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Your News RBS award brings Wallsend RFC refurb

STRIMMERS at the ready; post augurs and safety equipment ordered; fencing repair tackle on site; a scheme of works prepared and volunteer manpower organised.

Thats the current state of play at Wallsend RFC as they prepare to put their RBS RugbyForce of 1,250 to good use at their Barking Dog headquarters on June 11/12.

Wallsend were one of four regional Runners-up in the nationwide competition embracing over 400 entries, their submission for a major make-over at their Beacon Hill Park playing fields getting the nod from a panel of judges.

We are only in our first year at the current site, which had not been used for around nine years as a sporting pitch and was in a fairly derelict state, said Wallsend Secretary Brian Thirlaway: Because it had not been used for so long, its been used as a short cut for local folk and by dog walkers who do not appreciate how dangerous it is to allow their pets to foul playing surfaces.

The extremities are in a pretty untidy state and the whole place is in urgent need of attention. The RBS RugbyForce award could not have come at a better time for the club and the challenge now is to make sure we use the windfall to best effect.

The thrust of the project is for clubs to mobilise support both from within their membership, but also from the local community. Wallsend are hoping that the initiative will persuade neighbours and friends to get to the club and lend a hand.

The area we are looking to tidy up is linked to the Beacon Park Special Needs School and we are currently looking at ways of establishing an inter-active association with some of their pupils. says Thirlaway: The Wooden Spoon RU charity has already made donations of over 6,000 to the school and it would be good if we could develop that link for some of the youngsters who can play the game.

Were also embarked on a programme to obtain the RFU Junior/Youth Seal of Approval accreditation which confirms that were are offering an infrastructure that conforms to the very highest standards set down by the RFU.

While the RBS RugbyForce work focuses on the newest home of the Wallsend club, the organisation pre-dates by some distance most of the surroundings which it now occupies.

The club moved to its current headquarters in May 2010, but it was founded in 1880. Since then, it has merged with Swan Hunter RFC in 1960, celebrating a Golden Jubilee last year, before returning to its Wallsend title in 1969.

Weve been a fairly nomadic organisation through the years, spending 20 years at Wallsend Sports Centre and another 20 at Benfield School in East Newcastle before moving back into Wallsend last year, says Thirlaway.

Now the challenge facing us is to make best use of the RBS RugbyForce funding and give the place an overdue facelift.

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