WINDSOR Rugby Club has been awarded a grant by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to produce a plan for either a refurbished or rebuilt clubhouse.

The £12,500 award will be matched by an equal amount saved into the club's reserves over the past season.

Windsor was informed of the decision by Harjit Hunjan, the Community Partnerships Manager, who assisted the club in its application for the community grant funding for voluntary organisations.

James Brayshaw is Commercial Director at Windsor and said: "We've been working for the best part of a year to establish support at both committee and member level, before starting to engage with key external stakeholders.

"We're conscious of the importance of protecting the landscape and have been liaising with The Crown Estate to ensure we follow due process when it comes to developing any plans.

"Once we've explored the appetite of other Home Park users to work with us, we will use these funds to undertake a feasibility study and establish the framework for the next stage of the project."

Councillor Samantha Rayner is cabinet member for culture and communities. She said: "I'm delighted that we can give Windsor Rugby Club this money to explore their options for a new clubhouse and look forward to seeing what develops.

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PHOTO: Windsor Commercial Director, James Brayshaw.

"We're committed to helping local groups fund much needed and beneficial projects through our community grants scheme, and are very lucky to have such a wide variety of successful sports clubs and groups in the Royal Borough."

Windsor is a community amateur sports club with over 50 volunteers serving in the region of 1,000 members throughout the playing season.

As an example of this work, and in recognition of their contribution, Tony Gaskell, Kate Hallett and Sophie Harrison were nominated for the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards for their work as a rugby volunteer and their dedication to the game.

The awards are part of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme which provides grassroots rugby clubs and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up such an integral part of the game.

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