Club Handbook ~ Season 2020 - 21






Ilkley Rugby Club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
“Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.”
The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
All Club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.


Ilkley Rugby Club's Disciplinary Officer is: John Coen

Ilkley Rugby Club takes discipline seriously both on and off the field.
The Club regards the authority of the referee on the field as beyond question.
The Club encourages all players and spectators to respect that authority.
In case of breach of discipline on the field Ilkley Rugby Club will follow the guidelines and regulations encapsulated in the RFU Rules and Disciplinary procedures contained in the RFU handbook.
In case of breach of Ilkley Rugby Club rules, other than on the field of play, the person or persons perpetrating the breach of rules will be referred to the committee under whose jurisdiction that person or persons belong (generally the club committee or the junior committee) for consideration. Depending of the nature of the breach the club shall have the right to terminate that person or persons' membership forthwith.


An entrance fee is made for all 1st XV home league and cup/shield matches and occasional other matches. This is payable by all whether members or visitors. There is no charge for under 18's.
Spectators should:

  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players irrespective of the team in which they play.
  • Respect match officials' decisions, even if they appear to be a mistake — remember, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for players to play rugby.
  • Never verbally abuse players, coaches, match officials or fellow spectators. Such behaviour can create a negative environment for players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
  • Verbally encourage all players in a positive manner, shouting 'for' not 'at' the players.


Ilkley Rugby Club is run by volunteers and the senior section Volunteer Coordinator is Mike Halling
In order to ensure continuity and sustainability the club has a succession plan for all key roles.
If you haven't already, please volunteer to do a job (it will help if you are DBS checked).