Welcome to RFC Haarlem

We’re a friendly, thriving rugby club based in Haarlem Noord for men, women and children from 5 years old. Most members are Dutch but we’ve plenty of players and families from around the world, including most major rugby lands. Our contact people (see below) and trainers can all speak Dutch and English.

A club for everyone


Founded in 1980, we’re proud of our history,but focusedon today and tomorrow. In 2020, we were promoted to the Eredivisie, the country’s top league. Our next goal is be national champions by 2025. But with 3 senior men’s teams and a ladies team, we’re a club for players of every standard, whether you’re super serious or more of a recreational player. There’s even akeen touch rugby group for those whose full-contact days are behind them…


Haarlem has one of the country’s most flourishing youth sections. From our 5-year-oldmuggen (‘mosquitos’, the nickname for people from Haarlem) to the 8/9-year-old Benjamins, the kids play in mixed ability teams. From the 10-year-old Minis up to 18, there’s team selection. Our first teams compete at the highest level in every age group, while our other teams are also highly successful in lower divisions. We also regularly see older youth players selected for national squads or choosing to study in a traditional rugby land where they can take their love of the game to another level. But in all age groups the priority of our trainers is having fun, personal growth and rugby values.

One big friendly family

At RFC Haarlem, our players and parents ARE the club. We foster an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, and everyone is happy to ‘do their bit’. A good example is our new clubhouse, which opened in 2019as a result of hard work by everyone. The result is an award-winning building: a bright, modern space with state-of-the-art technicalfacilities, great views of the main pitch and thatunique warm atmosphere for which rugby clubs are famous. Why not swing by and see for yourself.

For more information, please contact: info@rugbyclubhaarlem.nl


Respect, fun, teamwork,discipline, sportsmanship.
At RFC Haarlem these aren’t just words. They’re the values we live by and instil in every player, from the youngest mug to our first team captain. Ask anyone’s who played, and they’ll tell you: rugby is more than a sport. It’s a way of life, a welcoming family. Full-on excitement coupled with mutual respect and camaraderie. You quickly learn in rugby that to win you must work as a team. And some things matter more than winning. Like respect for the officials, your opponents and your teammates. So on the field, we play hard but fair. And off it, we think it’s vital that as a club we’re part of and give back to our community.

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