During the winter of 2012 on a dark night in a local pub in the village of Quorn two rugby enthusiast sat debating what they saw as the problems surrounding modern grassroots rugby.
During this conversation they also questioned why a village such as Quorn had never had a rugby club in over 140 years of the games existence. This lead to only one conclusion, to create a rugby club the village could call their own whilst reverting back to the traditional values of the game that gave rugby football its rise as a community sport. Both agreed that the season should only run from mid-September until the following Easter, a format that had been ever present for a number of years before the elite game turned professional in 1995.
It was believed that this condensed season would be much more manageable for players to commit to whilst balance family and personal life. The second action was to create a purely friendly fixture program of which the club would invite local sides to be part of whilst also staggering games throughout the season allowing rest weeks for players to recover and allocate free weekends to family commitments.
The final principal agreed upon was that all players regardless of experience and ability be given equal game time and that participation be made a priority over winning, a complete about turn on the mentality of many ‘social’ teams competing in local competitions today.
In the summer of 2013 local public house ‘The White Horse’ agreed to host the club after matches placing the club in the centre of village life and soon became a place to call home for the players of Quorn Rugby Football Club.
On Saturday 7th September 2013 Quorn RFC took to the field against a Birstall XV in a game they won 17-0. This victory spring boarded the club onto winning 10 of 20 games.
More importantly the club attracted a large number of players wishing to see for them selves what was on offer. Inducted as the first name to join 'The 100 Club'.
The question on everyone's lips following a successful first season for Leicestershires youngest club was, how do we follow that? The answer it turns out was, very well indeed! Recruiting a number of new young chaps the club recorded a first victory against Stoneygate FC in front of a large crowd including Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan following our annual Presidents lunch. The season was also a huge successful away from the playing pitch as the club became incorporated, achieved the RFU club accreditation award and in the summer of 2015 was accepted as a full member of the Rugby Football Union.