Sidmouth cashing in on World Cup

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SIDMOUTH are Rugby World Cup winners – and the tournament doesn’t start for months.

The RFU have chosen Sidmouth for a grant to improve clubhouse facilities through a Rugby World Cup Lead-Up and Legacy Programme.

The grant will enhance the club’s social facilities and provide a resource to be used by the local community.

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 more 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which club rugby participation throughout England can be built.

Jon Bendle, the RFU official in charge of improvement projects in east Devon and west Somerset, 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.


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“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 clubhouse refurbishment will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

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Lester Wilmington, the Sidmouth chairman, said thanks to the grant the club will have some of the best facilities in the area.

He added: 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.”

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