Our history

 

The Foots Cray Rugby Sports and Social Club was formed on 1 February 1993 by the then members of the STC (Foots Cray) Social and Athletic Club Rugby section. The club was formed as the first step in the process of establishing a permanent home through the acquisition of a new site following the closure of the STC factory at Maidstone Road, Sidcup.

The Club was fortunate to have been offered the opportunity, in June 1993, to tender for the old ‘ILEA’ Schools Playing Field at 239A-241 Footscray Road, Eltham and offered for lease by the London Borough of Greenwich. The Tender was won on the principle that the facility was to be made available for and within the means of the local community and would continue to be offered for schools use.

Occupied from April 1995, the 22-acre site had originally been laid out for Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Netball. However due to lack of maintenance the sports field and especially the Cricket tables and asphalt surfaces for Tennis and Netball had fallen in to considerable disrepair. The site had no pavilion (the original two pavilions having been destroyed by vandals). From April 1995 to October 1999 the Club depended on a temporary pavilion, constructed by Club members, consisting of donated ‘used’ Portakabin units.

In October 1999, after a construction period of eight months, a new permanent pavilion was put into operation. Built at a total cost of £845,000 the new pavilion, with 10 changing rooms, gymnasium, sports/function hall and bar area, has provided a major increase in the quality and level of facilities offered for community use. Funds for the new pavilion were raised through the Sport England lottery fund; Foundation for Sports & the Arts and other Club fund raising activities.

The Club, through its own efforts, has successfully restored most of the playing surfaces so that at the present time has available; 3 senior, 2 junior/senior, 2 mini soccer pitches, two senior rugby pitches, floodlit training area and for the summer two cricket tables.

In line with the Club’s principle aim of returning the site to the community, usage of the site has grown from one affiliated section, Footscray Rugby Union Football Club to eighteen affiliated volunteer led community groups covering all age groups and genders. In addition the Club’s sports facilities are made available, on a daily basis, to the local school and when required to other self-help groups as required. There is no restriction on membership.

In March of 2002 following a successful application to the Charity Commissioners, the Club was registered as a Charity under the name of Foots Cray Rugby Sports and Athletic Club (FRSAC).

Playing facilities and associated infrastructure are funded through a variety of revenue streams ranging from direct affiliated section contributions in the form of fees levied for use of the sports pitches to hire of the hall, bar sales and donations from members.

To find out more or become a member please get in touch.