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Your News Witney RFC unveil club developments

Saturday October 29thwill be a day of celebration for Witney RFC as the Oxfordshire club officially unveil their club improvements and say thank you to the organisations and volunteers who have all contributed.

Witney RFC will host a Chairmans Lunch, and Paul Murphy, the RFUs Acting Chairman and Senior Vice President, will be one of many guests invited to join in with the clubs celebrations.

Witney RFCs most recent development has seen their number one pitch receive a makeover. Previously the pitch didnt drain properly and matches and training sessions were often abandoned in the wet winter months. With the club catering for five adult male teams, colts, two women and girls sides and a full range of mini, midi and junior teams the club faced a whole host of issues throughout the year.

However, thanks to 60,057 from the RFUs Capital Investment Programme (CIP) and the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF), as well as 16,385 from the clubs own funds Witney RFC were able to make the required upgrades.

The pitch improvements though were just one of a number of improvements which has also seen the club install a purpose built patio in front of their clubhouse for the Witney Wolves. Witney Wolves are a team of boys and girls with learning disabilities, and they needed to be able to train close to their parents, on a hard surface and be able go inside with ease whenever the weather was cold.

The club were also faced problems with mud and potholes on the paths to their pitches as a result of the popularity of their mini and junior teams. Their mini and junior section rallied to the cause and raised enough money to pay for a hard surfaced road with parking. The club also raised money, and thanks to a grant from the West Oxon District Council, also installed a replacement fence around their number one pitch.

Witney President Patrick Hall said: Our club event on October 29thcompletes a time of redevelopment of the fabric of our club. The Chairmans lunch is a thank you to all those organisations that have helped us along the way. We will also officially commission the new pitch that afternoon when Witney take on Reading RFC. It will be a special and satisfying day for the club, and the culmination of a lot of hard work.

The CIP is the capital funding element of the RFU's Whole Sport Plan funding allocation secured from government. Responsibility for delivery is in the hands of each national governing body, with targets agreed on a sport-by-sport basis.

The RFF is a Charitable Trust established by the RFU. The purpose of the RFF is to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England. The Foundation also administers a Capital Fund for the financing of capital projects aimed at improving facilities which lead to the recruitment and retention of rugby players.

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