Bath Rugby has an unrivalled heritage of success, innovation and flair and has been part of the Bath’s DNA for over 150 years. Formed in 1865, the Club was unlike other teams, which were selected based on educational or vocational credentials. Bath comprised players from all walks of life including labourers, builders and miners.
Bath Rugby was the first rugby club to develop bespoke player fitness programmes (1901), the first club to appoint a female president (Molly Gerrard, 1971) and was the first club to arrange kit and match sponsorship deals (1977).
During the 1980s and 1990s, under the guidance of the Head Coach, Jack Rowell, the Club pioneered the development of a high performance culture, many elements of which have now become standard in sport. During this period the Club won six domestic league titles, 10 domestic cup titles (including four doubles), and was the first English Club to win the European Cup in 1998.
Since 1894 the Club has played at the Rec, in the heart of Bath, becoming part of the city’s vibrant cultural lifeblood.
The Club is currently working alongside Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 to bring forward new plans to create an exciting new sport, leisure and community focused destination at the Rec.
The proposals include plans for a new community-focused stadium and to breathe new life into the riverside realm between Pulteney Bridge and North Parade. There is also potential to improve access to the city centre from that eastern bank of the River Avon, which sits adjacent to the Rec.
In addition, the community-focused East stand will drive active involvement in grassroots sport by addressing specific social needs via targeted education opportunities for young adults and supporting charitable organisations operating in Bath