INTRODUCTORY MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This historic rugby Club, as one of the oldest in the country, has a special reputation to uphold and a duty to be recognised and respected for good not bad behaviour. As such, we must respectfully remind all members, players and guests to Warner’s Bridge Park, on the road playing or supporting any Southend RFC team, that the officials should be respected at all times and their decisions accepted without dissent and that we all enjoy this great game that we love for those reasons that are the foundation of Rugby and which separate it from other sports!
Any incidents of bad behaviour and ill-discipline, and especially abuse of match officials, will not be tolerated and those transgressors will be sanctioned, not only by the Club but will be liable to further sanction from the RFU and may also bring the club into disrepute.
The spirit of the game
It is so important that we engender the spirit of our game by applying the RFU core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Ever since the inception of Rugby, we can all be proud that, even after a physically aggressive contest, the teams still shake hands and share a drink at the bar. In our game, the referee is still called “sir” (or m’am) and their word is law. Supporters sit side by side, share a beer and applaud good play from wherever it comes. This is Rugby. Frankly, if you don’t feel aligned to the values of Rugby, we would question whether you are in the right place.
Support RFU values
Make no mistake, as rugby coaches, players or supporters - as adult role models - we’re not merely in the business of making great Rugby players - in our privileged position, we are, like it or not, in the business of helping to create great young people.
RFU Core Values are articulated in the acronym T.R.E.D.S: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship. Please observe them - always.
SRFC Co-Chairmen, David Short & David Ridler
and the entire SRFC Management Committee
Rugby's Core Values
Rugby’s values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create. They define the game and define England Rugby.
Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept our decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.
Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.