Coventry and Warwickshire is set to get its first taste of live
Rugby League after the formation of the Coventry Bears Rugby League Football Club.
The club will run in conjunction with Coventry Rugby Union Football Club, and will play
all of their home fixtures at the Coundon Road ground.
The Bears were formed after three Rugby League players from Coventry University,
director Alan Robinson, secretary Chris Norman and Mark Adie, found a large enthusiasm for
the sport in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.
Robinson had ample experience of the game having been captain of the Great
Britain Students team as well as playing professionally for Featherstone Rovers and
representing Ireland as a full international.
He and Norman subsequently began discussions with Coventry Rugby Club and the concept
will become reality on Sunday when the Bears take on Leicester Phoenix at Coundon Road.
Norman is delighted at the progress of the venture but says it is still essential that
the team secure further support and sponsorship.
"We played our first friendly fixture last week away against Worcester Saints who
compete in the Rugby League Summer Conference and we were delighted because we won that
"We are planning to go into the Rugby League Summer Conference next season after
we have played a summer of friendly matches, so this result bodes very well for us.
"However, we do need to gain a support base right through from corporate
hospitality to a kit sponsor.
"The idea of the club is that it will be a great sport for families to come along
and watch. Events at the home game on Sunday will start at 1.30pm and we have several
things lined up which include bouncy castles, a gladiators duel and a giant
The Bears are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in the club, and already have
plans to incorporate a youth academy when support for the venture grows.