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Stadium for Bath is the project which brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865.

Bath Rugby


The Club has an unrivalled heritage of success, innovation and flair and has been part of the city’s DNA for over 150 years. Formed in 1865, the Club was unlike other teams, which were selected based on educational or vocational credentials. Bath comprised players from all walks of life including labourers, builders and miners.

Bath Rugby was the first rugby club to develop bespoke player fitness programmes (1901), the first club to appoint a female president (Molly Gerrard, 1971) and was the first club to arrange kit and match sponsorship deals (1977).

During the 1980s and 1990s, under the guidance of the Head Coach, Jack Rowell, the Club pioneered the development of a high performance culture, many elements of which have now become standard in sport. During this period the Club won six domestic league titles, 10 domestic cup titles (including four doubles), and was the first English Club to win the European Cup in 1998.

Since 1894 the Club has played at the Rec, in the heart of Bath, becoming part of the city’s vibrant cultural lifeblood.

In 2010 the Club moved its training and administrative operations to a purpose-built, state of the art facility at Farleigh House, some eight miles south east of Bath. This Grade II listed estate demonstrates the level of ambition at the Club and provides evidence of its ability to provide world-class, cutting edge training and corporate facilities in an exceptional heritage environment.

The focus for the Club is now at the Rec and the delivery of an exceptional stadium, which provides world-class facilities, riverside regeneration, enhanced sporting participation and wider community benefits for the City of Bath.



Bath Rugby Foundation is the charitable arm of Bath Rugby set up to empower all young people in Bath and the surrounding areas to succeed. The Foundation use the values of rugby and professional sport to inspire young people and help them achieve a brighter future.

1 in 5 young people in Bath are living in poverty. The City has some of the country’s most deprived areas located side by side with some of the country’s most affluent areas. Statistics show that young people, born in these deprived areas, receive a poorer standard of education and can expect to live a staggering 9.3 years less than a child born just one mile away in a more affluent neighbourhood.

Bath Rugby Foundation works to support these young people in their everyday environments and focus on the four key areas of need which fundamentally underpin social success: Health, Education, Employability and Inclusion.

The Foundation delivers £0.5m of high-impact social programmes in and around Bath annually. The new stadium will serve as a hub for investment in the community by the Foundation and it is intended that redevelopment will enable Bath Rugby Foundation to quadruple its impact in and around Bath.

Bath Rugby Foundation will be focused on delivering a long-lasting community focused legacy as part of the redevelopment project.

ARENA 1865


Arena 1865 was established to deliver Bath Rugby’s elite training facility and headquarters at Farleigh House. Its primary focus is now the delivery of a new stadium at the Rec, fulfilling the vision to create something exceptional in the heart of Bath: a world-class home for Bath Rugby and the creation of wider sporting, cultural and community benefits for the city.

Arena 1865 employs an excellent core staff team, supplemented with industry leading consultants in areas such as architecture and engineering, to provide an exceptional project team for the delivery of Stadium for Bath. Arena 1865 has a successful track record of working closely with Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation, BANES, Historic England and other key stakeholders in Bath.