December 11, 2008
Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club, based at Clissold Park and Springhill in north London, has received �9,990 towards their rugby activities under the National Lottery's �Awards for All' scheme.
"We are delighted that Hackney Bulls has been recognised as a good cause by the Lottery," said Anthony Joseph, the chairman of Hackney Bulls. "We have grown to a membership of over 130, probably the fastest growing Youth Rugby Club in the country. The club has brought rugby to inner-city children and young people, which has largely been down to the fantastic coaching, the enthusiasm of our teams and the support of the parents."
Hackney Bulls are open to all ages from aged 6 to 16, any shape or size can join in. They meet every Sunday morning at Clissold Park and Springhill for training or matches, and have a full programme of home and away fixtures. The younger children start with Tag rugby and progress each year learning new aspects of the game.
"This injection of funds will allow us to employ new coaches, buy new equipment and roll out an exciting programme of events in 2009, including school holiday Rugby Camps in local parks in the February half term, at Easter and in October half term during 2009, and rugby 'taster' sessions in local primary and secondary schools."
The camps will be run by Rugby Football Union community rugby coaches, Phil Duffy and Pete Ward.
The award will also enable the club to develop their volunteer coaching programme, through the use of a Level Two coach for the year on a part-time basis.
More details can be found on the website www.hackneybulls.co.uk