Spalding Rugby Club on shortlist for £25,000

COMMUNITY FUND: A cross-section of players and coaches at Spalding Rugby Club which could get its hands on �25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
COMMUNITY FUND: A cross-section of players and coaches at Spalding Rugby Club which could get its hands on �25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Rugby Club is reaching out for help to secure a £25,000 boost towards moving into a new home.

The club is in the running for the Aviva Community Fund, run by the UK insurers to fund projects in cities, towns and villages across the country.

In order to win the funding, the club is encouraging people in South Holland to cast up to ten votes for the Spalding Rugby Club Project by visiting https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/16-2274

Club treasurer Peter Jullien said: “We were made aware of the Aviva Community Fund through various information channels at the club and then submitted a project plan, along with other information.

“The managers of the fund assessed our project as being suitable for going to a public vote and the rugby club’s focus now is to get our new ground (in Drain Bank North, between Spalding and Cowbit) opened in September next year.”

The club has concentrated its bid for funding on Mini and Juniors sections which cater for about 200 youngsters aged between six and 18.

We have a great opportunity to win £25,000 of funding from the Aviva Community Fund towards our move to the new ground

Peter Jullien, honorary treasurer, Spalding Rugby Club

But the future of the club’s youth activities depends on a successful move to the new ground, at a total cost of £130,000.

Peter said: “A majority of the club’s activities take place at Tyrrell’s Yard (near Spalding), although some take place at Spalding Grammar School as well.

“But both the school and the club are getting bigger and there’s only so much activity that a grass pitch can take.”

As a result, the rugby club was told by the school in April 2013 that most of its playing and training activities had to be moved away from its playing fields by the end of 2014, although an extension to the deadline has since been agreed.

Peter said: “The lifeblood of the club is its mini and junior players and the message we want to get out is that, hopefully, many people in the community will want to support the club’s efforts to provide a home for young rugby players.”

For more details about the rugby club’s Drain Bank North project, visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/spaldingrfc/news/vote-for-spalding-rugby-club-aviva-project-funding-1711840.html

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