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About the Saracens


Photo: Saracen Leighton McDaid running over a Saints player

The Calgary Saracens Athletic Club is a nonprofit organisation based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We run men’s, women’s and minor rugby programs.

We are members of the Calgary Rugby Union, Rugby Alberta, the Alberta Minor Rugby Association, and Rugby Canada.

Players come from all over the world— from the UK to New Zealand to Manitoba— to play with the Saracens, although most of our talent is home-grown in Calgary. In years past, senior players have come almost exclusively from Calgary’s high schools, but the recent introduction and success of a minor rugby program means that future (and some current) senior players will have learned the game in the club ranks.

Interested in joining the Saracens? Don’t be shy, we’re nice people.

Club History

From what I gather, the Saracens began a long, long time ago when my parents were young children. (1958, to be exact.) The newly renamed Calgary Barbarians (formerly Calgary Rugby Club) divided into the Saracens RFC and the Saints RFC. Both clubs are still around and strong today. Throughout its history, the Saracens have seen many changes to the Calgary rugby scene and have learned from them.

Today, the Saracens boast three senior men’s teams, two senior women’s teams, and eight youth squads. We are not a large club by any standards, but we have— in my admittedly biased opinion— the best club in the city. The Saracens are based on a tradition of camaraderie, brotherhood (and sisterhood), and enjoyment. We are here, of course, to win all the matches we can, but more importantly to enjoy the great game and the life that comes with it.

For many years, the Saracens have been leaders in high school coaching. As the vast majority of our players are alumni of Calgary schools, many take the opportunity to develop the game at that level. It is this that allows the club to grow, as a steady stream of young players is vital to the survival of any club. Development of new players is greatly stressed in the club, as has been shown in the past few years of representative ball in Alberta as well as at the club level.

The Saracens are a well rounded club, from the under-8s to the senior men’s and women’s sides. The club has had a decorated history, and will no doubt prosper well into the future.

If you would like to know more about the Saracens, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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