Six-figure funding provides Haverhill Rugby Club a welcome boost

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Haverhill Rugby Club have received £130,000 worth of funding to help renovate their pitch and improve the overall facilities at the ground.

The club were chosen by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to become a Legacy Centre and provide a base for the continued growth in club rugby participation and membership throughout the country.

Supporting the choice of Haverhill as a Legacy Centre is a grant of £65,000, which will be used for the construction of pitch drainage, re-levelling and seeding at the club and strengthening the partnership with the RFU.

The grant will enhance the club’s facilities and provide a resource for the use of the local community.

RFU area facilities manager Peter Shaw said: “The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age group.

“This investment will also support the club’s financial sustainability and will create a lasting rugby union legacy for rugby in the community.

“The pitch drainage project will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Haverhill’s vice club chairman David Halsey added: “We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by Eastern Counties RFU.

“We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Haverhill and the surrounding villages can use every week.”

Haverhill Rugby Club were also among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of the £9 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspire Facilities fund.

The club will be receiving £65,000 towards the total project cost of £119,172 for the renovation of their main rugby pitch.

Club chairman Peter Lester said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our pitch to provide the community with a safe playing area for rugby.”

n Haverhill’s first team moved up to fifth in the Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Two West table following a comprehensive 32-0 win at home to Mildenhall on Saturday.

Adam Hunt put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 22 of the 32 points, with two tries and four conversions in the whitewash victory at the Castle Playing Fields.

Haverhill visit second-from-bottom Ely II on Saturday (3pm).