- Warwickshire club partners school and PTA in bonfire and fireworks display
- Community links to boost club membership
Claverdon are forging close links with the Warwickshire village in which they are based by running a series of community projects.
The first event was a huge success with more than 600 people attending a bonfire and fireworks display hosted by Claverdon at their Ossetts Hole Lane headquarters and run in partnership with the village junior school and its Parent Teacher Association.
The rugby club organised the bonfire, fireworks and parking, the school children supplied the guys to put on the bonfire and ran a sweet stall and the PTA ran the hog roast and hot dog stall.
“We had over 600 people on the night and about 80 per cent had never used the rugby club before,” said Claverdon spokesman Ian Wyllie.
“Our aim is to promote the club in the local community and hope that through that we will increase playing numbers in both our mini and senior sections and also encourage the local community to hire the club as a venue for parties and future village events.”
Myles Grant, a newcomer to the club, was a key figure in organising Claverdon’s first community event. He lives close to the ground and now plays in the club’s senior teams while his children have joined Claverdon’s mini rugby section.
“Myles has shown that he will be a real asset to the club with his links to the village and local school,” Wyllie said.