Northampton Saints Foundation

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The support of young people has been a deep-rooted part of Northampton RFC since it began in 1880. Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club was formed when Reverend Samuel Wathan Wigg identified rugby as a way to channel the energies of some of the county’s more troubled youngsters. Founded as a ‘boys improvement class’ Wiggs remedy for the unruly youngsters, was to channel their energies into a youth rugby club. Being curated at St James’ Church earned the Club its nicknames – the ‘Saints’, or ‘Jimmies’.