RUGBY: £20,000 sponsorship deal for Spalding minis

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Spalding Rugby Club’s youth section has been given a major boost ahead of the upcoming season with a new three-year sponsorship deal, worth more than £20,000.

Two major local businesses, Crowland Cranes and QV Foods, have combined sponsorship in the hope to promote development at grass roots level.

Crowland Cranes will be the main sponsor for the mini-youth section, with QV Foods also giving cash backing.

Jeremy Chew, coach and co-ordinator for the mini-youth section, said: “This sponsorship is great for the club and it will be focused towards youth development and promoting rugby to local kids who want to get into the sport.”

The club will show off their new kit and sponsors on Sunday, which also coincides with an open training session from 10.30am to noon. Youngsters aged five to 18 will be able to have a go at the sport.

This will be followed by a barbecue and fun day for players and family.

The club is hoping that the forthcoming World Cup in New Zealand may increase participation levels, as last time the event was held the club saw a ten per cent increase in numbers.

The club is RFU accredited for youth development, and has links with Premiership side Leicester Tigers, who send qualified professional coaches for an event held in Spalding each April.

This year’s event sold out quickly, with 100 youngsters aged nine to 15 paying almost £150 for the five-day rugby school.