September 29th, 2008
Phoenix RFC will celebrate the club's new facilities with a grand opening at the Taplow club on Saturday October 4th.
The Buckinghamshire club have built an extension to their club house which will house two additional changing rooms, showers, toilets, officials changing room, a new kitchen and areas for bar and kit storage. The club have also resurfaced their car park.
Phoenix RFC has been able to make these important upgrades to their club partly thanks to a Rugby Football Foundation Loan and Grant of �46,000 and a Sport England award, via the National Sports Foundation, of �50,108. They have also sourced and raised a further �94,000.
With three male teams with 80 players, and 90 children playing rugby at the club, the changes will come as a welcome boost to the growing Phoenix RFC. The club also plan to continue the good work they do with local Slough based schools and build on the four schools festivals Phoenix run every year for emerging schools.
John Lockhart from Phoenix RFC said: "The whole reason for extending our changing and social facilities was to expand our playing capacity at senior, youth and mini level, and in turn attract new players into the game at all levels and this is something that is going to be greatly helped by the NSF and RFF awards."
The RFU's Funding and Facilities Manager for the South West Dave Stubley said: "We are delighted to make this award to Phoenix RFC. The club is key to the local and regional development of rugby union and we are committed to making sure that the club continues to provide increased opportunities for all who wish to participate in rugby."
Thomas Godfrey, Sport England's Commercial Director, added: "These outstanding new facilities will provide a huge boost for rugby union in the area, helping people of all ages get involved in sport. It shows how Sport England funding, through the National Sports Foundation, is helping revitalise community facilities and give sports clubs the support they need. Initiatives like this are vital if we are to achieve our ambition of getting one million people doing more sport by 2012."
The RFF is a charitable trust funded via the RFU's Community Capital Fund which awards interest free loans of up to �100,000 and grants of �6,000 to clubs. All clubs at level 5 and below in the English Clubs Rugby Union Championship are eligible to apply to the fund for a loan and grant. Clubs at level 4 are eligible to apply for a loan only.
The NSF, funded by Sport England, is a Government-led initiative designed to facilitate and encourage partnerships between private investors and community sports projects in England. This is done by matching new and additional private investment with Foundation funding, on a pound for pound basis.
Sport England is a non-departmental public body and National Lottery distributor. It is committed to creating a world-leading community sports development system and increasing participation in sport. Sport England's annual budget (lottery and exchequer) is c�250m.