FOOTBALL: Rugby Town JFC’s 51 teams ready for new season

Some of the club's youngest players, the Tangos
Some of the club's youngest players, the Tangos
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Developments planned at Kilsby Lane over next few months

Rugby Town Junior Football Club will have 51 teams playing under their banner this season.

Going into their 20th year, the club are delighted with the growth, which they say is in line with their Football Development Plan.

Further developments at Kilsby Lane will see an additional two grass pitches, a full size floodlit 3G astro turf and a 61-space car park being added throughout the coming season.

Club chairman Liam Coulter explained: “We have sat down over the last 18 months and seen a vision for the club, which included growth and the inclusion of all players, whatever their ability, into our Community Football Club.

“We have already seen growth beyond our expectations but it needs to be a controlled so that players still get the expert coaching and management that the club delivers.

“We have committed to coach education with 43 coaches completing a Level 1 and a Module 1 qualification.

“We have also seen growth within the 14 to 20 year olds by producing a team with our partners to compete in the Midweek Floodlit League.

“The Girls’ section has also seen considerable growth with two new teams being formed and the Tots expanding.”

Girls’ chairman Jason Morris said: “The last two years has seen a drop in girls’ football. But interest has soared for this coming season and it’s great to see so many girls playing football again.”

Brian Crinigan, the club’s general secretary, added: “Because of the number of teams we now have three secretaries and three welfare officers looking after them all.

“The club this year have moved 22 teams from the Leicester Mutual League to the Coventry Minor.

“When we formed it was deemed that the Leicester Mutual League was a good development League for all our players. Over time the Coventry Minor League has become a Charter Standard League and we now feel the league has the right format to develop players.

“The other reason is that the U7 and U8 teams will now play on a Saturday, easing congestion at Kilsby Lane until our new projects have been completed.

“Lastly the club would like to wish all teams the best for the season and thank the volunteer workforce, now numbering 109 people.”