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SSE help community rugby clubs save money on their energy bills

01 October 2012

  • SSE combine with RFU and Utility Aid to help clubs save money off energy bills
  • 'SSE Rugby Energy' is the result of the 'What Clubs Need' survey
SSE launches ‘SSE Rugby Energy’ offering clubs in England the chance to make considerable savings on their current energy bills.

Photo: RFU Archive

Leading energy company, SSE, has today launched ‘SSE Rugby Energy’ which will see clubs up and down England benefit from a bespoke energy package based on their requirements. SSE Rugby Energy has been developed alongside the RFU and Utility Aid with an understanding that clubs don’t necessarily have the time or resources to monitor energy efficiency or research the best tariffs.

SSE is the Official Energy Partner of English Rugby and a National Community Partner of the RFU. As a part of their commitment to supporting community rugby, SSE asked clubs in England ‘what does your club need to make life easier?’ The overwhelming response asked for help in saving money on their energy bills.

SSE Rugby Energy could save clubs on average between eight and 10 per cent; Utility Aid will negotiate this on behalf of the clubs and secure the best possible energy tariff at the best possible prices. As well as advising individual clubs, Utility Aid will be working to move all the clubs that are on supply with SSE to the same buying cycle over the next three years. This will see clubs strengthen their buying power as a collective and reduce costs further. 

Jonny Petrie, Head of Sponsorship with SSE, said: “Here at SSE, community involvement is important to us and we feel that SSE Rugby Energy is a great way of supporting clubs across the whole of the country. Our partnership with the RFU means that the money saved by clubs can be put straight back into the sport, meaning a vital source of funds for kit, equipment and the development of the game in their local area."

SSE Rugby Energy = real savings – Grainger

SSE will also provide end-to-end energy solutions to help maintain club facilities; from initial monitoring and reporting services, to improvements in power, heating and lighting through using energy efficient equipment. ‘SSE Club Care’ will offer carefully engineered solutions to meet the clubs needs and help them become energy efficient.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said: “The RFU is committed to helping clubs save money and run cost efficiently. The partnership with SSE is helping to achieve this goal, firstly by identifying ‘what clubs need’ and then delivering the most prevalent – saving on energy costs – through SSE Rugby Energy.

“We are confident that SSE Rugby Energy will help clubs make real savings that importantly, can be invested back into the community game which is a central priority for the Union.”

Take a look at how SSE Rugby Energy works and Every club that signs up to SSE Rugby Energy via Utility Aid will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win training kit, match balls and more. Plus for the first 10 that sign up, SSE is also offering a free energy audit which will provide guidance on how clubs can save money and become more energy efficient.

Based on the success of the reward scheme SSE Rugby ran for clubs last year, everyone who registers with will have the chance to win even more rugby rewards, such as England tickets and signed shirts.