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North Walsham is one of the youngest rugby
clubs playing in the National League. Founded in 1962, the early games
were played on school pitches in the town.
Later the ground at Scottow, seen in the panorama
here, was purchased. At the time there was no clubhouse and the
players changed at the Horseshoes PH and drank there afterwards,
presumably unshowered! Fortunately for all, money was
raised, the two storey clubhouse built and yet more land purchased.
Friendlies and Merit Table games were played until
the Leagues were introduced in about 1987. Rapid promotion brought
the club to the National Divisions in 1990 and there they have remained.
The players are all true amateurs, in that they
are unpaid but the commitment would put many a semi-professional
to shame. The club employs a professional
Director of Rugby, Jon Curry who has built a coaching team including
Nick Youngs the former England and Leicester scrum half, who at
one time came out of retirement to play for the club.
Touchline support is excellent, with home games
attracting a crowd of around 500 spectators. Apart from the main
first team the club also runs two other sides each Saturday and
on Sunday mornings Scottow is home to the mini and youth section
for children from seven years upwards. There is a growing Ladies
Section for under 16's who are now being entered in various competitions.
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