Carmarthen Athletic Rugby Football CLub is one of two rugby union clubs in the ancient county town of Carmarthen in West Wales. The club is a full member of the Welsh Rugby Union and is also affiliated to various other bodies within Welsh rugby. The club has a tradition of nurturing players for the first-class circuit which now includes the Scarlets region. Recently added to the long list of the club's international players (see the senior caps - Roll of Honour on this site) are hooker Ken Owens and outside half Rhys Priestland.
The club also run a second team called the "Druids" who currently play in the Carmarthenshire Tyre Services League, a youth team plus many age grade teams from under 7's to under 16's. At the end of the 2012-2013 season the Youth side won the Webb Ellis Welsh Youth Cup at the Millenium Stadium for the second time in their history.
The Athletic was founded on the 6th June 1944 (D-Day during WW2). Through hard work, the club's home games were eventually played at Five Fields and also at the council owned Carmarthen Park pitch. The cluhouse was situated at Friars Park in the centre of the town.
However, as a result of the sale of Five Fields for re-development, the club re-located to Johnstown, where land was purchased from Trinity College.
The new facilities include a large indoor training barn with the most up-dated IRB & FIFA approved artificial playing surface.There is also a ' state of the art ' dressing rooms building which includes a physio/medical room, players post match dining room, disabled washroom facilities, spectator refreshment/snack bar and office accommodation. The spacious and comfortable clubhouse incorporates approximately 600 pieces of interesting & unique sporting memorabilia.
Approved flood lighting, a covered 150 seated area for spectators and secure parking for 80 vehicles, the new ground (known as ATHLETIC PARK) has proved to be popular with both players and supporters.
The Athletic are also known as the ' Red and Blacks ' due to Club colours which comprise of : red and black hooped jerseys, black shorts and black socks with red tops.
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