A fresh start for town rugby club

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A rugby club which has been part of the fabric of Corby for more than 40 years is launching a five-year plan to bring it closer to the community.

Corby RFC launched the plan at its home in Rockingham Road on Saturday, which details how they see the future on and off the field.

With help from the RFU, the club wants to reach out to the community to recruit new coaches and players, as well as encouraging people to make use of its facilities.

The club has signed a five-year deal with Weldonfest to stage the popular music event, is regularly selling out band nights and is planning to extend its clubhouse and provide new squash courts.

A planning application for the new works was submitted last week.

The report says: “The links with the local community are seen as important by the club. The club lies on the outskirts of the town next to a large housing estate and is adjacent to an indoor tennis centre and neighbours Corby Town FC. The catchment is therefore diverse.

“The presence of a local football club on site and the staging of numerous events are important as a link with the community as well as a source on income.”

Team manager Ricky Egan said: “It is about building the club back up again. It has been in decline for a good few years and this is about bringing it back into the fold.

“We have got to get the infrastructure right, which is why the RFU has got involved. It is a growth plan to put ourselves out in the community to get people into rugby again.

“A traditional rugby club which has been going for years will have players coming up through the ranks.

“We have not got any kids so we are asking people who have never played before to come and join us.

“The big statement we are making is that up to May 31 there will be football played on the pitch but after that we will be turning it all to rugby.

“We don’t want to lose our identity – it is do or die.”

On the social side of the club, the deal with Weldonfest has provided a significant boost.

Mr Egan added: “I was at a meeting about Weldonfest on Thursday and they are estimating they are going to sell 5,000 tickets.”

The club is looking for new coaches and players.