Our History

 

 

 

  The Future is Bright, the Future is RED and BLACK!!!

 Carmarthen Athletic RugbyFootball Club is one of two rugby union clubs, in the ancient county town of Carmarthen in West Wales. The club is a full member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is also affiliated to various other bodies within Welsh rugby. The club has a tradition of nurturing players for the first-class circuit which now includes the Sscarlets Region. In recent years former Junior and Youth Products, Rhys Priestland and Ken Owens have progressed to the National team.

The club also run a second team called "The Druids" who currently play in Carmarthen Tyre Services League, a youth XV plus a large contingent of junior players in teams from under 7's to under 16's. In May 2013, the club's Youth team won the Webb Ellis Welsh Youth Cup at the Millennium Stadium, beating Gorseinon Youth by 43 points to 12 in the final.

The club  was formed on the 6thJjune 1944 (D-Day during World War 2) The Athletic formerly played its home games at Five Fields and at the council owned Carmarthen Park pitch. However, as a result of the sale of FiveFields for re-development the club has re-located tof Johnstown and purchased part of the Trinity College sport fields.

The new facilities cosist a large indoor training barn barn with the most up-dated IRB & FIFA approved artificial playing surface.There is also a ' state of the art ' dressing rooms building which includes a physio/medical room, players post match dining room, disabled washroom facilities and spectator refreshment/snack bar. The new clubhouse, with large windows overlooking the pitch also houses the club's famous sporting memorabilia collection.

With floodlighting and a covered 150 seated area for spectators. the new ground has proved to be  popular with both players and supporters. At present the club is building a new toilet block adjacent to the indoor training barn. This project is partly funded by the Welsh Rugby Union.

The Athletic are also known as the ' Red and Blacks ' due to Club colours which comprise of : Red and black hooped jerseys, black shorts and black socks with red tops.

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ATHLETIC PARK

 On Friday 28th. August 2009 a new chapter was created in the history of the club when Mr. Dennis Gethin the President of the Welsh Rugby Union opened the brand new Clubhouse and ground complex at ATHLETIC PARK, Johnstown. Dennis was full of praise for the hard working committee and volunteers who had done so much work towards the superb facilities now afforded to playing members and social members alike. He went on to say that the facilities at Athletic Park were amongst the best of their kind for any club of equal status in Wales and he congratulated all concerned with their dedication in continuing to promote rugby football in Carmarthen and West Wales. He then presented a 2009 British & Irish Lions jersey signed by the entire playing & management staff on behalf of Lions manager Gerald Davies along with his good wishes to the club ( Gerald had originally accepted the club's invitation to open Athletic Park but due to a family commitment he was unfortunately unable to attend ). The President then unveiled the welsh slate commemorative plaque to warm applause.

 
A  large crowd was present to witness Rev Father Phil Jones the club chaplain & vicar of Llanstephan give a moving blessing on the field flanked by officials and players from both the Athletic and the West Wales XV before an exciting match took place to commemorate the occasion, fittingly the Athletic won the match 37 points to 7points.
 
The completion of the clubhouse represents the fifth phase of the site development after a) The changing rooms complex b) Floodlighting c) The indoor training facility and d) the 150 seater spectator stand. The tarring of the access road and car parking area will complete the project.
 
The new ground represents a significant milestone in the club's history and once more shows that the Athletic Club is as progressive as it has always been. Past achievements have seen us construct our first Clubhouse in Friar's Park , develop Five Fields from  waste land and construct two fields and a grandstand with changing facilities and further construct two separate extensions' to the clubhouse.
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ATHLETIC YW Y GORAU!