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Article date - 13 August 2021
Clock Face Miners is set to receive £8,250 towards a total project cost of £14,995 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot of up to £10million made available by the government to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.
The funding will be used to further develop the Clubhouse, with the renovation of an existing room into a modern multifunction lounge and the creation of a new pitch side raised patio area.
On top of this, St Helens Borough Council has contributed £2,000 as part of its Rugby League World Cup legacy fund – and another £500 has gone to the club through the council’s Kickstart scheme to encourage and support rugby league participation at junior level.
Ste Hunt, Chairperson at Clock Face Miners, said: “This development further enhances the superb facilities at Clock Face. It enables us to offer excellent corporate facilities to our sponsors and supporters on a matchday, while also providing the local community with a new modern area in the Club. It ensures a fitting legacy in our centenary year!”
He added ‘We would like to acknowledge the tremendous help and financial support provided by St Helens Borough Council from their Rugby League World Cup Community Fund that assisted us in obtaining the grant.’
Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said: "This is a great project by Clock Face Miners ARLFC and shows their commitment to their community and grassroots rugby league in the area. By investing this money, the council are pledging to support local rugby league teams to help improve the facilities for grassroots players and hopefully influence the next generation of rugby league stars in a borough.
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Marie Rimmer, St Helens South & Whiston MP, said ‘I am absolutely delighted by the news. Clock Face Miners ARLFC are a true pillar of the community here in St Helens. They provide so much to our community and they are essential to growing the best sport in the world.’
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme is focused on ensuring the next generation of rugby league players have the best possible experience and barriers to participate are removed. We are delighted to award this grant to Clock Face Miners ARLFC and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community."