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Pitch Boost for Tavistock Rugby Club

Tavistock Rugby Club have purchased land they use for training to help secure their long-term future, partly thanks to funds from West Devon Borough Council.

Tavistock Rugby Club S106

The Council has allocated £40,000 to the club to help them purchase land which the club uses for pitches and training. Securing the land will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the rugby club. The purchase has also been part funded by Sport England to the tune of £35,000 and the club itself, who have contributed £11,650, as well as a contribution of £860 from Tavistock Town Council and £200 from Devon County Council.

Supporting the club in this way aligns with the Council's own "Plan for West Devon", its long-term vision for the Borough, by investing in sports and recreation provision that will have a profound and lasting benefit for West Devon communities.

West Devon Borough Council Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Tony Leech, said: "The purchase of this land has been in the offing for a long time, so it's fantastic to see the purchase complete and the club reach a significant long-term goal with support from the Council.'

"Lots of people benefit from grassroots sport; with such a substantial programme in place that supports rugby for all age groups, there are so many families and residents of West Devon who gain a lot from everything that the club does. It is now a well-known fact that getting involved with sports and outdoor exercise proves extremely beneficial when it comes to people's health and wellbeing."

Andrew Griffiths, the honorary treasurer for Tavistock Rugby Club, said: "We are so grateful for all the support we've received to enable us to finally purchase the additional playing field located at our current location, Sandy Park. 

"Using the S106 fund has enabled us to secure matched funding from Sport England and has meant what was looking like a very tricky project to raise funds for, finally become a reality.

"As a club we currently provide rugby for boys and girls aged five to 11, with our boys section then continuing on right up to the age of 18. In addition, we have two senior men's sides and the occasional veteran team (over 35s).

"As a club we now own two of the three playing fields at our current location and this latest purchase will help to ensure we can continue to provide rugby to the ever-growing population of Tavistock."

The money for the project was secured through Section 106 (S106) funding relating to the Embden Grange development on Butcher Park Hill. S106 agreements are between a developer and the local planning authority; it secures measures that the developer must take to reduce their impact on the community. In this case, it applies to financial contributions to provide infrastructure for the community.

The Council also supported the club with a further £14,000 last year from Section 106 funding, for clubhouse improvements, along with helping towards the purchase of a container unit to convert into an additional changing room.

To find out more about Tavistock Rugby Club, visit: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/tavistock

Published on 18 May 2022

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