AMSTELVEENSE RC (ARC) plays in the Premier Division (Ereklasse) in The Netherlands and is on route to becoming a major force in Dutch rugby.
We welcome players from abroad - men and women - to join us and further strenghten our different sides.
The 2012/2013 season will be very special for ARC, as our youth division will celebrate its 40th anniversary, our club will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and a new club house will be opened.
As one of the most international rugby clubs in the Netherlands, we welcome players from all the major rugby-playing countries - who are expats, exchange students, exploring Amsterdam or looking for their Dutch roots - to join us. Although an amateur club, ARC is well positioned to welcoming serious players and supporting them in their process of sportive growth. ARC has doubled its size in 10 years. We are now one of the largest rugby clubs in the Netherlands with 3 senior teams, a ladies team, a veterans teams and a huge (120+) and a very successful youth division.
Men: ARC 1 plays rugby in the Dutch Premier Division, while ARC 2 and ARC 3 both play in the 4th division (Noord West and Midden). Our first team is a well-balanced side that houses 2 to 3 former Dutch national team players, as well as 3 to 4 top foreign players who raise the level of the club
considerably. All senior teams train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7.30 pm, in Amstelveen.
Women: our Ladies team (the All Blues) plays in the 2nd division. It trains on Tuesdays from 8 pm in Amstelveen and on Thursdays from 8 pm in Hilversum.
What ARC is looking for
We always welcome new players (all positions, at any level) to broaden our selection and beef up our different sides. We are not looking for professional rugby players but for good players and good club men and women who fit into our open albeit competitive club atmosphere and are willing to help us along.
ARC is located at Sportlaan 23 in Amstelveen.
Our club's mission for the current season is to show that ARC 1 belongs in the Premier Division, at the same time building a strong development team (ARC 2) and bringing our Colts team (under 19) along. We will once again be separating the top sport section from the senior social sides. Our veterans teams and gay rugby team will play social rugby as much as possible as well.
For the coming years we want to further build up our strength and provide the coaches, facilities (weights training, fitness, running as well as rugby) and opportunities for Dutch and foreign players alike to continually raise the level of own game, do well in the Premier Division and prepare ourselves to eventually win the Dutch championship. We also want to further establish our enthusiastic Ladies team in the Dutch rugby scene. We want to provide a training school for future Dutch national team players, and a stepping stone for non-Dutch players looking for the ‘game at its best'. Our special Youth Academy is a good example of our dedication!
Our technical committee, pitch and coaching staff
Our excellent pitches and (soon brand new) club house rate among the best in the country and the coaching staff is impressive with 5 IRB Level 1/2/3 coaches on staff. On top of this we are deploying trainer/players at a first team level as well.
Our technical committee consists of:
- First team and CLUB CAPTAIN and recent national team player, with a wide international playing experience Joost Puijpe
- Head Coach / player, Matthew Hallstead (responsible for First team) IRB level 2
- Tahi Percy, forwards trainer (ex Captain of NZ universities) and currently involved with national teams as well, who has been added to this coaching staff and is highly equipped to provide an expert coaching of the many players we expect this season.
- Diego Moll. Current second team coach, Former Dutch youth international and an experienced coach.
- Former Dutch youth international, former youth chairman and current ARC Board Member Jacques van der Meer
- Job Volker. Colts coach. Current and former national team Under 18 coach
- Erik Hengeveld (youth), former national team player and national team coach, with 30+ years of coaching experience up to the very highest level
- Chairman: Dutch/Anglo coach and former Dutch national team captain and former Club Captain and honorary member Cris Gale
Together with the team managers Linda Smith, Maarten Inpijn and Maldwyn Morris/Patrick Bart and social side tour managers Derek Penning and Kevin Smith they will be running the rugby side of things at ARC.
Our Youth division (now 120+ member from 6-18)
We have a fast growing youth division in ages from 6-18, expertly trained by many top coaches or former top players, and coordinated by ARC Board member and youth chairman Gerben Ouwens. Former Dutch National team coach Erik Hengeveld will be assisting at youth level once again. This way we can provide a good 'rugby school' at all levels. Youth trainers will include include Erik van den Heuvel, Gert-Jan Combee, Diego Moll (all former Dutch Youth team members), Robert van Trigt (Netherlands A), Ruud Hengeveld (Netherlands B), Gustavo Rota (Argentina), Nils Lauffer (former Natonal 7’s international), Leon Koenen (present Dutch 7’s and 15’s national team player) and guest trainers from the first team.