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. Currently, we are in search of a new watering hole/clubhouse after our previous was forced to shut down after 20 years of service!

To find out where we’ll be gathering afterwork every Thursday night from 7:30 pm onwards.

Please call or text any of us below:

Club Captain: Oliver Pla (+34) 622 712 700

Club PR Officer: Paul Devlin (+34) 679 22 50 67

Club Social Secretary: Rafael Ejido (+34) 690 314 830

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

Are on the way as soon as we find our new clubhouse.

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 expats 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.

Start saving now. You won’t want to miss it.

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.

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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.

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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

8. Affiliation form and Info sheet for new members

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, 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 on a Thursday or to a match.

To download it right click on the link, then choose ‘save as…’

1. Affiliation form in Word format
2. Affiliation form in PDF format

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.

9. How to reach us:

Club Chairmen: Xabi Susperregi (+34) 687 839 723

Club Secretary: Joe Lede (+34) 610 645 947

Club PR Officer: Paul Devlin (+34) 679 22 50 67

Club Social Secretary: Rafael Ejido (+34) 690 314 830


International Fixtures: Andrew Holdway (+34) 675 253 990