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Coventry Bears to Kingstone Press Championship 1 in 2015

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The RFL is delighted to announce that Coventry Bears will enter Rugby League’s semi-professional Kingstone Press Championship One competition in 2015.  Formed in 1998, Coventry have grown to become one of the sport’s most successful community clubs and will play their home games at the 4,000-capacity Butts Park Arena.

 

They were invited to play in the competition at a meeting of the Kingstone Press Championships clubs in Leigh this week.  RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Coventry Bears to the Kingstone Press Championships.  It adds another refreshing dimension to the Championships at a time when the sport is approaching an exciting new era with the introduction of a new league structure in 2015.  Following on from the success of Oxford, Hemel Stags and the University and Gloucestershire All Golds in introducing Rugby League to a new audience of players and spectators, Coventry Bears will enhance the competition and the sport.

 

“Their entry is the latest result of our long-term commitment to introduce new clubs into Championship One from new geographical areas and I am sure Coventry Bears will receive a warm welcome from everyone in the game.”

 

Coventry Bears Managing Director Alan Robinson said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to join the Kingstone Press Championships and are looking forward to playing our full part in the competition.  The club has worked really hard to establish good working relationships in Coventry and across the Midlands and we now have the partners in place who can help us realise our ambitions.

 

“Making the transition from being a community club to the professional ranks has been, and remains an exciting and fulfilling journey.

“Our geographical location allows us to ‘bridge the gap’ between clubs in the South and North and creates rich potential for us to succeed.”

 

Coventry Bears will officially launch their entry into Kingstone Press Championship One in 2015 with a media event at the Butts Park Arena, Coventry, on Friday July 18 (12.00pm) when Alan Robinson and other clubs officials will be available for interview.

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Excellent news.  Congratulations to all at Coventry.

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Seriously though, well done to Cov

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Great news, good luck to all involved, look forward to seeing how you go.  CC1 is shaping up superbly.

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Another long trip and with the cumbian clubs likely to come down we will be struggling to pay for the travel next year

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Another long trip and with the cumbian clubs likely to come down we will be struggling to pay for the travel next year

It's not a long trip, it's only down one street from Cumbria and Lancashire (M6) and two streets from Yorkshire (M1 and M69)

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Strong rumours in the West Country that Clifton are looking to set up a semi-pro League team in Bristol soon too.

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Another long trip and with the cumbian clubs likely to come down we will be struggling to pay for the travel next year

Love it! You couldn't ask for a better response from a rugby league fan.

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Love it! You couldn't ask for a better response from a rugby league fan.

What's more effective? CERN detecting sub-atomic particles or Rugby League fans ferreting out all the negative potential of a bit of good news? I think I see Dr Brian Cox hoisting the white flag...

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Do we know the structure of KPC1 yet? I think that brings us to 14 clubs now doesn't it?

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Do we know the structure of KPC1 yet? I think that brings us to 14 clubs now doesn't it?

Yeah.  I think the structure of Championship 1 in 2015 will be 14 clubs. B)

 

Well done to the Bears.  It's great to see the sport spreading.

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Strong rumours in the West Country that Clifton are looking to set up a semi-pro League team in Bristol soon too.

Please, please, please, please let it be true.

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Back on topic. Fantastic news. Hope that your first season is a cracker.

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Well done to everyone at Coventry Bears.

I know how difficult it is running a club in a developing area, so it's a fantastic achievement to get this far.

Mancunians' ambition is and has always been to join the semi professional ranks and we hope to be joining them soon.

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Fantastic news! Well done to Cov.

 

Love it! You couldn't ask for a better response from a rugby league fan.

 

Just you wait till next year and all the moaning we'll have to put up with when we're in the Championship!

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What's more effective? CERN detecting sub-atomic particles or Rugby League fans ferreting out all the negative potential of a bit of good news? I think I see Dr Brian Cox hoisting the white flag...

You know, if Cox spent less time discussing teleportation on This Morning and more time working on the damn thing then the Cumbrian clubs wouldn't have to spend money on coach travel.

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Fantastic news! Well done to Cov.

 

 

Just you wait till next year and all the moaning we'll have to put up with when we're in the Championship!

I'm having flash back to my early days watching the Broncos, pre-SL, and all the grief the players (and sometimes fans) took from our northern cousins. Can't wait for next season...

 

Edited to apologise to Coventry - 3 posts and I'd still not congratulated them. It's genuinely good news, best of luck.

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From tiny acorns. Can't believe the club's come so far.

Massive congratulations to Boomer, Banksy and everyone involved in making the dream come true.

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From tiny acorns. Can't believe the club's come so far.

Massive congratulations to Boomer, Banksy and everyone involved in making the dream come true.

You played your part in the early days too Steve. So thanks to you too!

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The name Alan Robinson feels familiar. Did he have anything to do with the 'League Leader' publication?

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You know, if Cox spent less time discussing teleportation on This Morning and more time working on the damn thing then the Cumbrian clubs wouldn't have to spend money on coach travel.

Good point. With teleportation, traditional fans could turn up, ascertain that the pies are rubbish and that none of the opposition ever worked down t'pit, then get home in time for tea.

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