Horsham's 1st XV are looking forward to an exciting 2019/20 season competing in London 1 South following promotion from London 2 secured via a play off in April 2019. This is the highest level of league rugby that we have achieved in the last 25 years and suffice to say we are all excited about the journey ahead.
The installation of the new Artificial Grass Pitch in June 2018 delivered excellent league games and combined with the team's desire to play fast, expansive rugby saw the enjoyment factor for all increase. In terms of player recruitment, we are welcoming back a number of quality players from university and continue to attract players from the region who are keen to progress in a player lead coaching environment designed to improve all players of all abilities. Last season's strength in depth was shown with 43 players representing the club at first team level and with these players having an average age of 23, we look forward to seeing how they develop further over the next 12 months. This strength in depth bodes well for the challenges ahead and has directly translated into the preseason training where the focus on player development has seen record numbers and a hugely positive atmosphere.
The core tenants of Horsham's mobile pack and exciting backline are retained and we aim to continue the free scoring style for which Horsham has become known. Whilst the league campaign will be very tough, we certainly aim to make Coolhurst a very tough play to visit and shock a few teams on the road as well.
Training is on Tuesday and Thursday nights between 19:30 - 21:00 . All our sessions are player centric and game related with the aims of developing all abilities. New players are most welcome of all abilities as we have coaching set ups to cater for all players.
The Senior Coaching team is Headed by Nick Stocker, supported by attack and skills coach Richard Bell, forwards coach Adam Halsey, and defence coach Johnny Porter who together are now entering their third season as a unit. Michael Fisher is the Club Captain who represents the players views on the committee. The 1st XV are skippered by new Captain Jamie Redmayne who rejoined the club following an illustrious career playing for Worthing in the National Leagues and was instrumental in the push for promotion.