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More kids will be exposed to the sport of Rugby in Tower Hamlets thanks to a 10,000 Awards for All grant to Millwall Rugby Club.

The award is one of seven grants given to Tower Hamlets groups and 81 in London totalling 646,349 in the latest round of awards from the scheme.

The 10,000 grant to Millwall will fund a project to increase local youth participation in rugby and aims to expand the number of youth teams run by the club from two to five in the current season.

And the project is already well advanced says Youth Chair Matt Shorrock:

"As soon as we got the support from Awards for All, we were full steam ahead and ready to launch three new teams in the new year" he said, referring to the club's plan to introduce U9s, U10s and U13s teams in January, complimenting the existing U15s and U17s teams.

"Awards for All has been a massive boost to not only the youth section but the club as a whole will benefit from this funding, with new equipment, more trained coaches and better publicity and visibility of Rugby in Tower Hamlets"

The club, already heavily involved in running the Josh Lewsey Rugby Academy programme across Tower Hamlets, is forming close links with more schools with a view to expanding permanently in the borough:

Scott Vinnicombe, Tower Hamlets Rugby Development Officer, said: "The work that Millwall Rugby are doing to promote youth rugby in the borough is outstanding, they are ambitious and this funding will be a major boost to the sport, throughout Tower Hamlets".

Awards for All is the small grants scheme administered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Lottery good cause funders, Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. The scheme makes awards of between 300 and 10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

Anyone interested in playing youth rugby for Millwall Lions should contact Matt on 07884012678 or email

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