This is Raptors Life.
The Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club was established in 2007. It was the first time a stadium of the caliber of Infinity Park had been built in the U.S. for a rugby team, a milestone in the development of rugby this country and a major investment in Glendale’s future. Since then, the Raptors have become the standard-bearers for U.S. rugby and are creating a template, both on and off the field, for what a successful club looks like.
The Glendale Raptors consists of men’s and women’s programs. The elite teams each raised multiple championship banners in Infinity Park. In addition to on-the-field excellence, both teams and their development team counterparts have created a true rugby culture along Colorado’s front range by coaching and leading robust youth rugby programs and dedicating their time to community service programs throughout the Denver area.
They have also become leaders in the community. Players have volunteered with groups such as Kids Running America, the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Colfax Marathon. Since their founding, players and coaches have fostered a special relationship with Children’s Hospital, with multiple players returning again and again to spend time with children and their families. The Raptors also hold numerous free rugby clinics, in and after school, for children in the Denver area.
In addition to the men’s and women’s team, the Raptors organization fields a 7s team (7s is a faster version of regular, or “union,” rugby, and has seven players on per team on the field instead of 15). The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy is another important part of the Raptors family. The first-of-its-kind program was designed for youth between 5 and 18 and seeks to develop talent via a curriculum developed over many years.
We are rugby strong
Mission and Vision
Glendale’s Infinity Park is a stronghold for rugby in the United States. Promoting local engagement and participation, the Raptors club builds on its established support and encourages Glendale, as well as the broader American audience, to experience the unique and vibrant rugby community. Utilizing an existing foundation of excellence on and off the field, the Raptors foster local participation at every level.
The Glendale Raptors embody rugby’s inclusive ethos, promoting support for the game by developing community-centric youth, social, and high-performance pathways for players and fans to enjoy rugby throughout their lives. By providing opportunities for youth and non-elite players, the Raptors not only continue to increase visibility for the game, but do so through established relationships with local businesses, fans, and the rugby community at large.
Rugby’s international presence is enormous, and the sport continues to be the fastest growing in the United States. By stitching together the local with the national, the national with the global, the Glendale Raptors are more than just a club — the Raptors are the embodiment of the Rugby Family; an inspirational, character-driven model of sport and athleticism, teamwork and diversity, participation and community. From their home at Infinity Park, the Raptors provide a focal point for fans, aspiration for young players, and opportunities for businesses to engage with the sport.
Enjoying Infinity Park’s position as a dynamic community meeting place, the Raptors harness the infrastructure for building upon their existing local support, and continue to develop an enriched and impassioned rugby community in Glendale and the United States. The public/private partnership upon which Infinity Park was forged is the backbone of the Glendale Raptors, and the hard work, creativity, and inclusion that define the club and the sport remain pillars for the future of the Raptors, of Glendale, and of rugby.
- To ignite a passion for rugby in the United States, starting at the local level and growing to national recognition
- To promote participation in rugby: through youth and non-elite players, professionals, and fans
- To create new and lasting connections between teams and communities, and to foster existing relationships
- To celebrate diversity in participation, and embrace rugby’s inclusivity