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Your News WRU invest £1m to improve club facilities
14
JUL

The Welsh Rugby Union has announced the

biggest level of club facility investment to date to improve the

sustainability and attractiveness of Welsh rugby clubs.

 

For the first time in its facilities funding budget, the WRU has

ring-fenced a one-off sum of £200 000 across the 16 A Licenced

Principality Premiership clubs to continue to improve their on and

off field infrastructure. Clubs will be able to apply for grants

for qualifying projects, with the potential for the amounts awarded

to be increased further by external funding, either sourced by the

clubs themselves or with the help of the WRU Club Operations

team.

 

Two one-off amounts of £400 000 have also been made available to

the community game in Wales, the first destined to improve the

clubs’ off-field infrastructure such as clubhouses, in order to

improve their community and family involvement and spectator

experience, and the second tranche of funding to improve their

playing and training facilities. The improved facilities will help

grassroots clubs achieve new ‘Standards’ awarded to clubs to

recognise their level of club structure and development, culture

and policies, rugby participation and on and off field

facilities.

 

This funding is in addition to £250k in artificial pitch funding

recently awarded to Pontypridd Rugby Club by the joint WRU, Hockey

Wales, FAW and Sport Wales Collaboration Group as part of the total

cost of a new 3G, which includes a £100k WRU loan to the club to

enable the project to go ahead.

 

WRU Group Chief Executive Martyn Phillips said, “We are determined

to fund Welsh rugby at every level from grass roots to the

professional game, for the short and long term. ‎The team at the

WRU have worked hard, in what is always a difficult financial

climate in a Rugby World Cup season, to make extra investment

available. The £1m investment confirmed today, along with the

previously communicated additional £500k for National Dual

contracts, is a clear demonstration of our balanced approach to a

healthy game at all levels."

WRU chairman Gareth Davies added:

“We are unerring in our determination to encourage more people to

be involved in rugby more often and with more enjoyment. Good

quality facilities to allow clubs to prosper within their

communities are key to this strategy and we are delighted that our

financial performance this year has enabled us to invest more than

ever in this area, especially, for the first time, in facillities

grant funding for the semi-professional level of the game which is

key to the WRU performance pathway.”

 

The £1 million in facilities grant investment adds to a total of

just under £2.5m invested in grassroots facility funding in the

last four years.

 

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