About Us


From Small Acorns Do Mighty Oaks Grow – it’s a saying that could hardly be more befitting for one of York’s biggest community clubs. Founded by the late Pete Warters and Tony Winn in 1973, Acorn were originally based at the Ackhorne pub in the city centre – hence the name.

York Acorn Sports and Social Club has been based at Thanet Road since 1991; boasting outstanding facilities we are York’s Number 1 Amateur Rugby League Club.

Today, York Acorn is now not only home to 11 different teams from Under 6’s through to Open Age but it also harbours a recently refurbished clubhouse, a purpose-built gym, seven changing rooms, a physio room, a referees room, two full-sized pitches, a purpose-built junior pitch and four acres of prime grassland under floodlights to accommodate training, for all. The facilities that we are able to provide are outstanding.

York Acorn Sports and Social Club remains at the top of the tree; sitting at the heart of the community the ‘rugby family’ is clear to see.

The summer of 1973 was a significant year for amateur rugby league, what started out as conversation saw the conception of the ‘blue and gold’ rugby league team. Life was pretty tough in those early days, but the pioneers of the 70’s laid the foundations for a club that continues to thrive, now showcasing the successes of 8 Junior Teams and 2 Open Age Sides.

The dream of a place of their own became a reality in 1990 when planning permission was granted. With dedication, hard work, tireless fundraising, building relations with local businesses and persistence the doors to Thanet Road opened on Saturday 19th Jan 1991; setting the precedent for future years. As York Acorn’s Sports and Social Club continues to evolve, at the heart of the community, we are immensely proud of our roots and we promote these key values throughout the club.

Want to Join?

To become a member of the York Acorn ARL Sports & Social Club please see a member of staff, to collect your membership for ONLY £6 a year (this equates to 50p a month).

Membership provides you with exclusive access to future events, competitive drinks prices throughout the year, DISCOUNTED drinks EVERY Thursday for members only, FREE Wi-Fi and FREE hire of the function room.

York Acorn

According to legend, the acorn is a symbol
of how hard work pays off over time.

Nestled deep within the acorn
is the potential for a great feat!

As a tiny seed, it is nourished by the earth
and warmed by the sun…
and in time grows into a majestic oak.

Like acorns, life’s great successes
occur through many small tasks.

May acorns be a reminder to you
that mighty things can come
from humble beginnings.