Rugby Town Junior's 3G Opening

£500K investment ready for action

After 18 months of planning and fundraising Mark Pawsey, Rugby's MP, opened the fantastic new 3G Community Pitch at Kilsby Lane last Friday.

The pitch was constructed by the leading artificial pitch company SIS UK who have provided the Club with a FIFA 2 star surface, suitable for play right up to Conference level.

Rugby Town Junior’s Chairman, Liam Coulter, expressed his delight as the pitch is now ready to use: “We have been working on this project for the last 18 months and we are delighted that thousands of people will now be able to use the facility, a facility which is a boost for football in Rugby.

“Two people stand out in the delivery of this project and I would like to personally thank them for their hours upon hours of work. They are Brian Crinigan and Jason Morris. The detail and planning, as well as the coordination of the funding applications, has been outstanding”.

The project was funded from 7 different organisations, including Sport England (£371k), WREN (£50K), Rugby Benevolent Fund (£8k), Garfield (£5k), Bernard Sunley (£2k), Heart of England (£2k), Rugby Borough Council (£1k) and the club’s own fundraising efforts.

rugby town players

Rugby’s MP, Mark Pawsey, opened proceedings on the day and praised the Club for being a real community asset. He highlighted how the club is able to bring together people of all ages from the local community through a shared passion for sport, which is helping to keep young people in particular fit and healthy.

Olly Hitchcox, Facilities Officer at Birmingham County FA continued the theme by saying: “We would like to congratulate Rugby Town Juniors on the opening of their new 3G pitch. It is a great testament to the hard work of all those involved who have made this project happen.

“This will help sustain the club allowing it to develop for many years to come, providing local footballers with a fantastic facility to play and train at”.

The Club currently boasts over 70 teams from U7s to U18s, incorporating male and female participants, walking football, and a new disability section through Birmingham FA funding.

You can see the progress of the development by visiting thanks to the Club’s photographer, Brian Dainty, who visited the site daily to monitor progress.

view of the pitch