Berwick Rugby Club gets £50k lottery funding

Berwick RFC president Elliott Hill is delighted. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy
Berwick RFC president Elliott Hill is delighted. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

Berwick Rugby Club is set to receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to improve their facilities at Scremerston.

The money will be used to upgrade an area of their training ground which currently floods during adverse weather conditions.

Elliott Hill - Berwick RFC (Scremerston) after winning a �50.000 funding bid fromthe National Lottery.

Elliott Hill - Berwick RFC (Scremerston) after winning a �50.000 funding bid fromthe National Lottery.

The scheme is one of 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s ‘Protected Playing Fields’ fund to improve and protect their playing fields.

Work to be carried out at Scremerston will include levelling out the pitch, incorporating improved drainage and regrading the surface thus helping to reduce the number of training session cancellations.

Club president Elliott Hill said: “We are delighted that Sport England has approved funding to allow us to carry out these very necessary works to our training area.

“Once completed, the retention and recruitment of players of all age groups, will be made easier.

“These improvements, along with the guarantee of protection for at least 25 years, means that this sports facility can now continue to be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.”

Chris Budzynski, who helped formulate and submit the application said: “We feel very fortunate to get a grant of this size, because it is the second one we have had from the National Lottery over recent years.

“Last time we got £40,000 to put in a new gas supply, now we will be able to carry out improvements to the training area which are badly needed because it can flood quite badly.”

Sport England Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “We know how valuable playing fields are to communities throughout the country, giving individuals and teams somewhere to get active and enjoy sport.

“This fund allows us to maintain and protect these spaces so that high quality sports pitches are available in the heart of communities.”

Due to the huge demand for the programme and the high quality of applications received the initial £4 million budget for the latest funding round was increased by £1.5 million, allowing more projects to benefit.