FOOTBALL: Funding for new Kilsby Lane goals

Leonie Yend from Cava and Heart of England Community Foundation, Brian Crinigan of Rugby Town JFC and Ian Southcott  (Rugby Group Benevolent Fund) line up with the cheques
Leonie Yend from Cava and Heart of England Community Foundation, Brian Crinigan of Rugby Town JFC and Ian Southcott (Rugby Group Benevolent Fund) line up with the cheques

Three grants support astro turf project at Rugby Town Juniors ground

Rugby Town Juniors are celebrating after receiving three grants to purchase five sets of football goals for their new £500k astro turf project.

The project, which has been funded by Sport England and WREN, did not include the equipment so the club set about searching for additional grant funding to purchase the goals ready for their launch last Sunday.

The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund provided £8,000, The Heart of England Community Foundation provided £1,880 and Rugby Borough Council supplied £1,000 with a Sports and Recreation grant. The goals, which are now on site, cost in total £11,500 with the club finding the extra from their fundraising pot.

Brian Crinigan of Rugby Town Juniors and part of the project team at Kilsby Lane said: “We are delighted that we have secured funding for the goals as it will mean all our 61 teams this year can enjoy their training sessions games and activities instead of using jumpers for goalposts. We wish to thank the three funders who have visited the site and seen what an excellent facility this is for the community of Rugby. Without their funding we would not be in this position now. We are over the moon.”

Ian Southcott from The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund added: “What an absolutely fantastic facility for the young soccer players of Rugby, with the new goals being the icing on the cake!”

Leonie Ye​nd , from Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action and volunteer panel member at the Heart of England Community Foundation,​ said: “WCAVA have previously worked with RTJFC to support them in their fundraising for this wonderful project. I am very happy that Heart of England Community Foundation have been able to contribute towards this last stage of the project, and hope RTJFC are proud of this fantastic new community sports pitch.” ​