River Valley Rangers recently announced that the Recreational Hub planned for Ward Rivervalley Park has gone out to tender. The club say the application is for the, “Design and Construction of Proposed All-weather Pitch facility, car park and associated ancillary works at Ward River Valley Park, Swords, Co. Dublin”. We at 'Swords Local' wish the club every sucess in bringing this to fruition.
Rivervalley Rangers (RVR) was founded 1981 when Paddy Cole, Gerry Kane and Joe Newman recognised that there was a need for a soccer club in Rivervalley estate which was earmarked for continuous expansion and continues to the present day.
The club started out with one senior and one schoolboy team. In the early years much of the focus was on providing football for the adults in the growing community. But it wasn't long before the ever-growing schoolboy section became the primary focus of the club. Very quickly the need for proper facilities for training/coaching became an issue. In the intervening years, the club has reached out to the boys, girls, men & women in the community providing structured and competitive football to all who wished to participate. With over 300 current members, they now field 17 teams playing in 3 leagues - comprising of 4 senior teams, 4 under-age 11-a-side teams and 9 small sided teams. Additionally we run a pre-league coaching academy and an "over the hills" section. Over the years they have had many successful teams and many excellent players but the highlight of the clubs history was the night in June 1998 when Brian Kerr's under 16 Irish team were crowned European Champions with two of the team (John Thompson & Brendan McGill) having come through the ranks at RVR. Many of their former players have played with distinction at representative level, been successful across the water and/or made it at Airtricity league level. There is an abundance of talent in the current crop with a number of players making league representative squads and hopefully some maturing to international level. The future, indeed, looks very bright for the club.