Grasshoppers 'switch on' floodlights

29th April 2015

Grasshoppers 'switch on' floodlights
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 later this year.

Supporting the choice of the Grasshoppers RFC as a Legacy Centre was a grant, which was used to install new floodlights on the 2nd and 3rd team pitches at the club and confirm a partnership between the RFU and the club to be Fit for 2015. The grant enhances the club’s facilities and provides a resource for use by the local community.

"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.

Club Officials and representatives from the RFU, Middlesex Rugby, Mary Macleod – the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran and Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Development Councillor Sue Sampson, were all present for the ‘switch on’ ahead of the official launch game under floodlights between Grasshoppers Vets and Old Actonians Vets.

Gary Cunningham, Chairman of Grasshoppers RFC said: "We are very grateful to the RFU for awarding us the Lead Up and Legacy funding for our new floodlights. This means that we have three fully floodlit pitches and helps us continue the development of our club and the playing experience for our members. 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.”

Mary Macleod, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brentford & Isleworth commented: "Grasshoppers is one of the best facilities in the borough and they continue to be a fantastic community club that strives to continually develop for the benefit of their members and the wider community.”

"This investment by the RFU is excellent news,” said Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Economic Development. "Grasshoppers has an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers behind it and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future.”

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran added: "As a borough we are proud to support Grasshoppers and their hard work which brings benefits to the local community and members through their sports facilities. The rugby being played by the Vets teams this evening was a great match to watch under the new floodlights.

Final score: Grasshoppers Vets 26 – Old Actonians Vets 43.

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