Chinnor Rugby Football Club

Chinnor Rugby Football Club (Chinnor RFC), Thame, Oxfordshire
Rectory Pavilion, Kingsey Road

About Chinnor Rugby Football Club (Chinnor RFC), Thame

Chinnor Rugby Football Club (Chinnor RFC) is an English rugby union club based in Thame, Oxfordshire.

Chinnor RFC was formed in 1962 and played their first game the following year. The 1970s saw the club expand to include junior and youth teams, and in 1976 the club won the Oxfordshire Cup. The club regularly runs five senior teams as well as a full youth setup from age 5 upwards.

Senior teams

The Senior Squad is the pinnacle of rugby at Chinnor RFC Thame. The squad fields two teams; the 1st XV and the 2nd XV (known as the Falcons). The 1st XV competes in the third level of English rugby, National League 1 and the Falcons play competitive friendlies against high-level opponents.

Established in 2020, the Chinnor Kites is a competitive and friendly women’s team. Made up of players of all different experience levels, the Kites actively welcome new players of all ages and abilities. Whether you are picking up a rugby ball for the first time or returning to the sport – you’ll be welcomed with a smile!

The Wildboys is the 3rd senior team at Chinnor RFC. New players are always welcome, and whether you have played before or are looking to try something new, your participation is encouraged.

As the squad for the Wildboys continues to grow, the club has re-introduced the Outlaws name, and the former 4th team has been rebranded as the Outlaws. Along with the Wildboys, the Outlaws train on Tuesdays at 7.00pm at Kingsey Road, Thame.

Youth U6 – U18

The Chinnor Colts is a large U17 / U18 squad of over 40 players that form two teams. One team is entered in the Colts U18 Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire (OBB) Division 1 and the other team in Division 2. The club also hosts a full youth setup from age 5 upwards.

The Rectory Rooms Events Centre

The club has facilities to host events, such as Christmas lunches, parties, private dining, wedding receptions, christening parties, anniversaries, meetings, conferences, training days, hospitality and corporate events.

The Rectory Rooms Conference and Events Centre can cater for a comprehensive range of events of up to 120 people. And with the additional marquee facilities, it can accommodate up to 600 guests.

Members’ bar

The club prides itself on its excellent catering facilities and elegant Rectory Room. Whether you are looking for a venue for a drinks and canape reception, a five-course banquet or a company training day with a light lunch, they can meet your requirements.

Located on the first floor of the clubhouse but with a disability lift, the room is light and airy, with a well-stocked bar and private veranda with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.


There is an area to the rear of the clubhouse, selected for its privacy and picturesque views, that’s ideal for event catering for up to 200 guests in a marquee. The club can organise the marquee. Alternatively, they can provide a quotation from a reputable contractor along with lavatory facilities. The club can provide the catering, and you’re welcome to bring your own caterers too. However, the club asks that they provide the bar.

Car parking

There is ample car parking available at Chinnor RFC. The main car park does get full on match days (get there early to get a space). There is plenty of parking space in the overflow car park – follow the internal roadway our stewards will assist with directions.

Do contact the Events Manager if you’d like more information about hosting an event at Chinnor RFC or if you’d like to discuss your plans.

Getting there

Situated on the Thame ring road, the venue is ideally positioned a short distance from Haddenham and Thame Parkway and the M40 with easy access to Heathrow Airport – approximately 45 minutes away. The M42, M4 and the M25 are also accessible which, allows fast access
to both London and Birmingham.

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