Funding boost for fire-hit Hadleigh club

Youngsters at a Suffolk rugby club have secured funding to replace training equipment lost in a recent fire.

Hadleigh RFC has received a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks.

The donation was arranged by Graeme Woolacott-Crow, who is based at UK Power Network’s Colchester office and volunteers as an assistant coach at the rugby club.

The money will be used by the club’s Colts team to buy new training equipment such as tackle bags and cones which is currently in short supply.

The club lost much of what was owned before when its storage unit was destroyed in an arson attack in June of this year which also damaged one of its changing rooms.

Graeme said: “This grant is great news for the club which was badly impacted by the fire which left a lot of things needing replacing. My son Nathan played for the under-16s team last season and has now moved up to the Colts team while I really enjoy getting involved with the coaching.

“The coronavirus pandemic was another significant blow to the club’s finances and operations, but this funding is an important step in the right direction as we all move forward.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.

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