rugby borough football club
The Rugby Borough Football Club was founded in 1994 and has grown considerably over the years to the club we are today, with around 60 teams across all ages of boys, girls, men and women. Our award-winning facility at Kilsby Lane has also continued to grow and develop to support our club’s growth in Rugby.
New Stand & Turnstile
Planning was granted for a stand and turnstile and work was carried out and completed on time. The facility was opened by Coventry City legend and FA Cup winner Steve Ogrizovic. Grants from the Football Stadia improvement fund helped with the investment with the Sports trust Trustees providing £36,000 towards the project.
ONE CLUB IDENTITY
Rugby Town Juniors changed their name to Rugby Borough to align it with the first team and coupled with all the football activity with the Juniors and to avoid conflicting names elsewhere. The idea was to have a one club identity but with sections of the club broken down to Seniors, Girls, Boys, Vets, Disability and over 35s. This has been achieved.
Womens & Girls Club Formed
Rugby Borough Womens & Girls FC was formed with 5 teams and gaining grants from various organisations to kit them out.
Awards & Achievements
Awards kept pouring in winning Charter Standard Community Club of the year again a slight drop in the growth rate with only 5 teams being formed. Significant progress was made on the pitch with the first team. The first team won the Premier division but were denied a place at step 6 as a planning application delay ruled that they did not have the time to complete the work, so the second placed team went up.
New First Team
A new first team was formed called Rugby Borough FC playing in the Leicestershire Senior League. They gained promotion from the first division into the premier division. The Club provided football for an additional eight teams with significant growth in the youth section, with a new U19 team and four U18 teams.
New floodlights were installed on our grass pitch with help from WREN, a £38,000 grant and the club making the rest of the funds up. It offers opportunities for all to play floodlit football midweek.
As the club was now becoming a business with over 60 teams playing at the site it was important for the facility to have in place a proper structure to maximise income as well as providing football for all at the site.
The club set up Rugby Town Sports Trust Charity and Rugby Town Sports Trust Trading to operate the site The Trust also negotiated a long term lease with the local council for a 125 year period making the site secure and sustainable for life.
New 3G Astro Turf
Funding was sourced for the new Astro turf pitch and we were successful in securing £371,000 from Sport England, £50,000 from WREN environment Trust, £30,000 from a private donor and the Trust made up the total cost with £40,000 match funding. The Trust also applied to various grant makers for additional funds for equipment for the site and the all-weather pitch. Being successful in all those applications meant that £24,000 was spent on equipment.
The new full size 3G opened in October 2016 with Mark Pawsey (MP) pulling the curtain back. All out teams moved from their existing venues to Kilsby Lane including the Girls.
3G Pitch Planning Permission
With a lack of pitch space, games were being called off so it was important that the club addressed these issues and planned to install a full size 3g pitch. Planning was applied for and granted but negotiations with the Football authorities suggested that the 3g pitch would be better placed outside the clubhouse instead of away from it. The club agreed and received planning permission.
Rugby Gymnastics also received planning permission to construct a new building to house over 1,000 gymnasts to the rear of the site.
The club grew by 9 teams with a significant growth in the girls section. The club applied for and gained a grant of £68,000 from Sport England under their Protecting Playing Fields Programme and, in the summer, the 2 x 9v9 pitches were constructed on the site.
The club provided a Football For All project meaning anyone can come and play football at what ever ability. Some significant planning conditions were lifted meaning that adults could play on the site too.
Youth Team Win the League
Trophies started to amass with the Youth team winning the league and over 15 titles and cups were won by our teams.
We secured £50,000 funding from Sport England to provide secondary drainage on some of the grass pitches. The work was carried out in the summer with the club also investing in pitch maintenance equipment, a tractor and a mower along with an aggressive plan to get the pitches draining and playable.
The Trust set about its overall plan for the site and developed a 1 – 3 – 5 – year business plan for the site identifying all areas which needed developing and continued to apply for funds from local as well as national governing bodies and grant making trusts and foundations.
Additional parking was needed along with a room where guests and parents could socialise whilst their children were taking part in activities. Funding of £91,000 was secured from the Football Foundation and the Trust contributed £20,000 to the project.
Strachan Football Foundation
The club also welcomed the Strachan Football Foundation to the site providing over 60 players with a football programme.
Club of the Year
Club rewards started to come in the form of cups league titles and even more awards the club being recognised by the local count football association for club of the year.
The small astros were constructed and were fully booked out within weeks of them going live. We held our massive Football Festival at the site with over 180 teams entering, with the club topping 50 teams for the season and still growing.
Planning & Funding Secured for 2 Astros
Planning for the two small Astros was granted and the club set out to obtain monies for construction. They applied and were successful with applications to the ASDA Foundation (£35.000) Biffa ward (£50,000) with the club putting the rest of the monies in for construction.
Girls Teams Growth
The club became an education centre and we held England Girls trials at the site along with various other football finals. Girls teams continued to grow as it became more popular.
Site Drainage Improvements
We installed some secondary drainage on the main grass pitch and some additional drainage over other pitches. Problem was that the primary drainage installed was that water was sitting on top and not getting down to the primary drainage. Club looked at ways of providing additional training areas.
McDonalds & Nationwide Windows Sponsorship
Sponsorship partnerships were agreed with McDonalds and Nationwide Windows, investing monies into the facility and kits for new teams.
Our floodlit games were up and running but we were having issues with drainage and space was running out for teams training at other venues.
Developing our Facilities
We managed to secure £50,000 from Biffa to install floodlights on the main grass pitch and within another 12 months a further £50,000 was supplied by Biffa to construct a grounds store and toilet block. It soon became clear that the facilities accommodated games but other facilities could not come with the extra teams that the club were producing and so we started planning.
We also secured monies off Tarmac, Rugby Borough Council to purchase some team shelters for the first team pitch.
Facility Renamed as Kilsby Lane
Construction started on our £1 million facility with grants awarded from the Football Foundation and Onyx Environment Trust. We used the facilities at Butlin Road as part of the agreement for training.
Trevor Brooking opened the facility and all our volunteers were presented with awards from the West Ham legend. We entered teams in the MJPL for the first time. We decided to rename the site from Land to the rear of Bucknall Crescent to Kilsby Lane.
Growth to 40 Teams
We continued to win awards and develop teams, reaching 40 teams for the season.
Award Wins & Nike Partnership
The Club continued to grow and won awards for Community Club of the year, Team of the year, Volunteer of the year and Coach of the year.
We also became a Nike Partner Club in 2005.
Pavillion & Pitch Funding
The Club applied to Onyx Fund for £165,000 for the pitches at the rear of Bucknall Crescent.
Ongoing discussions with the Football Foundation led to both clubs in Rugby gaining grants with Rugby Town Juniors gaining just over 1 million pounds to construct their pavilion and pitches.
Our first team became Rugby Town playing out of Butlin Road and our Youth team plays at the same stadium.
Football Foundation Bid
Our planning application again went up to the council and with the support of over 200 club members congregating outside the council offices with flags and banners and canvassing the local councillors.
We got a big yes so all the work that the volunteers put in over the last 4 years came to fruition. It was a massive day for the club. We submitted our Football Foundation bid for £950,000
Second Place for 1st Team
Teams continued to grow, and the club were desperate for new facilities with subscriptions having to be increased as the club played out of 13 different venues.
The first team finished in second place in the league, with Leamington winning the Premier.
One Club for Rugby
Rugby Town Juniors, Rugby United, the council and the FA get together to work out logistics of a one club system.
Following lengthy discussions our first team was merged into the Rugby United first team who changed their name to Rugby Town, who would play in blue with the reserves and youth teams in tangerine.
Objections to our Planning Application
Planning application received 271 objections and when put in front of the committee at Rugby Council it was put on hold to address more issues. The club got in amongst the community for support and within the local and county councillors.
A public meeting was called, and the club was fully represented by its committee and supporters of the project.
It was to be another 12 months before the application went up before the Council again with the club having to cut back on its original plans. Fierce opposition to the project was building through local press and to the planners but we held firm.
The Football Foundation intervened in the area as two bids from Rugby had been received for football facilities. The Foundation wanted the clubs to work together under one name, at two venues. This had to happen otherwise the funding which was over £1.5 million would be in jeopardy for the town. The town youth team was formed and played at Lutterworth Athletics floodlit pitch.
Community Club of the Year
The Club won Community Club of the year. The first team got promoted to the Midland Combination Premier Division which included 2 wins against local side Rugby United with a 402 crowd at Butlin Road early on and a bumper 840 crowd at Webb Ellis Road.
The highest attendance achieved was when Leamington FC visited Webb Ellis Road with 1,135 attending that day.
Our junior side continued to expand with 31 teams entering various leagues throughout the Midlands.
First Team Promotion to Division 1
The first team won promotion from the Midland Combination 2 to Division 1.
The club increased its teams to 27 with an incredible 7 teams being formed at U7.
Planning Application Submitted
Planning application submitted and the club started to draw up an application to the Football Foundation and other funders.
The planning application received a negative response from local residents who set a group up to object to the project.
First Team Formed
A first team was set up playing out of Rugby Lions Webb Ellis Road and supported by the Junior club to provide pathways.
Girls football was introduced and we partnered up with Rugby Girls Football Club where Declan Wheelan was chairman and supported the link up and quest for Football facilities in Rugby.
The club decided that all Coaches would have to have a coaching badge to coach our players along with a Child Protection check.
25 coaches took two courses with 2 doing a level 2 course in the same year.
Club Purchase Land
The club identified the land to the rear of Bucknall Crescent for new facilities and set about putting together a planning application for the site. As there was no access into the site the club identified a piece of lane in Kilsby Lane which would provide an ideal access onto the land. The club purchased that land for £5,000 and the planning application began.
3 Potential Sites Identified
The club grew its teams to 21 for this season and the Council identified 3 sites for the club to look at. They were at Cawston, one at the rear of St Andrews Rugby Club and one at the end of Bucknall Crescent.
Development Committee Formed
Club continued to grow, and a development committee was set up looking at ways in which we could provide our own facilities.
Rugby Borough Council and Roland Honeybunn supported the scheme and set about looking at current council land that was not used.
Volunteer Investment VIP Award
Awards started to pour in with the club winning a VIP award for Volunteer investment.
A new soccer centre for the club was opened, headed by a club legend Sam Jarvis who was instrumental in recruitment of young players.
Over 50 players attended on a Saturday morning over a 3-hour period. 13 teams were entered into various leagues for this season playing and training out of various venues throughout Rugby.
FIrst Grant Awarded
The club received its first grant from Rugby Sports Council for £900 to set up a mini- soccer centre.
Our first session at St Andrews Rugby Club was attended by 63 young children. We also had to go through some pain as a local league tried to remove the word Town from our name. We won and kept our name.
Rugby Town Junior Football Club Formed
Rugby Town Junior Football Club was formed in February 1994 and joined the Northants Youth Alliance league with 1 team. They were sponsored by J.Gater Design.
our club crest
Our club crest runs through the whole club, from our 4 year old girls development squads right through to our mens first team and is a symbol we wear with pride, boy, girl, man or woman. Unity, one badge – one club!
A mythical legendary creature with the body, tail and hind legs of lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Both lords in their respective animal kingdoms but the Griffin is the lord of all creatures, the embodiment of earthly power and majesty. A symbol of divine power and a protector and guardian of the divine.
The Griffin is always drawn to powerful opposition where it displays courage, strength, boldness, intelligence and leadership. It epitomises the way we play, whoever we face, we never give up until the very end.
Translates to ‘To The Victor The Spoils’
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