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Peterborough secure funding for Fengate improvements

08 December 2009

  • Peterborough to improve Fengate facilities
  • RFU and RFF funding for clubhouse improvements

Peterborough have been awarded more than £100,000 by the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) charitable trust towards the cost of clubhouse developments at their Fengate headquarters.

The National Three Midlands club will use the funding, including a RFF Groundmatch grant of £6,000 and £20,000 interest-free loan from the trust, to replace the boiler, upgrade the showers and toilets, refurbish the changing rooms and entrance, re-new the electrical services and re-floor all the changing rooms.

The securing of the funding follows Peterborough’s successful completion of negotiations with Peterborough City Council on a new 50-year lease of their ground.

Peterborough have in a place a two-three year programme of improvements and renovation. Work already completed includes building an extended path and patio to the stands at Fengate using paving slabs that were recycled from Cathedral Square in the city centre.

The RFF is a major funding source for clubs in England that has invested more than £12.5million in the community game over the last six years.

The charitable trust established by the RFU in 2003 has now invested £12,586,403 in 915 projects to develop amateur rugby clubs.

A total of 182 projects have received interest free loans worth £9,021,874 while 733 Groundmatch grants have been made to the value of £3,564,529.

In total, the awards have stimulated investment in projects with a total value of £38,960,003.