19 August 2020
Despite the current crisis, Fylde RFC is continuing to develop its work in the community on the Fylde Coast and beyond. The Club has invested significantly in its Community Rugby Department since 2018 and in March this year the Fylde Rugby Community Foundation was established. The formal Launch of the Foundation was scheduled for April but this had to be postponed. Work has continued on developing our programmes so we are ready to go once rugby activities get the go ahead to resume.
Fylde RFC aims to be the leading community rugby club in the NW and one of its most important challenges is how it invests in the local community by promoting rugby and its values.
Chairman of Fylde RFC, Dave Young, said: “In 2018 we re-established our Community Rugby Department in partnership with Community Group (formerly Sports in Schools). Our short term aim was to re-engage with local schools, colleges and the wider community and in the longer term create a Charitable Foundation for this purpose.
By April 2019 we had an active presence in 18 schools and FE colleges across Lancashire and a regular programme of sports camps and community based events. To take things to the next stage we started talking to businessman David Craven who has a passion for rugby and the benefits it brings and wanted to get involved in what we were doing. David has championed our cause and we are delighted that over the last few months we have established a Charitable Foundation with Trustees from within Fylde Rugby Club but also with outside Trustees.
Although based at the club, the Foundation will operate independently as a registered charity. All funds raised for the Foundation will be used by the Foundation. We have set up a separate bank account, defined the programmes we want to offer and created a dedicated website which is www.fylderugbyfoundation.com ”
In addition to David Craven (who is an Honorary Life Member of Thornton Cleveleys RUFC) the other Trustees are:
Sir Bill Beaumont (Chairman of World Rugby and Honorary Life Member of Fylde RFC)
Tony Attard OBE DL (CEO Panaz and former High Sheriff of Lancashire)
Martin Long (Partner at Napthens Solicitors and Chairman of the Lancashire Committee of the Wooden Spoon Charity)
Matt Price (MD, Community Group)
David Wiseman (Hon Secretary, Fylde RFC)
Dave Young (Chairman, Fylde RFC)
The Foundation will continue to work in partnership with Community Group, which specialises in forming and operating community departments for clubs while also developing engaging sports coaching programmes for communities across the UK and abroad.
Community Group Managing Director Matt Price commented: “The formation of the Fylde Rugby Community Foundation is a monumental occasion as we aim to build a lasting legacy for rugby and sports in the area and beyond. I am truly excited by what we can achieve and offer to our community, not only in participation but a chance for businesses and people to get involved in our projects.”
Dave Young added : “To summarise, the objective of the Foundation is to improve access to Rugby Union on the Fylde Coast and beyond by offering opportunities for participation and appreciation of the sport – regardless of age, sex, religion or background – built around rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship. We want more people to benefit from what rugby is all about and the positive impacts it can have on their lives.
“We hope to achieve this through the provision of high quality, participation based programmes for all ages and abilities from. The essence of what we are doing is ‘Rugby For All.’
“We will need other people to help support what we are doing either as sponsors, benefactors or simply making donations. A formal launch scheduled for April had to be postponed however we hope to hold this once we have more clarity on when rugby activities can resume. We will then be able to provide you with a lot more information on what we are doing and how you can get involved. However if you would like to register your interest or find out more about how you could become involved with the Foundation now, please click on the link on the website.
“Despite the current lockdown the work of the Foundation has continued. We have received our first two grants; one is a for a project aimed at the over 55s and the other is for a breakfast club for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Please keep an eye out for further details on our social media channels and website.”