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Coventry Rugby Club keen to secure future with Council support


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Councillors are to meet to discuss granting Coventry RFC a new 250-year lease on the Butts Park Arena, which will allow the club to continue its development plans and help safeguard the club’s long-term future.


The deal would also see a commitment for the club to expand its community sports programme further and expand access to its facilities to benefit other city sports teams.


The Championship rugby team has been a part of the city since 1874 and has played at Butts Park for the past 17 years since it moved from its Coundon Road home.


Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said: “Coventry Rugby Club is a much-loved part of our city and it is also a key part of community life, and this deal will mean not only that the club can continue to thrive and achieve on the pitch, but that it can also help others enjoy sport and the many benefits it brings.


“This new lease agreement will give a financial lifeline to the club, protect other teams and sports and help residents enjoy high-quality sporting facilities. It will keep the club, and others, healthy for years to come.”


The club has invested around £2.5m on improvements in recent years, including an artificial playing surface. It is also home to Coventry Bears Rugby League Club, Coventry United Football Club and Coventry United Ladies Football Club.


Now the club is aiming to secure its future and generate income throughout the week. To do this, it has plans for two new spectator stands with hospitality and conferencing facilities, a 120-bed hotel, and 140 private rented apartments.


To help the development, the Council is being asked to grant a new ground lease to allow a broader range of facilities to be developed on the site whilst protecting the pitch and rugby facilities.


The outreach projects currently on offer include ‘Reading and Rugby’, the ‘Rugby and Health’ programme, as well as social inclusion projects for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


The plans will be discussed at a meeting of the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change on 29 September.


Written by: David Watkins

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