Bournemouth 2017; Citta di Castello 2018;
It’s a welcoming club that doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve been through to welcome you into the family. We’re all from different backgrounds and circumstances but come together each week to play some rugby and have some beers.
I’d only recently just returned to playing rugby after 7 years of not playing with the social sides at Ampthill, playing a season there before I went through a messy break up from a relationship that meant I cut a lot of ties socially. I joined West London because they were the closest team to me.
I played a bit while I was younger but then didn’t play for 7 years, completely losing my fitness and putting on quite a bit of weight. One day, I just had enough. I ended up playing one season of social rugby and caught the bug again. The season just gone was my 5th season back playing.
At my first training session, I was introduced to all the boys and invited to various socials and got to know a few of the boys over time. I’ve been at the club for 4 plus years but it feels like I’ve known these boys my whole life. There’s a bit of a warped sense of humour that’s infectious. We’ve been having a 3-year debate about when you wipe your a*se do you sit or stand to do it. Strangely enough, it’s about 50:50 at the moment!
Honestly, it’s a good laugh with a great bunch of people. Boys have come and gone since I’ve been at the club but they’re all still included and come back to visit the family. We’re all a bit strange in our ways, and so you should come and join the other misfits for a laugh every week with a bunch of lads that would genuinely do anything for you. I’ve moved house twice since joining and had help both times. I’ve moved to Hertford and then Aylesbury but wouldn’t dream of leaving the club. I’d be happy to talk to anyone that was thinking of joining if you’re unsure.