WELCOME TO KENMORE RUGBY
ABOUT KENMORE RUGBY
Kenmore Rugby began in 2004 as the Kenmore West Rugby Club, fielding both boys and girls rugby teams and was one of the first the first local high school rugby programs in WNY and a charter member of the NYS Rugby Conference's high school division. They were joined in 2005 by Kenmore East who also established boys and girls rugby. The two schools were as fierce of rivals in rugby as they were in all other sports.
The Kenmore Youth Rugby Association was formed in 2011 offering non-contact flag rugby for boys and girls originally in grades 3-8, and eventually expanding to include grades K-8. Since then, many players have gone on to play high school and college rugby. The youth program has become one of our largest sources of players for the high school teams.
In 2012, the boys teams at East and West merged creating the Kenmore Boys Rugby Club. Kenmore Girls Rugby was also formed that year as the girls teams at Kenmore East and Kenmore West also joined forces.
With numbers declining numbers combined with the pandemic, the girls team folded in 2020. The boys team continued on, only to see their 2020 season canceled and also lost significant a numbers of players as a result of the lost season. The youth flag program also did not play at all in 2020.
With no one playing rugby in 2020, the time was right to look at combining some or all of the existing programs. Interested stakeholders from the boys, girls, and youth teams all agreed that the best way to move forward and grow the game was to go back to the future by combining high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, and youth flag rugby all under a single club. The unified Kenmore Rugby Club was officially formed in the Spring of 2021.
In it's first year of existence and coming out of the pandemic, the goal of the club was recruit players and to just play rugby. The high school girls were the first team to take the pitch as part of the new club and won their last two games of the season in convincing fashion as they improved with each outing. The high school and middle school boys were next up and had similar results against more experienced opposition. All three teams are poised to build on their successful return to play in 2022.
Last but not least to return to play was our youth and flag rugby program, which was a tremendous success for the club. Over 70 players, some new, some returning met on Monday nights over the summer to learn the game and have fun. Led by current and former Kenmore Rugby high school players, our youngest ruggers are developing a solid foundation and are the future of the club./
Going forward, the goals remain the same. To teach young people the values and comradery of the
game of rugby in a positive, supportive, team first environment.
Much more to come, we can't wait!
KENMORE RUGBY. NEXT PHASE.
BY THE NUMBERS
ONE BIG MOB
EST. IN 2004, WE ARE WNY'S OLDEST YOUTH RUGBY CLUB.
HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL &
NYS RUGBY CONFERENCE BOYS WESTERN CHAMPIONS*
* INCLUDES YEARS AS KENMORE WEST
RUGBY NY BOYS DIVISION ONE
RUGBY NY BOYS UPSTATE DIVISION CHAMPIONS