Cash boost for Knaresborough

17/2/12   Knaresborough Rugby Club Chairman  Ron Bird (left)  and the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones  with a cheque for �50,000 from Sport England for the rugby club.
17/2/12 Knaresborough Rugby Club Chairman Ron Bird (left) and the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones with a cheque for �50,000 from Sport England for the rugby club.

KNARESBOROUGH Rugby Club is celebrating after receiving a £50,000 Olympic Legacy grant from Sport England.

Committee and playing members of the Hay-a-Park club were presented with a cheque by MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones on Friday.

The money will be used to expand facilities, provide new changing rooms on the ground as Knaresborough look to increase their junior section and herald the arrival of women’s rugby at Hay-a-Park.

Knaresborough chairman Ron Bird was delighted to receive the award, in the club’s 30th birthday year.

He said: “We can now get building some changing facilities, and it will enables us to introduce a wider age range of junior rugby at the club.

“We’ve got one junior team at the moment but this means we can have teams of all ages, and introduce ladies rugby too.”

With big plans in the pipeline, Knaresborough are exploring other avenues of funding from other bodies to realise the community club’s full potential.

“I formed the club in 1982 with an ad in the paper asking people to join,” said Mr Bird.

“It’s gone from there but it’s all happening at the moment. We’re also intending to build a clubhouse and bar, so it’s quite an exciting time.”

On the pitch Knaresborough suffered a heavy defeat in Yorkshire Four, losing 59-7 at home to leaders Leeds Medics on Saturday.

The side now sit third from bottom in the division.