Where you can play

Rugby Fives is a game that is fast, fun and great for fitness, and can be enjoyed by players of all standards. It is played in both the singles and the doubles formats in a four-sided court. Players – using leather gloves worn on both hands – aim to hit the ball above the bar running across the front wall, so that the opposition cannot return it before the second bounce. A Fives ball is slightly larger than a golf ball, leather-covered and hard. The court is slightly smaller than a squash court and has a stone, rather than wooden, floor. The game is played in a court enclosed by four walls. The ‘front’ wall has a board of wood running across it at an even height from the floor. Click to download the rules of the game

Club List

This guide indicates the whereabouts of most Rugby and Winchester Fives courts currently in use in the United Kingdom. Winchester courts are similar to Rugby courts but with a buttress on the lefthand wall. We are aware of the existence of a number of other courts but they are not in current use, as far as we know. The RFA would always be interested in receiving corrected and updated information about any of these sites or news of any others. Please contact the General Secretary.

  • Location

    Merchiston Castle School, Colinton, Edinburgh EH13 OPU Tel: 0131 441 1567

    Facilities

    2 Rugby courts, good condition. C and S available

    Contact

    Matt Hillier (master i/c). Tel: 0131 312 2200; Email:

    Location

    Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row, Edinburgh EH3 5BL Tel: 0131 556 4603

    Facilities

    2 Rugby courts

    Contact

    Hector Macfarlane (master i/c).           Email:

    Location

    Fettes College, Carrington Road, Edinburgh EH4 IQX Tel: 0131 332 2281

    Practice

    Thursdays 7pm (Caledonian Club); Thursdays 7pm during term time (Edinburgh University Fives Club)

    Facilities

    4 Rugby courts, 2 indoor, 2 open

    Contact

    School: Peter Worlledge.                                  Email:

    Caledonian Club – Thursdays 7pm: Mike Kemp Email:

    Edinburgh University Fives Club: Ben Jourdan. Mobile: 07771 850 054; Email:

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    Loretto School, Musselburgh, E. Lothian EH21 7RE Tel: 0131 653 4444

    Facilities

    3 Rugby courts, good condition.

    Contact

    Stephen Tebbutt (master i/c). Tel: tbc; Email:

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    Durham University, The University Sports Ground, The Racecourse, Durham DH1 3XU

    Facilities

    2 indoor Rugby courts

    Contact

    Captain: Christian Blackaby. Mobile tbc; Email:

    City of Durham Club. Contact Tom Wakelam:

  • Location

    Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 8JW Tel: 01253 774 201

    Facilities

    8  atypical Winchester covered courts, inc two with back walls Play: Wednesdays at 8pm

    Contact

    Lee Hodgetts (master i/c) at the school. Mobile 07957 664 682; Email:

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    Giggleswick School, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 0DE Tel: 01729 893 000

    Facilities

    2 Rugby courts

    Contact

    Dan Cook (Head of Games) at the school. Tel: 01729 893 000. Email:

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    Heath School, Savile Park, Halifax HX3 0HG Tel: 01422 360 272

    Practice

    Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm (White Rose Club)

    Facilities

    2 Rugby courts, moderate condition. As of 2017-2018 these courts are not available to play on.

    Contact

    John Hawke. Tel: 01422 845 362 or (M) 07770 845 801; Email:

    Bob Sandie. Tel: 01274 600 677 or (M) 07719 395 861; Email:

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    Dallam School Centre, Heversham, Cumbria LA7 7EH Tel: 01539 565 165

    Facilities

    1 atypical court

    Contact

    Email: tba

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    Leeds University, Devonshire Halls, Cumberland Road, Leeds LS6 2EQ Tel: 01132 751 265

    Facilities

    2 Rugby courts, currently out of use

    Contact

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    Manchester Y Club, Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR Tel: 01618 327 073

    Practice

    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm, Saturdays at 11am. Social Fives other weekdays at 5pm. C and S available (to members)

    Facilities

    2 glass-backed indoor Rugby courts

    Contact

    Dave Fox: Tel: 0161 881 0945 or (M) 07803 007 871; Email:

    Wayne Enstone. Tel: 0161 962 7075 or (M) 0161 958 3112; Email:

     

  • Location

    Little Hills Green Farm, Hackness, Scarborough YO13

    Facilities

    1 privately owned court; play by arrangement with the owner

    Contact

    John or Richard Guthrie. Tel: 01723 882 279; 01723 882 281; Email:

  • Location

    Sedbergh School, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5HG Tel: 01539 620 535

    Facilities

    4 Winchester courts in good condition

    Contact

    Jonathan Lidiard (master i/c). Tel: 01539 620 535; Mobile 07798 722 088; Email:

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    Bedford Modern School, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7NT Tel: 01234 332 500

    Contact

    School: Robert Kay (master i/c). Email: button (2)

    Practice

    Mondays 7.30 to 10.00 (Sept. to April) – Old Bedford Modernians

    Contact Philip Atkinson: Email:

    Facilities

    4 covered Rugby Fives courts in good condition. C and S available

     

    Location

    Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TU Tel: 1234 362 200

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    4 covered Rugby Fives courts, 2 good, 2 less so

    Contact

    Michael Croker (master i/c). Mobile 07961 631 527; Email:

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    Bloxham School, Nr Banbury, OX15 4PE Tel: 01295 720 206

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    2 large indoor Rugby courts in good condition

    Contact

    Simon Batten (master i/c). Mobile 07722 564 861; Email:

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    Denstone College, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 5HN Tel: 01889 590 484

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    4 covered Rugby courts, refurbished 2003

    Contact

    Tony Pearson (master i/c). Tel: 01889 590 484; Email:

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    Derby Moor Community Sports College, Moorways Lane, Littleover DE23 7FS Tel: 01332 772 706

    Practice

    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Junior Club Saturday and Sunday mornings 10-12 See website: www.derbymoorfives.net for more details

    Facilities

    2 indoor Rugby courts

    Contact

    Stuart Kirby. Tel: 01332 552 430  or (M) 07930 183 134 Email:

    Bob Dolby. Tel: 0115 925 2845 or (M) 079739 319 225 Email:

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    Malvern College, Worcestershire WR14 3DF Tel: 01684 581 500

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    4 Winchester courts in good condition

    Contact

    Chris Thomas (master i/c). Tel: 01684 573 177 or (M) 07974 316 396; Email:

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    Oswestry School, Upper Brook Street, Shropshire SY11 2TL Tel: 01691 655 711

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    1 covered Rugby court, refurbished 2010

    Contact

    Darren Hollingsworth (master i/c). Mobile 07841 479 286; Email:

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    Oundle School, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4EN Tel: 01832 273 536

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    4 indoor Rugby courts

    Contact

    Tony Burrows (master i/c). Tel.: 01832 280 639; Email:

  • Location

    Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 5DJ Tel: 01788 556 281

    Facilities

    2 indoor Rugby courts, recently built.

    Contact

    Trevor White (master i/c). Tel: 01788 556 253 or (M) 07594 433 855; Email:

  • Location

    King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon Tel: 01618 327 073

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    1 Winchester court, currently not in use

    Contact

    tba

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    St. Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JT Tel: 0208 748 9162

    Practice

    Wednesdays at 7pm: Executioners. Contact Andy Pringle: (M) 07760 172 904 or Email:

    Facilities

    6 indoor Rugby courts in good condition. C and S available.

    Contact

    Sam Roberts (master i/c). Mobile 07769 658 265; Email:

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    St. Dunstan’s College, Catford, London SE6 4TY T: 020 8516 7200

    Practice

    No regular session but outsiders welcome to play evenings

    Facilities

    3 covered Rugby courts in good condition

    Contact

    M.Woodward (master i/c). Telephone: tbc  Email: button (4)

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    Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon CR2 6YT Tel: 0208 688 9222

    Practice

    Thursdays at 7pm. Contact Nick Woolfenden (Old Whitgiftians) Tel: 01403 783 015 or (M) 07737 478 537; Email:

    Facilities

    4 covered Rugby courts in good condition.  C and S available.

    Contact

    Nick Morgan (master i/c) at the school. Tel: 0208 688 9222; Email:

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    Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU Tel: 0208 557 1500

    Practice

    Tuesday evenings: Alleyn Old Boys. Non-AOBs welcome.

    Facilities

    4 enclosed Rugby courts in good condition, recently refurbished

    Contact

    Rob Ody (master i/c). Mobile: 07714 333 539; Email:

    Hamish Buchanan (AOBs). Tel: 020 8670 5547 or (M) 07973 413 786; Email:

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    University College School, Frognal, Hampstead NW3 6HS Tel: 01714 352 215

    Practice

    Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm. C and S available

    Facilities

    2 covered Rugby courts

    Contact

    Jon Cooke (Head of Sport). Tel: tba; Email: Chris Blakeley (UCS Old Boys Club). Email:

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    Or: Duncan Neale (UCS Old Boys Club). Email:

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    Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middx HA6 2HT Tel: 01923 820 644

    Practice

    Wednesdays at 7.30pm: OMTs. Contact

    Prashant Chopra Email:

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    Gareth Price (M) 07973 832585 Email:

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    Facilities

    4 indoor Rugby courts recently demolished. Date of replacement unknown.

    Contact

    Simon Hardman (master i/c). Tel: tbc; Email:

  • Location

    Bank of England, Sports Centre, Priory Lane Roehampton SW15 5JQ Tel: 0208 392 4360

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    2 covered Rugby courts in good condition

    Contact

    Enquiries from non-Bank members: Bruce Mackenzie. Tel: 020 8675 0481; Email:

  • Location

    Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road, Stoke Newington N16 9EX Tel: 0207 241 9600

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    6 roofed Rugby Fives courts.

    Contact

    tba

  • Location

    Shrewsbury House School, 107 Ditton Raod, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6RL Tel: 0208 399 3066

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    2 three-wall courts recently refurbished

    Contact

    Bill Davison (Head of Sport). Mobile 07789 934 907; Email:

  • Location

    Cambridge University, University Sports Centre, off Madingley Road, Philippa Fawcett Drive CB3 0AS Tel:01235 336 580

    Practice

    Evenings by arrangement with the Captain of Fives (see below). See website: www.cu-sparrows.net. Non-University players are welcome: a City Fives Club is in development C and S available

    Facilities

    3 glass-backed indoor Rugby courts built 2012-2013

    Contact

    Jeremy Manger, Captain of CU Fives. Mobile 07955 784 800; Email:

    Ashwin Ahuja, Hon.Sec CU Fives. Email:

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    Bradfield College, Bradfield, Berkshire RG7 6AU Tel: 0118 964 4500

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    4 indoor Winchester courts

    Contact

    Jeremy Ball (master i/c). Mobile 07753 149 291; Email:

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    Eastbourne College, Eastbourne, Sussex BN21 4JX Tel: 01323 452 300

    Practice

    Tuesday evening club: Contact Tony Hamilton buttonBRRKCGGV

    Facilities

    3 small indoor Rugby courts with low ceilings

    Contact

    Simon Beal (master i/c). Tel: 07736 308 998; Email:

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    Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Sussex RH13 0YP Tel: 01403 211 293

    Practice

    Wednesdays at 5pm

    Facilities

    4 indoor Rugby courts in good condition

    Contact

    Ed Hatton (master i/c). Mobile 07951 157 430; Email:

  • Location

    Oxford University, University Sports Ground, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EQ  Tel: 01865 240 476

    Practice

    By arrangement with the Captain of Fives;  C and S available

    Facilities

    2 glass-backed indoor Rugby courts

    Contact

    Alex McGee (Captain of OU Fives). Email:

    Daniel Whitham (Hon.Sec. OU Fives). Email:

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    Radley College, Radley nr Abingdon, Oxon OX14 2HR. Tel: 01235 543 000

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    2 indoor Winchester courts

    Contact

    Dave Cox (master i/c). Tel: 01235 543 068; Mobile 07787 718916; Email:

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    Sutton Valence School, North Street, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3BW Tel: 01662 845 200

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    2 open-backed former bat fives courts

    Contact

    tba

  • Location

    Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP Tel: 01732 365 555

    Practice

    Tuesdays at 8 pm (Old Tonbridgians). Contact: Neil Arnott. Tel: 01732 750 221 or (M) 07973 216 044; Email:

    Facilities

    4 Rugby and 3 Winchester courts, all in good condition

    Contact

    Ian Jackson (master i/c). Tel: 01732 357 530 or (Sch) 01732 365 555; Email:

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    Clifton College, Guthrie Road, Bristol BS8 3JH Tel: 0117 315 7678

    Practice

    Wednesdays 7.15 – 9.45: West of England Club. Contact Lionel Lawson Tel: 0117 968 4914; Mobile: 07974 670 742; Email:

    Bristol University also play here with the West of England Club. Contact Ollie Arnold on:

    Facilities

    4 indoor Rugby courts with low back walls

    Contact

    tba – no Fives played at the College

  • Location

    Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA Tel: 01672 892 200

    Practice

    Club nights: Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm. Contact Richard Clark: Tel: 01672 513 707; Email:

    Facilities

    4 indoor Rugby courts in good condition. C and S available

    Contact

    Tom Kiggell (master i/c). Tel: (Sch) 01672 892 414 or (H) 01672 515 276 or (M) 07941 396 968; Email:

  • Location

    Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AP Tel: 01935 812 249

    Practice

    No regular session

    Facilities

    5 covered Rugby courts in good condition

    Contact

    Nick Scorer (master i/c). Mobile 07929 827 436; Email:

  • Location

    Mount Kelly, formerly Kelly College, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0HZ Tel: 01822 813 100

    Practice

    Master in charge: Adam Reid. Email:

    Deep West Club plays regularly, Friday evenings c 9pm. Contact Richard Bury. 01566 784 841; Email:

    Facilities

    2 covered Rugby courts

    Contact

    Nick Geere (coach): Tel: 01837 657 417 ; 07891 982 351; Email:

  • Location

    Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DN Tel: 01884 252 543

    Practice

    Wednesdays 6.30: Old Blundellian, Tiverton & Exeter Club

    Contact Alex Rew (M) 07970 958 408; Email:

    Facilities

    6 covered Rugby courts in good condition. C and S available

    Contact

    Richard Moore (master i/c). Tel: tbc; Email:

  • Location

    Winchester College, Winchester, Hants SO23 9NA Tel: 01962 621 100

    Practice

    Tuesdays 6-9pm Wessex Club: Contact Frank Akerman. Tel: 01794 513 981; Email:

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    Facilities

    4 enclosed Winchester courts. C and S available.

    Contact

    Jamie McManus (master i/c at Winchester College). Tel: 01962 621305; Email:

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    Geoffrey Hammond (at Pilgrims’ School). Tel: 01962 854 189; Email: