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Double celebration for Lichfield

29 October 2012

  • RFU funding for Staffordshire club’s training lights
  • Lichfield get RFU Club Accreditation

Lichfield had cause for double celebration when they switched on their new training lights and were presented with their RFU Club Accreditation.

The new lights at Cooke Fields cost £72,588 and were part-funded with an award of £36,294 from the RFU Capital Investment Programme.

The Staffordshire Environmental Trust contributed a further £30,000 towards the costs of the floodlight project.

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 targetsagreed ona sport-by-sport basis.

Tom Bartram, the outgoing RFU Rugby Development Officer from Staffordshire, and Staffordshire RU president Michael Procter presented the RFU Club Accreditation to Lichfield chairman Dave Bassett.

The Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation scheme aims to help all rugby clubs in England become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places to play rugby.

Accreditation earns advantages likethe Sport England Clubmark recognising the excellence of the mini and youth section together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.

“We are doubly delighted that after a review of our structure, systems, processes and plans for the future the RFU have endorsed our club with the award of the Club Accreditation which demonstrates the RFU’s confidence in our determination to continue developing a rugby for all ethos at Lichfield,” Bassett said.