Pitch perfect Sandal receive Sport England grant

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SANDAL RUFC’s quest to develop new pitches at its Milnthorpe Green base received a massive boost this week with the award of a £50,000 Sport England grant.

Sandal’s Pilkington Pitch Project to provide additional playing surfaces at the club, received planning permission in April but Sport England’s ‘Protecting Playing Fields’ grant means there is “light at the end of the tunnel” according to Sandal’s director of facilities Howard Newton.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the grant.

“It is probably the biggest step Sandal has taken since the development of the clubhouse in 1998.”

There is still some way to go before Sandal secure all the funds required and the club are currently applying for an RFU loan and grant, to complement the internal fund-raising activities.

Read today’s Wakefield Express for more on this story.