Pitch In for Cheltenham Tigers

Working in partnership with the RFU to create a new community facility at the home of Cheltenham RFC for sport in North Gloucestershire

We did it!

On 2nd Apr 2017 we successfully raised £60,914 of £55,000 target with 440 supporters in 36 days

New stretch target


We have hit our target of £55,000 to plug the shortfall in the changing room development, which once built will allow us to unlock and install a state-of-the-art artificial pitch courtesy of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

It was an ambitious project but with everyone’s support we have hit our target. It is an amazing achievement and it will allow us to create a facility for generations of future sports people across the county. It's a stunning success and that's down to a magnificent team effort!

But let’s keep going and see where we can take this. Let’s keep going to the final whistle (on Sunday at 11.59am) to see what we can raise. Everything over and above our original target will go towards:

  • Enhancing the external footpaths, paving, general landscaping and external amenities at the club
  • Bringing forward plans to improve parking and the inclusion of a cycle shelter.
  • Considering photovoltaic panels on new changing rooms to provide electricity not just for the new changing rooms but perhaps even the existing building.

Thank you for your quite brilliant support. It just goes to show what a special place Newlands Park is.

Former Gloucester and England man 'Sinbad' has joined the campaign and has laid down the gauntlet to sports fans across Gloucestershire to get behind the Pitch-In Crowdfunder.

We’re current three-quarters of the way there, raising over £40,000 thanks to over 300 wonderful supporters with less than a week to go. 

Sinbad has now challenged the local community to help the club hit the £55,000 target by Sunday.

He will visit the club on Sunday morning to ride a Wattbike in a gruelling 100k personal challenge over the final few hours of the campaign to help see the Tigers get over the finishing line on Sunday at 11.59am.

“This is such a great campaign and we all need to get behind it,” the former wing said.

We've released loads of exciting new rewards as the campaign draws to a close.

We also have plenty of prizes to give away to everyone that pledges £25 to join their Wall of Fame on the proposed new tunnel. A prize draw will be done at the end of the campaign with the following prizes on offer:

• 50 pairs of Rovinfest 2017 tickets
• 20 pairs of 1873 corporate match day tickets at Kingsholm
• a meal for two at the Royal Oak in Bishops Cleeve
• four signed AVIVA Premiership shirts.

Supporters are invited to Newlands Park on Sunday morning to meet Sinbad, pledge their support and meet the people behind the crowdfunding campaign. They’ll be on hand to talk about the plans for the new facility.


In 2007 Cheltenham Tigers RFC embarked on an ambitious journey to create a community sports facility for North Gloucestershire. After years of planning, the club will install a state-of-the-art artificial pitch as part of the RFU's Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy programme. However to meet the RFU's strict criteria, the club must build new changing rooms, and that's where you come in!

• To build the new RFU-compliant changing rooms to support the proposed Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP), built to the specification outlined by Sport England and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to meet modern safeguarding standards. 

• To create a state-of-the-art community facility at Newlands Park for people of all ages, abilities and all sports across North Gloucestershire.

• To safeguard the club's future and create a great sporting venue for sportsmen and women in the county for generations to come.




First it's important to remember that this isn't charity. We're not asking for donations – we want to give something back too. There are so many ways to help support this Crowdfunder and everyone can play their part. It's important to us that local businesses, sponsors and supporters all work together towards a common goal – the new changing rooms. Everyone involved should get something back for their support.


Look at the rewards on the right-hand side of this page. They include:

A massive thank you A £10 pledge will also get you entry into our prize draw for Gloucester Rugby tickets, signed sporting memorabilia and free entry tickets to the third annual Rovinfest three-day music festival, held each year at Newlands Park.

Tunnel Wall of Fame For £25 your name will be added to our Wall of Fame in the new players' tunnel at Newlands Park, plus all the £10 reward bundle on offer.

Tunnel Wall of Fame for your family For £50 your family's names will be added to the new players' tunnel, plus all the £10 reward bundle on offer.

Business Wall of Fame For £250 your name and company logo to be added to our business Wall of Fame to be displayed proudly outside at Newlands Park for everyone to see.

We want both new and existing local businesses to get involved with our Crowdfunder and all the exposure that comes with it.

We also invite you to take advantage of the prominent advertising space at the new facility at Newlands Park. Check out our business options or get in touch with us to discuss the options.



Newlands Park became the new home of Cheltenham Tigers in August 2007, kicking off an exciting new chapter for the club and triggering the first part of an ongoing plan that continues today.

The club gained planning consent for an all-weather pitch, floodlights, a significant changing room extension and ground improvements in May 2010. Two years later we completed the first phase, installing our match-standard floodlights. 

As part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy programme, the RFU announced they were looking to support 100 artificial pitches across the UK and we expressed an interest in hosting one of the community pitches. A formal process followed.

The eligibility, feasibility and technical stages have been successfully passed to have a AGP (Artificial Grass Pitch) installed at Newlands Park.

Officially it's the only AGP in North Gloucestershire agreed by the RFU but it is subject to a final contract and a planning amendment, due to small tweaks to the plan secured all those years back.

Now nearly two years into the process, and having met the criteria set by the RFU, we find ourselves with the support of John Bendle, the RFU's Area Facilities Manager and we are just weeks away from finalising this major project which could be in place later this year.





A key component of our plans to install a new pitch is the delivery of our new changing rooms, which must meet the RFU's criteria.

Our plans for RFU-compliant changing rooms are at an advanced stage and we're hoing that work can begin as early as May this year.

This project is key to securing the AGP and in total will cost in the region of £550,000. Clearly this presents our next real challenge.

We have already got significant support from the RFU, our bankers Lloyds, local grant funders and institutions and they have set us well on the way

However we have set target of £55,000 to meet the shortfall and we have decided to turn to Crowdfunder with an ambitious campaign to engage the local community and people across the county, and beyond.


Grass-roots rugby in England landed a £50million World Cup windfall in 2015 with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) investing in 100 artificial pitches across the country in a bid to boost participation in the club game.

The ambitious plan, which is thought to be the biggest single investment in the grass-roots game by the governing body, is designed to reinvigorate the club game, which has been struggling to retain players, as part of the World Cup legacy.

Cheltenham Tigers made their application for a new artificial pitch at Newlands Park in 2015.

Artificial Rugby Turf is the term World Rugby uses to describe artificial grass surfaces designed for use in the game of Rugby Union. 

There is no such thing as a 4G or 5G pitch as recognised by the AGP industry. Third generation or ‘3G’ pitches use the most up-to-date technology available. 

5c08e5825d9a64525dac8e281e194481f9e11c9bThe term 3G relates to the systems that use a long pile carpet with sand and rubber infill. Any use of the term 4G or 5G is incorrect. 

The pitches at Saracens and Newcastle Falcons are 3G, and hopefully soon at Cheltenham Tigers!


 Download the RFU Essential Guide to AGPs 

Read more about AGPs at RFU.com

RFU to plough £50million into 100 artificial pitches in bid to boost participation in club rugby



Cheltenham Tigers RFU are a club with a rich heritage and an eye firmly on the future. 

The town of Cheltenham first established a rugby club in 1889, 45 years after the game of rugby was introduced to Cheltenham College. They were influential in the formation of the club, together with a number of exceptional administrators – many of whom had received military rank after long service in India and the Colonies.

Strong links were forged with local businessmen and traders, and Cheltenham Borough Council took an active interest in the club’s affairs. The Welsh connection was another major factor in the growth of the club, with players from the valleys moving to the town in search of jobs and a game.

Ultimately this lead to Cheltenham building up one of the finest fixture lists in England and Wales, earning the reputation as a ‘first-class club’ and hosted New Zealand on their first-ever oversees tour, losing 18-0 at the Athletic Ground in December 1905. It was on this tour that the visitors gained the name ‘All Blacks’.








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