FOOTBALL: £65k grant for Rugby Town JFC

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Funding for pitches at Kilsby Lane

Rugby Town JFC will receive £65,000 of National Lottery funding to create six more pitches at their Kilsby Lane site.

They are among 60 sports projects to secure a share of £17 million from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

It will enable them to set up

two more 9v 9 pitches and four for 5v5 games, as well as providing secondary drainage to the existing mini soccer pitches.

The club has helped thousands of children to play football since it was formed in 1994.

Rugby Town JFC Club Chairman, Liam Coulter said “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our grass pitches to match the quality of our coaches.

“The additional drainage that the funding provides will see fewer games called

off and the pitches used for more hours per day. I would like to thank the people who have made this happen in a challenging environment.

The club is growing and it’s the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the future”

MP Mark Pawsey said he was delighted to hear about the funding. “I have visited the club on a number of occasions and it is an incredible asset for the town which continues to go from strength to strength,” he said. “The club offers both girls and boys the opportunity to play football under the guidance of excellent coaches using the highest quality facilities so I know just how valuable this funding will be.”

Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, said: “This £3.7 million lottery funding is helping to protect and improve playing fields across the country, giving a better sports experience to thousands. Combined with our on-going work to put down more 3G pitches this will also mean sports fixtures become less victims of the weather and enable play all-year-round.

“Protecting Playing Fields enhances the role Sport England already plays in safeguarding playing fields. The future of all sites funded through this programme will be secured for a minimum of 25 years.

“The funding for playing fields improvements is also in addition to our special £5 million flood relief fund that is helping restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the exceptional weather earlier in the year.

“The fund was specifically created to help with the damage caused by the floods and storms over winter.”