At 50 years old, Teachers RFC was founded by a quintet of English teachers whose early opposition was mainly provided by sailors from visiting UK naval forces.The Naval Dockyard at the far end of the 22 mile long island, which is the oldest of the few remaining British colonies, was a hive of activity in the 1960′s and matches between the club and visiting HM ships were played nearby at Malabar shore base. However, the club also played at Prospect near the National Stadium before moving on to National Sports Club which is now the Montessori School.
Games are now held at BAA on Friday nights and at Malabar Sports Fields and the National Sports Centre during the season. The founding members were Gave Rodrigues, Olly McKittrick, Alan Leigh, Ted Pearson and Cary Maddern and the entire team was initially made up of ex-pat schoolmasters, some of whom came out of retirement to join the fledgling club. Post match entertainment has always been a high priority in rugby circles and there is no difference in Bermuda.
In the early days the club did not have a regular ‘watering hole’ and met at Huntley Towers in Paget where four members were living. Later they used a room at the back of the 21 Club which is now the Pickled Onion restaurant. In 1975 they settled in at the Old Colony Club and later moved to Halfway House, a really old Bermudian property in Flatts Village. The Docksiders bar on Front Street in Hamilton is the current HQ and has been for years. Teachers RFC has won honors galore. The club has three consecutive league championships in recent years where it won the league and the majority of the silver ware for club and individual play. The club has supplied many players for the Bermuda national sides competing in the Caribbean championships and World Cup qualifiers. members have been an integral part of the West Indies Squad which competes on the world stage, especially in sevens.