St. Ives Rugby Club’s ambition to be the best location to enjoy rugby in the district has taken another giant leap forward with the award of two generous grants. A £30,000 grant from the Mick George Community Fund towards the installation of match ready floodlights was confirmed in November.
And this news has been boosted by the confirmation that the Sport England Community Asset Fund is adding £20,000 to the cause.
The news comes as the Club continues to expand playing numbers at both senior and junior levels. Playing host to rugby union over the winter months and league in the summer, the floodlights will facilitate increased activity and participation of all age groups at the Club’s permanent Somersham Road ground.
With funding now secure, the Club’s detailed project planning indicates installation will be completed well before the spring.
Club Chairman Mark Smy commented, “We are absolutely delighted to learn of the grants from the Mick George Community Fund and the Sport England Community Asset Fund towards the installation of match ready floodlights at the Club. As an amateur, family-friendly club, we rely heavily on the generosity of benefactors such as Mick George Ltd. and Sport England and are very grateful for their continued support. This addition to our ever-improving facilities will enable us to host an expanding calendar of activities for the people of St. Ives and district to enjoy, including rugby for those from 6 to 60.”