WHITLEY Bay Rockcliff RFC has received £60,000 funding from the SITA Trust in support of the refurbishment of their changing room facilities.
The club, currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, will use the grant to help fund the renovation work to better serve the increasing demands of their playing base.
The club, now running 16 different teams ranging from senior, youth, mini, girls rugby and mixed touch rugby sides, has seen participation increase from just 60 players to more than 250 in the last four years.
It will now undertake a £250,000 complete refurbishment of the existing changing rooms to provide modern self-contained facilities, thus taking another step toward their aspiration of being a model community rugby football club.
Club chairman Lawrence Fletcher said: “We are extremely grateful to SITA Trust for its continued support.
“Five years ago SITA Trust backed our plans to set up a new mini rugby section with funding to renovate the pitches and establish a small training area.
“That seed capital investment has been instrumental in helping the club grow.
“This success has now given us a new challenge; how do we update our facilities to meet these new demands?
“I am delighted that SITA Trust has again been able support the next stage of our development with a £60,000 grant to assist in the refurbishment of our changing rooms with the funding specifically allocated to help replace an antiquated boiler with a modern energy efficient water heating system that will also help to reduce our operating costs.”
Jools Granville, of SITA Trust, added: “When we first were approached by Whitley Bay RFC we were impressed with the club’s ambition and community focus.
“They delivered the first project incredibly well and we were delighted to see the benefits being enjoyed by so many people.
“This current refurbishment project is another giant leap forward for the club and we were only too happy to provide our maximum grant of £60,000 to start the ball rolling.
“We hope that other funders will also come forward to make Whitley Bay Rockcliff’s RFC’s vision become a reality.”
SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.