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Your News 16 Northern clubs given financial boost

Sixteen Rugby Union clubs across the North have received grants and loans totalling over 188,000 in the latest tranche of funding approved by the Rugby Football Foundation.

Nationwide the Foundation approved the award of 421,130 in grants and loans to 44 English clubs, with the accent on pitch and clubhouse improvements.

Selby were the biggest beneficiaries, with a 100,000 loan to help them create six new changing rooms, while elsewhere in Yorkshire, grants of 6,000 were awarded to Hullensians, Otliensians, Hullensians, Keighley and Moortown to finance pitch related activities.

Clubhouse improvements were also supported in Yorkshire at York RI and Stanley Rodillians, Castleford and Roundhegians can expect a better shower next season thanks to the installation of new boilers and Richmondshire's future is more secure as a result of a 6,000 grant towards the purchase of their lease.

In Cumbria, the grass will be greener at Upper Eden, Egremont and Keswick thanks to grants for drainage and pitch improvements, while on Merseyside, St Mary's OB and Prenton have both been allocated 6,000 towards pitch and changing room work.

The RFF is a charitable Trust established by the Rugby Football Union. The purpose of the Rugby Football Foundation is to promote and develop community amateur rugby in England.

Last year the RFF celebrated its fifth year as a major funding source for clubs in England by passing the 10 million landmark.

The charitable trust was established by the RFU in 2003 and has now invested over 11.7 million in developing amateur rugby clubs.

The Foundation is responsible for a substantial community rugby programme which includes the provision of rugby development officers, the training and development of referees and the production of coaching and technical material.

The Foundation also administers a Capital Fund for the financing of capital projects aimed at improving facilities which lead to the recruitment and retention of rugby players.

Development of Community Rugby can be summarised as: More People, Better Places, Access For All, Enjoyment.

The RFF has two capital funding streams: Groundmatch Grant Scheme and an Interest Free Loan Scheme.

The Groundmatch Grant Scheme is for clubs at level 5 and below in the league structure who can apply for between 1,500 and 6,000 on a matched 50;50 basis for capital works projects that support the retention and recruitment of community rugby players.

The Interest Free Loan scheme provides up to 100,000 in an interest free loan to capital works to clubs at level 4 and below which contribute to the retention and recruitment of community rugby players.

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