The Memorial Ground, Chelwood Drive, Leeds LS8 2AT
The club was established in 1928 by former pupils of Roundhay School, who first played on a municipal pitch on Old Park Road. 88 former pupils died on active service during the Second World War. Surviving club members raised funds to buy 4.6 acres of “flooded and undrainable land” in Chelwood Drive, levelled and drained the site and built a small clubhouse, so creating The Memorial Ground as a lasting tribute to their lost colleagues. By 1963 the club had acquired additional land for a second pitch and in 1980 the Howarth Sports Hall was built, funded by a donation from Howarth Timber and a Sports Council grant. This facility provides for The Roundhegians Badminton Club which has over 100 senior players and 50 juniors. For the last ten years the hall has also been the home of Leeds Shotokan Karate Club.
Over the last twelve years the club has benefited from sponsorship from Q8 Oils and Allied Dunbar which together with grants from the Sportsmatch scheme administered by The Department for Culture, Media and the Arts enabled the club to deliver the in-school coaching programme for local primary and secondary schools that established its junior playing membership. The club now works closely with the RFU Community Coaching team and is pleased to host inter-school competitions and coach and player development activities. Funding from Leeds City Council and Green Leeds paid for full verti-draining of two pitches several years ago and small grants from The Rugby Football Foundation have financed the replacement of an antiquated communal bathing area and upgrades to toilet facilities.
In 2012 funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme financed a much-needed refurbishment of the clubhouse and resurfacing of the car park. In 2013 the club was awarded a further Sport England grant, this time from the Protecting Playing Fields programme, to help with pitch drainage improvements. The success of these applications is in some respects the culmination of close relationships established over many years with the Rugby Development Officer, the LCC Club Development Officer and other Sport Service staff, for whose support the Club is very grateful.
The club registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club in 2005 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in November 2010. There are approximately 100 senior players and a thriving Junior membership which exceeds 200 players from ages 6 – 17. The club has achieved the RFU Seal of Approval quality standard and has Clubmark status.