How to join us?
Welcome to the club! Here are a few facts and figures about the Madrid Lions R.F.C. which will be valuable to new members and some current ones!
1. How do I join?
We’d be delighted to welcome you to the club. You can come down to meet us at Finnegan’s, Plaza de las Salesas 9, our local pub/club house, any Thursday night from 8.30 pm onwards.
If you can’t find us, give our Comm. Oficer Joe Lede a call at +34 610 645 947 who will most likely already be there with a pint in his hand.
The joining fee and subsequent annual subscriptions are both 20€ which is intended to cover the club’s administration costs such as phone calls, posters, newsletters, etc. Rather than levy more substantial subscription fees, we pay as we go!
2. Player insurance
It is important to understand that in Spain, in order to play rugby you MUST be insured specifically for this sport. Your national healthcare policy will not cover you, and if you believe your private insurance does, you must provide specific evidence of this (i.e. some form of written document containing the words rugby and Spain).
Remember, if you are a student, the E111 is NOT valid for sporting injuries and without insurance you could face a costly medical bill.
The club can purchase all year round accident insurance through MAPFRE. The cost is a little over 100€ per year. Club policy is that all members must be insured in order to play for us.
3. Matches and Training
We usually have a game on Saturdays (very occasionally on Sundays).
There is a standard match fee of 5€ per player for all games, and any beer and food costs (e.g. for visiting opposition) is collected in addition according to the circumstance (usually a further 5€). Note that the hire of a pitch costs upwards of 150€ every game. Please help the club administration by paying your dues without waiting to be asked.
While we do not require that our members be available to play every game, we do consider a players confirmation to play on any given match day as a commitment to the club and to his fellow teammates. If you say you can play, you must turn up. In the rare case of a no show, a fine will be enforced. You have been warned!
We hold Monday training sessions over at our friends XV Hortaleza R.C. Av. de las Piceas, 13, 28043 Madrid
4. Perks and discounts
So youve paid your joining fee and filled out the forms; now, you ask, what are the perks of being a Lion? If you are new to Madrid then our extensive knowledge of places to go out eating, drinking, dancing etc. in Madrid will be invaluable to you. Plus you get a Lions discount in our adopted home, Finnegans. There are special beer prices for Lions members, namely 3.50€ per pint of lager or other brews and 4€ for a copa/spirits. You will receive a membership card (for which photo required) on joining the club, which will also entitle you to the same special prices (which apply any day of the week) at sister pubs O’Connors, BoFinns, Steinlager, and Whelans in Alcala de Henares. But it is only after you’ve experienced a fullblown Lions tercer tiempo that you’ll understand what makes playing for this club so worthwhile.
Other Lions pub addresses:
Bo’Finns – c/ Velazquez, 97 (metro: Nuñez de Balboa)
Steinlager - c/ Pedro Muguruza, 6 (semiesquina)
O’Connors - c/ Almagro, 3 (metro: Alonso Martin)
Whelans - Plaza de los Irlandeses, Alcala de Henares.
5. Annual Tour
One of the most fundamental aspects of the Madrid Lions R.F.C. is its annual tour.
This normally takes place around April (and is still being talked about the following April) and could take place anywhere from Lisbon to Budapest. The tours get bigger and better every year and are now one of the most important and anticipated dates in the Lions calendar. Back in the early days of the club, any time the team travelled outside the M30, Madrids inner ring road, the official Lions tie had to be worn, as such a journey more than qualified as a tour. It was, back then, a way for the expats to discover Spains rich geography by playing teams from the four corners of the peninsula. The success of the tours has meant that we have been able to be a little more ambitious in our destinations in recent seasons, but the basic aim of meeting and playing new teams from new places remains. A theme is picked every year (and strictly enforced) meaning that you may find yourself strolling along the banks of the Danube dressed in a fetching sailor outfit, or on the beach in La Coruña sporting a poncho and sombrero (other clothes optional). Wherever we end up going we always have a tough game, great hospitality and never fail to leave a lasting impression on our hosts and the rest of the indigenous population.
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Don’t be confused if you hear Lions talking about the other tour to Milan. Separate from the official club tour, some Lions choose to travel to Cernusco sul Naviglio to take part in the now legendary Rugby 7s tournament they operate there in June. Despite the rather grueling nature of this weekend of camping and drinking with occasional bouts of rugby, more and more people every year are putting themselves up for the punishment with the result that this is fast becoming a permanent fixture in the Lions calendar.
6. Dress Code
A number of annual events require attending members to follow a particular dress code called out when announced, e.g. white shirt and tie for the Xmas Annual Dinner At the Captains discretion, some distinctive team mark may have to be worn for a match such as a tie, a Lions polo shirt, etc.
7. Club kit and merchandise
Match Jerseys are provided to all players on match day which are to be returned to the club official or designated member responsible for their collection (and laundry, and mending, and folding, etc.). Players should bring their own boots, shorts preferably navy blue, socks, and jock straps!
Playing jerseys are available for purchase at prices ranging from 50€ to 80€. New members can save 5€ on that price by paying 65€ on joining for the lower priced jersey and fee. Same deal applies to current members on renewing their subscription. You can also get polo shirts in various colours for 25€ each and a smart tie for 15€. The club has some merchandise available for members at a good discount price. Just check out the Club Shop Section
If you are interested in joining the Madrid Lions R.F.C. then you will need to fill in an affiliation form. You can either get this from us on a Thursday night in Finnegans, or download it using the link below in MS Word format. Just fill this in electronically then rename it to your own name and email it to the lions email address at the bottom of the page. Alternatively if you do not have MS Word download the PDF version, print it out, fill it out and bring it into Finnegans on a Thursday or to a match.
To download it right click on the link, then choose ‘save as…’
Or if you would like to fill in our new members online form click here
We hope you enjoy being a Madrid Lions R.F.C. and look forward to seeing you at the clubs various events the more you participate, the greater the enjoyment. Your regular support is vital to our success.
Oliver Pla – Club Captain: (+34) 622 712 700
Andrew Holdway - International Fixtures: (+34) 675 253 990
Xabi Susperregi – Club President: (+34) 687 839 723