Sunday, May 3, 2015

Vol State Leases Cottontown Land to Sumner Rugby Club

Vol State has entered into an agreement to lease land in Cottontown to the Sumner Rugby Football Club. The Gallatin-based group plans to eventually build a rugby pitch, parking and a field house on the site at 1000 Upper Camp Creek Road. Rugby is a form of football that began in England. It is now one of the most popular sports in the world.

“On behalf of the coaches and the Board of Directors we are thrilled to begin this initiative to benefit middle and high school students in and around the Sumner County area,” said Mike Lees, president of the Sumner Rugby Club. “Additionally, we would like to express our thanks to Dr. Faulkner for his work with numerous state agencies to bring this opportunity to fruition, as well as Anthony Holt for introducing us almost two years ago. Our initial sponsor, Rogers Group, has pledged time and materials to assist in the first phase of a parking area and the preparation of the first rugby pitch.”

The land was willed to the college by the Spurlock Family. The twenty-year lease still allows Vol State the option of using the land in the future. For more information about the Rugby Football Club visit

Pictured: Rugby Club President, Mike Lees, and Vol State president, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, trade jerseys to announce the lease agreement.

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