The Rfl have launched a new newsletter aimed at club administrators and features ideas and initiatives that might help clubs develop and prosper. RFL National Clubs Manager, Dan Steel introduced the new newsletter by saying :
“The monthly newsletter will be sent out to key contacts at community clubs to make
sure you’re bang up-to-date on important news, information and opportunities
relevant to your club.
The newsletter will be circulated on the last Thursday of every month. It is
designed for the officials that run the club, rather than coaches or players,
and will include information and relevant news which spans across all aspects
of running a community club”.
Included in the first issue were features on the relaunch of Club Mark, Inspired Facilities Funding, The Big Open Day and Primary Rugby League. The Inspired Facilities article focused on Blackpool Stanley and the success they have made since receiving a grant in 2012.
The full Article is attached here for your reference :
Inspired Facilities: Improve your club facilities!
Inspired Facilities is a Sport England programme that funds the renovation and modernisation of local sports facilities. So far 15 Rugby League clubs have benefited from roof repairs, floodlighting and changing room renovation thanks to Inspired Facilities funding to the tune of £700,000. The fund has been extended in 2014 and clubs can now apply for up to £75,000 for their project.
Blackpool Stanley successfully applied for funding:
The Blackpool Stanley Clubhouse was taken over by the club after previously being owned by the local authority who were on the verge of demolishing the site due to disuse and vandalism.
The club stepped in to run the building on a 21 year lease, applied for Inspired Facilities funding in 2012 and were awarded a fantastic £50k towards renovation.
A major part of the work included installation of a heating and hot water system that uses ground heat to dramatically reduce energy bills, plus a refurbishment of the clubroom, changing rooms, toilet facilities and new kitchen.
Club Chairman, Simon Hornby said: “Inspired Facilities funding has enabled us to renovate the clubhouse building to bring it back into full use. The decision to invest in renewable energy for central heating and hot water means our utility bills are around 10% of the normal cost of using a traditional central heating system. This helps secure the financial future of the club without having to worry about driving income over a bar or other forms of club income, and means we can concentrate on the thing we love, getting people playing rugby league”