Welcome to the Recreation Ground, home of Torquay Athletic R.F.C.
The Recreation Ground is one of the most picturesque grounds in the South West, with a clubhouse, situated in three acresof tree lined grassland. Facilities include car parking, changing and showerrooms, snack bar and a members’ bar.
We are always looking for newmembers, both playing and social, sowelcome to our community.
We run four Senior Sides:1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV and a Colts (Under 18’s XV).
As of Season 2010/11, we now also boast a ladies rugby team.Over the years, we have produced severalinternational players – Bath and England Hooker Lee Mears started his rugbyjourney with TARFC. Mike Davis, alocal Torquay lad, played and coached England in the 70’s.
Forwards Coach John Widdicombe, another Torquinian, played for Newport and the BarbariansXV.
We have a thriving Junior Section catering for 7 year olds upwards.
On a Sunday morning there are over 200children and parents training and playingrugby – “a playground for rugby”.
We have one of the strongest Junior Sectionsin the South West and organise a Mini Easter Tournament which attracts teamsfrom South Wales, the Midlands and London, who participate in the event. Torquay has a proud history of producing quality players who have represented England at Under 16 level:
Rupert Seldon, Lee Mears, Andy Baker, James Manley, Jon Bourne and Chris Bell.
Bell joined Plymouth Albion and captained England Under 18. Ben Cole who came throug hour juniors section joined the Saracens and gained Under 21 England honours. Richard Hunt also gained England Under19 and Under 21 honours. Ben Rowntree had Welsh Under 18 honours. Certainly an impressive list of honours for any Rugby Club.