Improving Your Rugby Union Facilities
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The RFU is committed to raising the standard of facilities at sustainable community rugby clubs around England, increasing the opportunities to access quality playing conditions for both new and existing players.
Managing the facilities at a community rugby club can be a minefield of legislation and guidelines, from planning permission for floodlights to fire safety compliance in club houses, or funding assistance for construction to developing a project management plan.
To help you make the most of your resources, the RFU has detailed information on all aspects of managing and improving your facilities. These range from design and construction guidance for clubhouses and changing rooms through to pitch maintenance and car parking.
The RFU has guidance for clubs affecting by flooding (PDF 97kB) after the recent adverse weather in England.
RFU Facility Strategy
The RFU first launched a National Facility Strategy in 2002. Since then the RFU has invested £27m in nearly 500 projects, attracting a further £85m from other investors, whilst the Rugby Football Foundation has invested £17m into over 1000 projects with a total project value of £60m.
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With England 2015 providing rugby union with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game the RFU has launched its new National Facility Strategy 2013-17 (PDF 1.2MB). It provides a framework for the RFU’s long-term commitment to establishing and managing a high quality and accessible facility network for rugby union in England that will help to strengthen member clubs and grow the game in communities around them.
This National Facilities Strategy clearly sets out the broad facility needs of the game and identifies investment priorities, giving a clear message to the game and its key partners.