A message from Sir Bill Beaumont CBE DL
Fylde Rugby Community Foundation Honorary President
As Chairman of World Rugby I am very focussed on achieving our Vision which is fundamentally about inspiring more people to become involved in the game of rugby through many different and often innovative programmes. Consequently, as a lifelong Fylde RFC player and supporter, when I was approached by “The Davids” (see the Trustee list for details!) to become involved in the Fylde Rugby Community Foundation I was delighted to agree. When you look at the Vision for the Foundation I believe that this is exactly what clubs such as Fylde RFC which are in essence Community Clubs should be doing and the Foundation’s strapline of “Rugby For All” really resonates with me. I sincerely hope that this very significant development will enable us to really engage with our local community and lead to many more people of all ages and from all backgrounds enjoying and benefitting from playing or watching rugby and this in turn should lead to the long term sustainability of Fylde RFC. It is also an opportunity for us to support and work with some of the many vulnerable young people who live in the more deprived areas within our local communities. I very much look forward to meeting those of you who are able to sponsor the work of the Foundation or become benefactors and of course to meeting a new generation of players and supporters.
Sir Bill Beaumont
Fylde RFC aims to be the leading community rugby club in the NW and one of its most important challenges is how it invests in the local community by promoting rugby and its values.
Chairman of Fylde RFC, Dave Young, said: “In 2018 we re-established our Community Rugby Department in partnership with Community Group (formerly Sports in Schools). Our short term aim was to re-engage with local schools, colleges and the wider community and in the longer term create a Charitable Foundation for this purpose.
By April 2019 we had an active presence in 18 schools and FE colleges across Lancashire and a regular programme of sports camps and community based events. To take things to the next stage we started talking to businessman David Craven who has a passion for rugby and the benefits it brings and wanted to get involved in what we were doing. David has championed our cause and we are delighted that over the last few months we have established a Charitable Foundation with Trustees from within Fylde Rugby Club but also with outside Trustees.
Although based at the club the Foundation will operate independently as a registered charity. And all funds raised for the Foundation will be used by the Foundation.”
To improve access to Rugby Union in Fylde, Blackpool and Wyre by offering community pathways for participation and appreciation of the sport – regardless of age, sex, religion or background – built around rugby’s core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship.
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