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Help on hand for flooded rugby clubs

03 December 2012

  • RFU and RFF ready to help flood-hit clubs
  • Cross-sport advice on flooding from Sport England

A flooded rugby club

Photo: Newark & Sherwood District Council

The RFU is ready to help clubs who may have suffered damage to flooded clubhouses or pitches during November's heavy rain.

Clubs that may have premises damaged by the floods, as well as contacting their insurers, should contact their local RFU Rugby Development Officer or Area Facility Manager outlining the nature of the damage, whether the damage is covered by the club’s own insurance and any cashflow or operating issues they may have moving forward as a result of the damage. The RFU will then work with the club to support its return to operational and playing activities.

“The obvious increase in the frequency of flooding throughout England is an issue that is being taken very seriously by Sports Governing Bodies across the country,” said Ted Mitchell, the RFU Club Facilities Technical Manager .

“The RFU has worked collaboratively with the England and Wales Cricket Board,  Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Rugby Football League to produce cross-sport guidance in association with Sport England.

“This guidance provides advice to clubs on how to prepare for potential floods as well as providing key information relating to all aspects of dealing with a flood at a sports club”

The guidance can be found at www.sportengland.org

Peter Grace, Chairman of Rugby Football Foundation Awards Panel, said: “The RFU and RFF have learnt from previous experience that clubs affected by river flooding need immediate support to minimise damage and to provide temporary facilities to keep operating.

“As a result the operation of the Emergency Funding is far smarter and proactive. Any club affected should immediately advise their Area Funding & Facilities Manager  and /or their Rugby Development Officer of the extent of the damage and their immediate needs preferably with cost quotations.

“Clubs also need to inform their insurers but the RFU and RFF will look to immediately assist our clubs at risk. So help us to help you.”

The Rugby Football Foundation is a registered charity established by the Rugby Football Union with the purpose of promoting and developing community amateur rugby in England.