Local rugby club awarded £50,000 of funding from Sport England
Date:14th April 2014
Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC (PAORFC) is among 324 local sports projects to secure a share of £17 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.
PAORFC will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade their existing dilapidated facilities. The club which has helped thousands of young people over the years get into playing rugby and learning the “Life Lessons” the sports imparts, will at last be able to feed the 200 plus children that play at the club every Sunday inside, in a fit for purpose facility. Up until now all our junior players and those of the opposition have had no choice but to take their after game meal’s, prepared in the smallest kitchen imaginable, outside to eat.
In addition to providing dining and cooking facilities the project to upgrade the club house, which is to cost £295,000 will provide a community room, toilets, first aid facilities and changing for referees. It will also provide roof mounted solar panels, heating which we have never had before, and an adequate hot water supply. These panels will provide all the electricity the club requires making it the first “Carbon Neutral” rugby club in the country. These new facilities, work on which is due to start in Summer 2014, will be housed in a new extension to the building and will eventually allow the club to renovate the existing changing rooms into changing facilities also fit for purpose.
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.
“It’s great to see Plymstock Albion Oaks join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”
Club Chairman, Nigel Higginson, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our rugby coaches. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”
Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £20 million to help upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.
Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit http://www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
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