LFCC Rugby Team Makes Community College Sports History

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

On Saturday, October 8th, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) made college sports history by being the first community college in Virginia to field an intercollegiate team. Over 100 spectators came out to view the match. Based in Middletown, the team has 20 members.  This season the team was accepted into the Virginia Rugby Union division III, sponsored under the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) and USA Rugby. 

 This first match, played against Lynchburg College, resulted in a loss for LFCC with a final score of 15-5.  For many of the LFCC players, this was the first competitive match of their rugby career.

 “It’s great for the team to be playing and for LFCC to offer this sports experience to students,” said Coach Aaron Painter.  “We are already getting calls from larger university programs asking about our players and schedule, and wanting to come here to conduct clinics.” 


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.