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Inspired Facilities funding available to rugby clubs

05 March 2013

  • Clubs urged to apply for Sport England funding
  • Camp Hill inspired by facilities funding
Members of Camp Hill rugby club

Photo: RFU Archive

Rugby clubs across England have another chance to benefit from funding provided by the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

Applications will open on March 11 for round four of the Inspired Facilities Funding after 26 rugby clubs achieved awards of £1.16 million in the last round of awards.

Clubs can apply to Sport England for grants of up to £50,000 for projects ranging from refurbishing and modernising clubhouses, changing rooms and floodlights at:

Inspired Facilities is part of Places People Play Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport with £50 million of National Lottery funding to be invested in up to 1,000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.

Among the rugby clubs to have benefited from Inspired Facilities funding is Solihull-based Camp Hill, which was awarded £49,000 towards the £57,000 costs of improving facilities at its Haslucks Green Road headquarters to enhance the experience for members and visitors.

Camp Hill, who run 20 teams at various levels, have used the Inspired Facilities funding to install a disabled toilet, new toilet facilities in the changing rooms and self-contained changing rooms for match officials.

“These improved facilities have made a major contribution in terms of sustainability, increased membership – playing, social and community involvement – and the ability to provide a fully inclusive venue for all,” said Camp Hill spokesman, Brian Freeman.

“These improvements have had an immediate and welcome response from members and visitors alike.

“I think it is fair to say that our application to Sport England was considerably improved as a result of input and hands-on assistance from our local RFU representatives.”

Help and support for rugby clubs is available from their local RFU Area Facilities Manager:

Area 1 (Cornwall, Somerset, Devon, Dorset & Wilts Gloucestershire): Jon Bendle on 0753 881 272 or

Area 2 (Middlesex, Hamsphire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire): Jason Bowers on 07703 466 773 or

Area 3 (Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex): Rick Bruin on 07738 029 211 or

Area 4 (Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire, Eastern Counties, Leicestershire, East Midlands, Warwickshire): Peter Shaw on 07734 070 674 or

Area 5 (Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, North Midlands): Tom Bartram on 07734 070 674 or

Area 6 (Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria): Alex Bowden on 07764 336 701 or