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Upton ready to christen new £27,000 lights
2:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
THE spotlight will fall on Upton-upon-Severn Rugby Club tonight when it plays its first match under new £27,000 floodlights.
The Old Street club has become one of 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres across the country ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, after being selected by the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Ahead of the World Cup, the club was handed a grant to install the new floodlight system and will kick off against local rivals Pershore (7.30pm).
RFU area facilities manager, Tom Bartram, said he hoped the new technology would help young people take up the game.
“The facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more opportunities, especially for local people in the 14 to 24 age-group,” he said.
“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 in the town.
“The floodlighting will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.” Chairman Nathan Kelsey said: “We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people and schools from Upton, Hanley and Malvern 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.”
Town councillor Simon Yates said: “Upton RFC has 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.”
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