No bridge too far thanks to RFU funding

BRIDGNORTH are in the process of developing a new ground for their thriving mini and junior section thanks to loans and grants totalling £30,000 from the Rugby Football Foundation.

The funding has enabled them to purchase a football pitch and derelict land adjacent to their Severn Park ground and thanks to the interest-free loan which is repayable over a 15-year period they have now created an extra full-size pitch and two mini rugby pitches.

The Shropshire club have also benefited from a further grant of almost £25,000 from a landfill tax credit which will allow them to renovate the pavilion at their new ground to provide additional changing rooms and a kitchen.

“Our mini section currently has 150 members and that has put a great demand on our existing facilities,” said Bridgnorth chairman David Bladen.

“At the moment we don't have enough changing rooms for all our youngsters so some of them arrive changed for rugby and travel home dirty.

“We have done some internal fund-raising but a major project like this would not be possible without outside funding and we are very grateful to the RFU for the funding they made available through the Rugby Football Foundation and to the Sita Environmental Trust for the landfill tax credit grant.”

Bridgnorth hope to have their new clubroom ready for the start of the new season and, subject to the grass seed taking and favourable growing conditions, to be able to use their new pitches early in the season.