Grasshoppers receive RFU Lead Up and Legacy Funding for Floodlights

12th February 2015

Grasshoppers receive RFU Lead Up and Legacy Funding for Floodlights

Media Release - RFU Lead Up and Legacy Grant for Grasshoppers RFC

RUGBY Union in Isleworth, Middlesex received a major boost today when Grasshoppers Rugby Club was chosen by the Rugby Football Union to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales.

Supporting the choice of the Grasshoppers RFC as a Legacy Centre is a grant which will be used to install new floodlights on the 2nd and 3rdteam pitches at the club and confirm a partnership between the RFU and the club 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.

"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, Jason Bowers.

"This investment will also support the club’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 new floodlights will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Club Chairman, Gary Cunningham, said: "We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by Middlesex Rugby. We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Isleworth, Osterley, Brentford and the West of London 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.”

"This investment by the RFU is excellent news.” said Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Communities "Grasshoppers has had 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.”

Grasshoppers is one of many clubs across England benefitting from investment through the RFU Lead Up and Legacy fund. To find out more go to www.rfu.com/betterfacilities.

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Notes to Editors

For more information about Grasshoppers, contact loulatter@hotmail.com or visit www.grasshoppersrfc.com

For more information about the RFU Lead UP and Legacy Fund, Tim Marks, Regional Communications Officer at timmarks@rfu.com.

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