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. [toggle title=”Scotland” load=”hide”] [tabs] [tab title=”Edinburgh”]

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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Location

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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Location

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

Facilities

2 indoor Rugby courts

Contact

Captain: George Marshall. Mobile tbc; Email:

City of Durham Club. Contact Tom Wakelam:

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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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Location

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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Location

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

Practice

White Rose Club played here but as of 2017-2018 these courts are not available to play on.

Facilities

2 Rugby courts, moderate condition.

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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Location

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

Facilities

1 atypical court  Not available to members of the public.

Contact

Email: tba

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Location

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

Facilities

2 Rugby courts, currently out of use

Contact

tba

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Location

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:

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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:

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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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Location

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

Henry Vann (master i/c). Mobile 07791 138 853; Email:

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Location

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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Location

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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Location

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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Location

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:

Town Club: Steven Coffey on

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Location

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

Practice

No regular session

Facilities

1 covered Rugby court, refurbished 2010

Contact

Julian Noad. Mobile tbc; Email:

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Location

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:

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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:

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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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Location

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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Location

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

Rebecca Watkins (Director of Sport). Telephone: tbc  Email:

Mat Francis (coach): Email:

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Location

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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Location

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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Location

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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Location

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

Practice

There are no longer courts at the school For further information contact Gareth Price

(M) 07973 832585 Email:

Facilities

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

Contact

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

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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:

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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

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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. Not in use for Fives acc. to information received in October 2019

Contact

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

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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

Ashwin Ahuja, Captain of CU Fives. Mobile tbc; Email:

Sarthak Garella, Hon.Sec CU Fives. Email:

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Location

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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Location

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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Location

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

Practice

Wednesdays at 5pm

Facilities

4 indoor Rugby courts in good condition

Contact

 Bart Callaghan (master i/c). Mobile tbc; Email:

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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

Dan Whitham (Captain of OU Fives). Email:

Caspar Kengeter (Hon.Sec. OU Fives). Email:

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Location

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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Location

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

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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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Location

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

Two clubs use the school’s courts.

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

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Location

Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA Tel: 01672 892200

Practice

Club nights: Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm. Contact Harvey Bishop: 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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Location

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

Practice

Tuesdays 6-9pm Wessex Club: Contact Harry Akerman. Tel: tbc; Email:

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:

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