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Midlands seven benefit from Rugby Football Foundation funding

26 June 2012

  • Towcestrians get loan towards cost of clubhouse extension
  • Grants help improve facilities

Seven Midlands clubs have been awarded more than £102,000 in loans and grants by the Rugby Football Foundation towards the cost of improving their facilities.

Northamptonshire club Towcestrians have been awarded a £75,000 interest-free loan by the RFF which will go towards the cost of a £280,000 clubhouse extension project at their Greens Norton Road headquarters.

The other six clubs have been awarded grants with Old Leamingtonians, Bishops Castle & Onny Valley, Old Saltleians and Telford Hornets each receiving £5,000.

Old Leamingtonians will use the money for toilet improvements which will cost £5,690. Old Saltleians will use their grant to help fund a £5,750 floodlighting project and Telford Hornets will use their RFF money towards a clubhouse environmental project that will cost £25,701.

Bishops Castle & Onny Valley will use their RFF grant towards the £10,500 cost of pitch improvements.

Rugby St Andrews have been awarded a £4,151 grant by the RFF towards the £8,302 cost of erecting pitch fencing.

Derbyshire club Matlock will use their £3,500 RFF grant towards a heating conversion scheme that will cost £9,941.

The Rugby Football Foundation is a Charitable Trust established by the Rugby Football Union. The purpose of the Rugby Football Foundation is to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England.

The Foundation is responsible for a substantial community rugby 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.