Elks receive grant as part of World Cup initiative

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Ilkeston RUFC are celebrating ahead of the new season after being chosen by the Rugby Football Union to be a recipient of one of its Better Facilities Grants for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Ilkeston have been chosen for a Lead-up & Legacy Social Space grant, strengthening the partnership between the RFU and club to be fit for 2015.

The grant will enhance the club’s facilities and provide a resource for use by the local community.

England and Wales hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy for rugby union and the RFU has committed a £10m investment which will create a network of over 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club rugby participation throughout England can be built.

Elks club Chairman, Rich Jones, said: “We are delighted that our project has been chosen as a recipient for a Better Facilities Grant.

“We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam and neighbouring towns can use during the week.

“The 2015 Rugby World Cup will inspire a new wave of people of all ages to become involved in rugby and this RFU investment will help our club to be even better equipped to welcome newcomers.”

Local councillor John Booth added: “This investment by the RFU is excellent news.

“Ilkeston RUFC have had an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future.”

RFU area facilities manager Peter Shaw said: “The refurbishment of The Stute will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Ilkeston RUFC are one of many clubs across England benefiting from investment through the RFU Lead Up and Legacy fund.

To find out more go to www.rfu.com/betterfacilities.