BROMSGROVE Rugby Club has received a major boost after being chosen to receive a grant as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup being staged in England and Wales.
The club in Aston Fields has been handed a Lead Up and Legacy Transforming Social Spaces grant to strengthen the partnership between the RFU (Rugby Football Union) and the club.
Rugby club members Alan Haley and Ian Riley worked tirelessly to secure the £10,000 match-funded grant, which has paid for the refurbishment of the club so it can benefit the local community more and Bromsgrove RFC will now have some of the best facilities in the area.
And, in a truly Bromsgrove-based project, the transformation (pictured) was made possible thanks to the expertise of four local companies – The Flooring
Boutique, Purple Granite, Decor Design and Falcon Flooring.
As with the London 2012 Olympics, the organisers of the Rugby World Cup, which begins on September 17, are hoping to deliver a huge rugby participation legacy with a network of more than 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres being chosen to encourage rugby participation throughout England.
Bromsgrove RFC has been chosen as one of those centres.
It will see rugby participation be promoted, particularly among the district’s 14 to 24-year-olds.
Bromsgrove Rugby Club chairman Vernon Nibbs described the RFU investment as ‘excellent news’.
“Bromsgrove Rugby Club has 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.”
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid said: “Bromsgrove Rugby Club has 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,” he added.
RFU area facilities manager Tom Bartram added: “We are delighted our project has been chosen as a recipient for a Transforming Social Spaces Grant.
“We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Bromsgrove and the surrounding area can use.
“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.”
Anyone wanting to find out more can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01527 874690.
Registration for Mini and Junior players will take place this Sunday (September 6) – the under six to under 12 age groups will be between 10am and midday and the under 13s to under sevens will be between 1pm and 3pm.