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Brentwood RFC look to bright future

12 December 2013

  • Brentwood benefits from RFU’s Lead Up and Legacy Fund and Sport England’s Protected Playing Fields Fund
  • Local community to enjoy improved facilities for many years to come

London 1 North side Brentwood RFC is celebrating a recent windfall, which will benefit rugby players and members of the public who enjoy using King George's Park and Playing Fields.

Earlier this year Brentwood received a £10,000 grounds maintenance equipment grant from the RFU under its Lead Up and Legacy programme to make sure clubs are “Fit for 15”. The RFU is committed to helping rugby clubs across England maximise the opportunity that the Rugby World Cup 2015 presents to grow the game in all its forms.

The £10,000 grant has enabled the club to purchase RFU approved pitch maintenance equipment, which has already had a positive effect over the pitch quality at the club.

Last month Brentwood was also one of 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s “Protected Playing Fields” fund to improve and protect their playing fields.

The £50,000 received from Sport England is being used to install a new drainage system and make improvements to the surface of the training pitch, which is currently unplayable during adverse weather conditions.

Peter Watson, Honorary Treasurer from Brentwood RFC said: “We are delighted that Sport England has approved funding to allow us to completely overhaul our training pitch. We would also like to thank Brentwood Council for their cooperation in granting the lease we needed to apply and qualify for this funding.

“We enjoy great success on the pitch both in terms of performance and participation with over 500 playing members from under six upwards. Through the generous funding from both the RFU and Sport England we can now build an infrastructure to match our on field success. Our ultimate aim is to build a new clubhouse that is fit for purpose.

“These improvements along with the 25-year lease means the facilities can now be enjoyed by our club and the local community for many years to come.”

Clubs across the country are benefiting from the first year of the RFU’s Lead up and Legacy facilities enhancement programme with grants totalling £2.47m made to support 182 projects, including installation of floodlights, pitch drainage, pitch-maintenance equipment, social spaces and changing rooms.