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Posted 02/03/2017

CHELTENHAM RUGBY CLUB CROWDFUNDER APPEAL

Cheltenham Rugby Club is embarking on a scheme to create a community sports facility for North Gloucestershire.  They now have a MUGA and are about to install an artificial grass pitch as part of the RFU World Cup 2015 legacy. However they first have to meet the RFUs strict criteria and must build new changing rooms.

To raise funds for these new rooms they have set up a Crowdfunding initiative, which is where businesses and individuals can support the club in its desire to create a sporting facility for all in the County for generations to come.

There are rewards for individuals and businesses for their support, starting with as little as a pledge for £10.  All further details of the new rooms and the rewards available can be found at “www.Crowdfunder.co.uk/tigers”.
Please take the time to look and see if you can help in any way.

Newlands Park became the new home of Cheltenham Tigers in August 2007, kicking off an exciting new chapter for the club and triggering the first part of an ongoing plan that continues today.

The club gained planning consent for an all-weather pitch, floodlights, a significant changing room extension and ground improvements in May 2010. Two years later we completed the first phase, installing our match-standard floodlights.

As part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy programme, the RFU announced they were looking to support 100 artificial pitches across the UK and we expressed an interest in hosting one of the community pitches. A formal process followed.

The eligibility, feasibility and technical stages have been successfully passed to have a AGP (Artificial Grass Pitch) installed at Newlands Park.

Officially it's the only AGP in North Gloucestershire agreed by the RFU but it is subject to a final contract and a planning amendment, due to small tweaks to the plan secured all those years back.

Now nearly two years into the process, and having met the criteria set by the RFU, we find ourselves with the support of John Bendle, the RFU's Area Facilities Manager and we are just weeks away from finalising this major project which could be in place later this year.

A key component of our plans to install a new pitch is the delivery of our new changing rooms, which must meet the RFU's criteria.

Our plans for RFU-compliant changing rooms are at an advanced stage and we're hoing that work can begin as early as May this year.

This project is key to securing the AGP and in total will cost in the region of £550,000. Clearly this presents our next real challenge.

We have already got significant support from the RFU, our bankers Lloyds, local grant funders and institutions and they have set us well on the way

However we have set target of £55,000 to meet the shortfall and we have decided to turn to Crowdfunder with an ambitious campaign to engage the local community and people across the county, and beyond.

Grass-roots rugby in England landed a £50million World Cup windfall in 2015 with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) investing in 100 artificial pitches across the country in a bid to boost participation in the club game.

The ambitious plan, which is thought to be the biggest single investment in the grass-roots game by the governing body, is designed to reinvigorate the club game, which has been struggling to retain players, as part of the World Cup legacy.

Cheltenham Tigers made their application for a new artificial pitch at Newlands Park in 2015.

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