FOOTBALL: Junior club’s 59 teams preparing for new season

Rugby Town Junior Football Club's Kilsby Lane ground
Rugby Town Junior Football Club's Kilsby Lane ground
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Big year for progress at Kilsby Lane

Celebrating being named Regional Charter Standard Club of the Year for 2015, Rugby Town JFC are looking forward to the new season.

The new pitches

The new pitches

The junior club at Kilsby Lane is one of the biggest in the country, with 59 teams involving 723 young players.

These are guided by 126 qualified coaches and 30 volunteers.

New this season sees the introduction of a youth council, where a group of young members will have an input into the club’s running and future.

In order to progress further, Rugby Town JFC are also keen to develop their ground to include a full size all-weather pitch, having already completed two 9v9 pitches, a new car park, clubhouse refurbishment and secured grants for new goals.

Busy match day at Kilsby Lane

Busy match day at Kilsby Lane

September will see an extra ten teams turning out to play in the club’s distinctive orange and white kits.

Club chairman Liam Coulter, who has been instrumental in driving the club forward over the past three years, said: “We are a progressive and well run football club, with people donating hundreds of hours of their time, running the club, running teams and looking after all our players.

“We cater for all abilities. For example, this season the under-11s have six teams, all with different abilities, but all wanting to play football. That’s what we do and that’s what we are good at.”

Coulter continued: “There is a danger though that we will maximise the Kilsby Lane site out that’s why its vital the club secures a full size Astro turf at Kilsby Lane for its teams and the rest of the community in Rugby to use. Our focus is on that project at the moment, with additional funding bids awaiting outcomes.”

Coach education

Coach education

Jason Morris, Head of Girls’ Football at the club has also seen numbers rise. Jason said: “The success of the England Women’s World Cup team has helped but in all honestly we had already recruited most of the additional girls before that tournament.

“We could possibly field two ladies’ teams this coming season, including last season’s U16s who gained a league and cup double.

We are delighted that more girls want to play football and its not discouraged by parents.”

Explaining the structure needed for such a big set-up, club secretary Brian Crinigan said: “Due to the amount of teams, we have three Secretaries look after teams in the Midland Floodlit League, the Midland Junior Premier League and the Coventry Minor League, along with three welfare officers. Every team has a qualified Coach with First Aid and a CRB Check in place.

The clubhouse has been refurbished

The clubhouse has been refurbished

“This is not all possible without the help of the club’s main Sponsors McDonalds Rugby and Nationwide Windows. We would like to

personally thank Glyn and Darrell for their continued sponsorship of the club and the additional help that is given. And lastly to all the committee, coaches and volunteers at the club. Because of their input the club have been awarded the Regional Charter Standard Club of the year 2015.

“What makes the award special is that regional county FAs all voted for Rugby Town, which is a fantastic achievement by all at the club.

“We are also proud to announce some exiting plans for this season with the recruitment of the Rugby Town Youth Council, a group of young people aged from 13 to 24 with objectives to take the football club forward, by having an input into the running of it. Chairman of the Youth Council is Robert Bellamy, a 17-year-old club coach. Also we will be recruiting for young people to become future coaches of the club on the Football Futures programme.

“Andy Iland a former club coach and now coaching with the Strachan Foundation will head up the Young Leaders programme. The schemes are due to be launched in September. Keep an eye on our website.”

Members of the successful Under 21s last season

Members of the successful Under 21s last season

Rugby Town Girls U16s won the league and cup last season

Rugby Town Girls U16s won the league and cup last season