Canton Rugby Football Club Foundation


The Canton Rugby Football Club Foundation has been created to support the advancement of youth rugby in Stark County area. Through volunteer work and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable donations, the foundation hopes to achieve these goals within the next few years.


For nearly 40 years the Canton Rugby Football Club has been promoting the development of national amateur rugby in the Stark County area. This has been possible due to volunteer efforts by the members of this not for profit organization.


In 2004 the Canton Rugby Football Club Foundaton was established in order to further the development of the sport. One of the primary objectives of the foundation is the support of youth programs in the Stark County area. This program will be affiliated with already established state and nationwde programs.


CRFCF members have already been instrumental in establishing local high school and middle school teams for young men to go along with the Canton Rugby Men's team, which was established in 1976 by the Canton Rugby Founders and their successors. In addition to increasing the number of high school programs CRFC will continue to stimulate interest and participation through clinics and through the establishment of a youth development league for children under the age of 15.


The foundation's fund raising will be used to ensure underserved children are afforded an equal opportunity to participate.


Rugby teaches:

   -Teamwork and Loyalty

   -Discipline and Commitment

   -Courage and Determination

   -Fairplay and Respect

   -Spirit and Character


Programs of the Canton Rugby Football Club Foundation


Canton Rugby Men's Club- Established in 1976, the Maddogs are a men's rugby club open to anyone over the age of 18.


Canton Area High School Rugby- Established in 2008 as the Stark County High School Rugby team, this high school rugby program is open to any boy or girl student in Stark County, as well as adjacent counties with no rugby teams established. The Canton Area High School Rugby program participates in the Rugby Ohio league and USA Rugby. The CRFCF seeks to increase the number of high school teams in Stark County and will assist any area high school to establish a program by providing coaching, resources, and other needs, which may arise. Our goal is to have at least three (3) teams in the Stark County area by 2018.


Middle School Rugby 7's League (ages 11-14)- This program has been underway since Spring 2011. Currently there are teams located at Dover, Oakwood, Perry, and Hartford middle schools. CRFCF seeks to increase the number of middle school teams and will assist any area middle school to establish a program. Our goal is to have six teams in the Stark County area by 2018. The league will follow the USA Rugby Youth guidelines playing format and will focus on develping the fundamentals of running, passing, support, and defensive coverage.


Lil Pups K-5 Flag Rugby- Our newest program starting in Spring 2016 in a joint effort with Canton Parks and Recreation department. This league will feature flag peewee rugby for all chidren in grades K-5 and is an introductory program that will focu on skill development as well as learning the rules of the game.