- New training lights for Lincolnshire club Skegness
- Secretary praised for fund-raising efforts
Skegness have officially switched on the new training floodlights at their Wainfleet Road Playing Fields headquarters, which were installed with funding from the Rugby Football Union’s Capital Investment Programme.
The project cost £48,259 of which £36,259 came from a CIP grant. Skegness were responsible for raising the balance.
The official switch-on was performed by Skegness president Pete Kent on a busy evening of rugby activity under the new floodlights which included matches between Skegness Grammar School and John Spendluffe School and Skegness Select XV and a Lincoln Select XV.
Alex Murphy and Mike Waplington, the RFU Council Members for Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire, attended the opening ceremony along with Gareth Thomas, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Lincolnshire.
"I would like to praise Andy Hill, Honorary Secretary of Skegness RFC for the commitment he has put towards the floodlight project," Thomas said.
"Andy has been the figurehead in the club’s efforts in raising over £10,000 to towards the costs. The reward for that effort has provided Skegness with a fantastic facility allowing the club to increase the profile of Rugby Union within Skegness and the surrounding community."
The CIP is the capital funding element of the RFU's Whole Sport Plan funding allocation secured from government. Responsibility for delivery is in the hands of each national governing body, with targets agreed on a sport-by-sport basis.