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Green shoots herald development of 3 new pitches for Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club

The second phase of development of three new rugby pitches at Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club is now complete, thanks to funding from Sport England, Biffa Award, Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund as well as private donations.

Following the initial successful acquisition of the 12 acre field in 2014, the ground has now been levelled and seeded with strong growth already visible. The aim is to have the new pitches ready for the start of the 2017 rugby season.

The three new pitches will provide much needed space for Old Reigatians' Junior Section which includes over 600 children from Reigate and surrounding areas. The Club also hopes to make the new playing space available during the summer to other sports groups and clubs within the local community.

Peter Tharp, Club Secretary of Old Reigatian RFC said 'We are delighted that this important development is now well underway. Each weekend the Club's grounds are tightly packed with our Juniors and Minis training and playing matches. With 25 sides all the way from U6 to seniors, the three new pitches will be a wonderful addition to

the Club and give our youngsters in particular the space they vitally need’'

The funding provided to the Club for the preparation of the new pitches included:

Grant from Sport England

Grant from Biffa Award, as part of their Landfill Communities Fund

Grant from Surrey County Council Community Improvement Fund.

Notes to Editors:

Sport England

Established by Royal Charter in 1996

Sport England is the Government Agency responsible for growing and developing Grassroots Sport

The Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Surrey County Council Community Improvements Fund

The Community Improvements Fund is designed to help people turn a great idea into something real that will benefit people in their community.

Further details from Club Secretary ORRFC 01737 339777