The RC Leipzig ( officially: Rugby Club Leipzig eV) is a Leipzig rugby union sports club. Apart from the rugby football, volleyball, table tennis and aerobics. Currently, the RC Leipzig has around 200 members (as of December 2013). The club colors are blue and yellow. The association is a member of the Rugby Association Saxony and the German Rugby Federation.
Nationwide, the club is known for its rugby department, which is considered successful traveled in Central Germany. The first men's team plays in the Bundesliga since 2012. From the 2013/2014 season in addition a second team for the Regional League could be set up. In the past, numerous titles, such as the Central German Championship 7 Series Rugby or the Regional obtained 7s.
The traces of the association, which was founded in 2004, dates back to the 1950s. So many played Leipzig early rugby, which led to that one time won the East German championship nine. The association includes many former national rugby player of the GDR such as Gerhard Schubert: to ( now chairman Game Commission RL NO).
- 2.1 Current squad 2013/2014
- 2.2 Coaches and team staff
- 4.1 junior rugby
- 4.2 Women's Rugby
- 5.1 Placement of the rugby teams 5.1.1 Men
- 5.1.2 Women
- 6.1 bodies 6.1.1 Board of Directors
- 6.1.2 departments
- 6.3.1 Logo
- 6.3.2 jersey
- 7.1 sports field
- 7.2 sponsors and public
- 7.3 Cooperation and Collaboration
Rugby in Leipzig dates back to the 1950s, when several rugby departments were established. BSG Lok Leipzig -Wahren, DHfK Leipzig, Leipzig BSG restaurateur and the army sports club ASK Leipzig were four teams that formed during this time.
DHfK what the most successful team. The team won the 1954-1963 five championships, followed by locomotive with four. In the 1980s, only two rugby departments had survived. These were the locomotive and restaurateur. Lok had a successful period in the late 1970s, when he broke the dominance of BSG Stahl Hennig village and three East German championships won consecutively.
With German reunification, the two rugby departments were transferred to the HSG DHfK Leipzig. In September 1994, the rugby players entered the TSV 1893 Leipzig-Wahren, where they re- established a separate department. The rugby players were the next ten years at TSV until the RC Leipzig founded in September 2004 in Lützschena - Stahmeln district.
2004-2008 - Early Years
Some players remained on the TSV, there to play touch rugby. A year later, ultimately a successful transition to SG LVB Leipzig -Connewitz took place, where the department is still today.
After the founding of the club grounds for a regular match and training operation had to be prepared. Since the space was not used for many years, some of the buildings and furnishings were not in good condition. This led ultimately to the fact that the old club pub was demolished due to disrepair. Another important issue was the lighting. As from the autumn, the players had to work in the dark to some extent, it was important that there was a functioning field illumination. Through the help of some of his club members, this project was tackled.
The Board of Management Volker Plank stood strong in the early years under pressure. Many activities that had previously taken the umbrella organization, had to be executed automatically after the club was founded. The club had but always laid the foundations for the sport with the use of leisure time.
Shortly after the founding of the regular game could start. Especially in the young worked on. The first successes of the new club were the 2nd place in Saxony at the German Championships of the national associations and the 1st place at the German Championship A- student in 2004. The association undertook with his children and young people traveling abroad for example to Toulouse in France and organized a German youth championship in 2005. The successful young talent was recognized by the German rugby youth. For this reason, an evaluation course of the German U17 national team took place in September of the foundation year. In the near future Leipzig youth players were nominated for these courses again and again.
The club celebrated in 2006 "80 Years - sports field Stahmeln ". On December 15, 1926, the sports field and a toboggan run was inaugurated in Stahmeln. Was built in the system of so-called emergency workers - a form of employment for unemployed former soldiers. This anniversary took the Rugby Club Leipzig as an occasion to celebrate a big party with all the members, friends and sponsors.
2009-2012 - way to Saxon top team
In the years 2009 and 2010, the club life has become increasingly normalized. Despite some problems in the club's management of the club was on a good foundation. Volker Plank was after six years from his position as first Chairman. This ended for him a long time being honorable "Rugby Management" Career in Leipzig. Because ever since the 1980s, he was in various management functions of sport.
At the general meeting in 2010, some Board positions were filled. Torsten Spangenberg, longtime rugby player and youth coach took over the function of the first chairman. His goal was to draw more people from the city of Leipzig in the club. The issue of sponsorship was taken up again by him. Through hard work and personal calls was trying to persuade the local entrepreneurs to support. In part, this he succeeded.
Not only in the club's management, there were changes, but also in sports. Falk Müller, another long-standing rugby player and youth coach became the new coach of the men's team. There have been many changes. Above all, a new team spirit and new motivations for the club developed. The conversion of the training led to a sustained increase in the performance of the team. This led to several successes such as 1st place of the Central German 7- League 2011, 1st in the NorthEast - 7s 2012 and the 2nd place in the Regionalliga Nord -Ost.
2012 to today - The first years in the Bundesliga
Through a league reform in 2012, the German Federal leagues were fundamentally changed. The RC Leipzig was able to ascend from the 3rd League / Regional in the first rugby league. With this reform, new doors were opened for the club. For one, the city of Leipzig promotes Bundesliga teams for the second, there are new opportunities for sponsors.
On September 1, 2012, the RC Leipzig denied the first Bundesliga game since its inception in 2003. RK 03 Berlin won 116:00. An attempt by the Leipzig was not achieved. Only in the following game, the first points for the fair city dwellers could be fetched. In the last game of the preliminary round of the regional RC Leipzig scored his first Bundesliga attempt. On September 15, 2012, the President Torsten Spangenberg resigned with immediate effect from his position. After a short period without President Karsten Heine was elected in November 2012 as the new President. An important issue will be the communication in the team for him. End of 2012, the association has succeeded in cooperation with the Leipzig Medica clinic for outpatient rehabilitation and sports medicine, complete of the largest facilities for outpatient rehabilitation in Germany. The Medica Clinic supports the Bundesliga team in the medical field. The Game Season 2012/2013 and thus the first Premier League season the club finished in DRV Cup quarter-finals with a loss to StuSta Munich.
On 31 August 2013, the RC Leipzig celebrated its 10th anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary was the founder and leader of the South African Rugby Academy ( Sharks Academy) Hans Scriba. Scriba came with the aim to Leipzig, the club and the means German rugby region to promote the long term. In addition, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa took SE Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile part in the event. The Rugby Club Leipzig eV can boast many successes for his 10 years. Together with Scriba the successful path is now to be continued.
In the second year after promotion to the 1st Bundesliga, the association was increasingly able to stabilize in its league. During the meantime, a second team could be integrated into the regional league, the first team went in late 2013 as the leader of DRV - Cup into the winter break.
The first rugby team
The team of RC Leipzig consists primarily of amateur players who pursue the sport of rugby leisure. A lot of the players are students. It often occurs to fluctuate. The players come to Leipzig to study, play during this time in the club and then leave most Leipzig again. Nevertheless, there is a core of residents of Leipzig, which provide the "base" of the association.
Current squad 2013/2014
Coach and coaching staff
The second rugby team
Rugby Club Leipzig II is also an amateur team and plays in the Rugby League North East since 2013. The association is the first time succeeded in establishing a second squad.
The Rugby Club Leipzig is very active in youth football. To this end, public campaigns are specifically made to accommodate children and young people the rugby closer. In addition, rugby subunits are organized in schools, so that children come early with the ball in contact.
In the club the children and adolescents by trained exercise leaders and licensed coaches are trained. The basis for the presented by the German Rugby Federation junior concepts. The Rugby Club Leipzig regularly takes part with his young in the game operating in Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin. In addition, the trainers are exceptional effort to organize activities such as trips to neighboring countries or training camp.
In its ten year anniversary of the Rugby Club Leipzig can look success at youth level. In 2004, obtained the title " German Champion " the U14 team. In the further course of the young people could win in 2011 and 2012 regional and national 7- rugby title of the year.
Women's Rugby has a long tradition in Leipzig. After the departure of the old coaching staff could dynamic new coach be won. Through the dedicated occurrence of Leipzig rugby women good results could be achieved in the past. Today women play in the German league 7- East.
Achievements and titles
The first team plays since the 2012/2013 season in the Bundesliga and the second team since the 2013/2014 season in the Regional NorthEast. With 9 championships in the GDR and other titles in the recent past, the RC Leipzig is regarded as the most successful rugby club in central Germany.
Placements of the rugby teams
The Regional League East was played to 2007 in double rounds.
- East 7- League champions: 2012
- Means German 7 Series Champion: 2011
- German champion U14: 2004
- GDR Champion: 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1963 ( DHfK Leipzig ), 1964, 1978-80 (ESR locomotive True Leipzig)
Board of Directors
The management of the RCL vested in the Board. This consists of a president and four vice- presidents, whose number determines the general meeting by the statutes.
In the club, the sport of rugby is mainly operated. They make up the majority of the club members. There is also a volleyball, football, table tennis and gymnastics group. Especially the latter is increasingly in place new contributors.
- 2005: 141
- 2006: 156
- 2007: 178
- 2008: 179
- 2009: 187
- 2010: 200
- 2011: 201
- 2012: 187
The RC Leipzig has a long tradition. It shows the logo of the club with a lion and a rugby ball. The lion as a symbol for the city of Leipzig was chosen on purpose to show the home of connectedness and belonging to the city. Over time, the logo has been adapted in different forms, the basic look remained.
In the long tradition history of the Leipzig rugby many games were held. Thus, the RC Leipzig today look back on a small collection of rugby jerseys. All five photos show former jerseys. The current, as a sketch in the box above, shows the club colors of yellow and blue as well as the name and the logo of the club.
The game and the training ground is located in Leipzig - Stahmeln at the Stahmelner street below the old B6. The club has a large association area that had to be reorganized after the founding at many points. Today it consists of a Vereinsgenäude with changing rooms and sanitary facilities and a refurbished gym. For the spectators of a game is a stand available. In the background the stands and on the other side of the court, the sponsors have areas for presentation. A new field lighting, as well as a renovation of various club building is being planned.
Tribune of the association with sponsors panels and flagpoles.
The game field.
Sponsors and public
The local newspaper LVZ, the BILD and other print media regularly report on the achievements and happenings in and around the club. The TV station MDR as well as Internet stations have opened a new chapter in video recordings of the "Picture" marketing of the RCL.
Among the sponsors of the association include the goods home world, the MEDICA Clinic and the company Bodystreet.
The Rugby Club Leipzig occurred in the past increasingly on high-profile events in Leipzig. Mainly for the production of new young players, the club presented the sport at the " American Sports Day" and "Olympic Days".
Cooperation and collaboration
The Rugby Club Leipzig was able to conclude a co-operation with the South African Rugby Academy Sharks. As a first measure of the new cooperation of the Leipzig coach Falk Müller traveled to convince himself of the structures and services of the Sharks Academy in October 2013 to Durban. In this context, discussions have taken place with the Sharks coaches. The aim should be that players of Sharks Academy coming to Leipzig and pass on their experience to the team.
School and college sports
The implementation of rugby action in schools and universities is the essential basis for the broadening of the sport and partly for the new members of the association. The volunteer Rugby Club Leipzig go in their spare time to organize schools or as part of the university sports courses to inspire the students for the rugby.