Introducing the Calgary Knights Rugby Football Club
What is it?
After the long-standing friendly rivalry between the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Fire rugby club, in 2012, those clubs joined forces and became the Calgary Knights Rugby Football Club in 2012 and entered the 3rd Division within the Calgary Rugby Union.
Since the club’s inception, the Knights have had the pleasure and fortune of welcoming many first responders, Canadian Forces members and veterans, 9-1-1 dispatchers and many other who dedicate their lives to helping others. The Knights maintain that ideology but what has changed is the Knights have opened our membership lines to anyone wishing to be a part of a unique rugby program with a unique culture.
When is it?
Here in Alberta rugby is a summer sport. The Knights begin pre-season training each year from January to May, tackle league play from May to September, and buckle down for playoffs in September & October.
With only one practice per week, on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm, we allow for maximum flexibility for our shift-working player base. Matches are held weekly during league play.
Where is it?
The Knights have established a long-term partnership with the Calgary Irish RFC that permits annual use of their clubhouse, training fields, and facilities as our own. These are located at 4334 18 Street NE (directly behind the Best Western Port O Call hotel along McKnight Blvd).
Who can join?
The purpose of the Calgary Knights RFC is to provide our brothers and sisters in the Emergency Services with professionally organized programs that require minimal cost and attendance in order to participate. The Knights is a place for rugby enthusiasts from these professions to achieve improved health and mental wellness through sport without breaking the bank, and while respecting their busy schedules.
All men and women from Emergency Service professions are welcome to join regardless of playing experience.
Interested players who are not from an Emergency Service profession are also welcome, but must be formally sponsored by a current Knight in good standing so we can ensure our core values and expectations are appropriately maintained.
What does it cost?
Rates are determined annually by the national governing body for our sport, Rugby Canada, and can fluctuate minimally from year to year. Present approximate costs are:
Men’s Third Division 15s = $450
Women’s Exhibition 7s = $250
These fees are per player, and include: Rugby Canada Registration, personal playing insurance, Rugby Alberta fees, Calgary Rugby Union fees, and Knights club dues – which include playing shorts, socks, and an after match team polo shirt.