NORTHAMPTON Rebels are the Midlands’ first ever professional rugby league side, set to begin their debut Championship One season in February 2013.
The club will play their home games at Sixfields Stadium, sharing the ground with Northampton Town Football Club.
They’ve also formed a partnership with Super League side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, who will help to supply players, support both on and off the field, and will feature in a pre-season fixture at Sixfields Stadium.
The Rebels also maintain close links with amateur side Northampton Demons, who will be playing a double-header game at Sixfields on Sunday, July 29.
The club’s formation has come about as the governing body of the game, the RFL, are looking to seek to spread rugby league across the country expand it to new areas. Chairman of the Northampton Rebels, David Cardoza, saw this as an ideal opportunity to bring rugby league to the area and ignite a new revolution of sport in Northampton.
Cardoza said: “Northampton is renowned for its sporting acumen, and has a variety of top sports teams playing in the area.
“Rugby League is such a fast-paced and exciting game that it will attract people from all across the county, and beyond.”
The club are set to appoint their inaugural head coach who will oversee both the first team - made up of regional talent and players on dual-registrations from Wakefield - and the community work upon which the Rebels will be built.
Their name and crest were both chosen by the fans, with a similar vote on the club shirt to come.
As far as the future is concerned, Cardoza is ambitious and wants the club to be as successful as it can be.
He added: “We’re going to put everything we have into this, to build the foundations for a club which can make it to the top.
“We don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we know that with hard work, determination, and a bit of luck along the way, we’ll have as good a chance as anyone.”
You can follow the Rebels on twitter @RebelsRL and a new website, www.rebelsrl.co.uk, should be live by the end of August.