Rugby started in Kadıköy in 2006. Led by former Ottomans player Mert Ataray and couple of students, the group started a new page of Turkish rugby by creating the first ever registered Rugby club in Turkey. After a year the group struggled to keep the club running and by the end of the season Kadıköy rugby club disappeared.
In 2011, former Kadıköy rugby players and coach worked really hard to bring back rugby in Kadıköy. There was a clear demand in kadikoy for rugby and it just needed couple of passionate people to rise the club from its ashes. The club reborned in september 2011 under the name of Kadikoy Rugby Football Club. The person behind this project are Sedar CAM (president of the club), Akin ASLAN (vice president), Julien TREU(manager), Noyan(financial controller), Hilmi kocak(Communication manager), Omer Arisoy (financial coordinator). This team showed great devotion and gave all their heart in making this project happen. This wouldn t be possible without the great friendship, respect and team spirit between the group.
In Kadıköy we believe in the values of our beloved game:
INTEGRITY – Integrity is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play.
PASSION – Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby family
SOLIDARITY – Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to lifelong friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences
DISCIPLINE – Discipline is an integral part of the Game, both on and off the field, and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values
RESPECT – Respect for team mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount
Passion of the game is the spine of our club and we will make sure this will stay as it is.
There is a lot of information concerning Kadıköy on the internet but this town means a lot more to us than pictures and articles. There is a saying in turkish: to live in Kadıköy is a privilege. For us, playing rugby in Kadıköy is a privilege. There is special neighborhood connection like nowhere else and if you ever come to our club you will start feeling this sensation. Our board and team members mainly live in Kadıköy and as local resident we carry the features of our town and wearing our city name makes us really proud. More than a name, Kadıköy will always be a symbol for us.