‘Fantastic result’ at rugby club fun day

S25752H13 Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza joins the rugby scrum at the Shoreham Rugby Club fun day in Buckingham Park, Shoreham

S25752H13 Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza joins the rugby scrum at the Shoreham Rugby Club fun day in Buckingham Park, Shoreham

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‘A FANTASTIC result’ was achieved at Shoreham Rugby Club fun day.

Family, friends and rugby fanatics enjoyed a day of fundraising and fun to support the club and help raise money for renovation work.

The event raised more than £1,600 and a further £250 was donated by Sussex Police.

The day was part of the NatWest RugbyForce weekend, a nationwide RFU event which provides grants for rugby clubs to improve their facilities.

Shoreham was one of 35 clubs to receive the full £4,000 grant from the scheme, which will be added to the total and go towards renovations at the club’s Buckingham Park base.

Coach Simon Horne said: “There were lots of people and it was a great day and nice to get people out and up to the park.

“A lot of people wanted to know more about the club.

“We are a local club run by volunteers, which is good for families and a great way for kids to make friends and learn rugby.

“We are a smaller rugby club but want to do it the right way and have family and community feel.

“People were able to see and appreciate what the club does and provides for the community.”

The NatWest programme is designed to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities.

With the extra funds, the club plans to change the dressing rooms and shower facilities, making them safer, and to create a food preparation area, so hot dogs and drinks can be bought during matches.

Simon added: “The rugby season can get freezing and it’s nice for people to have hot drinks and food.”

As well as face painting, bouncy castles, cake stalls and a singer, the club raffled off one of the Six Nations rugby balls they had been given.