NEWLANDS PARK - THE NEW HOME OF CHELTENHAM RUGBY CLUB
Newlands Park is owned by Cheltenham Rugby Club Ltd. The 19 acre venue was purchased in 2007 and the Management Committee took on the responsibility of ensuring that the sports facilities were available to all existing club members, to attract new Community rugby and football teams and to encourage schools in Cheltenham and the North Cotswolds to participate in sports at grass roots level.
    Summary of further aims and objectives:
  • To make a commitment to invest and raise as much funding as possible to improve facilities.
  • To promote and encourage healthy living for the whole of the Community
  • To implement environmental projects for the good of the local residents.
  • To provide excellent sporting and social facilities for all users of Newlands Park
Newlands Park is situated at ‘Newlands Corner’ on the very busy A435 northerly approach to Cheltenham, is 500 metres from Cheltenham Racecourse and has a 400 meter frontage on the A435. It is fifteen minutes travelling from the M5 (Exit 9)
The ground is presently marked out for three rugby pitches, one with match standard floodlights and three football pitches. In the summer we have an active program of touch rugby and rounders taking place.
THE CLUBHOUSE
The Clubhouse is built on two floors, around the 1950’s and was very ‘tired’ looking when acquired. Over the past 2 years we have undertaken the mamouth challenge of upgrading and improving facilities throughout including interior fixtures and fittings, kitchen facilities and exterior work including a viewing gallery. The ground floor of the building consists of: Main lounge/function room and bar, skittles alley with two lanes, social area and bar, self contained office, meeting room (now known as ‘President’s Lounge’), ideal for meetings of up to 20 people and has the ambience  of a museum. Together with changing rooms and a shower ‘block’, which are receiving urgent upgrading and refurbishment to bring them inline with RFU standards. On the first floor there is a Fitness/Exercise Room, together with storage rooms, changing rooms and showers. Car Park has tarmac parking space for 150 cars and a another large area for a further 150 cars.
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The Management Team

Newlands is owned by Cheltenham Rugby Club and shares many of the same board members and decision makers. The core management team are as follows:

Lesley Jackson

Club Manager
Full-time Clubhouse Manager at Newlands since November 2015

Dave Townsend

Facilities Manager
Long time association with the Cheltenham Rugby Club, as coach and Team Manager and now President

David Evans

Club Administrator
Cheltenham Rugby Club (15 yrs) and Newlands Park Administrator and Funding Manager.

Steve Ratcliffe

Chairman
Chairman of Cheltenham Rugby Club/Newlands Park for the last fifteen years.

Rod Harris

Finance Manager
In charge of balancing the books for both Cheltenham Rugby Club and Newlands Park
Some simple Facts
 
  • Annual Footfall

    Newlands Park Activities/Sport - Annual footfall 30,000

    The ‘Usage’ statistics (right), give an estimate of the sports teams, which are ‘registered’ to play at Newlands Park, on an annual basis. Together with an estimate of passionate volunteers, who give up a huge amount of time, to see people participating in sport and exercise. Local schools will use the ground on a regular basis and last month, for example, five local schools took part in a Girls Under 13 rugby tournament, with the Women’s Rugby World Cup on display, to provide some motivation!
  • Business

    Newlands Park Activities/Social Business

    In addition to sport, Cheltenham Rugby Club encourages local people to use our clubhouse for bookings from 9.30 am – 10 pm, seven days a week. Lesley jackson was appointed the Clubhouse Manager last year to increase activities and revenue from social and business events. She has a wealth of experience in managing public houses, one locally, and she is now actively marketing the ‘Clubhouse’ for Birthday celebrations, Anniversaries, Weddings, Wakes and Summer/ Community events.
  • A wide variety of visitors

    Home to a wide variety of sports, and communities

    In addition to those teams you might expect to be active at a rugby club there are a number of other regular users, inluding
    • Sport Teams 25 - Estimated number
    • Other Clubs and Associations 27 - Estimated number
    • Community Groups 12 - Estimated number
    • Businesses for Training & Leisure 16 - Estimated number
    • Schools playing at Newlands 39 - Estimated number