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Your News Rugby Football Foundation awards £430,000 to English clubs

The Rugby Football Foundation has approved grants and loans of more than £430,000 for English clubs in its latest tranche of awards.

Increasing participation and retention of players in community clubs is the key objective of the RFF, which makes awards to the 1175 clubs below level three in the English Clubs Championship.

The latest loans made include one which will help Yarm RFC in North Yorkshire get back on its feet, while Burton and Keynsham receive help funding land purchases.

Yarm were the 500th club to benefit from the Foundation's support as they recover and rebuild after fire destroyed their Wass Way headquarters earlier this year

Another 36 clubs share the £184,700 in grants to improve facilities on and off the pitch that will help increase the recruitment and the retention of players.

"Our clubs are ambitious to keep developing and by improving facilities and playing surfaces they make it possible for more people of all ages to enjoy rugby," said LeRoy Angel, the chairman of the RFF's Board of Trustees.

"Every grant or loan - no matter what the size - makes a meaningful difference to them. Now there are more with better clubhouses, more appropriate changing facilities, and better pitches available for longer because of the improvements in lighting that have taken place."

The RFF is a charitable trust funded by the Rugby Football Union's Community Capital Fund to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England and 514 clubs have benefited from £11,788,923 of the RFF's support since its launch in 2003.

A total of 176 loans worth £8.72million have been approved and 638 grants totalling £3.07m allocated to benefit English clubs.

Loans

Burton: £100,000 loan for land purchase

Yarm: £50,000 loan for purchase of modular clubhouse building, kitchen equipment and security fencing

Loans and grants

Coventrians: £50,000 loan, £6,000 grant for new car park

Keynsham: £50,000 loan, £6,000 grant for land purchase

Grants

Bletchley: £6,000 grant for training floodlights

Perranporth: £2,832 grant for pitch improvements

Basingstoke: £6,000 grant for replacement of flat roof

Avonmouth: £6,000 grant for shower upgrade and improvements

Windsor: £4,793 grant for replacement of hot water storage tanks

Kenilworth: £3,885 grant for pitch improvements

Northampton Casuals: £3,525 grant for pitch and training area improvements

Earlsdon: £6,000 grant for drainage, fencing and standing areas

Stowmarket: £6,000 grant for installation of match floodlights

Aldridge: £3,270 grant for changing room roof repairs and door replacements

Brentwood: £6,000 grant for clubhouse re-wiring

Mitcham: £2,942 grant for health and safety remedial improvements

Seaford: £3,151 grant for external brick repairs

Hendon: £3,500 grant for health and safety essential asbestos renewal

Silloth: £6,000 grant for pitch perimeter barrier

Wilmslow: £6,000 grant for health and safety improvements

Wensleydale: £6,000 grant for floodlighting for training pitch

Cirencester: £6,000 grant for pitch and facilities improvements

Cullompton: £1,750 grant for mobile training lights

Tiverton: £4,774 grant for upgrading clubhouse toilet facilities

Weymouth: £1,748 grant for junior scrum machine and trailer

Puddletown: £6,000 grant for changing room repairs

Witney: £5,670 grant for development of new field

Cheltenham: £6,000 grant for toilet upgrade including disabled facilities

St Brendan's Old Boys: £6,000 grant for mobile training lights

Bedford Athletic: £6,000 grant for refurbishment of shower blocks

Luton: £6,000 grant for floodlight upgrade, mower, line marker, and installation of posts

Coventry Saracens: £3,701 grant for replacement boiler

Skegness: £6,000 grant for new lease costs

Harlow: £2,000 grant for floodlighting upgrade

Bishops Stortford: £4,248 grant for rewiring and lighting of clubhouse

Cinque Ports (St Leonards on Sea): £3,500 grant for portable floodlighting

West Hartlepool: £5,183 grant for new shower heads and boiler system

Pontefract: £5,467 grant for repairs to Car Park

Leigh: £5,952 grant for ground improvement equipment

Old Brodleians: £4,619 grant for replacement floodlights

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