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Legacy funding helps light the way for Burton

28 August 2013

  • Burton awarded Inspired Facilities funding to improve Peel Croft ground
  • £50,000 legacy investment will enable provision of new floodlights 

Burton have secured £50,000 in Olympic legacy funding from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund, which will be used to replace the obsolete floodlights at their Peel Croft ground.

The original lights were installed in 1968 and the bulbs were replaced in 1983 but a recent service has found that the lights are obsolete and only 60 per cent of the lamps are working.

The new floodlights will enable Burton to make Peel Croft a more attractive venue for representative rugby and for use by local community sports and business activities.

Tom Bartram, Area Facilities Manager for the RFU, welcomed the Sport England funding, saying: “This investment will greatly enhance the facilities at one of Staffordshire’s most famous and historic rugby clubs.

“The Sport England Inspired Facilities funding will play an important part in helping Burton improve the quality of experience for players of all age groups at Peel Croft.

“This, on the back of further RFU funding which has been used to improve the social facilities at the ground, will allow Burton attract more players, particularly in the 14-24 age range, and to make the ground more attractive for use by the local community and business groups.”

To celebrate the award Burton will be running a free rugby taster session at Peel Croft on September 7 between 7 and 8pm.

Those interested in taking part in the session should register with  Steve Smith on 07809 705418 or

Burton is one of more than 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.

Many more communities are now set to benefit from the popular fund, after Sport England announced earlier this month that it was extending the Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest.

Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from October 21. Further details can be found at

Sport England’s chairman Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the Burton on Trent local community area of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the Burton on Trent local community, who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”