning moments, but also a brilliant chance to put into practice, some of what the players have been working on over the last month or so.

I personally can’t wait to see what the players can produce.”

There is still room on the team bus available. If you’d like to grab a seat, call Academy Manager, Annie Lyndon to book a spot.

Green Piece 19.04.08

Green Piece

Ealing Rugby extends a warm welcome to all players joining us for the 2018-19 season. Work continues at Vallis Way on Tuesday and Thursday from 19.30


Coach’s Corner…

  • End of season now in sight with last league game away at Tring this weekend…
  • Also final of NW Middlesex Floodlit Cup on 24th…
  • Coach calls for commitment to build on the excellent second half against Worthing…

“What about the new Rugby Plan..?”

  • Application for entry to RFU leagues prepared and will be submitted on 15th…
  • Application approval due on April 30th…
  • New team name to be announced at Club Dinner on 26th April…

Training Outlook – This Week’s Forecast…

  • Two games to go so keep concentration…
Physicality   Low
Intensity   Medium


Green Piece 19.04.01

Green Piece

Ealing Rugby extends a warm welcome to all players joining us for the 2018-19 season. Work continues at Vallis Way on Tuesday and Thursday from 19.30


Coach’s Corner…

  • Opposition concessions see 1s soar in Zoo 2 table…
  • Coaches now targeting ‘League and Cup Double’…
  • “Promotion must now be our goal” claims defiant Lambo

“What next with the new Rugby Plan..?”

  • Player Recruitment… Huge budget agreed for upcoming transfer window
  • Formal Preparation… Pre-season training to begin this week
  • Operational Detail… Chauffeur-deal signed to bolster player punctuality

Training Outlook – This Week’s Forecast…

  • Don’t be fooled…
Physicality   Ultra-High
Intensity   Off-the-Scale


Green Piece 19.03.25

Green Piece

Ealing Rugby extends a warm welcome to all players joining us for the 2018-19 season. Work continues at Vallis Way on Tuesday and Thursday from 19.30


Coach’s Corner…

  • Back to Shield action as Hertford return to Vallis Way…
  • Coaches seek productive training ahead of weekend action…
  • Exiles bow out of Merit Table Play-Offs in true Social-Style

“What are the priorities with the new Rugby Plan..?”

  • Player Recruitment…
  • Formal Preparation…
  • Operational Detail…

Training Outlook – This Week’s Forecast…

  • Race Pace…
Physicality   Low – Medium
Intensity   Low – Medium


Green Piece 19.03.18

Green Piece

Ealing Rugby extends a warm welcome to all players joining us for the 2018-19 season. Work continues at Vallis Way on Tuesday and Thursday from 19.30


“Thanks Skipper…”

  • Tributes paid to Skipper Johnny as he stands down from Captaincy role…
  • Lambo acknowledges role played as a Player and as a Leader…

  • Coaches view ‘Worthers’ as a key element in the future playing structure…
  • “Someone still needs to clear those rucks…” explains Lambo

“What’s the latest on the new Rugby Plan..?”

  • Finance & Governance Committee approve planned changes…
  • Club Executive agree to and throw weight behind the new structures…
  • Academy and Men’s Coaches to meet to agree plan implementation…

Training Outlook – This Week’s Forecast…

  • Core skills through Fun & Games…
Physicality   Low – Medium
Intensity   Low – Medium