Stevenage Rugby Club has received funding for a tour and extra coaching sessions from four Hertfordshire county councillors.

James Fraser (Old Town Stevenage), Phil Bibby (St Nicholas), Robin Parker (Chells) and John Lloyd (Shephall) allocated £1,000, £500 and £500 respectively from their locality budgets.

Stevenage Town Rugby Club has approximately 400 members of mixed levels, from under six to senior level. The club trains regularly at North Road in Stevenage, although the organisation is now hoping to expand the possibilities for a greater number of schoolchildren to get involved in the sport by having extra coaching sessions at lunchtime and after school.

Robin Parker, Phil Bibby’s and John Lloyd’s allocations will go towards a programme of extra coaching sessions within senior schools, and other rugby development work in junior schools such as the delivery of tag rugby and preparing a Year 6 girls’ side for the Herts Youth Games representing Stevenage.

James Fraser’s funding will be used to take the minis section to Holt Rugby Club in Norfolk for a festival on April 11, to play against teams from all over the country. The grant will also contribute towards a team meal and the children’s tour tops.

Chairman Steve Mudd said:

The funding has been a real boost to our project, and we would like to thank each of the councillors for their contributions.

James Fraser said:

I hope the minis enjoy pitting their talents against players from around the country and wish them all the best in the festival.

Phil Bibby said:

The coaching sessions will help schoolchildren to keep fit and encourage them to take part in an enjoyable activity with their friends.

Robin Parker said:

I look forward to hearing how the club’s development work and training sessions are progressing.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. Before applying it’s best to get in touch with your county councillor to find out whether they are still inviting bids for this funding year. Most members will have spent their 2010/11 allocation but, as the county council will be repeating the scheme in the next financial year, new bids will be welcome then.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.