Our supporter’s club to help celebrate our long and distinguished history.
Rugby at the University of St Andrews has developed into the leading programme in Scotland, and we are aiming to become the best in the UK. To achieve this, we need to be able to offer the very best facilities, training and experience.
We want to provide the very best experience, a sustainable club and a way for you to continue participating in rugby at St Andrews. You will be investing in the future of rugby at St Andrews, ensuring that future generations of players make fond memories like your own.
The 1858 Club is open to all University of St Andrews alumni, friends and family with a minimum donation of £50 per year.
Director of Rugby
The 1858 club is an important development for the rugby club program and although the focus of the 1858 club is on off the field events and opportunities, there is no doubt that the 1858 club will benefit the current group of players on the field as well.
In this tough economic climate where sponsorship and budgets are limited, any potential money back into the club will allow us to provide better coaching, more equipment and create more rugby specific opportunities to allow the rugby program to continue to be the best in Scotland, and one of the best in the UK.
The club’s history and tradition is something that we are extremely proud of and the 1858 club will allow us to continue to celebrate this history, whilst also driving the club forward.
Director of Sport & Exercise
Sport is flourishing at St Andrews. We enjoy one of the highest participation rates of any university in Scotland and our students regularly perform at national and international level. The University has invested in making sports central to the student experience, providing the infrastructure and opportunities for all and tailored sport for those who seek to excel.
However, with growing student numbers and increased demand, our ability to fulfil our ambitions is being hampered by our limited facilities. To address this problem, we are planning a major refurbishment and extension of our Sports Centre. Continued investment is crucial for the development of sport at St Andrews and the 1858 Club provides a fantastic avenue from which former students, friends and family members can contribute and be a part of the future of rugby at one of Scotland’s oldest clubs.
1858 Club Membership
With many of our alumni, friends and family based close to St Andrews we are hoping the 1858 Club will revive the match day crowds. Put on your old St Andrews jersey or 1858 Club tie and bring your mates to cheer on the Saints at the home of running rugby. Then stay and enjoy our after match hospitality and get to know the stars of today. If you would like to sponsor a match ball, please get in touch with the Director of Rugby, Scott Lawson.
As an 1858 Club member you will receive your own Club Tie, the same one worn by the current St Andrews squad. You will have the opportunity to pre-order match tickets for all Scotland’s home internationals including the 6 Nations and Autumn Tests. A quarterly club newsletter will also keep you up-to-date with news from the squad and will also enable you to announce your own news to our alumni network.
1858 Club Events
Scottish Varsity Match
The Scottish Varsity Match between Scotland’s two oldest Universities takes place every year in London, following the inaugural match back in 2011. The unique fixture between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh dates back more than 150 years and predates the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Varsity Match played at Twickenham. Alumni, supporters, friends and family of both Universities are invited each year to attend this historic game which provides a great day out for the rugby fan. As an 1858 Club member you will be invited to pre match entertainment each year before heading to the match to support the men from St Andrews.
6 Nations & Autumn Internationals
Join us in Edinburgh for pre match entertainment before heading to Murrayfield to watch Scotland do battle in the 6 Nations or one of the Autumn tests.
Annual St Andrews Rugby 7s Alumni Dinner
1858 members are invited to attend an annual pre 7s rugby dinner, where alumni from all generations will gather for a night of celebration before the best Student run 7s tournament in the UK takes place at the Sports Centre in St Andrews.