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

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

Coventry Rugby strengthens relationship with Supporters’ Club with Under – 18 team shirt partnership

U18 - Sponsorship

Coventry Rugby is deepening its relationship with the Coventry Rugby Supporters Club with a new partnership.

The Supporters Club has agreed to be the main shirt sponsor of the club’s Under-18 team, thereby helping some of the city’s best up-and-coming rugby players.

Coventry Rugby is committed to making its Under-18 team a central part of its development pathway so that ultimately the first team squad is dominated by local players representing their local professional club.

According to Club Secretary, Quentin Melhuish, the Supporters Club have recognised this ambition, which is why they have agreed to the new partnership for at least the 2019/20 season.

“Jon Sharp, Nick Johnston and Rowland Winter have all been clear that their ambition is to make Coventry Rugby the club at the heart of the city,” he said. “Having local players play for the first team is a big part of that, but obviously this is a long-term project in which the Under-18 team plays an important role.

“This is why we’ve decided to partner with the club in this way, and we’re looking forward to seeing the team develop over the next season. Hopefully we can encourage as many supporters to come and get behind the lads for their games as well!”

Paul Ingleston, Coventry Rugby Supporters Club Chairman, added: “Coventry Rugby Supporters Club are delighted to be supporting the Under-18s.

“The opportunity to help the city’s young players develop their rugby playing skills was too good to miss, with obviously the chance to see them become first XV squad members a big draw for our partnership.

“I, for one, will attempt to support the Under-18s every time they pull on a CRSC easily identifiable branded shirt. It marks a major milestone in the re-birth of Coventry Rugby Supporters Club.”

Managing Director Nick Johnston thanked the Supporters Club for their backing of the Under-18s.

“It is a big decision to commit funds to partner with a team, and we appreciate the commitment that the Supporters Club have shown in getting behind the Under-18s in this way,” he said.

“We’ve got some of the most dedicated and fervent supporters in the Championship, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we were challenging for the highest average attendance next season. They have helped make Butts Park Arena an intimidating place for opposition teams to come, and their support makes a big difference on match days.

“We’re delighted that they have also recognised what we are trying to achieve, especially in making the Under-18s a key part of our development pathway to having as many local players as possible in our first team squad in the future.

“On behalf of the club I’d like to thank them for their faith in us and I’m looking forward to seeing them at all of our first team, development and Under-18 matches next season!”

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New Crest for Coventry Rugby

Coventry-Rugby Crest 1874

Coventry Rugby has today unveiled the club’s new crest for the 2019/20 season and onwards.

The new crest honours the long legacy and connections that the club has had with the city of Coventry for over 140 years.

At the same time it brings a modern interpretation of this heritage, re-incorporating the city’s traditional colours of red and green into the background and introducing a phoenix motif to represent the recent promotion and ambition to  continue rising up the ladder of English club rugby.

“The new crest is part of the next step in our journey as a club,” says Coventry Rugby Chairman Jon Sharp.

“We are looking to continue our progression in all areas on and off the field, with more structure in the administration and more investment into the playing and coaching group as we build for the future.

“We’re also proud of our history and view this new crest as being an evolution which takes us closer to our heritage while also setting a marker for the future.”

The new crest was designed by Paul Carnall of Flygun Creative. It is a project that is close to his heart, as his father, Peter, wore the Coventry hoops when the club led the way within English rugby.


“I am extremely proud and honoured for my company Flygun Creative to have delivered the new crest for Coventry Rugby,” Carnall commented.

“The opportunity to work with the club is something that is very close to my heart, not just because of me being born in Coventry but also from a personal perspective as my father played for the club between 1964 and 68, a time when they were considered one of the best teams in the British Isles, something he is immensely proud of.

“Coventry Rugby is a family club steeped in history and it has meant so much to me to have been involved in this project. We’re all looking forward to seeing the crest rolled out and Flygun playing our part in the next exciting chapter of this great club.”

Double Signing for Coventry Rugby

Coventry Rugby has today announced a double-signing from Yorkshire Carnegie, Andy Forsyth and Joe Buckle.