Funding boost to improve Berwick rugby facilities

Berwick Rugby Club has received government funding to help update and improve its function facilities that are vital to the ongoing success and sustainability of the club. Revenue generated will be invested in encouraging young, vulnerable and disadvantaged people into sport.

By Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 10:59
Berwick Rugby Club officials.

Berwick Rugby Club, celebrating 50 years as a club this season, believe that no child should be excluded from the opportunity to participate in sports. With this in mind, they’re heavily involved with all local schools, actively encouraging young people, from all backgrounds, to be involved in sport.

In order to safeguard their future, the ageing kitchen, bar area and function room, a valuable source of revenue, required upgrading and improving, thus increasing the appeal of the clubhouse as a venue for functions.

The club has achieved LEADER funding through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE); a programme created to fund projects that support growth in the rural economy.

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Speaking about the refurbishment, committee member Chris Budzynski said: “Our schools development officer has, for several years now, gone into first, middle and senior schools in our area, promoting sporting opportunities. This has proved to be very successful and has resulted in increased numbers of youngsters, both male and female, from all backgrounds joining the club.

“We currently have in the region of 400 players ranging from four years old to veterans. It’s become clear that our survival is integral to building and being a part of our local community and culture. However, in order to ensure that this opportunity is accessible for everyone, we must be able to make it affordable for all.”

In order to secure funding for the refurbishment, Chris, alongside fellow committee members, worked with land, property and business consultants, George F White, who took the project on pro-bono. Thanks to the team’s hard work and determination, £47,698.74 was secured in March 2019, meaning that the club could move forward with the structural and design work required to achieve completion by the beginning of the 2019/20 season, where the club will be competing in the National Leagues once again.