Much like a lot of sports in Hamilton the Stoney Creek Camels Rugby Football Club has flown under the radar. But with that low flying, or perhaps marching considering the namesake of the club, come challenges.
Nicole Pollice from the Stoney Creek RFC will be at the Emergency & Community Services Committee meeting on Monday, April 10th (1:30 PM in Council Chambers) with a delegation request and presentation. In addition to the presentation the club is also looking for a formal sit down to discuss the future of the club within the city.
You see for the last 42 years the rugby club hasn’t had a permanent home.
Since the club was founded in 1974 they have called the fields at Saltfleet High School their home, but the club is looking to build a permanent home.
“We are looking to build a new state of the art field with stands as well as a clubhouse with showers, bathrooms, equipment storage, office space and a snack bar,” states their proposal to committee. “Our goal is to be able to host anything from international matches to local games and tournaments.”
While they have had no issues with their current home, coupled with the expansion of the programs they offer over the last five years alone, Stoney Creek RFC has outgrown their current home. On top of that the team has no clubhouse, change rooms, washroom facilities, or other amenities at their current home.
The club fields not only two senior level men’s teams (both in Rugby Ontario’s Marshall Premiership) but also a women’s team, three junior teams (U16 boys, U18 boys, and U18 girls) as well as a mini program for boys and girls between the ages of 8 – 12.
The lack of necessary facilities is also stagnating the Stoney Creek Rugby Football Clubs growth.
The club can’t host tournaments in their current state, which would in turn bring in revenue to the city in terms of hotels and restaurants. The club contends that their location is excellent for tournament hosting with the Heritage Green Power Centre so close, but lack of appropriate facilities makes hosting impossible.
According to the club’s report, they have a good lead for private funding to help with a purpose built field and club house in Stoney Creek. Available land to build on is another problem.
As Stoney Creek RFC has been on the hunt for land to call home the majority of available land is either out of their budget or zoned A1 (Agriculture) without possibility to be rezoned. According to municipal zoning by-law “No person shall erect, or use any building in whole or in part, or use any land in whole or in part unless they are one of the following uses: Residential Care Facility, Secondary Uses to Agriculture, Single Detached Dwelling, or Veterinary Service – Farm Animal.”
The club hopes to explore the opportunities on the land currently owned by Arcelor Mittal Dofasco on First Road East in Stoney Creek.
- 2 rugby playing fields each requiring approximately 2.5 acres
- Club House with showers, bathrooms, equipment storage, office space and a snack bar
- Bleacher seating and spectators area
- In order to facilitate the requirements for 2 playing fields, the space around the fields for spectators and safety, a club house and parking, SCRFC will require approximately 8 to 10 acres of land.
The Stoney Creek Camels Division 1 men’s team start off their 2017 season in Rugby Ontario’s Marshall Premiership 1 on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 PM in Brantford. The Division 2, who play in Rugby Ontario’s Marshall Premiership 2 have their season opener directly before at 1:30 PM also in Brantford.
Both divisions have their home opener on May 27th at 1:30 PM and 3:00PM from Saltfleet High School.