Welcome to Charlton Park – Strength, Standards, Sportsmanship, Sociability. This is what makes the club unique. This is why players continue to join us. And why they stay.
We are strong because we don’t accept elitism. Everyone in the club is on a par, everyone mixes, we have a long heritage and its values are as important today as ever.
Our standards are high. We are sportsmen and sportsmanlike. We are welcoming and sociable to each other and to our visitors. We have a gym and squash court as well as a proper rugby club bar.
We are a success because of what we have. Many of our players join from a non-rugby background, they learn the game here, they learn to love it, and they stay here – unless like Terry Read they move up that is. What is more, they come from every background; some work in the City, some are students, some are out of work.
But many also are new to the area, who work in Canary Wharf or live in this part of London where there are not so many clubs, they may play in the City League on one of our two floodlit pitches. We go out of our way to make them welcome.
We do yoyo a bit; it’s what you expect when you can’t plan for players joining. We just pick from who’s signed up, but if you want to get in the first team squad you’ll have to train regularly and commit yourself to us, which is why we’re at level 6 in English rugby and ranked in the top ten in Kent.
We’re in south-east London, hardly a rugby hotspot, surrounded by football schools and clubs. But we’re a centre of the community and a home ground for Kent Under 18 and Under 20 teams.
We’ve been in existence for 122 years. We still run 4 teams (and we’re looking for five) and our junior numbers are on the up due to our coaching in local schools.
We have the best pitches and clubhouse in the area.
So why not come along. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
Here’s what a recent South African recruit says.
I was born and raised in the Cape and went to one of the top boys schools, Paarl Boys High, who were very passionate about their rugby. After completing my university degree at Stellenbosch, I was lucky enough to get a semi pro contract down in Devon.
I eventually moved to London. I joined another semi-pro team on the rise in London in the National 3 league, where I played for two seasons. As my day job in London became more demanding, I found it harder to keep up with the physical demands of playing at that level and I was on the lookout for a club where I could still play a decent level.
I was introduced to the club through an acquaintance from work and after meeting the coaches on-site, I could see it was everything you would want in a sports club. Rich history, cozy clubhouse, close to central London, squash courts and gym onsite, great atmosphere and a beautiful pitch are some of the main attributes that makes the club special.
Charlton Park is a very friendly club and I was made to feel at home immediately by players and supporters alike. There is a good balance between the social & competitive element, ultimately guys in the team are all there to play a good brand of rugby with their mates.
I would definitely recommend the club for anyone who is keen too join a decent level team and have a few beers after the game. What I have found with rugby, especially being from a foreign country, is it immediately puts you in a large friend group which often takes years to build up – especially in London.
Did I mention they are sponsored by Spur!
I am a born and bred South African from sunny Pretoria who enjoyed much of my childhood/ early adulthood out on the rugby field ( playing barefoot as a youth of course!). Whilst in Pretoria I played my rugby for Naka Bulls up to U20. After moving (back) to London (Eltham) and suddenly realising I hadn’t played rugby in a team capacity in ten years, my English wife nudged me into looking for a local rugby club to become part of. On joining CPRFC I found the atmosphere friendly , supportive with lots of different social events which enabled me to get to know like minded people who lived in the same area. 5 seasons on and I’m still enjoying it as much , have become the 3rd XV captain and hopefully will be enjoying many more seasons to come.
Anyway; I started playing rugby in a township just outside Pretoria (Tshwane), where I was coached to develop some skills to end up playing for the county (Blue-Bulls Academy) and some of the semi-professional teams (Naka Bulle, Tukkies-University of Pretoria and Police Rugby Club).
I moved to Brighton where I played for the Brighton Rugby Club, I was involved in their promotion campaign between 2008-2011 to a higher league.
When I moved from Brighton one of my university friends told me about the club and it was in close proximity to where I live. After my first training at the club I feel like being at home from home, a sanctuary for me to pursue my passion for the sport and I enjoy the camaraderie amongst all players. I feel the coaches have a genuine desire to develop all players to their best ability.