Rugby Union in Salford received a major boost this week with Eccles RFC receiving a grant of £55,000 from the Rugby Football Union which will be used to install a new 3G artificial rugby turf surface at the club, further strengthening our partnership with the RFU, enhancing our facilities and providing a resource for use by the local community.

“The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group.” said RFU Area Facilities Manager Tom Bartem.

“This investment will also support the club’s financial sustainability and will create a lasting rugby union legacy for rugby in the community. The new 3G artificial rugby turf surface will help the club raise its profile and encourage more players, volunteers and spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Club Chairman, Paul Thorpe, said: “We are delighted that our project has received this funding following its original identification by Lancashire RFU. We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Salford can use during the week."

 “This investment by the RFU is excellent news.” Said Barbara Keeley MP. “Eccles RFC has had an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future.”

Eccles RFC is one of many clubs across England benefitting from investment through the RFU Facility Fund.

As you can see from these images, the project is significant, but work is already underway and the club expects to have it completed and ready for use later this summer.

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