Spotlight on Gainsborough sport: Gainsborough Rugby Club

Gainsborough All Blacks v Cleethorpes (w130930-2f)
Gainsborough All Blacks v Cleethorpes (w130930-2f)

In the first of a new regular series, Gainsborough Town Council’s sports development officer Dave Carter profiles one of the area’s sports clubs.

The series will give sports fans the chance to find out what’s on offer in and around the town, if you’re looking for sport to watch or to get involved in playing, coaching or volunteering.

This week’s club under the spotlight is Gainsborough Rugby Union Football Club.

Dave writes...The club is based at the Queen Elizabeth High School Morton Terrace, Gainsborough DN21 12ST and trains on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm- 8.30pm.

Matches are played on Saturdays and details of the matches and start time can be found on the club web site.

The club runs two teams; the first team, the All Blacks, who will be playing in the NLD Six North East League, NLD Junior Vase Competition and Lincs Junior Cup.

The second team, known as the Maoris, will be playing in the Lincolnshire Merit League and cup competition.

Training is carried out under the watchful gaze of experienced coach Mark Turtle who is able assisted by Andy Dean, Dave Gill and Aaron Dawson.

The coaches are all qualified under the Rugby Football Union coaching scheme.

The club is always looking to strengthen and develop the club so training is open to new and old members alike.

Gainsborough Rugby Club also welcomes those people who would like to work on their own physical development by joining in with the club’s training.

The club is one of the oldest sporting organisations in the town and was re-established in 1974 and those recent years have seen the club grow from one team to two.

The club’s ambitions are to develop further with the future in mind, bringing on junior sides over the next 12 months.

The club is working with the RFU development officer Gareth Short and secretary to the league Mike Waplington to complete a five year development plan.

The plan is to enable them to form school links with all of the schools in the town, to grow the club and its junior section, securing the future of the club.

Gainsborough Rugby Club would welcome spectators, new playing members and volunteers to help and support the club.

They make everyone welcome and can be found after matches and training in The Maltings, discussing the game and developing their social side.

You can follow the progress of the club’s senior and junior sides through match reports and news stories in the Gainsborough Standard sport pages each week, and online at

If you want to become involved in the club or would like to sponsor either of the teams or to find out more information, please contact club secretary Tony Goude on 01724 763825 or email him at

Alternatively, visit the club’s website at