Alain van West appointed mens Head Coach

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is pleased to welcome new Head Coach Alain van West for the 2024/25 season!

With over 15 years experience in men’s, women’s and youth Rugby across all levels of the game, Alain’s focus will be on helping all teams achieve their potential, growing the club and ensuring everyone has fun!

In the words of Alain himself, “Something clicked. I could feel straight away that we all shared the same goals – play to our potential, grow the club and enjoy ourselves. The more we talked, the more the fit felt natural and it proved impossible to resist.

I’m very pleased to be appointed. From what I have witnessed, there are clearly some brilliant rugby brains at Hammers, and I’ll be looking forward to tapping into these while we foster an environment where we all grow together.”

Join us in welcoming Alain to the London’s best

Leyland SDM becomes club partner

Leading specialist in decorating and DIY retailer Leyland SDM has signed up as a new Club Partner, having opened a new branch in Hammersmith to add to their established base in Fulham.

The new store was officially opened by Stuart Pearce (aka “Psycho”) who we understand is rather well-known as a player of some kind of team sport with a round ball.

The Hammersmith shop offers a large range of paint, decorating and DIY products and tools, catering for both trade and retail customers. With over 30 years’ experience, Leyland has in-store experts who can provide a paint colour mixing service in a wide range of finishes and brands.

In addition to expert decorating and DIY advice, Leyland stocks leading brands such as Leyland Trade Paint, Dulux Trade Paint, Little Greene Paint, Paint Library and Farrow & Ball Paint.  They also stock a large range of building supplies, hardware products, plumbing and heating supplies, ironmongery, cleaning supplies, silicones, adhesives and painting and decorating essentials. There is also a dedicated timber department and a loading bay right outside the store where you can pick up plywood, hardboard, melaminie, planed, sawn & CLS timber.

So, if you’re looking for a paint, decorating and DIY shop, visit Leyland SDM today and tell them you’re a Hammer. They will be happy to help!

The new store can be found at 137-139 Kings Road, Hammersmith.

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Clean air trial affects Hurlingham Park

New clean air trial goes live in South Fulham

The Council’s new clean air scheme will affect visitors to Hurlingham Park. Here’s what the Council has to say…


A pioneering Clean Air Neighbourhood project to improve air quality and local people’s health was extended to all of South Fulham on 1 December.

It follows the successful trial to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road which has seen 8,000 fewer cars emitting dangerous nitrogen oxide entering the area. Carbon dioxide emissions have reduced by one tonne a day.

The new trial to the west aims to discourage out-of-borough motorists from using residential streets as cut-throughs.

It uses smart technology cameras to reduce pollution and congestion in the streets to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road.

All residents of the borough with vehicles registered in Hammersmith & Fulham can go through the cameras without penalty.

Visitors can drive to every street in the area and avoid the cameras by entering and leaving via New Kings Road or entering and leaving via Wandsworth Bridge Road. Residents can also give their visitors free access through RingGo or a hotline (see below).

Out-of-borough motorists who go through the cameras will get warning letters for the first few weeks. After then, non-H&F drivers seeking to cut through between Wandsworth Bridge Road and New Kings Road, creating pollution and congestion, will face fines.

Improvements to Wandsworth Bridge Road will also make the air cleaner and the road safer, with safer cycleways, improved crossing and junctions and illuminated 20mph signs.

The trial will last between six and 18 months and residents will be fully consulted as it proceeds. Poor UK air quality causes up to 36,000 deaths a year, equating to 87 deaths in H&F. We aim to clean our air and save lives.

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Physios Wanted

We are looking for some more physios to join our friendly physio team. Our physios provide pitch-side care for our adult and youth teams during matches and at training sessions as well as undertaking injury assessments. Our physios play a vital role in keeping our players safe and ensuring that they only take the field when they are fit to do so. We are very flexible and are happy to work around your other commitments. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact our Physio Manager, Luke Theophilus, at for further information.

Physios Wanted

The Hammers are looking to recruit part time physios to join our existing team who cover all adult matches (male and female) as well as providing support to our Youth Section.

If you are interested, please email for more information.

Return to Play

The new season is set to start as normal for the whole community game with the RFU announcement that clubs can re-instate scrums and mauls in training from Monday 19 July and in matches from Saturday 7 August. The new season is set to start as normal for the whole community game.

Clubs and players will be able to return to full contact rugby. As always, player welfare is the main priority and the return to scrums and mauls will be managed as safely as possible in accordance with the step-by-step plan published by the RFU.


The Adult Game

When can clubs return to full contact rugby? (10s and 15-a-side)

We have carefully considered the preparation period required after a long lay-off. We have taken advice from medics, coaches, directors of rugby and players within the community game to create the below pathway:

Adult Rugby

The updated rugby roadmap for adult rugby is here.

Monday 19 July

Scrums and mauls can be re-instated in training only.

A minimum 3-week preparation period of training sessions follows ahead of match play.

Coaches are reminded that they are responsible for working with all players to assess their physical readiness and technical competence before returning to scrummaging. Players may be at different levels of fitness and conditioning. See below guidance for returning to scrummaging safely.

Coaches must be satisfied that players have undertaken sufficient technical preparation, skill refinement and reconditioning work before returning to full contact match play.

Internal training games are allowed between Monday 19 July and Saturday 7 August. Training games should include an incremental approach to scrummaging and coaches should rotate players every 20 minutes. Clubs should not return to match intensity full contact 15 a-side training games immediately.

Saturday 7 August

Full contact 15-a-side and 10-a-side rugby matches, with scrums and mauls, may resume against other clubs from, and not before, Saturday 7 August.

It is the choice of clubs and players whether they wish to compete in full contact matches from Saturday 7 August. There is no pressure to do so.

Teams that do not yet feel ready for full contact 15s have the option of playing 7s, 10s, XRugby or 15-a-side rugby with uncontested scrums.

Saturday 4 September

Full contact 15-a-side league rugby commences for Men’s Levels 3 and 4, and for 14-team men’s leagues in Levels 5 and below.

Saturday 18 September

Full contact 15-a-side league rugby commences for 12 and 10 league men’s teams in London & SE.

Saturday 25 September

Full contact 15-a-side league rugby commences for 12 and 10 league men’s teams in North, Midlands & SW.

25/26 September

Full contact 15-a-side- rugby commences for majority of women’s competitions.


Youth Rugby

The Age Grade Summer Activity Framework remains in place for the June to August off-season period.

After the disruptions of the pandemic, this enables players to continue to re-engage with rugby throughout the summer months if they wish, and to safely build their readiness to play full contact rugby from Saturday 4 September.

To support this, the Summer Activity Framework already includes provision for friendly matches to be played under adapted contact laws during August. These can start from 7 August, following a period of development in training sessions from Monday 19 July.

This enables scrums and mauls to be reintroduced in a controlled way in friendlies and helps players who have not yet played them, particularly at U14-U16, the chance to experience these key elements of full contact rugby.

More detailed communication will follow on adapted contact laws for Age Grade friendlies.

Monday 19 July

From Monday 19 July, scrum and maul progressions can be included in the defined training times shown in the framework.

XRugby can continue to be played through the rest of July in friendlies (without scrum or mauls).

Saturday 7 August – Saturday 4 September

Adapted contact laws may begin in Age Grade friendlies from Saturday 7 August.

XRugby and non-contact can also continue in friendly matches.

Saturday 4 September

Full contact 15-a-side matches permitted.

Timings for RFU national age grade competitions remain as previously communicated:

W/c 13 Sept – U18s Schools Cup
W/c 27 Sept – U15s Schools Cup
W/c 4 Oct – U18 Boys Age Grade Cup
W/c 11 Oct- U18s/U15s Girls Age Grade Cup

Notice of Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held online
at 7.30pm on Monday 28th JUNE 2021.


Details of how to join the meeting and access the papers will be emailed to all Voting Members (Vice Presidents, Life members, Playing members & Associate members) by Monday 21st June 2021.


Chris Cuthbertson
Hon Secretary
Hammersmith & Fulham RFC


Youth rugby returns

In accordance with government guidelines, Youth rugby will resume on Sunday 4th April and we will be running training as usual from 10am to 12 noon. Everybody is welcome, however all players must be members to ensure that we are following guidelines and keeping everybody safe. Please therefore ensure that you have purchased membership before turning up on Sunday.

Details of all membership options and how to join can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at Hurlingham Park in April!

Hardship Grant

Middlesex Rugby, our governing county, has offered funds to support disadvantaged young players at its clubs to contribute to membership fees or buy kit and boots for young players up to the age of 18 who’s family is finding it hard to make ends meet.  The County will contribute up to 50% of annual membership fees with clubs making up the shortfall. They will also pay the full cost of playing kit, boots and gum shields.

The grant can be applied for by the club or by a parent, and applications will remain open for the rest of the year.

Funding decisions will be made my a Middlesex Rugby panel.

To apply, please complete the online application form which can be submitted directly to Middlesex Rugby.

There is also a Middlesex Immediate Support Fund, available if you have financial concerns due to the impact of COVID-19. If you would like more information about this, please contact Louise Latter, Middlesex Rugby Development, at

Club Shop

We have had to close our club shop on a Sunday morning because of Covid-19 restrictions. But youth kit, including jerseys, shorts, socks, beanie hats, fleeces and gum shields, is now available online from our partners at Tacklebag. Please note that some items are low on stock, but we are working hard to rectify this.

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Jersey JNR      Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Short JNR      Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Socks      Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Beanie Hat

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