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The club traces its history back to being one of founding clubs of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and is considered to be the most widely toured amateur club in the world.

Inaugural meeting of the Rugby Football Union

In 1871 Belsize Park RFC was one of the 21 clubs at the inaugural meeting of the Rugby Football Union, and therefore became pioneers of the game of Rugby Union. However, in 1878, Belsize moved to form Rosslyn Park RFC – going on to become one of England’s leading clubs.

Today's Belsize Park RFC

It was not until 1971 that the current incarnation of Belsize Park RFC was re-established by a group of local players who developed a philosophy to not only win the game, but to also win the party! The spirit of the ‘new’ club was set in its first season, when Belsize developed its 15-man game style of play and the Club had its first tour – Paris. Party to 7 a.m., kick off 9 a.m., cognac/beer 11 a.m., femmes to finish, etc.

The die was cast and Belsize developed a reputation for fun rugby, immortalised in the words of our resident Doc … “how much energy does it take to die?”. By the late 1970s, the special spirit had evolved, enticing friends from all over the world, including a number of established internationals, who relished the concept of good, free-spirit rugby, blended with partying and socialising. And Belsize was also well on its way to building its reputation for touring. Indeed, the Club is now considered the most widely toured amateur club in Britain.

and Touch rugby teams

These days, Belsize Park RFC has six weekly sides (four in leagues and two social teams), a Vets team and a Women’s team with over 380 adults playing for the club each season, making us possibly the largest adult club in the UK. The 1st XV compete in London 1. Our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Bulls XVs compete in the Middlesex Merit leagues and cups. Our Bulls and Buffs teams embody the best of social rugby. We also have a monthly Vets side and a mini and juniors club, namely the Regents Park Royals. We have been shortlisted for National Rugby Club of the Year twice in the past five years.


Belsize Park welcome players from all walks of life, especially those with international pedigree.

Over the years we have had the following internationals throw on the Heliotrope jersey and play with the Spirit of Belsize.

David Trick – England
Wayne Lewis – Wales
Mark Shaw – All Blacks
Pat Shaw – All Blacks
Clive Batchelor – St Lucia
Jonny Roche – Latvian National Coach
Adam Marcus – Luxemburg
Ben Gandy – Sweden RL
James Dewar – Sweden
Marcus Webber – Jamaica
Hernan Pintos – Uruguay 7s
Benjamin del Solar Torres – Chile
Chris Murphy – Philippines


The most central rugby club in London with male and female players of all levels.