Project 500 – Update

Please see below an update regarding Project 500, which the Supporters’ Club proudly supports. Indeed, through the generous donations received to date we are able to sponsor & support 8 children on the programme over the coming year, which is an outstanding achievement. 

The Supporters’ Club Committee fully support the Project 500 initiative and it is our chosen charity for the season. Therefore, the Committee invites those members & non-members who are interested in making a personal donation of any amount of their choosing, to please visit the CRSC Stand which is open in the Jon Sharp Suite on home match days between 12.15pm – 2.30pm, or, via Bacs (internet banking) to:

Lloyds Bank

Sort Code 30 99 15

Account Number 27006060

Please include P500 as the reference if paying via Bacs & donations will continue to be accepted throughout the season. Thank you & see the Project 500 update below:

THANK YOU !!

The first week of Project 500 has been delivered and it could not have happened without your support!  We want to thank everyone who was involved in making this week a huge success. 

Statistics have shown that there are an estimated 16,000 children living in poverty in Coventry alone, Project 500 began as a concept to help take disadvantaged children away from their normal routines and give them an experience they would never forget!

After months of preparation, and the redevelopment of the Butts Park Arena pitch we finally launched our first camp during the October half-term, working with over 60 children and their respective schools each child received the following:

–        A unique 4 day sports activity camp working alongside our coaches and 1st XV players

–        Breakfast and lunch opportunities as many would be supplemented with the Free School Meals programme

–        A replica junior Coventry Rugby shirt (with plenty of signatures thanks to our players)

–        A season ticket for them and a parent/guardian so that they can keep coming back to The Butts Park Arena for the rest of the season

Have a look at our summary video below for the first camp and hear from the children, coaches, and parents themselves:

As you can see, we have provided a structure to Project 500 that will bring both short-term enjoyment alongside long-term sustainability.  Camp by camp, year on year, we hope to build our Project 500 alumni and help bring relief to so many children and their families right here in Coventry. But, of course, there is always so much more we can do.

None of this could have happened without your support and we hope that you will continue to support us in our future Projects. The Coventry Rugby Foundation have already seen great impact through this project as well as its others, and if you are interested in helping us to make a difference through this and our other programmes, do not hesitate to contact us and share this message with the world.

Many thanks once again,

Hal Sparke & the Coventry Rugby and Foundation Team

Firework Party

Coventry Rugby will be hosting a Firework Party at the Rugby Club on Sunday November 3rd, full details are given below. In addition to the fireworks there will be live music and the following activities for families to enjoy and actively participate if they so wish. Also, Coventry Rugby players will be holding on pitch activities for all, see below for further details.

Tickets can be booked online at https://www.coventryrugby.co.uk/tickets/

Stalls confirmed: Charity/School/Association

Lions – Tombola

Samaritans – Ball In the bog

Friends of Dol-y-Moch – Tin Can bean Bag Throw

Scouts – Splat The Rat

Cardinal Wiseman – Greetings cards, party accessories, cakes and sweet bags

Commercial Confirmed:

Glow Stick & Hook a Duck

Slide and Jumping Castle

Sweet Stall

Taco Stall

Our BBQ stall

Physic Reader

Club Ring Toss

Club Pass through

On Pitch activities from 16.30 -17.30 with players: Tackle Bag, Line out, Tug of war, Egg & spoon race

Jersey Away – October 12th

One of the Supporters’ Club objectives is ‘To foster good relations between rugby supporters and other clubs.’ Throughout this season, our second back in the Championship, we have been working hard to develop relationships with the other Championship Clubs. We have already been in contact with Jersey Rugby regarding the away fixture on October 12th at the Santander Stadium, and Jersey have kindly offered to host Coventry Rugby supporters at a pre-match event  between 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday October 11th. The event is open to all travelling Coventry supporters and entry is free of charge.

It’s a good chance to meet some ‘native’ supporters, engage in some pre-match banter and have a ‘recce’ of the ground.  The ‘Jersey Pride’ ale will be tapped and Sean Dunne the Club Manager will be providing free nibbles.

For those supporters who attended this event last April it was an excellent and enjoyable night, as can be seen in the photographs, so please come along on the Friday evening, all are very welcome.

Also, on match day Jersey have tables available in the clubhouse for corporate hospitality, or, as an alternative there is a £12 meal deal in the Santander Supporters’ marquee, with a choice of hot meals followed by a cheese buffet. Booking is strongly advised and tables can be booked via E-Mail to sean.dunne@jerseyreds.je

The Supporters’ Club would like to take this opportunity to thank Jersey Rugby for their hospitality.  

New pay and display car parking at Butts Park Arena

Car parking at Butts Park Arena will now be pay and display, Coventry Rugby has announced.

The pay and display car parking will be in operation seven days a week, with non-match day available on an hourly rate of 50p per hour up to four hours, or all-day parking for £4. Parking charge notices may be issued to cars which do not display their tickets clearly on the dashboard.

Match days and event days are £5.

Tickets can be purchased using change and cards at the machines within the car park.

Car parking charges apply to all vehicles and their drivers with no exceptions.

No parking zones have also been formalised on the road behind the XL Motors Stand; parking charge notices may be issued to cars which do not comply with the clear markings.

Signs with full terms and conditions are clearly displayed throughout the Butts Park Arena site.

Specific queries can be emailed to UKPS Car Park Management, which is managing the car park on the club’s behalf, via www.theukps.com/contact

Under-18 Season gets off to winning start

Coventry Rugby Supporters’ Club Proudly Sponsors Coventry Rugby Under 18s

The Coventry Rugby Under-18s had their first runout on Monday night away at Lady Bay, and they got off to the best possible start with a good win over Nottingham.

Coventry started slowly, conceding two tries and 12 points early on. But from then on it was one-way traffic, with five tries and 38 unanswered points coming from the men in red, who headed back to the West Midlands with a 38-12 victory under their belt.

Matt Foxon, Ed Righton, Henry Mair and Tom Brookes (2) got the tries, with Tommy Simms adding two conversions and a penalty. Ollie Parker completed the scoring with three conversions.

With players having only trialled for the squad in mid-August this was their first opportunity to shine, and Head Coach Phli Boulton says that there were plenty of positives.

“It was a promising start to the season for us and there’s a lot we can build on,” he commented. “The lads had not played in a team together and after conceding two early tries their heads could have dropped.

“But they responded really well and got better and better as the match went on, and to score 38 unanswered points is really pleasing.

“We’ll be looking to develop the lads as the season goes on, but a result like this shows that there is some good potential.”

The Under-18s are scheduled to have further matches before Christmas on Monday, October 14th and Monday, November 25th, with the opponents to be finalised.

In the New Year the team will face Nottingham (Monday, January 13th), Leicester Tigers (Sunday, January 26th), Cambridge University U20s (Wednesday, February 12th), Leicester Tigers (Friday, March 6th) and Newcastle Falcons (Sunday, March 15th).

Thanks to the Coventry Rugby Supporters Club for their generous and ongoing support of the Under-18s.

Project 500 – a unique social inclusion initiative from Coventry Rugby

Project 500

Coventry Rugby has today unveiled Project:500, a groundbreaking initiative that will use rugby to bring positivity and hope to the many children in the city who are living below the poverty line.

An estimated 16,000 children in the city of Coventry currently live below the poverty line. For them a day at the rugby, or the opportunity to play a new sport, or simply make new friends outside their immediate family or neighbourhood, may very well be a struggle.

Furthermore, a child in poverty is more likely to have poor physical and mental health; a low sense of well-being; to underachieve at school; experience social deprivation, stigma and bullying; and have employment difficulties in adult life.

Project:500 is aiming to alleviate such problems by combining the core values of rugby union and the legendary community spirit which has united the people of Coventry for many years.

There are two parts to the project:

Part 1 Each child is gifted a place at a specially designed rugby camp to engage and inspire him or her. The camp will give the child the opportunity to learn about subjects such as nutrition, exercise and wellness. They will also take part in rugby training sessions with members of the Coventry first team

Part 2 Each child will be enrolled into the Cov Juniors Club and be given their own Coventry Rugby replica shirt. They will also be gifted a special Season Pass, giving the parent/guardian and child the opportunity to bond at every home game at the Butts Park Arena for the 2019/20 season

Project:500’s initial target is to have 500 children as part of the initiative in its first year and Coventry Rugby Chairman Jon Sharp says that he is looking forward to it becoming a significant part of the club’s community programme.

“Rugby is renowned for its ability to inspire and engage children and young people, and we’re delighted to be launching Project:500,” he said.

“A life in poverty can be devastating for a child, both in how they are living now and also in limiting their prospects for the future, and Project:500 is about giving them the inspiration they need.

“We want Coventry Rugby to be a club at the heart of our city, and Project:500 does exactly that. To the best of our knowledge no other club is running an initiative like this, so I’m proud that we are leading the way.

“The response we have had in discussions with potential donors has already been extremely positive and places have been granted already. Although our target is 500 children there is no upper limit, and hopefully our city’s people and businesses will get behind this project, following the example set by some of our important partners.”

Each place on Project:500 costs £350. Coventry Rugby is subsiding 40 percent of the costs, but the club is seeking individuals or companies who are willing to cover the remaining 60 percent, equivalent to £200.

A number of Coventry Rugby’s key partners have already pledged their support, including Band Hatton Button, Askews, Robinson Manufacturing Ltd and Coventry Scale.

To thank them for their support each donor will have their name on a dedicated wall at the Butts Park Arena and on the Coventry Rugby website. Companies or individuals who donate five or more places will also receive two tickets to the 2019/20 End of Season Dinner, and companies or individuals who donate 10 or more places will receive tickets to the opening match of the season.

The club will be working with Coventry’s schools and relevant local stakeholders to identify children and families who would benefit from being part of Project:500 over the course of the summer and then going forward.

To find out more contact Toby Costar via tcostar@coventryrugby.co.uk