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Camp Hill chosen as 2015 Lead up and Legacy centre

22 January 2014

  • Local MP says funding will help hard-working volunteers to continue
  • Solihull-based club handed £46,880 towards additional pitch and floodlights

Camp Hill have been chosen as one of the RFU Lead up and Legacy Centres for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales. 

The Midlands Two West (North) club, based at Haslucks Green Road in Shirley, Solihull, have also been awarded an RFU Lead up and Legacy grant of £46,880 towards the 111,880 costs of installing an additional pitch and much-needed floodlighting.

The grant confirms a partnership between the RFU and club for Camp Hill to be fit for 2015. The grant will enhance the club’s facilities and provide a resource for use by the local community.

Hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy for rugby union and the RFU has committed a £10m investment which will create a network of over 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club rugby participation throughout England can be built. 

Camp Hill have also been awarded a £15,000 loan by the Rugby Football Foundation towards the cost of their ground developments. The RFF is a registered charity established by the Rugby Football Union to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England.  

“The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group.” said RFU Area Facilities Manager Tom Bartram. 

“This investment will also support Camp Hill’s financial sustainability leading into the Rugby World Cup and will create a focus for England 2015 and a lasting rugby union legacy for rugby in the community. The additional pitch and modern floodlighting will help Camp Hill raise their profile as well as encouraging more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.” 

Camp Hill chairman Dave Maiden said: “We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by The North Midlands RFU.

“We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Shirley, Solihull, Hall Green, Dickens Heath, Olton and Acocks Green areas can use during the week.

“The 2015 Rugby World Cup will inspire a new wave of people of all ages to become involved in rugby and this RFU investment will help our club to be even better equipped to welcome newcomers.”

News of the investment was also greeted by Lorely Burt, the Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull.

“This investment by the RFU is excellent news. Camp Hill Rugby Club have an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future,” she said.