FOOTBALL: A SIGNIFICANT move to transform football in Rugby has been planned with the formation of a new senior team to be named Rugby Borough Football Club.
Playing at Kilsby Lane – and in partnership with Rugby Town Juniors, Rugby Town Girls, Ladies FC, and the Strachan Football Foundation – the new team has already filled key off-field positions.
Moves have been made to appoint Darren Tank and Ady Fuller – two experienced non league Managers.
Tank, who has played at a high level of non league, will be the manager and Fuller will take the role of head coach.
The club has applied to join the Midland Football League.
A ground grading has been completed and passed – and the application will be ratified at the Midland Football League AGM in June.
Two other significant appointments to the senior set up are Steve Turner – senior football secretary – and Brian Dainty – media and press officer. The two roles will oversee the club’s administration and media coverage.
In addition to the senior announcement, a further 13 junior teams will be wearing the famous orange and white colours for the 2017/18 season.
Club chairman Liam Coulter said: “We are delighted that Darran and Ady have taken this project on.
“Our development plan and the local playing pitch Strategy states there is room for a senior team in the area.
“We also need to bridge the gap for our talented players who go and play elsewhere.
“We can now accommodate them within our set up.
“It is also the final piece of the jigsaw allowing boys and girls to join this club and seeing out their careers within it.
“We are all delighted.
“We have some exiting plans over the next year which will involve the whole town and we want people to come and have an enjoyable experience at the new club.”
Running alongside the seniors will be a Rugby Town Veterans team, an additional Under 16s team, and ten more junior sides – including three in the Midland Junior Premier League making the club one of the biggest in the country.
The ladies will also be expanding with two additional girls teams and a ladies reserve team.