- HRH Prince Harry presents award to Paignton RFC
- Prince Harry: "Paignton has delivered an excellent project"
Prince Harry has presented Paignton Rugby Club in Devon with an RFU Legacy Gold Standard facilities award.
Paignton RFC has benefited from being part of the RFU’s Lead Up and Legacy facilities investment programme, which recognises local clubs around the country making significant contributions to promoting rugby in their local communities.
“We want rugby clubs to remain an integral part of their local communities and improving their facilities is one way of achieving that aim,” said Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director.
“Over four years we’ve invested £10m in helping more than 520 clubs and this year we’ve helped them to improve their social spaces to encourage greater community use and to help attract new members. “
The club has refurbished and extended its bar area and installed new audio-visual equipment and soft furnishings to make the clubhouse more appealing to a wider variety of people.
Prince Harry met the club’s volunteers, coaches and players, and watched training sessions of some of the Youth teams on the club’s pitches.
Grainger added: “Paignton has delivered an excellent project through their commitment and hard work, and are already reaping the rewards. It is so good to be here today to see the difference that improving a club’s social space can really make.”
President of Paignton RFC, Norman Harries said: “To have received a visit from Prince Harry today is really the icing on the cake and it was a great day to mark a special project in the history of Paignton Rugby Club.
“As club President I am truly honoured that the club has received this outstanding award. I am especially thankful to everyone who has volunteered their time, effort and financial support.”
Paignton RFC plays a key role as a local hub for the All Schools programme, which Prince Harry is patron of. The All Schools programme, supported by principal partner CBRE, aims to introduce rugby to state secondary schools and link them to local rugby clubs such as Paignton.