Swindon St George Rugby League Club have landed a £4,293.74 grant from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Capital Grants Legacy Programme.
The grants are being awarded to various grassroots clubs up and down the country and Swindon St George are the latest to benefit from the scheme.
This grant will fund St George’s efforts to establish themselves at their first-ever permanent home ground at Swindon Nalgo Sports & Social Club.
St George will receive a grant of £4293.74 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme which is delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the
sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
The CreatedBy programme is a funding pot of up to £10 million made available by the government to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.
Swindon St George club chairman Richard White is delighted that the club have been chosen to receive the grant and says it will help take the club onto the next level.
“We’ve previously been a nomadic club, it’s almost a part of our identity,” said White. “The natural development of a growing club such as ours was getting our own ground.
“Having our own ground will allow us to really develop our own brand of rugby league which the community can really get behind and be proud of.
“We were fortunately able to come to an arrangement with Swindon Nalgo Sport & Social Club and approached the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme for funding which would allow us to purchase essential match day equipment like posts, protectors, flags, balls and all the other bits you almost take for granted when you’re not looking after the budget.
“We’re also using some of the money to help finance the launching of our junior section and need a separate set of equipment for the juniors to enjoy. This essential equipment is giving us the opportunity to become a standalone rugby club in our own right alongside the well-established union clubs in the area which would be a better reflection on the successes we’ve had on the field of play.”
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “We are delighted to award this grant to Swindon St George RL and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community.”
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will kick off on 23 October 2021, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under on tournament banner for the first time.
Clubs, organisations and communities that run rugby league activities are encouraged to apply for this legacy funding by visiting www.rlwc2021.com/facilities