The earliest available records indicate that the playing of rugby football in Kettering was initiated by the Rector of Barton Seagrave village in 1871. After a period of playing under Uppingham Public School Rules the club formally adopted RFU rules in 1875, quickly becoming a significant participant in both local community and the fast developing rugby scene in the East Midlands.
In the early days games were played on a number of sites including farmers’ fields and council owned grounds. It was during this period, prior to adopting a home of its own, that the club developed its high profile in the town. Social occasions and players’ “meetings” were held traditionally at the Royal Hotel, later moving to the George, with more formal occasions such as the Annual Ball becoming the highlight of the local function calendar.
Nowadays, Kettering Rugby Football Club is not only a successful sporting club with a fine tradition of winning but also an excellent social and community association with members that ages range from 7 to 90.
On the Kettering Rugby Club’s website you will find match information, results, history of the club, club facilities, gallery and player profiles, as well as the latest news and events.
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