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Thorney benefit from Rugby Football Foundation funding

31 October 2007

Thorney have secured funding worth more than �128,000 from the Rugby Football Foundation to build new changing rooms at their Ron Jacobs Playing Fields ground near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.  

The Midlands Six East (South) club have started work on the project which will see four new changing rooms and a gymnasium being built, with a scheduled completion date of March next year. 

Thorney have secured a grant of �63,415 from the RFF with a further �65,000 by way of an interest-free loan. 

Thorney RUFC was established in 1990 and owns the freehold of its ground, being three pitches, one with training floodlights. 

Club Chairperson, Louis Deplanke said "The extension of the present Club changing room facilities will support all sections of the club by allowing better quality training sessions and improving the club environment during the season.

"The improvement to the facilities is in line with the Club's development plan to strengthen its senior and vets teams and to add junior teams at each age group year on year until all groups are covered from minis to Colts.  We are extremely pleased and thank the RFF for this opportunity."

The RFF is a charitable trust established by the Rugby Football Union with the purpose of promoting and developing community and amateur rugby in England

The Foundation is responsible for a substantial community programme which includes the provision of rugby development officers, the training and development of referees and the production of coaching and technical material.

The Foundation also administers a Capital Fund for the financing of capital projects aimed at improving facilities which lead to the recruitment and retention of rugby players.