September 7, KO 3:00 pm, Bath Recreation Ground

Ealing Community Transport is offering to arrange minibus transport to Bath’s ground for £42.50 return. Minibus capacity is 15 persons.

Securing the transport is dependent on confirmed numbers and prepayment by Friday 19 July.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to book. Please provide the number of seats and names of those intending to travel.

We have also been advised that some of our supporters have booked 16 tickets in Block ED Rows J and K (8 in each) Seats 86 – 93. The same seat numbers are available in row L.

Further information about the pre-game meet up will follow.
Bath Recreation Ground, Bathwick, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, West of England, England, BA2 4DS,

Ealing Trailfinders 1871 RFC has a vacancy for the Playing Kit and Equipment Manager’s role. We are looking for an active person that is interested in the progression of the 1871 Men’s section and enjoys being involved in Amateur Rugby.

The role can be tailored to the individual and the level of commitment they can offer. You will be working alongside the team managers, coaches and the executive members.

This is primarily a Thursday night role (training 1900 – 2100 hrs)

The role is as below 

  • Coordinate laundry for the amateur sections (currently contracted to Pressgang)
  • Communicate with the laundry company as required
  • Check playing kit numbers when returned from laundry
  • Report missing items and request replacements
  • Check balls are pumped
  • Check condition of tackle bags and report if repairs required
  • Keep record of equipment and report losses

This role will be supported by injured players that are on site receiving treatment on the night and other available volunteers.

If you are interested contact Chairman Rodger Hitchcock or 07384 623995.

Ealing Trailfinders 1871 RFC has a vacancy for the 1st Team Manager’s role. We are looking for a active person that is interested in the progression of the 1871 Men’s section and enjoys being involved in Amateur Rugby.

The role can be tailored to the individual and the level of commitment they can offer. You will be working alongside the 2nd and 3rd team managers (who are in post), coaches and the executive members.

We have a well-established Players Leadership Group which is also very proactive with on and off pitch support.

The role is as below

  • Communicate directly with the 1st team coaches
  • Help with player availability (this is primarily done by the leadership team)
  • Manage kit for match days
  • Playing kit
  • Balls, cones, water bottles, bibs, tackle shields, Physio bag etc.
  • Coordinate transport if required on away games
  • Work with the coach to set up on match days
  • Interact the referees (match day)
  • Set out the playing kit in the changing rooms pre match
  • Ensure all playing kit is returned to the club for laundry post-match (laundry is collected on a Monday)
  • Welfare of injured players on match days
  • Management meal tickets

Tuesday & Thursday training

  • Tuesdays is a skills training session and you would be welcome to be involved.
  • Thursday is match preparation run throughs etc.

Ideally we would like the 1st Team Manager to attend Thursdays and help coordinate for the weekends.

  • Help sort the laundry and check correct numbers on shirts, shorts and socks are in bags
  • Check with the physios they have what they need
  • Prepare equipment especially if it’s an away game
  • Ensure someone is taking the kit to and from matches

If you are interested contact Chairman Rodger Hitchcock or 07384 623995.

The 7th Ealing Sports Awards, sponsored by Everyone Active were held at William Perkin High School on Monday 8th July.

The awards are a celebration of the volunteers, sports clubs and the vast number of sports people that contribute to and benefit from community sport in Ealing.

Ealing Trailfinders were short listed in three categories, Ealing Sports Club of the Year, Adult Volunteer of the Year and Junior Volunteer of the Year.

Well Done to:

Jessica Bloom – shortlist nominee – Adult Volunteer of the Year

Rowan Simpson – shortlist nominee – Junior Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations go to Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club who were awarded Ealing Sports Club of the year. The award was accepted by Club Chairman Adrian Hobbs, closely supported by Andrew Quick, Kean Marden and Cyril Renaud.

Congratulations go to Rowan Simpson, recipient of the Junior Volunteer of the Year award.

A familiar face, Olivia Blackman (formally of Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club) also took part in the celebrations, having secured gold as part of the Ealing Hand Ball Team at the London Youth Games 2024.

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wealth of sports clubs and community organisations across Ealing run by hundreds of dedicated and passionate volunteers, who provide sporting opportunities throughout the year for children and adults – they really are the backbone of sport and without them Ealing wouldn’t have the rich and talented sporting community it does.

Our exciting holiday camps are back for the Summer! Join us in one of our three locations across west London to learn some skills and make friends with our fully qualified coaches!

We are running camps at the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium in Hammersmith, Hillingdon Abbots Rugby Club in Hillingdon and off course at Vallis way.

There’s lots of choice for you this summer as we will be running our HAF multi sport camps, football, netball, and rugby masterclasses for both boys and girls!

If you or anyone that you know is interested in joining us, you can find more information and book through our website: Ealing Trailfinders Camps


Trailfinders Women are delighted to announce the signing of Ireland U20 international Niamh Gallagher ahead of the 24/25 season.

Gallagher, who started playing rugby at Enfield Ignatians is a promising playmaker who impressed in this summers U20 Six Nations series in Parma.

She displayed a well rounded game at full back featuring defensive stability coupled with dynamism when she has the ball in hand.

Signing for Trailfinders, Gallagher said: “I’m really looking forward to being apart of the Trailfinders family and can’t wait to be apart of the bright future of the club!”

Click here to read the full article.

Trailfinders Women are delighted to announce the signing of Sally Williams from Loughborough Lightning ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

The back row scored 25 appearances for the Lightning, scoring three tries during her time in the Midlands.

Williams’ signing brings another leader into the squad, having captained the Lightning against Trailfinders in the Allianz Cup.

Signing for Trailfinders, Williams said: “I’m really excited about this new chapter in my rugby career. Trailfinders are an awesome team, who’ve had a great start to the premiership league, and signing with a team like them for the 2024/2025 season will definitely help me to grow as a player! I’m massively looking forward to preseason and excited to be a part of the journey Trailfinders are on !”

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Trailfinders Women are delighted to announce the signing of GB7s Olympian and Scotland star Lisa Thomson.

Thomson rose up through the ranks playing for East of Scotland under-18s, Scotland under-18s and under-20s.

The playmaker made her full international debut against England at Broadwood in the 2016 Six Nations opener, and Thomson went on to captain her country on multiple occasions, including the 2021 Rugby World Cup.

Most recently Thomson was named in the GB7s squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics, making her Trailfinders Women’s fifth Olympian.

Joining Trailfinders Women, Thomson said: ““I’m really looking forward to returning to the premiership with Trailfinders. There’s a strong group of players that have been playing an exciting brand of rugby. I cant wait to get stuck in and hopefully contribute to the growth of the team.”

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Trailfinders Women have signed partnership with Activate Learning to deliver an elite high performance girls’ pathway. The programme will be delivered out of Activate Learning’s excellent City of Oxford College Centre Campus. The programme will provide:

  • Outstanding professional coaches, strength and conditioning staff, analysis and medical support.
  • Pastoral support and guidance.
  • 15hrs + of dedicated contact time each week with full-time rugby staff.
  • Access to A Levels and BTEC courses.
  • Outstanding accommodation on site providing an immersive rugby and academic experience.
  • Quality playing and training facilities including artificial and grass pitches, as well as state of the art Strength & Conditioning facilities and pool.
  • The opportunity to study an additional sporting qualification- Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE), for selected students
  • Compete in the highest standard of girls college rugby in the UK, with squads in both the ACE League and AOC Premier competition.
  • Scholarships and bursary through Trailfinders Women’s performance pathway
  • Coaching support from Trailfinders Women’s players and professional coaches
  • A defined pathway from college through Brunel University towards Trailfinders Women’s PWR rugby.

CLICK HERE to find out more.


After a month of Strength and Conditioning taking place at Vallis Way and at other gyms around the country the Ealing Trailfinders 1871 Men resumed pitch-based training on 2nd July.


This continues each Tuesday and Thursday, interrupted by friendly fixtures at Vallis Way against Twickenham on Saturday 17th August and Old Priorian on Thursday 29th August 2024.