In 1871 Belsize Park RFC was one of the 21 clubs at the inaugural meeting of the Rugby Football Union, and therefore became pioneers of the game of Rugby Union. However, in 1878, Belsize moved to form Rosslyn Park RFC - going on to become one of England's leading clubs.
It was not until 1971 that the current incarnation of Belsize Park RFC was re-established by a group of local players who developed a philosophy to not only win the game, but to also win the party! The spirit of the 'new' club was set in its first season, when Belsize developed its 15-man game style of play and the Club had its first tour - Paris. Party to 7 a.m., kick off 9 a.m., cognac/beer 11 a.m., femmes to finish, etc.
The die was cast and Belsize developed a reputation for fun rugby, immortalised in the words of our resident Doc ... "how much energy does it take to die?”. By the late 1970s, the special spirit had evolved, enticing friends from all over the world, including a number of established internationals, who relished the concept of good, free-spirit rugby, blended with partying and socialising. And Belsize was also well on its way to building its reputation for touring. Indeed, the Club is now considered the most widely toured amateur club in the Britain.
These days, Belsize Park RFC has three regular sides. The 1st XV compete in Herts/Middlesex 1, and have ambitions to reach the London leagues. Both the 2nd and 3rd XV teams play in the Middlesex Merit tables as well as invitational tournaments.