The Stokes Valley Rugby Football Club was started in 1949, with the first Stokes Valley team playing in the Junior 2 division.
From the inception of the Stokes Valley Rugby Football Club, the main aim was to provide rugby for the local community, with rugby at this time being based around a local community, most of these community clubs have since disappeared. Since that time the club has developed with the building of the gymnasium in 1966 which served as the clubrooms, and later the building of the current lounge in 1979.
We also have a well equipped Weights Room; Wet weather training area; 2 floodlit fields; Indoor gymnasium.
In past seasons the club has cemented it’s place in the senior 1st division, finishing second in the Ed Chaney Cup in 2005, and looking on track to improve on last year. The 2005 under 19 team won the 2nd division grade, and our President’s team won the Griffith Memorial Trophy.
In 2005 we set up an academy for young up and coming players and with the success of that we will be doing the same this year. The academy’s focus is to develop players to move into the senior levels of rugby by bringing these players together, building skill base and involving younger members with our senior players. This year we will look to go another step forward with another intake of young players. Pre-season the academy will look to play games against other academies. Also a limited number of players, from the 2006 academy, will be identified to work with the Club’s Coaching Co-ordinator for additional skill’s development.
In 2006 the club has fielded Senior 1st, Senior 3rd, Under 19 and Presidents teams. With the continuing development of the academy, and the work of the Club Coaching Co-ordinator, we are intending to field a Senior 1st, Senior 3rd, Women’s, Under 21, Under 19 and President’s teams in 2007.
A number of the rugby player’s partners got together and set up a netball club, under the Stokes Valley Rugby name. We now boast four netball teams playing in the Hutt Valley competition at both social and competitive levels.