The Club’s History

oaksFounded in 1994, the Club is one of the youngest in the Rugby Football Union. The Club’s creation owes much to the efforts of Ken Banks our Chairman, and his son Simon. They have been instrumental in taking the Club forward to becoming full members of the RFU and now playing in the English League.
Prior to 1994, there was talk of forming a Club for well over a decade. The fulcrum was the desire of some enthusiastic players, already playing for other clubs in the area, who decided that it was time to have one in Verwood.

An inaugural game was organised and played at the Three Legged Cross recreation ground in March 1994, against Portcastrians (now East Dorset RFC), of Bournemouth. The response to that game encouraged an approach to the Verwood Community Association to see if a playing area could be obtained. The field adjacent to the existing soccer pitches at Potterne Park was made available for this purpose. Work was carried out by Club members to bring the field to a suitable standard. Playing equipment, services etc. were, to a great extent, funded by local businessmen. The new Pavilion at Potterne Park now offers excellent changing facilities (seen below).