Coventry’s oldest junior rugby club is set for an exciting future after a deal has been reached to build a state-of-the-art new ground and clubhouse.
Trinity Guild RFC, which is based off Rowley Road in Baginton near Coventry Airport, was founded in 1899.
Its current ground is within the area set to be developed as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway which will create around 5,500 new jobs and will include the new £80 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.
As part of that work, the developers of the area – The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership – have agreed to create a brand new state-of-the-art ground for Trinity Guild.
It is due to move to its new 15 acre base on the south side of the airport – which will include two full sized senior pitches, one junior pitch and training areas, floodlights, and a new club house with six changing rooms – in 2021.
But now the club, which currently operates outside of the Midlands league structure after withdrawing from Midlands 5 West (South), has agreed to move to a temporary home at Finham Park School to allow construction work to progress.
Martin Wheeler, Club President of Trinity Guild said: “We knew the Gateway development was going to affect us in some way when the plans were first announced.
“But when the developers approached us with an offer to build a brand new ground, we were delighted. We believe we are a real community asset and are viewing this as a real springboard for us to grow our Mini and Junior section and ultimately make our club stronger.
“We also recognise that development has to move forward if the city is to continue to grow and prosper and felt it was only right that we should help play our part in that.
“We’re very grateful to Finham Park School for allowing us to play and train there while our new home is being created.
“This new ground will help revitalise the club and its junior section for the long term future. It is another important and exciting chapter in the club's long history.”
Mike Murray, of The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership, said the agreement was a win-win for all parties.
He said: “Our development is bringing new jobs and investment to Coventry and Warwickshire and takes in the current home of Trinity Guild. We have significant land holdings in the area and have found what we believe is the perfect location for the club.
We have worked closely with the committee members to ensure we will create what it needs to grow sustainably over the next few years.
“We have built a strong relationship, and we are really grateful that the club has agreed to move early to allow us to press on with development.”
If you would like any more information on Trinity Guild RFC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or pop along to Finham Park Senior School on a Sunday morning from 10am. The club has a thriving Mini and Junior section, with players from five years old and a full set of fixtures planned for the coming season ahead.