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Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club was founded in 2001, by Scott Glaessgen in honor of his friend and intended cofounder Mark Bingham, hero of Flight 93 on September 11th 2001. The inspiration of Mark’s life, work, and dedication to the sport of rugby led Scott and other New York City rugby players to meet in late 2001 to establish Gotham Knights RFC.
Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club’s mission is to:
1. Increase diversity within the sport of rugby
2. Develop competitive teams on local, national and international levels
3. Provide a welcoming and learning environment for new ruggers who would like to join the sport
4. Support the growth of rugby in New York and beyond
Gotham has 50 current playing members and approximately another 40 supporting, occasional or alumni members. As a member of the Empire Rugby Football Union Rugby Football Geographic Union, Gotham competes against teams from all around the New York State area. Gotham is also a member of IGRAB (International Gay Rugby Association and Board). It competes biannually at the Bingham Cup. In 2008 Gotham won a position in the Northeast Rugby Union playoffs in Buffalo, and thencompeted against some 30 teams from around the world in the Bingham Cup in Dublin in which it was placed the top team in North America. Gotham has toured extensively, including Seattle, Dallas, Minneapolis Dublin, London, Manchester, England and San Francisco.
Gotham operates year around including summer and winter. The two key seasons are the spring and fall, when Gotham holds practices twice per week, and competes in matches and tournaments each weekend in New York State against other Empire RFU teams.
In the summer and winter “off-seasons”, Gotham participates in 7s rugby tournaments in the tri-state area and beyond, and holds fitness, skills and touch rugby sessions, open to anyone who wants to join in.
Our event calendar details the time, location and travel directions of all practices and games.
Gotham practices in facilities around the NYC area. Currently our practices are being held at Randalls Island and occasional practices on Roosevelt Island. Please check our Home Page and Practice Schedule for more information.
Practices are typically two days/week in the evenings, with matches most Saturdays. Our event calendar details the time, location and travel directions of all practices and games.
Recruits experienced in rugby and those new to the sport are encouraged to come out to practice immediately.
Twice a year we host Rugby 101 Boot Camp events geared towards teaching newcomers the sport of rugby. Anyone can learn to play and sometimes the best way to do that is simply to start practicing with us.
We have a competitive "A" side and a social "B" side. No matter what your ability or prior experience, we have a spot for you. Our club includes ruggers and USA Rugby-certified coaches who are ex-pats from England, Ireland, Australia, etc., who were born with a rugby ball in hand, athletes who come to Gotham from other sports including American Football, soccer, and basketball, as well as players who never touched a ball before. Join the team simply by attending training or registering for and attending Rugby 101.
The only restrictions are you need to be 18 or over and have basic medical insurance. As the Rugby Football Union does not allow co-ed teams, women are welcome to join Gotham for practice and social, but could not play in Union matches.
Gotham Dues are $150 - Annual fee, $150 - Winter/Spring, $150 Summer/Fall. Dues are collected at the start of each season but can be staggered or sponsored. Members in need of membership financing options are encouraged to contact infogothamrfc [dot] org. Members can pay online at anytime or via check/cash at training. Rugby 101 registration Fee will go towards paying that season's membership dues.
This is one of the areas where Gotham excels. You’ll love it. In rugby you play your heart out on the pitch and then celebrate with the other team in one of Gotham's “third half" socials, infamous as some of the best fun you will ever have with your clothes on. In addition, Gotham organizes dinner after every practice and other socials nearly every week. Furthermore, Gotham participates in community outreach programs, to groups, such as Play Rugby USA, which aims to support development of youth Rugby, and raises funds for groups such as God’s Love We Deliver.
There is a truly amazing bond that occurs between players at gotham. The intensity of the game leads to deep loyalties and friendships among teammates. You may come to Gotham for the fun of the game, but you'll likely find a family. This is a rare quality that puts Gotham over most other rugby clubs in the NYC area.
Rugby is a physically demanding sport and may not be suitable for everyone. If you can handle the occasional bruise or sprain and have medical coverage to protect you in case of an accident everything will be alright.
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