Alnwick Rugby Club has scored major funding to enhance its social facilities, provide a resource to be used by the community and bolster participation in the sport.
The Greensfield outfit has been chosen by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to receive a Lead Up & Legacy Transforming Social Spaces Grant for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which is being staged in England and Wales.
The grant is worth £10,000 and the rugby club is matching this with the same amount.
Alnwick chairman Ken Fairbairn described it as a major boost for the club, which has adult, colts and junior sides.
He said: “We are delighted that our project has been chosen as a recipient for a Transforming Social Spaces Grant.
“We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Northumberland RFU can use.
“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.”
Hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy. The RFU has committed a £10million investment, which will create a network of more than 500 Lead Up & Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club-rugby participation throughout England can be built.
Alex Bowden, RFU area facilities manager, said: “The new social space will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group.
“This investment will also support the club’s financial sustainability leading into the Rugby World Cup and will create a focus for England 2015 and a lasting rugby-union legacy for rugby in the community. The project description will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”